Savannah, GA Travel Guide

Oh Savannah, how I love you so. After visiting for the first time as an adult in early 2022, this historic city quickly took a piece of my heart and I’ve been back two times since. If you’re counting, that is three times in a seven-month period. From the rich history and gorgeous architecture to the countless things to do, places to eat, and things to see, there is so much to experience in this vibrant southern city. It’s small but still big enough that there’s plenty to do. Which is something I love!

Savannah is a city that makes me feel at home. With quaint streets similar to the ones in the Beacon Hill and South End neighborhoods of Boston, it’s like I’m visiting just another neighborhood but with warmer weather. The vibe and culture are a tad different, but every time I leave I immediately start planning my next visit.

Savannah, GA Travel Guide

Getting to Savannah

Depending on where you’re coming from, the best way to get to Savannah is to drive or fly. Since I’m from New England, driving really isn’t an option I’d ever consider so I fly in. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is about a 20-minute Uber/Lyft ride outside of downtown Savannah. Most major cities have direct flights into Savannah which is also great.

Getting Around Town

One of the best parts of Savannah is how walkable it is! You really don’t need to rent a car (and I recommend you don’t – parking can be a pain!) unless you’re planning on exploring areas outside of Savannah. During my visits, the longest stretch I really walked was from Forsyth Park to River Street, which took about 25 minutes and there’s a lot to see and do along the way. If you don’t want to walk (or can’t!), the Savannah Pedicab is a really convenient option as well as Uber/Lyft.

perry lane hotel

Where to Stay in Savannah

Perry Lane Hotel – One of my favorite spots to stay when I’m in Savannah! This modern (but chic!) hotel has all of the comforts of home, including a library room, a sitting area, a rooftop pool, and unlimited champagne from 10 AM to 11 PM in the lobby.

The Jules – If you’re traveling with kids or want access to a full kitchen, you’ll fall in love with this mansion-turned-suite-style hotel located across from Chippewa Square!

Read my full review of The Jules here.

The Alida – Filled with contemporary furnishings, a rooftop bar, and easy access to River Street, The Alida is an inviting hideaway for travelers visiting Savannah.

The Drayton Hotel – Located in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, The Drayton has gorgeous views of downtown, City Hall, and the Savannah River. It’s also home to St. Neo’s Brasserie!

Where to Eat in Savannah

I know the south is known for its delicious food options (I die for pimento cheese!) but I wasn’t expecting Savannah to have as good of a food scene as they do. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a fancy dinner, or a place to grab a drink with the girls, there are plenty of places to experience, no matter what you’re in the mood for!

Breakfast & Brunch

J. Christopher’s – If you’re looking for a classic breakfast, J. Christopher’s is your spot! Located in the heart of downtown Savannah on the corner of Liberty and Abercorn, this breakfast spot has delicious pancakes and a cute little front patio.

Fox & Fig Cafe – Albeit small, the Fox & Fig is mighty! Their plant-based menu is to die for and their coffee is even better. Eat in (or on their patio!) or take your food to go and enjoy it in one of the local squares.

The Grove – While The Grove offers lunch and dinner as well, their brunch is great! It has a lot of seating options both inside and out, and the rooftop level has outdoor sitting and big windows that open along the bar. Order the cheese and charcuterie plate and the french twist cocktail!

Little Duck Diner – This vintage-inspired diner is a must-visit when you’re in Savannah and is very Instagrammable. The biscuit sandwich is a favorite for breakfast and they serve La Colombe coffee.

Lunch & Dinner

Hitch – This no-frills casual spot, is a favorite of mine for lunch and pre-dinner drinks! I could write an entire love letter to the loaded waffle fry nachos and the fried green tomatoes. The illegally blonde cocktail is also a must-try. It’s delicious, refreshing, and packs a punch!

St. Neo’s Brasserie – Located on the ground level of The Drayton Hotel, St. Neo’s Brasserie is a chic brasserie with a southern flare. The menu switches out often but you really can’t go wrong with anything they offer!

Poe’s Tavern – Poe’s is your typical gastropub but is a great spot for a casual dinner! Their menu puts a large focus on burgers (you can get beef, chicken, or veggie!) and their fries are absolutely delicious. Located just a street up the Savannah River, it’s a good spot to grab dinner and watch sports before heading out for the night.

Collin’s Quarter – With two convenient locations (Forsyth Park and Bull Street), Collin’s Quarter is a great option for both lunch and dinner. The Bull Street location is great for dinner and has a wonderful wine menu and outdoor seating.

The Public Kitchen & Bar – The Public truly has something on their menu for everyone, making it a great spot to dine with friends! The bar isn’t too big but it’s gorgeous, I love the moody lighting inside, and the patio is great for a group. Make sure to order the tomato and goat cheese dip, the carbonara, and lucy in the fog cocktail.

Emporium Kitchen – Located within the Perry Lane Hotel, the Emporium Kitchen is a great spot for dinner or a quick drink. I die for their french fries with Old Bay seasoning and the la borgia cocktail (mezcal, yellow chartreuse, blood orange, sichuan chili, bitters). This is also my go-to spot to get some work done over a cocktail when I’m in town!

The Vault Kitchen & Bar – If you love Asian fusion and history, add The Vault to your itinerary! Located within a renovated bank, this industrial chic space is great for dinner. Make sure you try the dumplings!

where to eat in savannah

Coffee, Cocktails, & Quick Bites

Franklin’s – Whether you need a quick pick-me-up or want to sit and enjoy something for breakfast, Franklin’s is that spot. Albeit small, everything they offer is delicious and the design is stunning! Get the croissant sandwich and cold brew.

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee – Located downtown, Bitty & Beau’s is committed to treating everyone equally and most of their employees have disabilities, which is incredible to see. Their coffee and pastries are delicious, too!

Gallery Espresso – A Savannah Staple, Gallery Espresso is located across from Chippewa Square and has the best bagels, pastries, and coffee.

Artillery – Located next to The Public Kitchen, Artillery is a great spot to grab pre-dinner drinks. The design of the bar is stunning and worth a visit to experience.

Zunzi’s – The best (quick!) lunch spot in Savannah! All of the sandwiches are packaged to go and it has a super cute patio. At night, it turns into a bar with fun lights and live music. What more is there to ask for?

The Wayward – Located within the Perry Lane Hotel, The Wayward has a punk/glam/garage feel and a gorgeous wooden bar. If you’re in Savannah during the holidays, make sure to stop in an see the bar transformed into a Christmas bar!

Moodright’s – This wood-paneled bar is complete with pool tables, a photo booth, and duckpin bowling. It also has a surprisingly delicious cocktail menu (get the french connection!). Love this bar as a late-night spot post-dinner to hang out with friends.

JalapeƱos – JalapeƱos is your typical Mexican restaurant and while it is by no means Instagrammable, it is delicious! I always pop in here at least once during my trips to Savannah whether it’s for a quick margarita and some queso or an easy dinner.

Provisions Wine & Groceries – If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen/kitchenette or want to have a picnic in the park, stop into Provisions for some snacks and wine!

Electric Moon – I’m typically one for a restaurant bar but Electric Moon is too cool not to visit. With slides down to the patio and outdoor activities, there’s plenty to do at this river-side bar! Perfect for a girl’s night or date.

chippewa square

Things To Do in Savannah

Forsyth Park – This city-owned park stretches across 30 acres in the heart of Savannah and is absolutely beautiful. It’s one of Savannah’s well-known icons and has a beautiful fountain in the middle.

Walk Along the River – If super touristy activities aren’t your thing, you won’t want to venture down to River Street, but it is a historic landmark in Savannah! Filled with souvenir shops, bars, and various restaurants, there’s plenty to see when you take a walk along the river.

SCAD Museum of Art – Founded in 2002 as part of Savannah College of Art and Design, this contemporary art museum features art from international artists and serves as a resource for SCAD students/alumni. The perfect activity for bad weather days (or days that it’s too hot to spend a lot of time outside!).

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace – The home (and birthplace of) Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon. Converted into a museum in 1953 when the building was purchased by the Girl Scouts of USA to save it from the threat of being demolished. It’s also one of the only “house” museums in the country created specifically for girls to enjoy.

Bonaventure Cemetery – The historic Bonaventure Cemetery is a must-visit when in Savannah! Spread across over 150 acres, the cemetery sits on a former plantation owned by Colonel John Mullryne. There are over 500 grave markers denoting the final resting place of Confederate soldiers in the cemetery. As you walk through, you’ll also notice statues for the seven virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility.

Chippewa Square – Located in the center of Savannah, Chippewa Square is one of the most well-known squares in the city and is absolutely gorgeous. It not only was the original filming place for the Forrest Gump bench scenes but is also the location of one the most important skirmishes of the War of 1812. The square took its name from this battle!

Ghost Tours – There is a lot of history in Savannah, which means a lot of ghosts! Three are several ghost tours in Savannah that will bring you down the haunted streets of the city and you’ll learn more spooky facts than you might want to.

Shops to Visit

The Paris Market – The cutest cafe meets boutique, The Paris Market is a must-visit in Savannah. You’ll want to leave with all of the home, beauty, and baby finds!

The Edition Shop – Located in the heart of downtown The Edition Shop carries brands from Self-Portrait and A.L.C. to For Love & Lemons.

E. Shaver, Bookseller – Personal residence turned bookshop, E. Shaver has four resident cats and is one of my favorite shops to visit when I’m in Savannah. I can’t help but get a few books every time I stop in!

Urban Poppy – Located along the river, Urban Poppy is the cutest botanical shop with plenty of home finds!

Emily McCarthy Shoppe – If you love color, you’ll love this boutique!

Paris Laundry – The shop my clean beauty dreams are made from! Stop in to grab some of your favorite and your new-to-me clean beauty products.

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