Take it slow and easy when shopping in Savannah and preferably by foot. Shops are located along cobblestone streets, downtown, close to squares and on the Savannah Waterfront. The shopkeepers here are not pushy; in fact, they’re downright chatty about their wares. And Savannah is a Southern jewel to discover with oak trees adorned with silvery Spanish moss. It also has the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, plus 21 city squares laid out in 1733.
Shopping in Savannah, Georgia
By Judith Glynn Georgia's genteel city on the Savannah River sells pralines, Georgia honey, quilts, Girl Scout memorabilia and has a Paula Deen shop. Outlets are on the outskirts.
What began 30 years ago in a mother’s kitchen, today is the largest candy company in the southeast. Savannah Candy Kitchen offers a finger-licking pecan praline sample at the front door of its three locations.
Buy one pound and get a half-pound free, plus free shipping. Individually wrapped pralines cost $2 and weight about two ounces. The shops sell gophers turtles, peanut brittle, pecan log rolls, taffy and more. River Street Sweets has a waterfront location with pralines candies and award-winning fudge.
Homemade Ice Cream
Nostalgia reigns at Leopold’s Ice Cream at 212 E. Broughton Street, which still has its original 1919 soda fountain and wooden telephone booth. Present-day décor includes large movie posters and film equipment. Now owned by famed Hollywood producer, Stratton Leopold, he took over the family business and continues to make all ice cream on the premises, one batch at a time. Regular flavors are Lemon Custard, Rum Bisque and Tutti Frutti. Special flavors may include Savannah Smiles and Guinness. A single scoop is $3. 75. Sandwiches (local shrimp is featured), soups and salads are available.
Special Savannah Shops
Feet hurt? Head over to Savannah Shoe Co. at 226 W. Broughton Street where the rubber-sole, machine-washable shoes are made in Mexico with Italian stretch fabric.
Advertised “from cobblestone to cocktails,” prices begin around $90 for sheer comfort footwear.
Nearby, The Paris Market is a treasure-trove of items from worldwide bazaars, flea markets and country finds.
Add in a vintage Parisian bistro with specialty sodas and coffee and this shop takes time to discover.
Love books? E. Shaver’s, Bookseller at 326 Bull Street has 12 rooms filled with history, architecture and local cookbooks, plus specializes in maps and long chats.
Only in Savannah
The walls at All Things Georgia, located in City Market near Franklin Square, are lined with quilts made in the mountains of north Georgia. They’re changed seasonally and not available online. Sizes range from baby blankets to king-size. A
few antique quilts arrive at the shop via trunk sales. Price range is $90-$400.
All Things Bees
Savannah Bee Company has four city locations. The flagship is located at 104 W. Broughton Street. Honey tastings include the regional Tupelo honey, known for its smooth, buttery taste. Other products include a luxury beeswax-based body care line. This is a must shopping stop.
Paula Deen's Home Town
Savannah legend, Paula Deen, has a lovely shop brimming with all things related to cooking, which is attached to her The Lady& Sons restaurant at 102 W. Congress Street. Restaurant next door.
"Good and Evil" Bestseller
Without the blockbuster novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, many wonder if Savannah would be as well known. Mecca for devotees of the tale is the Midnight in Savannah shop located at 127 E. Gordon Street. Signed books are sometimes available as are five “Midnight” experiences ranging from tours to an onsite mini-museum.
Mecca for Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts began in Savannah 100 years ago. Founder Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthplace at 10 E. Oglethorpe Avenue includes a terrific Museum Store. Badges, pins and numerous Girl Scout memorabilia is sold as is a fine line of gift ware.
A special uncirculated Silver Dollar can be purchased at the Savannah Shop or the U.S. Mint. The reverse (tails) design depicts the iconic Profiles of Girl Scouts of the USA with the inscriptions United States of America, E Pluribus Unum, $1 and Girl Scouts. Price is $55.95.
If You Go
There are several hop-on, hop-off trolleys, perfect for shopping stops that begin and end at the Savannah Visitor Information Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Or Connect on the dot, which includes free rides on express shuttles, Savannah Belles ferries or the River Street Streetcar.
Trip Advisor voted Savannah one of its "Traveler's Choice 2013 Winner" awards.