Written by Abstract Samm
Well, here we are again, on the search for something fabulous to eat in downtown Savannah’s Historic District. While there’s never a shortage of food to be found in the area, the vast amount of choices can be a tad overwhelming to a first timer, or even those of us who have been around for a while. This week, here on the Savannah Sip N’ Cycle blog, we want to take a moment to assist in satisfying the ever enjoyable sweet tooth. While we are used to having an option for everything from vegan barbecue to authentic Greek cuisine at our fingertips, downtown is home to the greats when you’re out to taste something sweet rather than savory. From ice cream made in house to daily fresh baked goods and anything you can think of covered in chocolate, we don’t play about desserts in Savannah. Keep reading to find out which way to head when the craving hits, we’ve always got something for everybody. There’s even a place that serves “rolled” ice cream in the mix.
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Before we get started with the locations you haven’t already heard of in great detail, let’s go ahead and take a moment to mention the spots that are straight up legendary in this area. We absolutely could not create this list without mention of these three locations. Just take a walk down Broughton Street near Leopold’s on any day and once you see the line that’s almost always running down the street, you’ll understand why.
Daily made ice cream by Leopold’s is just one of a few ice cream stops in Savannah, but is definitely the most well known in this area. Girl scouts, bridal parties and even the locals will go out of their way to plan an extra wait in line for a shake or scoop at Leopold’s on Broughton Street. With how often Savannah is growing and changing, Leopold’s classic look that has remained the same over the years is a staple to the city. Stop in any day from noon until 10pm.
Famous for pralines but notorious for so much more, find a flavor of truffle or whatever you can think of covered in chocolate at one of Savannah’s many locations for Savannah Candy Kitchen. For over forty years, visitors have flocked in to the candy kitchen for a free praline sample and a lunch box stuffed full of saltwater taffy. You’ll enjoy a trip in to this candy shop, feeling for a moment like you’ve stepped right into a filming of “The Candyman” song.
Now that we’ve gotten those two out of the way, keep reading to learn more about the lesser known sweet stops in Savannah’s Historic District. While this area is known for Leopold’s and Savannah Candy Kitchen, there’s much more to be discovered within 10 minutes of both stores. If you’re feeling really bold, stop in to each location on this list and try a little something every time.
While River Street Sweets has multiple locations throughout the city, this shop tends to get swept under the rug alongside Savannah Candy Kitchen. What makes this particular candy/ice cream shop special is the out of this world ice cream choices. If you’re craving mango, try their sorbet. If you want mint chocolate chip, their scoop has at least 5 chocolate chips per bite. When you’re in the mood for sweet, filling, flavorful ice cream, look no further than River Street Sweets on the river until 9pm any night.
When we say Better Than Sex, we mean it. This sweet tooth satisfier is located on Broughton Street and is a spot to go after the kids are set up with a sitter. Open every night except Monday and Tuesday at 6pm, stop in for dessert and drinks at this high end sweet stop. Whether you’re looking for a cake or a cake flavored drink, this experience is like Candyland but for adults only.
Have you ever heard of a gourmet gift shop? Well, look no further than Wright Square Cafe, where the desserts are as high class as the gifts sold alongside them. When you’re looking for lunch, dessert and a gift for the folks back home, Wright Square Cafe is a one-stop shop for everything you need to fill an afternoon. From 10 am-5:30 pm every night outside of Sunday, come in to Wright Square Cafe and don’t forget to ask about their gluten free dessert options.
Savannah truly is a melting pot for any and every creative, culinary and general style available. Pie Society adds to the mix with their classic British style bakery. Find this spot on Jefferson st every day from 11am -9pm, open later on the weekends. Shortbread cookies, bread pudding and more British influenced treats are waiting for you at Pie Society.
Hand crafted, high quality chocolate creations that will truly blow your mind with the aesthetic alone can be found at Chocolat on Broughton St from 11-6 every day except Monday and Tuesday or the Bull St location. If regular and normal are not two words that you want to be used while describing the treats you seek, you’re bound to be pleased when you walk into Chocolat by Adam Turoni. Best part about this place? You don’t even have to actually walk inside. Check out their website to learn all you didn’t know you needed about their Chocolate Club and how you can have delectable chocolate sweets delivered right to your door every month.
Yet again with our melting pot here in Savannah, Le Macaroon takes you on a quick trip to France with their baked delights. Find this location on Broughton St and come in from 12-8pm every day of the week. Boasting simple, elegant pastries and authentic French style macaroons, you’ll find something good in their baker’s case. With desserts as pretty as they are tasty, you’ll want to take a moment to post shots of these eats on the gram’, if you are able to wait long enough, that is. Don’t forget to ask about their selection of authentic gelato, almost like American ice cream but twice the sugar and triple the flavor!
Savannah is known for being invested in historic preservation when it comes to the buildings, landscapes and historic monuments but did you know that we are also home to a couple of vintage style eateries that will take you right back to the 50s? Soda Poppe Shop on Bull St is exactly what comes to mind when you hear the name. Walk inside on any day and order a shake or ice cream cone and bask in the classic vibes, down to the checkered floors. When you feel like a quick trip down memory lane and something simple to enjoy on a hot day, Soda Poppe Shop is always ready for you and yours.
Located on Skidaway road, Auspicious Baking Company is one of those restaurants you will have to plan more than just one visit to as they change their menu daily depending on what is being made. Even the home made crackers come in out of the ordinary flavors like peanut butter and chocolate. If you’re on the hunt for something that isn’t what you’re used to in desserts and baked goods, you’ll find something new and exciting at Auspicious Baking company. Savannah is the type of city that is home to any creative style of artistic expression you can think of and this bakery shows the culinary side of that.
Did you know that “specialty” crepes are a thing? We had no idea until finding out about Shuga Girl on Broughton St and now there’s no way we could go without them. You haven’t truly experienced life until you’ve had a Nutella/Banana crepe from Shuga Girl. Featuring desserts, regular meals and specialty coffee drinks, you’re in for a great experience any time you visit this restaurant and sweet shop. Open daily from 10am-8pm, Shuga girl is almost always ready to have guests come in.
While you’re able to find dessert themed drinks in most of the bars in Savannah, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar is special in the sense that they take the time to pair up drinks and desserts, taking the hardest part of the equation out. Walk into Lulu’s Chocolate Bar on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and tell them what you’re craving, not only will they have a dessert for you, but the matching drink, hand picked to pair up perfectly in flavor and aesthetic. Speaking of aesthetic, there’s no shortage of Instagram posts from Lulu’s and the refreshments are as tasty as they are pretty. Don’t believe us? Go find out for yourself on Thursday and Friday from 6:30-10pm.
Closed only on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mabel’s Cupcake Emporium is exactly that, every cupcake you never knew you needed to try out. Macaroons, cupcakes, brownies and more are all made with the best ingredients fresh and ready for guests like you. Find this location on Bryan St, you won’t regret the choice to stop in.
Featured before on past lists we’ve done, Foxy Loxy is known for being top dog when it comes to food, baked goods, drinks and entertainment. Though we have mentioned this location before, multiple times, we can’t help but show some love to Foxy Loxy for being home to one of the best selections of baked goods, from gluten free to vegan, classic and back around again. If you’re in the mood for anything sweet, savory or a classic favorite, you’re bound to find something to enjoy at Foxy in the Starland District. Come in anytime as they are open daily!
Here in south Georgia, we like to eat and feed anyone who decides to come through for a visit. We’ve said it before and will say it again, if you leave here hungry then that’s your own fault. We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of sweet treats and are planning to stop in during your visit. If you do, feel free to share a post on social media with the hashtag #PartyBike so we know that we sent you! Regardless of what your intent is when you come to stay in our wonderful city, there’s got to be food involved in the process and we just want to help make your vacation with us as easily accomplished as possible. If sweets aren’t your thing, don’t hesitate to check out past blog posts that we’ve done on restaurants and things to do in the area. There’s always something new going on around here and we are thrilled to share that with you, our guests.
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