Savannah is a dreamy city filled with historic architecture, southern culture and delicious food! From the Georgian houses to the cobble stone streets and moss filled oak trees, Savannah is definitely a sight to see, no matter the time of year.
Traveller Tip: I would recommend walking the city as you will find some beautiful spots in downtown that you would never find by car or bike.
I have visited Savannah twice now and both times have loved my stay with the Hyatt Regency Savannah. The hotel is located on River Street, which is extremely central to most of the touristic attractions and restaurants. The rooms are very clean and spacious and the employees very friendly. There are many places to stay in the city and the Hyatt is definitely in the top 10 due to its cleanliness, proximity to attractions and budget.
Forsyth park is a large city park that occupies 30 acres of the Savannah's Historic District. Located on the north end of the park, the fountain is one of the most photographed places in Savannah. Explore the park and marvel at the large oak trees and the statues all around representing the rich history of the city. If you’re in the city on a summer Saturday, there’s usually a big farmers’ market!
River Street is a cobble stone street filled with a mix of new buildings and old warehouses. It is the home to many local restaurants and stores that will definitely catch any tourist's eyes. My favorite store to stop in is the River Street Sweets Candy Store because it is Savannah's original candy store and it sells the most delicious, handmade pralines (a classic southern treat). Along the river, you will find musicians playing in the street, pop up markets and many spots to stop for an ice cream or coffee.
Plant Riverside District (New)
Located on River Street, the Plant Riverside District is Savannah's new entertainment district offering vibrant nightlife, luxury retail and specialty restaurants! This area was very new when I visited Savannah but is definitely worth checking out if you are in the city. We explored the extravagant JW Marriott hotel and enjoyed a couple drinks at the different restaurants available. Once completed, this district is going to be a great spot for locals and tourists to enjoy a few drinks and hop around from pavilion to pavilion exploring the different genres of foods.
Stroll through Savannah's Historic Squares
The city of Savannah is divided into squares of lush greenery across a one-square-mile area of the downtown. Stroll through the beautiful squares and learn a little about why each square is dedicated to someone in Savannah's history.
Shop at Broughton Street
If you plan to shop in Savannah, make sure to pass through Broughton Street. This street is full of retail stores, coffee shops, bars and restaurants! If you have the time, I would recommend exploring The Paris Market, which is a boutique store filled with one of a kind home decor, jewelry, antiques and much more. The store also has a quaint coffee shop that sells fresh pastries and coffee.
Walk Through Cathedral of St. John
Stroll into the Cathedral of St. John and marvel at its beauty.
Stroll through the City Market
The City Market is another spot in the city that tourists are able to shop, eat and play! One of my favorite stores in the City Market is Byrd's Famous Cookies. This store sells the most delicious and exquisite cookies I have ever had. I would recommend the Georgia Peach flavor.
Highly recommended brunch spot! Definitely be prepared to wait for a table.
Recommended: Banana Foster French Toast
Known for their fresh, french pastries and coffees!
Best hand-made ice cream with the most delicious flavors. No matter the time of year, there will always be a line to get into Leopold's.
Known for their delicious waffles! A must- try!
Located in the new area of the Plant Riverside District. This lounge celebrates the African heritage by offering delicious, cultural menu items. Being South African, you can imagine that this lounge made me feel right at home with its tasteful decor and delicious menu.
Recommended: Biltong Tasting Board, Chicken Shawarma tacos and basically everything else.
One of the many pavilions in the new Plant Riverside District. Stopped for a drink but the BBQ looked and smelled absolutely amazing!
Recommended: Peach Palmer
Fun Fact: Downtown Savannah is open container so you can get your drinks to go while you explore!
Traveller Tip: I would not recommend eating on River Street as these restaurants are preparing for large crowds and there are better restaurants located around the city that will not disappoint.
Places I would like to try when I go back:
Treylor Park $$
Mentioned on many, many blog posts and also mentioned on the Food Network
Cotton & Rye $$$
Amazing reviews all around
Olde Pink House Restaurant $$$
Although very pricey, it is highly recommended and a landmark of the city
Has great cocktails and an awesome view of the city