Unveil the Untapped Beauty of Savannah: Local Style


You've decided that this is the year you're going to visit Savannah, and like most, you hop on the internet to research as much as you can about things to do and where to dine - the usual. Among the numerous suggestions you find, how many locals do you think you'll spot there? Very few. That's because, as locals, we understand that the untapped side of Savannah is what makes our home genuinely magical.

Although we can't spill all the secrets (that just wouldn't be fair), we're delighted to share a few of the most treasured places we frequently rendevous.

The Book Lady

Untapped Savannah: The Book Lady

Tucked away below ground on Liberty Street is where you'll discover The Book Lady. If hobbits wanted to stash away a treasure trove of rare, gently used, and out-of-print books, this is where they'd go. Cozy, inviting, and welcoming wouldn't be enough to describe this independent bookstore that has been bestowed upon our city for 45 years. It's the ideal literary getaway for those seeking solace among the greats that line shelf after shelf in this local gem.

Crystal Beer Parlor

Untapped Savannah: Crystal Beer Parlor

From a family grocery store to an illegal speakeasy? The Crystal Beer Parlor has changed its stripes over the years, but since the 1930s, they've been serving some of the best burgers, homemade fries, and crab stew. It's comfort food, so lovingly made it warms the soul. This long-standing Savannah staple is where you'll encounter a few city natives.

Custard Boutique

Untapped Savannah: Custard Boutique

As in, as sweet as? Custard Boutique is one of the city's most diverse and unique retailers, blending fashion, style and creativity. Since 2008, Tara Kirkland has shared her dream with lil-ole us by making eco-friendly stylish. Clothes, bags, jewelry and shoes are curated with you in mind. No item is the same, making this shop one-of-a-kind. Stop in the next time you're in town. We guarantee you won't walk out empty-handed.

Green Truck Pub

Untapped Savannah: Green Truck Pub

Ok, so this is one that we were really on the fence about sharing. We're not exaggerating when we emphasize that you will taste the difference in these locally sourced quality products. You'll find homemade everything at Green Truck, down to the ketchup. Indulge in mouth-watering, humane-certified chicken, veggie burgers and gluten-free buns. But the star of the show are their grass-fed burgers. They are impeccable. Excuse us while we grab a napkin to catch the drool.


Untapped Savannah: Starlandia

In with the old and in with the new is what we say about Starlandia Art Supply. Fittingly located in the visionary neighborhood of the Starland District, Starlandia is where art lovers can easily find new and reclaimed products and allow their creativity to soar. You know we don't believe in tossing out treasure. Stop in to peruse the fully stocked and always reasonably priced shelves of supplies to complete your next project.

Maté Factor

Untapped Savannah: Maté Factor

Welcome to The Maté Factor, where the magic of yerba mate comes to life. Nestled on a picturesque corner of Hall St., this cozy haven invites you to embark on a unique flavor, community, and sustainability journey.
Since its founding in 1998, the team has been dedicated to providing the finest, freshest, and most organic yerba mate experience possible. Their commitment to quality is unwavering, guaranteeing that every sip you take is a burst of rich flavor and nourishing goodness.

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Randy's Bar-B-Q

Untapped Savannah: Randy's BBQ

Here are a few words of encouragement: get in line while you can. The quintessential "dive" for BBQ is hidden in plain sight at Randy's Bar-B-Q. Don't be deceived by the small blue building, but pay attention to the 20+ line that wraps around the sidewalk. Notorious for their "It's falling off the bone" and "I'll fight you for the last one" ribs - this is one stop you won't want to miss. By the way, once they're gone, they're gone.

Brick House

Untapped Savannah: Brick House

Contemporary and eclectic meets Southern modesty at Brick House, where design dreams come to life. This gorgeous home interior establishment has a keen eye for detail and a passion for design. They curate a harmonious balance of colors, textures, and furnishings that reflect your taste and lifestyle. Brick House Interiors can help you bring your vision to life, whether revamping a single room or embarking on a complete home makeover. Their impressive inventory will leave you with a functional and beautiful space.

Carey Hilliard's

Untapped Savannah: Carey Hilliard's

Carey Hilliard's Restaurant is a popular dining establishment (6 locations plus a banquet hall!) located in Savannah. Established in 1960, it has become a beloved local institution known for its delicious Southern cuisine and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant offers a diverse menu that caters to a wide range of tastes. Carey Hilliard's has something for everyone, from mouthwatering seafood dishes like shrimp and oysters to Southern classics like fried chicken and barbecue. They also serve a variety of sandwiches, salads, and sides, ensuring there is always a tasty option to satisfy any craving.

Jere's Antiques

Untapped Savannah: Jere's Antiques

With a history spanning several decades, Jere's Antiques has established itself as a premier destination for antique enthusiasts and collectors. The store boasts an impressive collection of unique and rare items, including furniture, artwork, jewelry, and decorative pieces from various periods and styles. Whether you're a seasoned collector or appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of antiques, Jere's Antiques is a must-visit destination in Savannah.

Forsyth Farmer's Market

Untapped Savannah: Forsyth Farmer's Market

The Forsyth Farmer's Market is a vibrant community gathering that brings together local farmers, artisans, and food producers in the city every Saturday, year-round in our city. This bustling market is not only a hub for fresh, seasonal produce and locally crafted goods and a catalyst for positive change in the community. The market promotes sustainable agriculture practices, supports local businesses, and fosters a sense of community by providing a direct connection between farmers and consumers. It offers a unique opportunity for residents to access nutritious, locally-grown food while also learning about the importance of supporting local agriculture. It is a vital treasure that nourishes our bodies with wholesome food and fosters our community by providing a more robust, resilient food system.

Sandfly BBQ

Untapped Savannah: Sandfly Barbeque

Known for its mouthwatering smoked meats and flavorful sauces, Sandfly Barbeque become a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike. The menu features a variety of barbecue classics, including pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, and smoked chicken. The meats are slow-cooked to perfection, resulting in tender and juicy bites that are bursting with smoky goodness. Accompanied by a selection of homemade sauces, such as tangy vinegar-based and sweet and spicy options, the flavors at Sandfly are sure to satisfy any barbecue lover's cravings. The casual and laid-back atmosphere, combined with friendly service, makes dining at this beloved eatery a truly enjoyable experience.

Beyond the well-known attractions of Savannah lies a world of hidden gems, known well to the locals. Embarking on an exploration of the lesser-known side of the city unveils a deeper appreciation for its distinctive charm and character. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, embracing an open mind and seeking out these hidden treasures will reward you with a truly authentic Savannah experience.

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