Savannah, Georgia is known for its southern charm. Old, southern mansions that are rumored to house old spirits define the city’s character, completed with ubiquitous oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Although you could spend a week admiring the quaint beauty of the city, there are endless things to do and explore in Savannah- a few of my favorites are listed below!
Stroll the City Market
The City Market is a collection of shops, bars and restaurants spanning a few blocks in downtown Historic Savannah. The City Market exudes a relaxed energy, making it the perfect place to spend a slow weekend afternoon. The roads are closed off to cars, and visitors are free to roam from store to store. During the day, the city market is swarmed with families and children visiting many small town shops, enjoying meals outdoors, and of course, and stopping by the candy store! In the evening, the city market is transformed into a vibrant scene with SCAD students and professionals alike enjoying outdoor dinners and drinks with friends. On the weekends, you may even find some live entertainment in the streets!
Roll along River Street
Along the Savannah River, visitors can walk a cobble stone pathway that is lined with restaurants, shops, and rooftop bars. While walking down River Street, visitors will hear locals singing on the street while watching ferries pass by and admiring the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. If you visit the Riverwalk, be sure to stop by my two favorite spots: Huey’s on the River and Rocks on the Roof!
Huey’s on the River
A New Orleans themed restaurant with one of the best weekend brunches around- even compared to New York! The sign outdoors boasts the “Best Bloody Mary in Savannah”, but I think it may just be the best Bloody Mary in America. The drink is made with pepper vodka, giving a smooth taste and consistency. It is garnished with the classics- celery, tomato, olive- plus okra for a southern twist. The drink is completed with a Cajun spiced rim. I recommend you accompany your Bloody Mary with the Crab Cake Benedict- a fresh lump crab cake topped with a perfectly poached egg sitting on an English muffin with a sprinkle of Cajun spice. For a sweet treat after your meal, try the beignets, which are topped with powdered sugar and praline sauce!
Rocks on the Roof
is located within the Bohemian Hotel and has an open indoor/outdoor rooftop bar on the fourth floor. Although you may visit for the drinks, you will quickly find that the atmosphere is even better. Rock’s on the Roof offers beautiful, uninterrupted views of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge!
Lick Ice Cream at Leopold’s:
Leopold’s Ice Cream is one of the best ice cream parlors in the country and the first place to invent the tutti frutti ice cream! Although I am a chocoholic, and preferred the chocolate raspberry, the tutti frutti ice cream had a sweet base flavor and was filled with a variety of dried candied fruits and nuts. Regardless of the flavor you choose to try, you are sure to receive a generous portion in a vintage glass ice cream cup- and even if you’re not in it for the ice cream, shop itself is worth visiting for its décor and ambiance!
Grab a Drink at Jen’s and Friends
Jen’s and Friends Bar is a well-known martini bar featuring unique martini flavors. Their standing best seller is the rice krispie flavor. However I was told the blackberry cobbler- a new flavor not yet on the menu- is predicted to be even more successful! The blackberry cobbler consists of toasted marshmallow and blackberry vodkas- plus some secret ingredients! It’s rimmed with caramel and graham cracker crumbs, topped with whip cream, and tastes just like pie! I also sampled the blood orange, mango, and Georgia peach flavors, which were light and refreshing. Although the martinis are festive, the atmosphere leaves something to be desired, as the space does not seem to fit with the architecture and character of Savannah; however, Savannah’s open container laws allow you to take your martini’s to go- drink up!
Sing at Smile’s
For a break from the typical bar scene, I recommend you check out Smiles, a dueling piano bar. Smiles is located in a large building with plenty of space for dancing (and singing along) as two pianists play requests across from each other. The pianists are very interactive with the crowd, and are sure to make the night a fun one! Although there is a $5 cover to get in, the entertainment is well worth it!
Break for the Beach
If you feel like taking a break from the city, I recommend you check out Tybee Island, a quaint beach town approximately 30 minutes east of Savannah. Tybee Island has many attractions, including a marine science center, as well as small bars, restaurants, shops, and of coarse a beautiful beach! I suggest you add a stop for lunch at Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp for the best BBQ in town. Although they’re known for the fried shrimp, I recommend ordering the BBQ Brisket Sandwich with a Sweet Tea. The brisket is cooked to perfection: the meat is tender and “not too fatty”. The sweet tea has just the right amount of sweetness, and stays cold without becoming “watery”. I also recommend trying the homemade coleslaw or cucumber salad, which is infused with home grown basil. The only thing better than the food is the atmosphere- the seating is outdoors, but covered with a large canopy. The décor is eclectic, but flawlessly matches the style of the island.