A Foodie’s Weekend Guide to Savannah, Georgia featuring where to stay, what to eat, places to see and experiences that you should not miss!
*updated July 2017*
My earliest memory of Savannah was walking through City Market and down River Street on a mission to find the best praline candy. My family vacationed by the beach in the area often during the summer and I spent many days visiting historic Savannah. Even as a young child, I loved Savannah most for it’s delectable food, beautiful parks and history.
My foodie’s guide to Savannah features all of my favorite things to eat, see and do while visiting the historic city. Park your car for the weekend and explore the best that the city has to offer! Make sure to follow along on Instagram for more of my favorite foodie spots and to see where I am heading next.
Foodie’s Guide to Savannah, Georgia
Where to Stay in Savannah
Savannah is a historic city with many beautiful inns, hotels and property rentals. Before my visit to Savannah, I decided to stay in a rental property located only steps from many of the places I wanted to visit while in the city. I love renting properties in historic cities because it is a great way to feel right at home in a beautiful city.
I booked a stay with Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals and chose Liberty Landing Too for its central location in the historic district, beautiful open living area and luxury accommodations. The unit is even more beautiful that the photos on their site and exceeded all of my expectations. Best of all, the rental agency has an app for your phone where you can check in, check out and locate all the information you need about your property and the surrounding area. I’ve currently use many travel brand apps and am very impressed with the Lucky Savannah app. We also really love Southern Belle Vacation Rentals and stayed in their Lady Gwinnett property located near Forsyth Park during another visit.
Beautiful natural light fills the main living area. Stay for the weekend or even a week in this unit made for two or rent one of the many other properties in Savannah suitable for large families or a girl’s weekend getaway.
What to Eat in Savannah
(1) Casual dinner at The Florence – CLOSED
*The Florence closed in June 2017. Executive Chef Kyle Jacovino moved to the new 1540 Room. While I’m disappointed to hear of the closing of The Florence, I am excited to check out the new 1540 Room on my next visit to Savannah.*
Who doesn’t love pizza cooked in an authentic Neapolitan oven? Fresh ingredients and locally harvested food are easily found on the menu at The Florence. As always, I highly recommend trying a little of everything. Split a pizza with someone and try the fresh pasta. Or save room for dessert and enjoy a cannoli.
(2) Endless sweet treats and sandwiches at Back in the Day Bakery
Although it is difficult to choose a favorite among so many great restaurants in Savannah, Back in the Day Bakery is very close to the top. I really wish I lived closer to this place because I wanted to try one of everything. The sandwiches, freshly baked pastries and delectable buttermilk biscuits are too good to resist.
If you don’t eat anything else while you are in Savannah, you need to eat at least one build-your-own biscuit from Back in the Day Bakery. I ordered a light and fluffy biscuit with butter, jam and bacon. Try a biscuit with your own custom fillings!
(3) Belgian Liege Waffle at Mirabelle Cafe
Every since I tasted a liege waffle for the first time on a previous trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, I knew that I needed to find them again. Mirabelle Cafe is located only a few blocks from the Liberty Landing Too vacation rental. Make sure to stop in for Savannah’s only location for authentic liege waffles. The cafe overlooks the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist so it is a great place to stop and enjoy a sweet treat while you are exploring the historic district.
(4) Southern cuisine at The Olde Pink House
Before my visit to Savannah, many people recommended that I visit The Olde Pink House for dinner. The restaurant is not only an iconic landmark in Savannah but also a must-visit on any trip. Explore each of the unique rooms of the home to take a step back into history and enjoy authentic southern cuisine. I highly recommend the fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits. The shrimp and grits are unlike anything I ever tasted before. The shrimp is layered upon a fried grits cake and served with creamy sauce.
(5) Ice Cream at Leopold’s
A trip to Savannah is not complete without a visit to Leopold’s Ice Cream. Don’t be intimidated by the line out the door. It moves quickly and is well worth any wait. Most of the current flavors are the same that were available when Leopold’s was founded in 1919. I highly recommend a double scoop of the Honey Almond & Cream ice cream. It is made with local Savannah honey and is too good to resist!
Places to See in Savannah
(6) Explore City Market and Broughton Street
Savannah is filled with many small shops and boutiques featuring unique culinary offerings. Stop by The Paris Market for beautiful decor, French pastries and more! A few of my other favorite shops include the Savannah Bee Company, Marche de Macarons, Byrd’s Cookie Company and Chocolat by Adam Turoni. Exploring the shopping district is a great way to spend the afternoon and enjoy a taste of Savannah!
Make sure to stop by the cute little cafe at The Paris Market for an afternoon sweet treat.
Chocolate is art at Chocolat by Adam Turoni. With a few shops located throughout the Savannah historic district, you will find everything you need to satisfy your afternoon chocolate cravings.
Bryd’s Cookies offers free samples so don’t miss their location in City Market. My favorite are the Key Lime Coolers.
(7) Forysth Park
Explore the many beautiful parks and squares located in Savannah. The largest park, and also my favorite, is Forsyth Park. Walk the one square mile path around the park to burn off calories or pack a picnic lunch (from Back in the Day Bakery, perhaps?) and find a spot on the beautiful green located just steps from the iconic Forsyth Park fountain. I really love starting or ending every day in Savannah with a visit to the park.
(8) Explore the Historic District
Savannah is a city with rich history and a beautiful historic district. You could easily spend the entire weekend exploring the historic homes and parks. Many of the historic homes and sites are open to the public. Even on a rainy weekend, like the last time I visited, Savannah is a great place to take a walk through history.
Best Experiences in Savannah
(9) Farmer’s Market at Forstyth Park
Meet and greet local farmers at the Forsyth Park Farmer’s Market open on Saturday mornings at Forsyth Park. Stop by for local honey, vegetables and more.
(10) 700 Kitchen Cooking School
One of the best experiences in Savannah is the 700 Kitchen Cooking School located at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. I really love this experience because it is great for anyone and is the perfect activity to enjoy as a couple or with a large group of friends.
I chose the Farmer’s Market Tour class because I loved the idea of shopping for locally grown, fresh produce at the Forsyth Park Farmer’s Market and then preparing a meal from the ingredients. With 16 people, the class was fun, laid-back and casual. It was a mix between a demonstration class and a hands on class. Chef Peter Russo, a James Beard executive chef, featured an engaging class fit for everyone.
While I always love any opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with an executive chef, there is no pressure at all to prepare or cook the food. Grab the knives and start prepping fresh collard greens and sliced bread or sit back, relax and enjoy watching Chef Russo prepare a delectable Low Country meal.
The best part of the class was the end, of course! After all of the meal prep and cooking is complete, everyone gathers around a long wooden table to enjoy a taste of Savannah with perfectly cooked steak, shrimp, grits, greens and more. If I had to choose only one activity to enjoy while in Savannah, the 700 Kitchen Cooking School is definitely my choice!
Savannah is a city with endless things to eat, see and do. Visit for a weekend and explore some of the best foodie spots featured here or stay for a week and explore all that the area has to offer.
This post was created in partnership with Visit Savannah. As always, all opinions are my own.