Savannah City Guide
I have five *wonderful* years of experience underneath my belt of eating, drinking and wandering about in Savannah, GA. Before I moved to Saint Augustine, I owned the streets of C-port (not really, but really). I completed my undergrad at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and got to know the charming city inside and out. Leave Paula Deen’s restaurant and the ghosts tours behind and let me show you how to have some southern dirty-dirty fun. In no particular order, here is a list of my favorite places to eat, drink, see and shop.
- xo Kelsey
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You should eat here...
The Grey / American (New) / $$$
Perfect joint for the foodie & interior design lover. This stunning restaurant is housed in a 1938 art deco Greyhound Bus Terminal. Go to The Grey for a skillfully made cocktail or dinner (both are amazing). One of the best dining experiences I have had.
The Collins Quarter / Cafe / $$
Cool & casual brunch spot. Try their Smashed Avocado Toast (You will thank me later). They have outdoor seating which is wonderful when enjoying their delicious espresso.
Green Truck / Pub, Burgers, American (New) / $$
DELICIOUS HAMBURGERS for vegetarians or meat eaters. They have their own homemade ketchup, pimento cheese and fries. It is a locally sourced, farm-to-table restaurant. They do not accept reservations so be ready to wait for a table...this place gets packed.
Zunzis / Sandwiches, South African / $
Shit Yeah! (You’ll get what I’m saying if you go there.) Everyone in Savannah eats here and for good reason...it is so tasty. Meat lovers--Order the Conquistador or Oliver’s lunch (ask for both sausages). Vegetarians--Order the falafel on pita or the portabello sub. Thirsty? Get their Sweet African Tea. Also, don’t forget to ask for extra sauce.
Back in the Day Bakery / Bakery / $$
Got a sweet tooth? Go here. They have a wide variety of baked goods---breads, cupcakes, brownies, pies, cookies, biscuits, you name it! The shop has a welcoming pastel color-palette and vintage feel.
The Florence / Italian, Cocktail Bar / $$$
Trendy Italian restaurant for any meal of the day owned by Top Chef judge and notable Chef, Hugh Acheson. Quality cocktails & creative menu.
Flying Monk Noodle Bar / Asian Fusion / $$
Located downtown on Broughton Street, the Flying Monk will not disappoint. Expect fast, quality service, awesome handmade noodles and reasonable prices. They have many gluten free and vegetarian options as well. Try their edamame dumplings for an appetizer.
The Coffee Fox or Foxy Loxy / Coffee + Tea, Cafe / $
These sister coffee shops are owned by a SCAD Printmaking professor. Her work as well as many of her student’s can be seen displayed about the walls. The Foxy Loxy location makes tacos and they are delicious. That location also has a nice outdoor patio area to sit in.
The Local 11 Ten / American (New) / $$$
Got a hot date? Head on over to The Local. Their southern inspired flavors, intimate candle-lit setting and rooftop bar will surely impress.
Fire Street Food / Burgers, Asian Fusion / $$
Every time I visit Savannah I go here. I am in love with their Tofu Yellow Curry...it is fire. They have anything from sushi, to french fries, to pad thai, to chicken wings, to bubbletea. Vegetarian options here!
Brighter Day Natural Foods Market / Health Market / $$
Located at the foot of Forsyth park. Brighter Day is your typical health food store but then again… so much more. Their avocado-baked-cheese-sprout sandwich makes me want to cry…with joy.
Where to get a drink or many drinks...
Cotton & Rye
Classy bar and great overall decor. Wonderful specialty cocktails. The bartender made me a tasty old-fashioned. I have heard some great reviews on their food, I just haven’t gotten a chance to try it yet!
Go to their beer garden in the back, grab a table, and order a craft brew from draft or a cocktail from their specialty drink list. Bonus--Dogs are permitted in the garden!
Music venue + Bar. A cool dive bar with taxidermy and vinyls on the walls and old arcade games like Mrs. Pac Man as tables. There is usually always some sort of music being performed, whether it be metal, rock, rap, indie, or a DJ.
Want to drop down and get your eagle on? Let your hair down? Then I'd go here. This is usually the spot I end up toward the end of the night to dance when the drinks have kicked in.
This place is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine. A one and you’re done kind of drink. Think Slurpees + alcohol. With two locations, one on River Street and another in City Market, it is the perfect pit stop to grab a cold drink to enjoy while exploring the city. (Remember, Savannah has an open-container law, so you are free to walk the city with drink in hand!)
Abe’s on Lincoln
Tallboy of PBR for 3 dollars anyone? Very low key compared to many bars in Savannah. An intimate dive bar, perfecting for grabbing a few drinks with friends. There are funny little sketches of Abraham Lincoln taped all over the walls and ceilings.
Rocks on the Roof
Get a drink, but go for the view. Situated at the top of the Bohemian Hotel, Rocks on the Roof has an amazing view of the Savannah river and bridge. And of course, it is most beautiful at sunset.
The Social Club
I go here for the Photo Booth. A very lively and social place to drink on the weekends (or weekdays if that is your jam). Got the drunk munchies? No problem they have hotdogs made to order here.
The museum's collection of more than 4,500 pieces includes works of haute couture, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints and more. Every time I go, there is always an amazing installation to admire and experience. $10 general admission.
Savannah Slow Ride
15 person bike + pub crawl = so much fun especially if you go with a bunch of friends. The Slow Ride is 100% pedal powered and steered by a Slow Ride (basically your DD) employee. It is a fun way to explore Savannah AND you get to drink while doing so.
The Lucas Theatre
The revived 1920’s theatre was originally designed by Arthur Lucas and architect C.K. Howell. The architecture is a blend of Greek revival, Art Deco and Neoclassical styles.
This is where you will find the iconic Savannah Fountain. Forsyth is a 30 acre park where you can lay underneath the Spanish moss and relax or play frisbee or soccer in the sun.
Jepson Center for the Arts
Beautiful museum of contemporary art designed by architect Moshe Safdie. $20 for general admission.
Lee O'Neil Gallery
Contemporary art gallery owned and run by two SCAD graduates. The gallery represents many SCAD artists, alumni as well as outside artists.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
French Gothic styled church that is definitely a site to see and marvel at.
The most romantic street in Savannah. Take a walk down the historic cobblestone roads and see pristine townhouses draped with ivy all shaded under Spanish moss.
Pop some tags...
Locally made soaps, shaving creams, and more. All made by SCAD grad Kyle Hinton. Beautifully designed brand and space.
The Paris Market & Brocante
This is a must see two-floor shop with many artisan made and antique home goods, animal skulls, jewelry, locally made stationary/cards, and vintage trinkets from all over the world. They have excellent window displays (and macaroons).
Think curated thrift and vintage shop. They sell (and buy!) retro and recycled clothing, bags, and nic-nacs.
A boutique-styled gallery that showcases art designed and created by SCAD’s faculty, students and alumni. Great place to buy gifts or to just window shop!
Looking to get some ink while in Savannah? Go to the Butcher. I got my first tattoo here. Cool shop with very talented artists. Make sure to make an appointment!
Savannah Bee Company
Pssst…..free tasters. Local honey shop where you can find anything from honey sticks--to jars of honey--to lotion made with honey!
Wright Square Antique Mall
Great selection and variety of antique clothing, jewelry, art, and more!
This boutique is located near Forsyth park. Here you'll find a nice selection of clothing and jewelry for woman!