In the spirit of old Savannah, the historic City Market is alive and bustling, welcoming guests of all ages to enjoy its charming ambiance. In 1755, City Market was where fishermen and farmers brought their wares and where horse-drawn carriages brought people to meet, shop and socialize. Back then, it was Savannah’s social and commercial gathering spot. Though the original structures did not survive various fires, demolition and the eventuality of progress, a group of history enthusiasts worked to revive the City Market and due to their efforts, it is once again a center of activity.
Today, visitors and residents come for the restaurants, pubs, unique shops, museums and galleries. There’s also a vibrant night-life including live music and entertainment in the courtyards. And to many visitors, a horse-drawn carriage ride brings back the nostalgic beauty of the Original City Market.
What began in 1886 as a small museum housed in the Telfair family home, today encompasses several locations providing visitors with wondrous examples of the world’s great art movements and styles. From the works of prolific painter and father of Impressionism Claude Monet to the most contemporary conceptual art, the breadth of the work on display at the Telfair is breathtaking. There are 3 buildings that comprise the oldest public museum in the south: the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Owens-Thomas House, and the dramatic Jepson Center for the Arts. The Telfair Academy, a historic mansion from 1820 listed in the National Register of Historic Places and located in Savannah’s historic district, is where you’ll find romantic interior spaces and many works from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Owens-Thomas House will transport you back to 19th century Savannah and immerse you in the distinct style of the period and the Jepson Center for the Arts, a modern architectural work of art itself, links Savannah’s past to its present and offers world-class touring exhibitions along with hands-on, interactive exhibits for kids.
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The ‘Hostess City of the South’ boasts a burgeoning culinary scene with a plethora of options to choose from. Whether its traditional Low Country fare, modern twists on old favorites, delightful gastro pubs or out-of-this-world chef-driven fine dining, you’ll find endless ways to fill your tummy with deliciousness.
On the southwest corner of City Market, housed in a restored red-brick building that once sold groceries at the turn of the 20th-century, you’ll find Belford’s. Consistently ranked as one of Savannah’s culinary must-eats, especially for their steaks and seafood selections, this is where you’ll get to enjoy flawlessly prepared, local southern fare in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
‘Chef’s Table,’ Netflix’s celebrated and elegantly produced food docu-series, dedicated an episode to the talented chefs and exquisite eats in Georgia’s First City. Among those profiled, Chef Mashama Bailey’s restaurant, the Grey, has been called “audacious and accessible” with her earthy, thought-provoking dishes. This is just a taste of what you can expect with the many amazing places to visit and eat in this charming city.
There’s no better time to pick up some memorable gifts for family and friends or even a special something for you. Stop in at Trolley Stop Gifts for a variety of gifts, souvenirs, stationery and more.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Savannah at the Inn at Ellis Square, a grand historic hotel steps away from City Market. Located in the Guckenheimer Building, built in 1851, The Inn at Ellis Square exudes southern tradition and charm. It has been restored to its original magnificence and offers guests a meaningful and memorable stay in the heart of Savannah. Original hard-wood floors and warm red brick walls blend beautifully with gracious modern amenities. Its idyllic setting is just a short walk to galleries and horse drawn carriage tours, fine dining and outdoor cafes and a wonderful variety of live music.
Art-lovers have a friend in Savannah. Fueled by the presence of the Savannah School of Art & Design (SCAD) that has made its home here since 1979, the scene in this small coastal city offers big-city options to satiate your every artistic desire. Head over to historic downtown every second Saturday of the month and take an inspired stroll to the many small and vibrant galleries during the Savannah Art Walk. If you like funky, whimsical pop-art, visit A.T. Hun to view one of the most eclectic collections in City Market. For colorful, homegrown artwork depicting Savannah itself, you’ll want to check out Gouse. Gallery gawking is practiced and encouraged by locals and visitors alike so get out there and discover the next big thing in the art world!
Located in Savannah’s popular City Market, the American Prohibition Museum is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition. Highlighting an era of gangsters, rum runners, and flappers, the museum brings the Roaring Twenties to life with over 20 intoxicating exhibits and an authentic speakeasy. Featuring 21st century technology and immersive displays, the museum takes guests on a journey through the past to the early 1900s when anti-alcohol rallies swept the nation and America’s struggle with alcohol was brought to light.
City Market, with its reputation of being the ‘Art and Soul of Savannah,’ is swamped with things to do at night. For a relatively small city, the nightlife here really packs a wallop with an impressive array of bars, pubs, and live music venues, not to mention the city’s ‘to-go cup’ culture that makes it legal to take your adult beverage wherever you go. Get things started at Pour Larry’s. This, allegedly haunted, fun dive-bar is the original birthplace of one of America’s favorite past times. Not, baseball. Beer Pong. Decidedly unpretentious and such a fun hang that they named it twice, The Bar Bar is a great place to grab very reasonably priced cocktails, shoot some stick, and get your foosball on. There’s always something fun waiting for you in City Market after dark!