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Guidebook for Savannah

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Guidebook for Savannah

Parks & Nature
A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones (1702-1775), one of the first settlers of Savannah in 1733. While not much is left, Wormsloe's tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in Savannah. The real reason to go is the beautiful row of live oaks and the quaint community around it!
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Wormsloe Historic Site
7601 Skidaway Road
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A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones (1702-1775), one of the first settlers of Savannah in 1733. While not much is left, Wormsloe's tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in Savannah. The real reason to go is the beautiful row of live oaks and the quaint community around it!
Oatland Island is Savannah's own little zoo, but just like every thing here, it's a little different. Sprawling across the island there are large enclosures holding a variety of native Georgia wildlife such at Bobcats and Bald Eagles, and Grey Wolves. There are also education programs at the large main house.
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Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Road
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Oatland Island is Savannah's own little zoo, but just like every thing here, it's a little different. Sprawling across the island there are large enclosures holding a variety of native Georgia wildlife such at Bobcats and Bald Eagles, and Grey Wolves. There are also education programs at the large main house.
One of our favorite places to watch a sunset, The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a breathtakingly beautiful place just north of Savannah. While the Refuge is massive and includes parts of Georgia and South Carolina, there is also a four mile loop that can be driven by car. You'll see all sorts of wildlife including lots of alligators, great blue herons, and seasonal bird life. Spottings have also included bald eagles, bobcats, coyotes, gopher tortoises, and snakes! Look further in this guide for a mad of the trails and how to get there!
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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
694 Beech Hill Lane
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One of our favorite places to watch a sunset, The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a breathtakingly beautiful place just north of Savannah. While the Refuge is massive and includes parts of Georgia and South Carolina, there is also a four mile loop that can be driven by car. You'll see all sorts of wildlife including lots of alligators, great blue herons, and seasonal bird life. Spottings have also included bald eagles, bobcats, coyotes, gopher tortoises, and snakes! Look further in this guide for a mad of the trails and how to get there!
About an hour down the coast off of I-95 is the sprawling Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge. Go there to see an abundance of Low Country wildlife but also marvel at the post apocalyptic scene of a Refuge on the site of an old WW2 air force base. Remains of the previous plantation remain as well. Look further in this guide for a map of the trails and how to get there!
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Admin Building And Visitor Contact Station
5000 Wildlife Dr NW
About an hour down the coast off of I-95 is the sprawling Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge. Go there to see an abundance of Low Country wildlife but also marvel at the post apocalyptic scene of a Refuge on the site of an old WW2 air force base. Remains of the previous plantation remain as well. Look further in this guide for a map of the trails and how to get there!
Sightseeing
Though not Savannah’s oldest cemetery, Bonaventure is certainly its most famous and hauntingly beautiful. Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time.
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Bonaventure Cemetery
330 Bonaventure Road
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Though not Savannah’s oldest cemetery, Bonaventure is certainly its most famous and hauntingly beautiful. Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time.
Not as famous as Bonaventure but more historic and just as beautiful, this cemetery was developed in 1850 as the Old Cemetery (Colonial Park Cemetery), the Old Jewish Cemetery, Potter’s Field, and the Old Negro Cemetery approached capacity. Laurel Grove North is unique in that the interment rights to all of the available cemetery lots were sold out during the Victorian Era, and, as a result, this park-like cemetery probably has the highest concentration of Victorian period cemetery architecture in the Southeast. You may get lost though, the entire area is 67 acres!
Laurel Grove South Cemetery
2101 Kollock Street
Not as famous as Bonaventure but more historic and just as beautiful, this cemetery was developed in 1850 as the Old Cemetery (Colonial Park Cemetery), the Old Jewish Cemetery, Potter’s Field, and the Old Negro Cemetery approached capacity. Laurel Grove North is unique in that the interment rights to all of the available cemetery lots were sold out during the Victorian Era, and, as a result, this park-like cemetery probably has the highest concentration of Victorian period cemetery architecture in the Southeast. You may get lost though, the entire area is 67 acres!
Fort Pulaski is historically important for a variety of reasons, mostly as the last of the great forts to see battle in the Civil War, but it is also just a beautiful place to be. Located on Cockspur Island the fort still shows its battle scars proudly and is surrounded my miles of lush hiking trails.
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Fort Pulaski National Monument
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Fort Pulaski is historically important for a variety of reasons, mostly as the last of the great forts to see battle in the Civil War, but it is also just a beautiful place to be. Located on Cockspur Island the fort still shows its battle scars proudly and is surrounded my miles of lush hiking trails.
Tucked away off a lonely road halfway between Savannah and Charleston, the Old Sheldon Church is one of the most hauntingly peaceful places in the Southeast. This beautiful old ruin is the remains of a church first built in 1757!
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Old Sheldon Church Ruins
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Tucked away off a lonely road halfway between Savannah and Charleston, the Old Sheldon Church is one of the most hauntingly peaceful places in the Southeast. This beautiful old ruin is the remains of a church first built in 1757!
A strange little road side attraction right off of US Highway 17, the self proclaimed “Smallest Church in America” is open to the public 24 hours a day and is worth a quick stop for photos. The church itself has an interesting story too, but I won't spoil it for you!
2nd Smallest Church In America
A strange little road side attraction right off of US Highway 17, the self proclaimed “Smallest Church in America” is open to the public 24 hours a day and is worth a quick stop for photos. The church itself has an interesting story too, but I won't spoil it for you!
Everything Else
The Hostel in the Forest is a strange Hippie hold out in the middle of redneck country, but a great place to spend the night. Run since the seventies, the hostel is famous for its tree houses and its beautiful forests. Sitting on 133 acres of wilderness, there is also a beautiful lake where guests are encouraged to swim (clothes optional), but watch out for the fishies! Book ahead of time as the hostel stays full and look for scheduled sweat lodges and meditation retreats too.
Hostel In the Forest
3901 US-82
The Hostel in the Forest is a strange Hippie hold out in the middle of redneck country, but a great place to spend the night. Run since the seventies, the hostel is famous for its tree houses and its beautiful forests. Sitting on 133 acres of wilderness, there is also a beautiful lake where guests are encouraged to swim (clothes optional), but watch out for the fishies! Book ahead of time as the hostel stays full and look for scheduled sweat lodges and meditation retreats too.
The diveist of dive bars, The Wormhole is located in an old furniture store next to ChaDel’s Liquor Emporium but has a surprisingly cool crowd of locals and a tendency to host some of the best shows in town with great musicians, stand-up comedy, and even fetish parties on the menu!
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The Wormhole Neighborhood Pub & Music Venue
2307 Bull Street
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The diveist of dive bars, The Wormhole is located in an old furniture store next to ChaDel’s Liquor Emporium but has a surprisingly cool crowd of locals and a tendency to host some of the best shows in town with great musicians, stand-up comedy, and even fetish parties on the menu!
Food Scene
As a vegetarian for almost a decade, BBQ is not something I normally eat but the best I’d ever had back in the day was in Sandfly (a small community out on the islands) and now they have a location right down the street! Located in the historic Streamliner Diner, they have lots of very authentic options and great people watching.
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Sandfly BBQ at the Streamliner
1220 Barnard St
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As a vegetarian for almost a decade, BBQ is not something I normally eat but the best I’d ever had back in the day was in Sandfly (a small community out on the islands) and now they have a location right down the street! Located in the historic Streamliner Diner, they have lots of very authentic options and great people watching.
Naturally right in the heart of the Starland District and named after the old dairy which still dominates the area, Starland Cafe is known for wonderful and made from scratch eclectic dishes. Try the “Kitchen Sink” Salad and Thai tomato bisque but remember they’re only open until 3:00PM!
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The Starland Cafe
11 East 41st Street
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Naturally right in the heart of the Starland District and named after the old dairy which still dominates the area, Starland Cafe is known for wonderful and made from scratch eclectic dishes. Try the “Kitchen Sink” Salad and Thai tomato bisque but remember they’re only open until 3:00PM!
A tourist favorite and in the same building as the old Starland Dairy, Back in the Day serves breakfast and lunch and offers a selection of made-in-house breads! They also have especially delicious cupcakes, and their bourbon bread pudding is out of this world!
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Back In The Day Bakery ®
2403 Bull Street
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A tourist favorite and in the same building as the old Starland Dairy, Back in the Day serves breakfast and lunch and offers a selection of made-in-house breads! They also have especially delicious cupcakes, and their bourbon bread pudding is out of this world!
Local 11 Ten is some of the most memorable fine food in town and right down the street! Using all locally sourced ingredients, the chefs turn out an amazing Southern and French fusion menu that is great to enjoy under the stars in their rooftop seating area.
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Local 11ten Food | Wine
1110 Bull Street
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Local 11 Ten is some of the most memorable fine food in town and right down the street! Using all locally sourced ingredients, the chefs turn out an amazing Southern and French fusion menu that is great to enjoy under the stars in their rooftop seating area.
A favorite among locals for coffee and delicious vegan food, “The Bean” is also one of the city's most active music venues and has been featured in the New York Times. The shop also hosts weekly film screenings under the “Psychotronic Film Festival” group.
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The Sentient Bean
13 East Park Avenue
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A favorite among locals for coffee and delicious vegan food, “The Bean” is also one of the city's most active music venues and has been featured in the New York Times. The shop also hosts weekly film screenings under the “Psychotronic Film Festival” group.
Frequented mostly by SCAD students and alumni, Foxy Loxy is a quirky little venue. Their back-courtyard features “Fire & Wine” on Saturday nights with ½ price wine bottles and free s’mores. Try the “Eye Opener!” It's a milk stout with a shot of espresso in it... Truly a Savannah creation.
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Foxy Loxy Cafe
1919 Bull Street
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Frequented mostly by SCAD students and alumni, Foxy Loxy is a quirky little venue. Their back-courtyard features “Fire & Wine” on Saturday nights with ½ price wine bottles and free s’mores. Try the “Eye Opener!” It's a milk stout with a shot of espresso in it... Truly a Savannah creation.
The best damn veggie burger in these United States, Green Truck has gained fame far and wide for their locally sourced, farm to table fare. They make it all from scratch including, quite famously (or infamously, depending on who you talk to) their ketchup. Now, stop asking questions and go eat there!
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Green Truck Neighborhood Pub
2430 Habersham Street
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The best damn veggie burger in these United States, Green Truck has gained fame far and wide for their locally sourced, farm to table fare. They make it all from scratch including, quite famously (or infamously, depending on who you talk to) their ketchup. Now, stop asking questions and go eat there!
Six Pence may seem touristy with its red telephone box but it's the closest thing to an honest English pub you'll likely find in the U.S. and open late seven days a week.
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Six Pence Pub
245 Bull Street
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Six Pence may seem touristy with its red telephone box but it's the closest thing to an honest English pub you'll likely find in the U.S. and open late seven days a week.
Sweet Potatoes is bright and positive though in an unassuming part of town. Their banana pudding is known worldwide and they are one of the few southern restaurants that is vegetarian friendly. My go-to for soul food!
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Sweet Potatoes Kitchen
531 Waters Ave
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Sweet Potatoes is bright and positive though in an unassuming part of town. Their banana pudding is known worldwide and they are one of the few southern restaurants that is vegetarian friendly. My go-to for soul food!
Shit, yeah! One of the most unique spots in town, Zunzi's is somewhere you absolutely have to go for South African food with a southern twist! Very casual spot with counter service, their prices are amazing and their portions are extremely generous.
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Zunzi's
108 East York Street
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Shit, yeah! One of the most unique spots in town, Zunzi's is somewhere you absolutely have to go for South African food with a southern twist! Very casual spot with counter service, their prices are amazing and their portions are extremely generous.
The Distillery offers Savannah's widest range of craft beers and cocktails in a local setting. A beautiful old building with amazing food as well, it's an absolute MUST for beer lovers. The best fried pickles I’ve ever had and a beer list that changes out every day!
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The Distillery
416 West Liberty Street
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The Distillery offers Savannah's widest range of craft beers and cocktails in a local setting. A beautiful old building with amazing food as well, it's an absolute MUST for beer lovers. The best fried pickles I’ve ever had and a beer list that changes out every day!
The Grey has an eclectic fusion of Southern and international food made to a very high standard but the real reason to go though is the location! It's in a beautifully renovated Greyhound bus depot from the 1930s and the landmark space has tons of cool, preserved art deco features. The cocktails are also absolutely amazing!
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The Grey Restaurant
109 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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The Grey has an eclectic fusion of Southern and international food made to a very high standard but the real reason to go though is the location! It's in a beautifully renovated Greyhound bus depot from the 1930s and the landmark space has tons of cool, preserved art deco features. The cocktails are also absolutely amazing!
Everyone's favorite pizza in Savannah, Vinnie's serves by the slice as well as whole pies. It's super cheap and open late but damn good and you'll find yourself eating there a lot if you move here! Just remember, it's cash only.
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Vinnie Van GoGo's
317 West Bryan Street
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Everyone's favorite pizza in Savannah, Vinnie's serves by the slice as well as whole pies. It's super cheap and open late but damn good and you'll find yourself eating there a lot if you move here! Just remember, it's cash only.
A strange place, you'll see Spudnik's giant projection sign on the Broughton St. parking garage when they're open. Famous for serving potatoes and nothing but potatoes, it somehow really works! Especially with great ingredients and when you're trying to sober up at 3:30AM...
Spudnik
416 W Broughton St
A strange place, you'll see Spudnik's giant projection sign on the Broughton St. parking garage when they're open. Famous for serving potatoes and nothing but potatoes, it somehow really works! Especially with great ingredients and when you're trying to sober up at 3:30AM...
Eco-groovy and righteously rad, Butterhead Greens is a lunchtime soup, salad, sandwich mecca. Located across from Arnold Hall, you’re sure to encounter a bevvies of SCAD students on break, locals, too. Their generously portioned quinoa salad (add a power powder for extra umph!) is light yet filling enough to power you through Forsyth Park, the city squares, and beyond.
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Butterhead Greens Cafe
1813 Bull Street
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Eco-groovy and righteously rad, Butterhead Greens is a lunchtime soup, salad, sandwich mecca. Located across from Arnold Hall, you’re sure to encounter a bevvies of SCAD students on break, locals, too. Their generously portioned quinoa salad (add a power powder for extra umph!) is light yet filling enough to power you through Forsyth Park, the city squares, and beyond.
The Collins Quarter started out as an Australian style coffeehouse (best Flat White in town!) and has since expanded its service to include full lunch and dinner, as well as a fantastic brunch on the weekends (try the Smashed Avocado!) It’s an absolutely beautiful restaurant with a stellar ambiance, whether you go for a full meal or for drinks and appetizers around the communal table.
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The Collins Quarter
151 Bull Street
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The Collins Quarter started out as an Australian style coffeehouse (best Flat White in town!) and has since expanded its service to include full lunch and dinner, as well as a fantastic brunch on the weekends (try the Smashed Avocado!) It’s an absolutely beautiful restaurant with a stellar ambiance, whether you go for a full meal or for drinks and appetizers around the communal table.
The slightly more upscale sister restaurant of The Flying Monk (listed below), The Vault is housed in an old bank building in The Starland District and features the most popular Asian fusion dishes from all of the owner’s restaurants. They are open daily for lunch and dinner.
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The Vault Kitchen & Market
2112 Bull St
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The slightly more upscale sister restaurant of The Flying Monk (listed below), The Vault is housed in an old bank building in The Starland District and features the most popular Asian fusion dishes from all of the owner’s restaurants. They are open daily for lunch and dinner.
The Flying Monk is a casual eatery featuring expertly prepared, fresh cut noodle dishes that draw from the cuisines of various Asian nations including Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Laos, and Korea. It’s consistently high quality and is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike.
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Flying Monk Noodle Bar
5 West Broughton Street
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The Flying Monk is a casual eatery featuring expertly prepared, fresh cut noodle dishes that draw from the cuisines of various Asian nations including Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Laos, and Korea. It’s consistently high quality and is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike.
What can I say? Leopold’s is an institution in Savannah. On a Friday night during peak summer season, you’ll find yourself waiting in a line from the front door to the corner of Broughton and Habersham, oh, but it’s worth it. Dozens of homemade flavors that change weekly, they’ll let you sample a few before you decide--decent sandwiches, too.
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Leopold's Ice Cream
212 East Broughton Street
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What can I say? Leopold’s is an institution in Savannah. On a Friday night during peak summer season, you’ll find yourself waiting in a line from the front door to the corner of Broughton and Habersham, oh, but it’s worth it. Dozens of homemade flavors that change weekly, they’ll let you sample a few before you decide--decent sandwiches, too.
Another great option for no frills, affordable Asian fusion, Fire’s menu includes sushi, teriyaki, noodles, curries, soups, salads and sandwiches. They are vegan and vegetarian friendly, use super fresh ingredients and are consistently warm and welcoming!
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Fire Street Food
13 East Perry Street
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Another great option for no frills, affordable Asian fusion, Fire’s menu includes sushi, teriyaki, noodles, curries, soups, salads and sandwiches. They are vegan and vegetarian friendly, use super fresh ingredients and are consistently warm and welcoming!
Staffed entirely by SCAD students, the Gryphon Tea Room feels like something straight out of Hogwarts. Housed in an old apothecary, the vibe is simultaneously cozy and elegant. The lunch menu is simple and delicious.
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Gryphon
337 Bull Street
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Staffed entirely by SCAD students, the Gryphon Tea Room feels like something straight out of Hogwarts. Housed in an old apothecary, the vibe is simultaneously cozy and elegant. The lunch menu is simple and delicious.
This family owned and operated Italian restaurant has unbelievably friendly servers and amazing, reasonably priced, authentic Italian fare (they utilize 100% Italian ingredients in most of their dishes). The service is truly phenomenal to boot!
Bella Napoli Italian Bistro
18 E State St
This family owned and operated Italian restaurant has unbelievably friendly servers and amazing, reasonably priced, authentic Italian fare (they utilize 100% Italian ingredients in most of their dishes). The service is truly phenomenal to boot!
If you want fantastic seafood and the feel of the beach without going all the way to Tybee, check out The Wyld! Best seafood in Savannah, in my opinion. Don’t go if you’re in a hurry (their kitchen isn’t known for its speediness, though the food is worth the wait) or if you’re looking for quantity over quality (their portion sizes vary, depending on the dish). Do go if you’re wanting to relax for a while with awesome food and drinks in a uniquely Savannahian natural setting.
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The Wyld
2740 Livingston Avenue
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If you want fantastic seafood and the feel of the beach without going all the way to Tybee, check out The Wyld! Best seafood in Savannah, in my opinion. Don’t go if you’re in a hurry (their kitchen isn’t known for its speediness, though the food is worth the wait) or if you’re looking for quantity over quality (their portion sizes vary, depending on the dish). Do go if you’re wanting to relax for a while with awesome food and drinks in a uniquely Savannahian natural setting.
Elizabeth on 37th has been a fixture of Savannah’s fine dining scene since it opened in 1981. Savannah is famous for its hospitality (it earned the nickname “The Hostess City” for good reason), and Elizabeth has arguably the best service in town. The menu is understated and classic and utilizes fresh coastal seafood, local produce and herbs and edible flowers from the restaurant’s own garden.
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Elizabeth's on 37th
105 East 37th Street
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Elizabeth on 37th has been a fixture of Savannah’s fine dining scene since it opened in 1981. Savannah is famous for its hospitality (it earned the nickname “The Hostess City” for good reason), and Elizabeth has arguably the best service in town. The menu is understated and classic and utilizes fresh coastal seafood, local produce and herbs and edible flowers from the restaurant’s own garden.
Savannah’s most famous fine dining establishment, The Olde Pink House is located in a 16,000 square foot mansion built in the 1700s. It is quintessentially Southern both in its decor and its cuisine, and is famous for its impeccable service. Incidentally, it is also rumoured to be haunted and has some fascinating history. Ask anyone who works there, they can tell you all about it!
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The Olde Pink House
23 Abercorn St
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Savannah’s most famous fine dining establishment, The Olde Pink House is located in a 16,000 square foot mansion built in the 1700s. It is quintessentially Southern both in its decor and its cuisine, and is famous for its impeccable service. Incidentally, it is also rumoured to be haunted and has some fascinating history. Ask anyone who works there, they can tell you all about it!
It’s 2 am, you’ve been drinking on Congress Street, drifting in and out of The Jinx, Barrell House, City Market, and you need fat and carbs pronto to keep you going. But nothing’s open!!! Food, food you need food. NOW. Sweet Melissa’s will keep you upright...admittedly, it’s not the best ‘za in town, but when you need a late night greasy-cheesy-doughy fix Melissa’s will hit the spot. Open to 3am!!!
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Kay's Pizza Savannah
103 West Congress Street
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It’s 2 am, you’ve been drinking on Congress Street, drifting in and out of The Jinx, Barrell House, City Market, and you need fat and carbs pronto to keep you going. But nothing’s open!!! Food, food you need food. NOW. Sweet Melissa’s will keep you upright...admittedly, it’s not the best ‘za in town, but when you need a late night greasy-cheesy-doughy fix Melissa’s will hit the spot. Open to 3am!!!
Best seafood in the area. They let you try anything you want your first time. great owner, wonderful staff and delicious food.
David's Crab House
1824 Montgomery St
Best seafood in the area. They let you try anything you want your first time. great owner, wonderful staff and delicious food.
Drinks & Nightlife
American Legion Post 135 is truly a local bar and has one of the most diverse groups of bar-goers you'll ever likely encounter. With free pool, darts, and the cheapest drinks in town ($2 each!) it attracts all sorts of people. They also have amazing food via Betty Bombers!
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American Legion
1108 Bull Street
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American Legion Post 135 is truly a local bar and has one of the most diverse groups of bar-goers you'll ever likely encounter. With free pool, darts, and the cheapest drinks in town ($2 each!) it attracts all sorts of people. They also have amazing food via Betty Bombers!
The follow up to Savannah’s formerly most hipster bar Hang Fire, Wes Daniel’s new bar is easily the coolest retro seventies glam party anyone has ever seen in the southeast. Be sure to get the Scorpion Tea, a delightful concoction of… Well, hell if I know but it’s cheap, tastes good, and does the job. Check out the authentically vintage photo booth too!
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El-Rocko Lounge
117 Whitaker St
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The follow up to Savannah’s formerly most hipster bar Hang Fire, Wes Daniel’s new bar is easily the coolest retro seventies glam party anyone has ever seen in the southeast. Be sure to get the Scorpion Tea, a delightful concoction of… Well, hell if I know but it’s cheap, tastes good, and does the job. Check out the authentically vintage photo booth too!
The old Velvet Elvis Lounge is the best place to go see anything from a hard core punk show to a bouncing rock-a-billy get down and everything in between. Savannah's favorite music venue, be warned that they do play the music loud! Ear plugs might be good to bring along.
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The Jinx
127 West Congress Street
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The old Velvet Elvis Lounge is the best place to go see anything from a hard core punk show to a bouncing rock-a-billy get down and everything in between. Savannah's favorite music venue, be warned that they do play the music loud! Ear plugs might be good to bring along.
A little off the way from most bars downtown, Abe's is home to quite a few people who knew about it “before it was cool.” It's laid back and artsy with a little dash of grunge and has a nice patio. Remember to bring a $5 bill to draw on and hang up at the bar!
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Abe's On Lincoln
17 Lincoln Street
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A little off the way from most bars downtown, Abe's is home to quite a few people who knew about it “before it was cool.” It's laid back and artsy with a little dash of grunge and has a nice patio. Remember to bring a $5 bill to draw on and hang up at the bar!
How does one describe Pinkie Master's? Well, one doesn’t anymore! Though it’s now called “The Original” every Savannahian knows that one of our most iconic (and formerly scuzziest) bars is famous for a variety of reasons but mostly features for the local assembly of celebrities and drunks.
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The Original Pinkie Masters
318 Drayton St
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How does one describe Pinkie Master's? Well, one doesn’t anymore! Though it’s now called “The Original” every Savannahian knows that one of our most iconic (and formerly scuzziest) bars is famous for a variety of reasons but mostly features for the local assembly of celebrities and drunks.
Savannah’s newest and perhaps trendiest speak easy serves up complex cocktails in a hip downstairs location off the alley just south of Broughton St. Cool newspaper style menus feature work from beatnik authors and the menu is always changing. Be sure to check the Lounge out for a bit of class!
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Alley Cat Lounge
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Savannah’s newest and perhaps trendiest speak easy serves up complex cocktails in a hip downstairs location off the alley just south of Broughton St. Cool newspaper style menus feature work from beatnik authors and the menu is always changing. Be sure to check the Lounge out for a bit of class!
Garibaldi’s dinner menu is hit or miss, in my limited experience, but its beautiful decor (gold New Orleans style tin ceilings, black leather booths, and uber-romantic mood lighting), diverse clientele and skilled and friendly bartenders make it one of my favorite places to grab a before or after dinner drink.
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Garibaldi Cafe
315 West Congress Street
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Garibaldi’s dinner menu is hit or miss, in my limited experience, but its beautiful decor (gold New Orleans style tin ceilings, black leather booths, and uber-romantic mood lighting), diverse clientele and skilled and friendly bartenders make it one of my favorite places to grab a before or after dinner drink.
In the same vein as Garibaldi’s, Circa is a great places for drinks if you’re not in the mood for a dive bar. The bar half of the French restaurant is beautifully decorated and dimly lit, and has a largely local customer base despite its location in the heart of downtown. (You can order food on the bar side as well. If you’re a burger lover, theirs is one of the best burgers in town!)
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Circa 1875
48 Whitaker Street
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In the same vein as Garibaldi’s, Circa is a great places for drinks if you’re not in the mood for a dive bar. The bar half of the French restaurant is beautifully decorated and dimly lit, and has a largely local customer base despite its location in the heart of downtown. (You can order food on the bar side as well. If you’re a burger lover, theirs is one of the best burgers in town!)
Essentials
Locally owned liquor store with an especially incredible selection of beer and wine.
Habersham Beverage Warehouse
4618 Habersham Street
Locally owned liquor store with an especially incredible selection of beer and wine.
Right next to the Bean and in town long before that pesky Whole Foods, Brighter Day is the place locals shop for all organic and natural groceries as well as dietary supplements. They also have a delightful little deli in the back!
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Brighter Day Natural Foods
1102 Bull Street
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Right next to the Bean and in town long before that pesky Whole Foods, Brighter Day is the place locals shop for all organic and natural groceries as well as dietary supplements. They also have a delightful little deli in the back!
Shopping
A true local Savannah business, Savannah Bee Company is a must visit. Though they've gotten bigger and more widely known in the past few years it's still the same little company run by Ted the bee keeper. Be sure to visit the orginal store on Broughton St. and be extra special sure to go in for the mead tasting!
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Savannah Bee Company
104 West Broughton Street
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A true local Savannah business, Savannah Bee Company is a must visit. Though they've gotten bigger and more widely known in the past few years it's still the same little company run by Ted the bee keeper. Be sure to visit the orginal store on Broughton St. and be extra special sure to go in for the mead tasting!
The Book Lady is probably the nicest bookstore in the whole south east and a perfect place to stop for book lovers or anyone else. Specializing in used and antiquarian books it's nestled in a step down on Liberty St. and is as cozy and eclectic as you'd hope a used bookstore to be. Stop in and say hello to Joni (The Book Lady) and if you're a book lover, pick Daniel's brain too!
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The Book Lady Bookstore
6 East Liberty
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The Book Lady is probably the nicest bookstore in the whole south east and a perfect place to stop for book lovers or anyone else. Specializing in used and antiquarian books it's nestled in a step down on Liberty St. and is as cozy and eclectic as you'd hope a used bookstore to be. Stop in and say hello to Joni (The Book Lady) and if you're a book lover, pick Daniel's brain too!
Grave Face is a damn strange little store in the Starland District. Ostensibly it's a new and used vinyl shop but in practice it's a whole lot more, and a strange experience to boot. If you like taxidermy bats and vintage Eurythmics albums, you owe it to yourself to go.
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Graveface Records & Curiosities
5 West 40th Street
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Grave Face is a damn strange little store in the Starland District. Ostensibly it's a new and used vinyl shop but in practice it's a whole lot more, and a strange experience to boot. If you like taxidermy bats and vintage Eurythmics albums, you owe it to yourself to go.
One of the coolest local businesses in town, Planet Fun is exactly what it sounds like. A whole planetoid of fun stuff! Actually, it's a vintage toy store with a high focus on the late 70s through the 90s and an incredible collection of rare and antique video games and memorabilia but it's still worth checking out.
Planet Fun
127 E Broughton St
One of the coolest local businesses in town, Planet Fun is exactly what it sounds like. A whole planetoid of fun stuff! Actually, it's a vintage toy store with a high focus on the late 70s through the 90s and an incredible collection of rare and antique video games and memorabilia but it's still worth checking out.
Now in the old Primary Art Supply building (everything in Savannah used to be something else), Civvie's is a bad ass little used clothing shop with a smattering of other interesting things. The downstairs is even an antique store! Stop in and get on your high fashion at low prices.
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Civvies New & Recycled Clothing
14 E Broughton St
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Now in the old Primary Art Supply building (everything in Savannah used to be something else), Civvie's is a bad ass little used clothing shop with a smattering of other interesting things. The downstairs is even an antique store! Stop in and get on your high fashion at low prices.
Have you ever been to a “used art supply store?” Most people haven’t and I’ve never seen another place like Starlandia. Located right next some great vintage shops and galleries, this store will always get your creative juices flowing and leave you with some new artistic ideas when you’re truly stumped.
Starlandia Art Supply
2438 Bull St
Have you ever been to a “used art supply store?” Most people haven’t and I’ve never seen another place like Starlandia. Located right next some great vintage shops and galleries, this store will always get your creative juices flowing and leave you with some new artistic ideas when you’re truly stumped.
Named one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America, Adam Turoni is based in Savannah and is a true master of his craft. His shop is a must for all lovers of chocolate! His chocolates are made at the Broughton Street location (“The Dining Room”), and he also has a second shop (“The Library”) on Bull Street.
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Chocolat By Adam Turoni
323 W Broughton St
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Named one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America, Adam Turoni is based in Savannah and is a true master of his craft. His shop is a must for all lovers of chocolate! His chocolates are made at the Broughton Street location (“The Dining Room”), and he also has a second shop (“The Library”) on Bull Street.
Featuring jewelry, accessories, home decor, and fine art designed by SCAD students, alumni, and faculty, ShopSCAD is always worth a visit. Fun fact...they opened a second location in Lacoste, France in 2014.
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ShopSCAD Savannah
340 Bull Street
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Featuring jewelry, accessories, home decor, and fine art designed by SCAD students, alumni, and faculty, ShopSCAD is always worth a visit. Fun fact...they opened a second location in Lacoste, France in 2014.