Enchanting by day, hauntingly beautiful by night, Savannah offers up its history with a soupçon of style. A short drive from Greenville transports you back in time to one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the United States, where cobblestone streets collide with contemporary shopping, food, and drink.
Savannah’s leafy, massive Spanish moss–covered trees shade 22 notable squares scattered throughout town, laid out in an easy-to-navigate grid created by General James Oglethorpe in 1733. Quiet and relaxing respites, the squares are miracles of modern urban planning—gathering places, children’s play areas, impromptu concert spaces, and memorial markers—as well as the location of some of the city’s most glorious Antebellum homes.
Antique and architecture aficionados will be sated by the historic tours of private residences that have been converted into restaurants or inns. The circa 1820 Isaiah Davenport House, now authentically restored and functioning as a museum, was rescued in 1955, a scant 24 hours before its scheduled demolition. A team of concerned women saved it, then founded the Historic Savannah Foundation, allowing for hundreds of the city’s “crown jewels” to be preserved.
Sip, stroll, and shop your way around town for all things current. Many of Savannah’s residents are art students attending the campuses of Savannah College of Art and Design. ShopSCAD is the place to buy their unique jewelry, apparel, and accessories. The several blocks of Broughton, Savannah’s main shopping district, feature major brands like women’s affordable but elegant clothier Club Monaco, quirky Urban Outfitters, and well-known designers Kate Spade and Michael Kors. Explore the side streets extending off the squares for stylish stops like Harper, a boutique on Bull Street whose light-filled, minimalist interior showcases fashion-forward womenswear. Duck into Satchel, the studio/workshop on Liberty Street, to peruse their ready-made accessories, or choose from numerous leathers, linings, and hardware to create your own custom handbags, wristlets, and totes.
French ambience personifies two shops on Broughton. Chocolat by Adam Turoni is a Louis XIV–inspired goody box full of gourmet sweets that are piled high on silver platters. The Paris Market & Brocante covers two levels of exquisitely curated must-haves, and is a sensory experience, not just a store. Stylish finds for the home in this global bazaar include new dinnerware, glassware, crystal chandeliers, and decorative accessories, as well as vintage pieces. For contemporary high-end home furnishings and lighting, wander around 24e Design Co.
Sophisticated dining is easily found. Take high tea in a former apothecary named Gryphon, all carved mahogany bookcases and stained glass. The Collins Quarter serves fresh, innovative cuisine inside a well-designed, casual café and outside on sidewalk tables. Dine at The Grey for elevated, contemporary Southern cuisine (foie gras & grits) in a meticulously renovated former Greyhound bus station full of classic Art Deco touches. Top the evening off with a nightcap alongside the fashionable crowd at The Artillery, an iconic landmark building that highlights the bar’s modern mixology. Or, pop in next door to the mid-century inspired Public Kitchen and Bar, where on a balmy night you can imbibe a glass of rosé on the wrought-iron balcony. Savannah truly personifies style, treasuring the historic while embracing the present.
The Paris Market & Brocante French-inspired riff on a vintage flea market with imported goods, one-of-a-kind treasures, and gifts. Enjoy a mocha and a macaron in their charming European-style café. 36 West Broughton; (912) 232-1500, theparismarket.com
24e Design Co. Two floors of modern, contemporary furniture, lighting, mirrors, and unique finds. 24 East Broughton; (912) 233-2274, 24estyle.com
Satchel Working design studio and retail shop with customizable leather goods. 4 East Liberty; (912) 233-1008, shopsatchel.com
Harper Industrial modern boutique with on-trend women’s fashion. 118 Bull; (912) 235-5172, harpersavannah.com
Club Monaco Sophisticated, city chic clothing for women. 212 West Broughton; (912) 232-2740, clubmonaco.com
ShopSCAD Student and alumni-created innovative items from fine art to fun apparel. 340 Bull; (912) 525-5180, shopscad.com
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Chocolat by Adam Turoni The signature dark chocolate bars shaped like keyholes make the perfect souvenir. 323 West Broughton (The Dining Room); (912) 335-2914, chocolatat.com
The Artillery Bar Upscale lounge serves up timeless elegance with savvy bartenders and finely-crafted cocktails. 307 Bull; (912) 335-5522, artillerybar.com
The Public Kitchen and Bar You’ll find paella to PEI mussels, plus creative brunch items and three types of Bloody Marys. 1 West Liberty; (912) 200-4045, thepublickitchen.com
The Grey New York City–trained chef Mashama Bailey offers lunch, dinner, Sunday Supper, and oyster happy hour. 109 Martin Luther King Jr; (912) 662-5999, thegreyrestaurant.com
Gryphon Tea Room Seasonal offerings from fresh, local sources for lunch, brunch, or afternoon tea, which includes scones, tea sandwiches, and petit fours. 337 Bull; (912) 525-5880, scadgryphon.com
Collins Quarter Cheerful locale for early morning coffee, brioche French toast, salads, and dinner entrées like duck confit. 151 Bull; (912) 777-4147, thecollinsquarter.com
B Historic Hotel Start the journey at the B Historic Hotel, a boutique property firmly situated in the middle of the neighborhood known as the Historic District rife with mansions and monuments, and an easy walk to everything. Socialize in the lobby with like-minded patrons who appreciate the hotel’s ultra-modern design. 320 Montgomery; (912) 921-5300, bhotelsandresorts.com/b-historic
Isaiah Davenport House Museum This is one of many historic house tours available in town. 324 East State; (912) 236-8097, davenporthousemuseum.org