Dating back to the 18th century, Savannah City Market has long been the commercial and social center of historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. The market is known locally as the “art and soul” of Savannah, a nod to the numerous art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that make it such an important part of Savannah's social fabric.
Set adjacent to Ellis Square in the city’s historic district, Savannah City Market is a vibrant destination for dining, sightseeing, shopping, and admiring local artworks. Many Old Savannah tours include a stop at the market, whether you want to visit on foot, by carriage, or by trolley. Along with the market, city tours typically include a visit to other top attractions such as River Street, Forsyth Park, Bonaventure Cemetery, and the American Prohibition Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Savannah City Market is a must-see for art enthusiasts and foodies.
- Six onsite restaurants offer a variety of food options, ranging from gourmet establishments to casual hot-wing joints.
- The market hosts special events throughout the year, including some specifically for kids.
How to Get There
Savannah City Market is located at 219 W Bryant Street in the North Historic District. While guided tours are an easy way to visit, there are numerous parking lots in the area and street parking is also available. Buses 11 and 14 stop nearby at W Broughton and Jefferson streets.
When to Get There
The retail shops at the Savannah City Market are open year-round. Summer weekends and days when the market hosts special events are typically the most crowded and liveliest times to visit. For low-key shopping, aim to visit on a weekday. January and February hours are slightly shorter.
The History of Savannah City Market
The market still stands on the site used by farmers and traders since the city’s founding. Originally the most popular destination for locals in search of groceries, the market survived two fires, a huge hurricane, and the Civil War. It fell into disrepair as the city spread out, but was revived by preservationists dedicated to Savannah's history, and today is a destination for locals and travelers alike in search of arts and culture.