I lived in Savannah, Georgia for a short while (SCAD is my alma mater, which means I am also an expert in student loans) and I visit as often as possible. Here are some of my favorites for eating, drinking, and shopping!
- Rocks on the Roof (Bohemian hotel) or Top Deck (Cotton Sail Hotel): both on Bay Street overlooking the river, both Hotel rooftop bars, but Top Deck wins for best views.
- 22 Square: unassuming bar in Hotel Andaz: their cocktail program is one of the best in America. They have awards to prove it.
- McDonough's: Karaoke EVERY. NIGHT. It's a divey Irish themed bar. Did I say Karaoke every night?
- Artillery Bar: A return to civility, this cocktail and champagne bar has a dress code and a menu to die for.
- Foxy Loxy/ The Coffee Fox: ethically sourced, french press, pour overs, good espresso, the best coffee in Savannah.
- The Collins Quarter: Brunchy and lunchy, beautiful restaurant, good food and fun coffee drinks. Plus they have a walk-up coffee window and bar which is really freakin' neat.
- SoHo South Cafe: For ladies who lunch. Beautiful decor and live piano music on occasion. If you like champagne with your sandwiches, this is the place.
- Pink House: One of the classic Savannah dining destinations (reservations suggested) downstairs bar is a (haunted!) tavern with live music and an awesome wine list.
- Public Kitchen & Bar: Farm to table eats, casual but stylish.
- Vinnie Van Go Go's: Cash only, delicious pizza by the slice.
- Back in the Day Bakery: They all but invented the cupcake craze (around the same time as Magnolia NYC) and I hear, from people who like banana pudding, theirs is the besty best.
- Local 11Ten: Fancy dining. They also have a great rooftop bar if you just want apps and drinks.
- Wright Square Cafe: A little hidden lunch place. You want the baked chicken wrap. "Herb baked chicken with fig, caramelized onions, feta cheese, pecans." It's the shit.
- Tybee Island: Although the pier area is fun for people watching, I like to visit the calmer north side and see the lighthouse.
- Aj's dockside: The best she-crab soup EVER, best enjoyed during sunset as they have a great deck on the water.
- The Crab Shack: My touristy guilty pleasure. You get a platterful of crab, mussels, shrimp and more, the ambiance is more Caribbean than Georgian, and you can feed baby gators. What's not to like?!
Other Tourist Shenanigans:
- Ghost Tours: If you do one, I suggest a walking tour, it's a slower and more complete way to see the city- plus their storytelling tends to be more authentic. Blue Orb is my favorite, but Savannah Walks has good ones as well.
- River Street: Because I don't dig the Bourbon Street vibes, I spend more time walking from square to square in search of the independent shops and bars. It's good for a view, to watch the fireworks, or catch a boat to brunch at the Westin.
- Pedi-Cabs: Although I love walking around Savannah, I grab a pedi-cab when I'm feeling lazy. You should be able to hail them at most hotels and they are paid by "suggested tips" - $5 should be reasonable to get you most places. It's a fun way to sight-see!
If we were going to roadtrip to Savannah tomorrow- where would you want to go first? Tell me in the comments or reach out on Instagram!