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.
Eating in Savannah
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!
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 but be prepared for lines.
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. There’s also a Forsyth Park location.
The Grey Market– If you don’t make it to the award-winning restaurant, you can easily stop by the New York-style bodega with authentic bagels and locally roasted coffee. They also have a shop selling local goods.
Fox & Fig Cafe– The team behind Foxy Loxy has this cozy and plant-based eatery with Perc Coffee and healthy takes on your favorite dishes. Avocado toast and “chicken” and waffles are two highlights.
Mirabelle– The stylish cafe serves Liege waffles, quiche, pastries, and hearty sandwiches alongside coffee and tea. They also have their own guest suites upstairs.
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.
Cha Bella– The farm-to-table restaurant offers a little bit of everything, from seafood to pasta. Don’t miss the craft cocktails and extensive wine list. If the weather allows, enjoy your meal on their cozy patio.
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.
Drinking in Savannah
River Street may have a 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.
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!
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.
Starland Yard– The fun container ship park in the Starland District is ideal for day drinking with a pizzeria, food trucks, and a bar. You can also play lawn games like cornhole.
The Coffee Fox– Go local with this downtown coffee shop, which serves locally roasted beans and light bites like pastries and sandwiches. Take it to go with a nitro cold brew.
The Grove– Savannah has plentiful rooftop bars, but this fun spot near the City Market has a full menu of food and beer, wine, and cocktails. They have a daily happy hour for your girl gang.
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.
Perc Coffee– Visit the roaster for the best coffee in town. They have bags you can take home as well as drinks to enjoy there like chilled espresso mixed drinks.
Shuga Girl– The Instagrammable cafe is great for quick and healthy dishes like salads and wraps. But they also have lattes, bubble tea, and even cocktails like frose and mimosas.
Superbloom– The shop hosts the shopping tours and has locally made gifts. But they also make funky drinks like turmeric and matcha lattes to cool you down.
Relaxing, Beauty and Fitness in Savannah
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. Aerial yoga is another option.
Savannah Day Spa– Pamper yourself at the city’s top-rated day spa, located in a 1800s home. Services include manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, and waxing.
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. Get a discount on your rental here.
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. If you’re looking for a fun activity, try the Tybee Island Dolphin Tour.
Shopping in Savannah
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. Visit on the Coffee and Chocolate Tour.
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.
Gypsy World– Check out the vintage clothing and accessories at this funky Starland boutique.
Sightseeing in Savannah
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. The museum also hosts rotating exhibits.
Telfair Museum– Browse the modern and classic museums, where you’ll find the “Bird Girl” featured on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Book your Telfair Academy and Telfair Museums Admission before you go.
Historic homes– Channel strong Georgia females with visits to the homes of Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, who both called Savannah home. Learn about these women on the Historic Women of Savannah Tour.
American Prohibition Museum– This interactive museum covers America’s failed experiment with exhibits on Savannah’s boozy past and even its own speakeasy. They also offer cocktail classes. Get The American Prohibition Museum Admission Ticket before you go.
Free walking tour– Visit all the top attractions and learn about the history of the city with these free daily walking tours. Even though there’s no ticket price, be sure to tip your guide!
Savannah Taste Experience– This company allows visitors a behind-the-scenes look at restaurants, offering bites not found on the menu or access to places before they’re open to the public. Book your spot on a tour.
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. Wander the nature trails if you have time. Visit on the Wormsloe-Isle of Hope Tour.
Sleeping in Savannah
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.
The Alida Hotel– This chic hotel has trendy rooms overlooking River Street as well as a restaurant and three bars. It is named for one of the founders of the historic preservation organization.
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. They also have a daily complimentary cocktail hour. Read our review here.
The Cotton Sail Hotel– The stylish boutique hotel has its own rooftop bar overlooking River Street. It’s located in a former cotton warehouse.
JW Marriott Plant Riverside District– Made up of three distinct buildings, this sprawling riverfront hotel has multiple restaurants, rooftop bars, a spa, and a museum-worthy art and mineral collection.
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. Take advantage of discounts at their Poseidon Spa.
Perry Lane Hotel– Located nearby also on Forsyth Park, this luxuriously furnished hotel has comfortable rooms and a rooftop bar. An expansive art collection is also found throughout the property.
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.
Rental properties– Lucky Rentals offers rental properties in Savannah as does Airbnb and VRBO. 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. And don’t forget about Tybee Island rentals!