Savannah, Georgia is the ideal destination for your next girls weekend because it has everything one looks for: delicious food, nightlife, beaches, and shopping. That doesn’t even include the history, which dates back to before the founding of the United States. This weekend itinerary is ideal for people who have visited Savannah and seen all its major tourist attractions prior but are looking for things to do with their friends.
Mention that you’re visiting Savannah to a local and they’ll quickly make you a list of all the places you need to dine. There’s no shortage of delicious eateries for every taste. Just be sure to schedule time for walking it off!
The Collins Quarter– Known for their Aussie style coffees and epic brunches, start your day with the avocado toast at the Instagrammable cafe. Grab a seat outside, weather permitting, for prime people watching or snag a drink to go from the walk-up window.
Back In The Day Bakery– A short drive from the historic district, this local favorite is run by a couple who were nominated for a James Beard award for their cookbook. Enjoy a Southern-style biscuit or sandwich.
B. Matthew’s Eatery– This restaurant is one of only a few that does brunch daily for those not so early risers. Options range from light yogurt and granola to decadent fried green tomatoes eggs Benedict.
Pie Society City Market– Personal sized savory pies are the perfect way to enjoy a filling lunch for cheap. Stop by the City Market location and enjoy your British-style chicken rosemary pie in one of the city’s squares.
Green Truck Neighborhood Pub– This neighborhood hangout offers burgers, salads, and sandwiches that use ingredients from local farmers and providers. They also have vegetarian options.
Kayak Kafé Broughton– For vegan and vegetarian bites downtown, try one of two local outposts of Kayak Kafe. Carnivore-friendly tacos, salads, and sandwiches can be paired with cocktails. They also do brunch on weekends.
Flying Monk Noodle Bar– Enjoy flavors from China, Vietnam, Korea and beyond. Dishes use hand pulled noodles and proteins with vegetarian and gluten free options. Share an order of dumplings with your friends before ordering soups and rice dishes.
The Grey– The city’s most talked-about restaurant is located in a former Greyhound bus station. Indulge in craft cocktails in their former lobby before dining on dishes inspired by the South and its ingredients.
The Florence– Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson opened his first Savannah restaurant a few years ago, named for the “Waving Girl” statue. Italian fare is the attraction and it’s the perfect spot for a night with your girls.
River Street may have the reputation for being home to Savannah’s party scene, but you can also find neighborhood watering holes that are more popular with locals than visitors.
Alleycat Lounge– The city’s newest cocktail bar is underground and has a massive cocktail menu organized into the type of alcohol. Choose from classic cocktails or the mixologists’ own concoctions. They also serve food.
Mata Hari’s Speakeasy– If you can get in, you’ll never want to leave. This speakeasy only allows entry with keys or as guests of those with keys. On any given night, you’ll see a diverse crowd, live music, and cocktails. Ask your hotel concierge how to get in.
The Perch– Rooftop bars are a dime a dozen in Savannah, but this one is unique because it overlooks Forsyth Park. Sleek furnishings embrace the natural surroundings. Stop by for happy hour and nosh on their bar bites.
Jen’s & Friends– Known for their funky martinis, there’s nothing quite like the Birthday Cake Martini, made with a candle and piece of cake garnish. Most will cost about $10 so you don’t need many!
The Coffee Fox– Go local with this downtown coffee shop, which serves locally roasted beans and light bites. Take it to go with a nitro cold brew.
Beetnix Superfoods and Juice Bar– For something on the healthy side, grab a juice from this downtown shop. They offer cold pressed juices, acai bowls, salads, and smoothies.
Gryphon Tea Room– Located on the SCAD campus in a 1926 Scottish Rite building, this cozy tea room is covered in mahogany furnishings. The cafe serves seasonal local fare.
Relaxing, Beauty and Fitness
Your girl’s weekend doesn’t have to be just eating and imbibing. It’s also a chance to relax and catch up over a class or get yourself pampered.
Savannah Yoga Barre– This fitness studio combines all the best workouts for low-impact exercise. Drop in rates are only $18 for yoga, barre, pilates, and combination classes.
Savannah Day Spa– Pamper yourself at the city’s top rated day spa, located in an 1800s home. Services include manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, and waxing.
Parlor Blow Dry Bar Savannah– Prepare for a night out with a blow out from this downtown salon. The salon also offers makeup application, waxing, and brow and lash treatments.
East Coast Paddleboarding– Pros can rent their own paddleboards or beginners can join a tour, which operates from nearby Tybee Island. The company will take you to the quiet inlets and barrier islands that make up the coast.
Tybee Island– Savannah’s closest beach is a short drive, where you can go for a swim or just lay out. You can also have a drink on the beach thanks to local alcohol laws.
Shop until you drop at one of Savannah’s designer stores, hip boutiques, or vintage shops. Broughton Street, in particular, is known for its shopping, so check out a few of our suggestions.
Paris Market & Brocante– This store is the ultimate place to explore, selling everything from home decor to jewelry to gifts. They have their own coffee shop as well. Be prepared to want to purchase everything in sight.
Chocolat By Adam Turoni– Forrest Gump says that “life is like a box of chocolate” and that’s the case at this Broughton Street shop. A twentysomething chocolatier owns this whimsical shop so be sure to try some sweet treats.
The Book Lady Bookstore– Browse the aisles of over 50,000 new and used books in this downtown store, open since 1978.
Civvies New & Recycled Clothing– You never know what you might find at this secondhand store.
City Market Savannah– This downtown shopping district has mostly chain stores but also has art galleries, restaurants, and gift shops.
This trip may not be about sightseeing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cross a few attractions off your list during your visit.
SCAD Museum of Art– See the work of the students and up-and-coming artists at this on campus museum.
Free walking tour– Visit all the top attractions and learn about the history of the city with these free daily walking tours. Be sure to tip your guide!
700 Kitchen Cooking School– Gather your friends for a cooking class at the city’s most luxurious hotel. Classes cater to types of cuisine, so learn to cook the Lowcountry cuisine you enjoy at local restaurants.
Wormsloe State Historic Site– Fall in love with the dramatic Avenue of the Oaks at this state historic site outside of the historic district.
There’s no shortage of unique places to stay in the Savannah, no matter your budget. You don’t have to sacrifice style and amenities at these girlfriend getaway-friendly accommodations.
Andaz Savannah– Stay in the stylish property near City Market, which has its own bar and restaurant as well as welcome drinks for guests. Stop by the pool in the afternoon before venturing out at night. Snacks and soda are included in your stay.
The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel– The pet-friendly Kimpton property has Pacci, its own Italian restaurant, and courtyard with a pool for soaking up the sun.
The Cotton Sail Hotel– The stylish boutique hotel has its own rooftop bar overlooking River Street. It’s located in a former cotton warehouse.
Thunderbird Inn– Kitsch is king at this hotel reminiscent of those from Route 66. Breakfast is included as are vintage-style shampoos from V05. Mid-century modern furnishings and a bright neon sign is part of the design of the budget hotel.
Mansion on Forsyth Park– The Kessler Collection property is located in a stylishly furnished former mansion. It’s covered with art, making it feel like a museum.
Rental properties– Lucky Rentals offer rental properties in Savannah, as does Airbnb. This is the best plan if you have a big group. It provides you with a more local experience and allows you to stay in the city’s unique neighborhoods.