Written by Abstract Samm
When you are visiting Savannah’s Historic District, an essential addition to any trip is making sure to find the right local coffee shop. You won’t want to waste your time with those big chain places when you can enjoy locally sourced brews, foods and even art displays made by the locals who live here. Take a moment to read with us about a handful of coffeehouses here in Savannah and don’t forget to ask your #PartyBike or pedicab tour driver where they go for some fuel during your tour with us at Savannah Sip N’ Cycle! Our guides are always happy to share insider knowledge about what’s best in Savannah!
Known for their Vegan menu, locally sourced ingredients and proximity to the Brighter Day health food store, the Sentient Bean is where you will find the locals hanging out every day of the week. Stop in for the Vegan Breakfast Burrito and the iconic “Dirty South” that everyone can’t seem to get enough of. Who would have figured that lemonade makes a prime pair with espresso? Located on the south end of Forsyth Park (the one with the big white fountain) stop by the Sentient Bean to fuel up before taking a leisurely stroll through the park anytime from 7 am – 7 pm. Don’t forget to take a look at the walls, the Bean is also semi-famous for hosting consistent locally made creative displays that truly showcase Savannah’s talent.
When you want some significant baked goods, a piece of pastry that you will not stop contemplating for many days to come, you head over to Gallery Espresso on Bull St. Cozy, clunky, creative and whatever other wholesome “C” word that comes to mind, Gallery Espresso looks like something taken right out of an episode of Friends in 1997. Pull up a piece of mismatched furniture and get cozy, you will want to sit and stare at all the walls have to offer at Gallery while enjoying their high speed internet. Here’s a fun tidbit for all you fall flavor loving coffee fanatics, Pumpkin Spice coffee is available every day of the year at this local haven. From 7:30 am – 8 pm (9 pm on the weekends) you can visit this coffee house for some Savannah culture and baked good that are out of this world!
Coffee shop, bakery, Tex-Mex cantina and generally rad place to be, Foxy Loxy on Bull St satisfies everyone’s cravings in one hit. From the weekend brunch menu to the gluten free peanut butter cookies and everything in between, Foxy has a bit of something going all the time. Check their weekly schedule for local music acts and like most Savannah coffee shops, don’t miss out on a chance to look at the walls. Savannah artists are constantly adding to the Foxy collage style display that lines every inch of this building’s insides. Check out their website for hours, weekdays usually bring an early close time (around 6 pm) but Friday and Saturdays allow for some more party time. You won’t want to miss out on a morning meal with coffee, or and evening plate with a glass of wine at Foxy Loxy.
One of those slightly tucked away, Midtown hidden gems, Coffee.Deli is close enough to the Historic District without having to navigate the parking meters of actually being downtown. Located down Habersham is a little space called Coffee.Deli, you can’t miss the big sign near the Red & White market. Outside of Abstract Samm’s particular bias (they make the BEST mint mocha in the city, bar none) their quiet atmosphere and healthy but filling food selection makes for a lunch spot that is unbeatable on any day. During the week, stop by between 6 am – 5 pm or on the weekends from 7 am – 3 pm and get your fill of mint mocha or any of their epic drink selections, sandwiches and all day breakfast at Coffee.Deli.
Any excuse to talk about a business in the Starland District is a good excuse to do just that. You might even remember when we talked about 12 cool things to do while in that area from a past post, be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. Plan to make your visit to the Starland Cafe during the week, from 11 am – 3 pm specifically as they are closed on Saturday/Sunday. Brunch can’t be made any better than with a locally sourced salad or panini stacked high with all kinds of ingredient selections. House made soup will have you coming back to this location on 41st street and even inquiring about catering services. Visit Savannah’s up and coming creative haven and try out any building with the word “Starland” in the title after filling up at the Starland Cafe.
River Street is normally not the first area of Savannah that comes to mind when hunting for the perfect cup of coffee but Vic’s is too good to pass up. Open later than your average coffeehouse, Vic’s will keep you caffeinated until 10 pm during the week, 11 pm for the weekends. Enter through the main restaurant door on Bay St, or go straight into the coffee shop entrance on River Street for a vast selection of fun drinks to choose from. White Mocha sits on the same menu as a White Russian so you’re in for a good time when Vic’s Coffee Bar is the chosen menu.
Boasting a family friendly, but totally creative environment, Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe on Bull Street (not far at all from Forsyth Park) has to be one of the most inviting locations on this list. Come in and sit down to a sandwich, bagel, or cup of coffee from PERC Roasters. This location is under the same ownership as Foxy Loxy, so you’re sure to enjoy anything on the menu at Henny Penny. While the food/drink menu is an absolute chunk of heaven, what we want to highlight is that this location is more than a place to grab a meal, but an art space. Encouraging adults and children of all ages to draw on the tables if that’s what mood they are in, Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe is where you wander to for the creative experience. Take a quick look at their website for upcoming art projects/activities like Old Fashioned Suitcases or Miniature puppets. There’s no telling what they will schedule in upcoming weeks so come on by from 7 am (8 am on weekends) until 3 pm for a time you won’t easily forget.
Every day, from 8 am – 4 pm, you can wander right on down Bull Street for another golden gem. Blue Door Coffee & Waffles is unmistakable and unforgettable from the moment you realize that their menu is stocked full of more than just coffee and waffles. Menu item names such as The Marty McFly and Wookie Cookie Waffle will have pop culture lovers chuckling while deciding what sounds best. You might want to browse their menu selection online before making the trip, there’s so much to pick from. Building your own insane waffle creation is always an option as well. For an experience and one of the more filling meals you’ll find at a coffee shop, open the blue door and spend some time at Blue Door Coffee & Waffles.
Like many other restaurants and storefronts in the city, Cup to Cup Cafe is closed on Sundays. Any other day though, visit this cafe on Abercorn between 7 am – 5 pm. A selection of international blends is what keeps us coming back cup after cup for over ten years now. Owner James Spano takes pride in providing a place where people can get closer and truly connect over a cup of coffee that would otherwise be hard to track down here in the states. Take a trip to another country with any of their roasts and potentially learn something new about the coffee you drink every day with a visit to their blog. You might be surprised to find out that there is more to the cup of joe that you’re sipping on at Cup to Cup Cafe.
Across from St. John’s Cathedral (you know the one) on Abercorn, treat yourself to the experience that is Mirabelle Savannah for some Belgium style waffles and specialty coffee drinks in an upscale setting. You might end up wanting to stay overnight in one of their luxury suites. Peach Cobbler and S’mores are only two of the menu’s waffle options, two trips may be needed for a chance to try multiple menu options at Mirabelle. Embracing traditions from all around the world, packaged up in an 1800’s style aesthetic, this building is full of what makes Savannah our favorite city to live in. Culture, history and incredible meals all combine in this coffee shop, restaurant and collection of suites.
While Wright Square might be most notable due to being considered the “most haunted” square in Savannah, there is plenty to be said for the living and their ability to gain sustenance nearby. Resting on York St, the Wright Square Bistro has a bit of everything you could want in a bistro setting. Sandwiches, coffees and a HUGE selection of hand made chocolates are waiting for you here. Watch out, you might forget you’re in Savannah and wonder how you ended up in a Parisian restaurant. Check in with their website to find out the hours, they change depending on what day of the week you’d like to visit but trust us, scheduling a day around lunch at Wright Square Bistro is more than worth the extra fuss. Ask about their deviled egg of the day when ordering, you can’t go wrong with Wright Square.
There you have it! A selection of coffee shops here in Savannah that you might not have heard of before. Here at Savannah Sip N’ Cycle, we hope your trip to The Hostess City is a grand one and we can’t wait to see you for a ride on the Party Bike, or one of our other amazing tours. Before you go, take a moment to click around and see what we have to offer in the realm of affordable, Eco-Friendly and unique tours of Downtown Savannah’s Historic District. We can’t wait to see you!