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Countdown to Savannah: City Market

Kathy Wood (kaydee)

In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.

With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.

Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

Located in the northwest corner of the Historic District, just a few blocks south of the river, City Market is one of Savannah’s major destinations for dining, shopping and entertainment.

There’s been a market here since 1755, and for 200 years this was the center of Savannah's commercial and social life ... where farmers and fisherman sold fresh produce and fish, and even barbers trimmed hair. In 1954 (before Savannah's focus on historic preservation), the old buildings were destroyed to make room for modern buildings and a parking garage. This controversial action eventually led to the formation of the Historical Savannah Foundation and the city's focus on saving - not destroying - its history.

Although the earlier buildings have been demolished, City Market has undergone a renaissance and still retains an old-style flavor. A pedestrian-only area, City Market covers four city blocks and includes a mix of artist galleries and studios, restaurants and sidewalk cafés, retail shops, and jazz clubs. Many carriage tours also depart from City Market.

Yes, it's a tourist destination, but still worth a visit! Here's just a sample of what you'll find at City Market:

Artist galleries and studios

Savannah's Candy Kitchen – homemade pralines and other sweets. And they give out free samples!

Vinnie Van Go Go's – a Savannah institution, serving great gooey pizza (by the pie or by the slice) in a very casual environment.

Cafe at City Market – a European-style bistro with indoor and outdoor seating serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Learn more about City Market:

The location of City Market

City Market website

A virtual tour of City Market


All About Savannah: Links to many information pages about Savannah (where to eat, where to stay, places of interest, getting around town, and more)

Woods Family Grand Tour of Europe: List of articles and photo albums by Kathy Wood

Kathy is a former Human Resources executive who now works as a consultant and part-time college professor. She and Charley also lead The Luberon Experience (www.luberonexperience.com), a week-long, small-group trip based in Provence.

© Kathy Wood, 2007

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