Savannah, Georgia is often touted as one of the American South’s most romantic cities, and with good reason. Trees draped with Spanish moss, historic homes, and the city’s famous squares all make for a beautiful, inspiring setting. But it’s not just for lovers and old folks: a vibrant nightlife scene, tours both spooky and historical, and a diverse array of culinary options make it ideal for anyone looking for a long weekend in a bustling, charming southern city.
And Savannah sure knows how to have fun. Famous for its Southern hospitality and open container law, it’s full of establishments showcasing the best food and drink the city has to offer, from prohibition speakeasies to mouthwatering brunches and beautiful chocolates. Be sure to bookmark these 9 bars, restaurants, and boutiques for your next visit!
There’s indulgent, and then there’s Lulu’s. An offshoot of the very popular bakery LuluCakes, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar offers an array of baked goods and a full bar, but their stars are their sinfully rich dessert cocktails. (Think: white chocolate pomegranate martini or pineapple upside down martini.) If sweet isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other liquors on hand, and the knowledgeable and friendly bartenders are more than happy to craft a drink based on your personal tastes.
Find them at 24 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Savannah, GA
Not only is this restaurant adorable both outside and in, but its farm-to-table take on Southern cuisine is to die for. There’s nothing stodgy or greasy about the food here; with a focus on local produce and seasonal fare, The Olde Pink House elevates traditional Southern comfort food to an art. (The she-crab soup is especially divine.) Be sure to make reservations; the Olde Pink House is often fully booked even for lunch.
Eat your heart out at 23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA
Just a step away from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and a haunt of their students, the Gryphon Tea Room offers light lunch fare, Sunday brunch, and traditional afternoon tea in an historic building with Masonic roots. Once an old-fashioned pharmacy, the Gryphon Tea Room acknowledges its past life with its décor, such as the stained glass windows featuring mortar and pestles and antique apothecary books in glass cases.
Have just what the doctor ordered at 337 Bull St, Savannah, GA
Artillery, an historic bar on the former site of the Georgia Hussars’ armoury, has a curated list of wines and cocktails meant to be sipped and savoured. Per their menu (“no bombs, no shots, no Budweisers, sorry”), Artillery strives for a classy, elegant atmosphere- check out the dress code before you go! Once there, expect refined service and a sleek interior with drinks to match.
Get classy at 307 Bull St, Savannah, GA
Much beloved by locals and visitors alike, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has an eye-popping amount of homemade candies, baked goods, and even ice cream. The intoxicating scent of caramelised sugar draws children and adults alike from the street, and there’s plenty to see inside. Customers can pick up their famous candied pralines or any number of other goods- peanut brittle, caramel apples, chocolate-dipped pretzels, the list goes on. There are two locations in Savannah, in the City Market and on River Street, but if you find you don’t have enough room in your suitcase, there’s good news- the company ships free all across the continental United States.
Act like a kid in a candy store at 225 East River St, Savannah, GA 31401 and 318 W. St. Julian St, Savannah, GA
If a sinfully rich brunch (think: peach French toast, shrimp and grits, Philly cheesesteak omelet) is what you’re after, Two Cracked Eggs is the place for you. Plenty of traditional Southern dishes have found their way onto the menu- if there was ever a time to try biscuits and gravy, it’s here. They also offer a number of coffee beverages if a regular Americano just won’t cut it, including their popular Nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee. The food is hearty and portions are the size of your head, so come hungry! (Just be sure to have cash on hand, as they don’t accept credit cards.)
See if it’s all it’s cracked up to be at 202 East Bay St, Savannah, GA and 301 West River St, Savannah, GA
Chocolat by Adam Turoni turns chocolate shopping into an experience. With two locations in Savannah, the Chocolate Dining Room and the Chocolate Library, Chocolat by Adam Turoni elevates their products to an art form. The boutique in itself is an experience; at the Chocolate Library, shelves with an antique bookstore vibe line the walls, filled with chocolates artfully presented in glass cases. And indeed, the chocolates do look like they belong in a museum- you can note the craftsmanship in the delicate details on each piece, whether it be gold leaf or a dusting of tiny sugar crystals. The care and passion Adam Turoni has for his products is evident in the thoughtful touches and boutique experience his shops afford visitors.
Indulge at the Chocolate Dining Room at 323 W. Broughton St, Savannah, GA and at the Chocolate Library at 236 Bull St, Savannah, GA
With a light, airy exterior and plenty of outdoor seating, Collins Quarter is a go-to brunch place for solo diners, couples, and big groups alike. Founded by Stephen Hamile, a native of Melbourne, Australia, the space is quirky and the coffee (predictably) superb. If you need something a little stronger than espresso, Collins Quarter also has a wine bar and quite a few signature cocktails on hand. Go for a leisurely morning- service is sometimes slow on busy days.
Have the Aussie experience at 151 Bull St, Savannah, GA
Byrd’s has been a fixture in Savannah since 1924. Their beginnings and strength are in cookies, but over the years they have also expanded into the gift business, with retro-inspired tins, boxes, and kitchenware. Their key lime coolers and Georgia peach cookies, two of their most popular, deliver a tangy zest that competes wonderfully with the sweetness of the confectioner’s sugar. Stop in for a free sample at one of their three Savannah locations.
Get your hand in the cookie jar at 6700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA, 213 West Julian St, Savannah, GA, and 423 East River St, Savannah, GA