Savannah’s charming historic district is one of the largest in the United States (2.5 square miles) with more than 1,800 buildings of varied architectural styles-Federal, Georgian, Regency, Greek Revival, Italianate, Gothic Revival, Romanesque Revival and Second French Empire. Getting an overview of the area is essential when visiting Savannah for the first time, since there are more than 45 historical and cultural attractions. Hop on one of the city’s many tour buses, trolleys, or horse-drawn carriages or select one of several themed tours ranging from architecture, African-American heritage, film, Southern writers, to cooking tours based on cooking celebrity Paula Deen.
Where to Shop
Check out Savannah’s City Market which was once a social and commercial center for the city. Opening in 1755, farmers and fishermen brought to market such wares as scuppernongs, pigeon peas, and fresh seafood. Today the market is a haven for artists and their galleries, boutiques, antiques, apparel, and gifts.
Don’t miss the old cotton warehouses and cobblestone sidewalks along Historic River Street where you will find galleries, gift shops, boutiques, pubs and cafes. River Street Market Place offers 60 unique shops in open-sir sheds along the river.
Explore Broughton Street with its ever-expanding selection of locally owned boutiques and upscale stores such as DC2 Design and the three-story trendsetting Paris Market & Brocante boutique. If antiques are your thing, check out Jere’s Antiques, a 33,000-square-foot warehouse on Bay Street. Be sure to stop by True Grits or the Paula Deen Store for Southern gourmet and local foods as well as a wide variety of souvenir gifs.