It might be Georgia’s oldest city, but Savannah isn’t stuck in the past. While its historic district and churches remind visitors of its origins, its vibrant shopping areas and restaurants have helped breathe new life into the town. Make sure you don’t miss the following attractions when you visit Savannah.

Early Morning: Have a Café Breakfast in North Historic District

With a busy day ahead, you’ll need the energy that only a comforting Savannah breakfast provides. The cafes in the northern part of the Historic District are renowned for their breakfasts. If you love pancakes, stop by The Funky Brunch Café, which has griddles built into its tables! For a slice of Paris, you can’t beat the Goose Feathers Café, which serves European favorites such as filled sweet and savory croissants and quiches.

Forsyth Park in the Historic District of Savannah.

Midmorning: Get Your Bearings

Savannah is such a beautiful city that you’ll enjoy spending your morning simply getting to know your surroundings. Savannah’s flat streets and simple layout make it a joy to explore on foot. Or you could save your legs with a carriage ride through the Historic District or a trip on the Hop On Hop Off Trolley.

Noon: Enjoy Lunch With a View at River Street

River Street is the ideal spot to enjoy lunch with a view. Those views don’t come much better than the ones at Vic’s on the River; the fourth-floor dining room is positioned to take advantage of the scenery. The menu offers a real taste of Georgia with local delicacies like crawfish beignets, buttermilk fried chicken, and shrimp and grits. For a taste of Louisiana, head to Huey’s. The red beans and rice with Andouille sausage, shrimp creole, and pasta jambalaya will have you imagining you’re in New Orleans.

Afternoon: See Historic Homes

Savannah has some of the most beautiful historic homes in the country. Look out for ghosts at Sorrel-Weed House, believed to be one of the city’s most haunted sites. Owens-Thomas House and Isaiah Davenport House are also worth a look.

Fort James Jackson on the Savannah River.

Late Afternoon: Shop Up a Storm

The late afternoon is the perfect time to shop for souvenirs in Savannah. The Historic District is a popular shopping choice, for its mix of high-end boutiques, antique stores, and marketplaces. Savannah Mall, on the city’s south side, is also great fun with its animal-themed carousel and buzzing center court area. Abercorn Common, America’s first LEED-certified retail center, offers more great shopping opportunities.

Dinnertime: Dine at One of Savannah’s Best Restaurants

Savannah’s best restaurants deliver a fine dining experience that rivals that of the world’s culinary capitals. Alligator Soul Restaurant can be hard to find, buried in a former grain warehouse’s basement, but it’s worth the effort to sample its locally caught fish of the day and rotating exotic specialties, such as kangaroo, ostrich, and elk. The Olde Pink House, an 18th-century mansion, delivers a dining experience befitting its décor, with seafood dishes being its specialty.

Late Night: Enjoy Live Music on River Street

For a night out, do as the locals do, and stroll down River Street until you hear music that moves you. Step inside venues like Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, Bayou Café, and Saddle Bags Savannah to discover great bands that will have you dancing through the night.

Where to Stay in Savannah

As one of Georgia’s most popular cities, Savannah has many accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. Enjoy the friendly service of a local bed and breakfast or the convenience of a city hotel.

Savannah City Market.

Beautiful Bed and Breakfasts

Savannah’s bed and breakfasts are known for their Southern hospitality. They’re typically on Savannah’s outskirts, but that makes them ideal for people who prefer to be removed from the city’s hustle and bustle. Azalea Inn and Villas, near Forsyth Park, is a beautiful 19th-century property with a swimming pool and picturesque gardens. The guest rooms at Foley House Inn will make you feel totally pampered. Many have working fireplaces and Jacuzzis!

Handy City Hotels

For convenience, it’s hard to beat the downtown hotels. The Kimpton Brice Hotel, across from the Savannah River, has modern guest rooms, an outdoor pool and fitness center, and complimentary bicycles for exploring the city. The Bohemian Hotel, another riverfront option, has more of a charming, historic feel. The rooftop lounge, Rocks on the Roof, is the ideal place for seeing live bands and sipping on cocktails. The decadent Millionaire’s Margarita is the bar’s specialty.

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