Our most-loved and must-do places, collected since 2002. (Plus some useful places if you're staying in town.)
Note: Savannah, like much of the South, shuts the heck down on Sundays. Call or check hours on any of the places listed, just in case. We tend
I have not been here YET, but it looks amazing. Let me know how it is! Just seeing the beautiful renovation of this classic building makes me so happy... my department's building is next door and this place was boarded up the whole time I was in school.
This is The House if you've read or watched "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", otherwise known as The Book or The Movie. Less of a sensation now than when I lived nearby, this house is gorgeous. They do have tours if you're interested; times are usually posted out front.
Large and modern art museum space that replaced/upgraded the old Telfair Museum (on the other side of the square). Depending on the current exhibits this could be a great way to spend a steamy or rainy day.
Excellent artisan chocolates, staffed by the owner and his minions. Owner is a super young guy, very friendly, and it’s fun to watch them whip up these delightful treasures. Eat them at the bar or wrap them up to go (just don’t let them melt!). Conveniently close to the Coffee Fox, if you’re looking for two kinds of buzz.
Cool place, one of the original buildings restored by SCAD (and it’s right across from the admissions building). Nice place for a delicious brewed iced tea and a few small bites in the morning or afternoon; used to be an apothecary, and still has a very interesting vibe. Owned and staffed by the college, this will be one of the lightest and most refreshing menus you find in the city; good if you’ve overindulged the night before or if you just want a nibble of something.
Featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , this dive-looking diner is Southern breakfast at its best. Heavy food delivered by gals with drawls, it’s walking distance from pretty much anywhere in the historic district (including “The House” from the book/movie, if you’re planning on seeing that). Note: not a modern menu and not particularly vegetarian-friendly.
Yum! Walk up counter for breakfast and brunch, delicious everything. (I used to get bagel/egg sandwiches before class here.) Great breakfast to start a day of wandering (a bit lighter than Clary’s, and less “let’s fry everything in fat” in concept).
Attached to The Mansion (hotel on Forsyth Park). High end dining, great menu, delicious steak and wine. Walking distance from the touristy part of town but not close; don't wear super high heels or you'll regret it! I'd recommend a taxi or pedi-cab for this one if you aren't staying nearby.
Stroll down this beautiful park's central sidewalks for a grand promenade, or meander on the smaller walks for a quieter stroll. The classic Savannah fountain is near the north end of the park (visible from Gaston Street). At the foot of the park you'll find a health food store and a cafe if you need a sip or bite to fortify yourself. (Safety tip: do not walk here after dark.)