8 Insta-Worthy Spots In Savannah
March 26, 2021
Live oaks. Cobblestone streets. Elegant squares. Swoon-worthy architecture. Horse-drawn carriages. Flickering lanterns. Add all of this together and you get one of the most Instagrammable cities in the United States – Savannah, Georgia. This genteel Georgia city has something for just about everyone.
1. Collins Quarter
2. Rainbow Row
3. The Paris Market
4. Forsyth Park
5. River Street
6. Leopold’s Ice Cream
7. The Historic Distric
8. Perry Lane Hotel
9. The Alida Hotel
With red banquettes, marble tables, palm-green chairs, a stunning coffee bar, and sunlight streaming through the large windows, this spot is a showstopper. Melbourne native Stephen Hamile has brought cheeky Aussie humor to Savannah with this highly-recommended restaurant. Dish names include “Biscuits Gone Wild” (biscuits with sausage and smoked bacon gravy) and “Bibbidi Bibbidi Bop” (a Cobb salad with bacon, sweet onions, heirloom tomato, and blue-cheese dressing). Collins Quarter combines restoration with renovation, preserving elements of Savannah’s timeless architecture and complementing it with a modern touch. The coffee bar features a sports-car-red espresso machine from Italian specialist La Marzocco, the first of that particular model on the whole East Coast. The sidewalk dining and interior spaces are stunning, but it’s the food and drinks worth snapping. Don’t miss the spiced lavender mocha and brunch items like brioche French toast.
Charleston isn’t the only Southern city with a Rainbow Row. Located in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District one block from River Street, Rainbow Row is a collection of charming Carpenter Italianate-style row homes. Just off Washington Square, each unit features Victorian-era details, a courtyard and a unique color scheme that embodies the ambiance of old Savannah.
The Paris Market
A little taste of Paris in Savannah? Oui, Oui. In the heart of Savannah lies a tribute to the storied flea markets of France: The Paris Market & Brocante. This two-story Paris-inspired shopping mecca stocks a dreamy French-accented assortment. Anchored by a sunlit café that Architectural Digest named “The Most Beautiful Coffee Shop in Georgia,” the two-level boutique lends the distinct feel of a well-curated Parisian flea market. The market’s coffee-and-tea shop is the perfect spot for a quick sandwich or a plate of macarons.
No visit to Savannah is complete without seeing Forsyth Park and its famous fountain. This lush 30-acre park is on the edge of Savannah’s downtown historic district. The fountain has aged extremely well – it’s over 150 years old! Various other historic monuments and sculptures are scattered around the park. On Saturday mornings, check out the Forsyth Farmers Market at the park’s south end.
With its charming cobblestone streets, brick factor buildings and scenic water views, River Street offers a myriad of photo opts. Here you’ll find some of the city’s most popular bars, which let you take your drinks to go. Wander over to Rousakis Riverfront Plaza for an expansive view of the Savannah River and the colorful Savannah Belles ferries heading to and from Hutchinson Island.
Leopold’s Ice Cream
Founded in 1919 by three brothers who moved to the States from Greece, Leopold’s is an institution in Savannah. Located on E. Broughton Street (you can’t miss its signature signage) and alongside over 30 flavors of ice cream it serves soda fountain classics, from banana splits and milkshakes to pimento cheese sandwiches. You’ll love the retro décor and dozens of delicious flavors, like Thin Mints & Cream and Coconut sorbet.
The Historic District in Savannah
One of your first stops in Savannah should be its world-famous Historic District. More than 20 cobblestoned blocks contain striking antebellum mansions, historic churches, manicured gardens, and parks shaded by towering live oaks. These dramatic antebellum mansions survived General William Tecumseh Sherman’s fiery march to the sea during the Civil War. Home to incredible 18th- and 19th-century architecture, and a mix of Greek Revival, Gothic, and Southern styles, it is a National Historic Landmark. We made sure to take a walk down Jones Street which is widely considered to be one of the prettiest streets in the United States.
Perry Lane Hotel
The Perry Lane Hotel is located in the heart of the city’s historic neighborhood between River Street and Forsyth Park. It is an irresistible destination for discovering the Southern warmth and worldly style of Savannah. The art, design, décor and sophistication of Perry Lane Hotel is the vision of muse and grande dame, Adelaide Harcourt, a Savannah native. The hotel features 167-guest rooms, more than 8,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor event space, two bars and a restaurant. A welcoming checkered marble foyer flooring that feels more like a residence of a well-to-do friend than a hotel lobby. The hotel balances a modern sophistication with the beautiful heritage and culture of Georgia’s first city. Peregrin, the all-weather rooftop bar, has views of the cityscape, lawn games (such as corn hole and foosball) , premium cocktails, and a curated wine list. From exquisite views of the cityscape from the rooftop deck to hand-crafted premium cocktails and a carefully curated wine list, the Peregrin experience is one of a kind.
The Alida Hotel
The Alida Hotel is a boutique hotel in Savannah, named after the celebrated native entrepreneur Alida Harper Fowlkes. The hotel is a testament to the Savannah entrepreneurial spirit and Southern hospitality, full of original artwork and designs from local artists. Located on the riverfront in the brand new Plant Riverside Entertainment District, The Alida Hotel is the perfect place to stay in Savannah for easy access to the most vibrant, historic, and beautiful areas of the city. If you’re just looking for a nice view, check out The Alida Hotel’s rooftop bar, The Lost Square. The Lost Square continues the exposed-brick motif and offers views of the Savannah skyline, including sweeping sightlines over the river!
Looking for more Instagram-worthy travel destinations? Check out my list of the 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Charleston!
Photography By: Catherine Ann Photography