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Midtown embodies a rich history in its timeless cemeteries, parks, and restaurants. Oftentimes, the best venues for eating and shopping are located in 19th-century homes, while newer establishments keep the area upbeat. Visitors of all ages can appreciate Midtown for its charm, cuisine, and low country beauty.
Forsyth Park is one of Savannah’s largest inner city parks, covering 30 acres in the heart of the city. Visitors and locals love to relax and socialize at Forsyth. The park has been a Savannah treasure for the public since the 1840s. There is plenty to do, such as touring the Farmer’s Market every Sunday, attending concerts, sunbathing, playing some soccer, or having a picnic with friends. Savannah also has a open cup drinking policy, so this is a great place to share a bottle of wine with friends. Wind down under the Forsyth Park sun in between a busy day of tours and events.
Forsyth Park, Drayton St. and East Park Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 651 6610
The Mansion on Forsyth Park offers numerous amenities, from dining at the 700 Drayton to cooking classes open to the public. Chef Peter Russo aims to teach culinary tricks and methods in this interactive cooking school. Learn how to make the best biscuits, grits, and appetizers with friends, family, a date, or party event. Classes include: Low Country, Pleasure of the Caribbean, Classic Italian, Taste of 700 Drayton, Hor D’oeuvres, and more. Peter Russo also offers a Farmers’ Market Tour class where participants use local ingredients from the Forsyth Park Farmers’ Market to make seasonal meals. The 700 Kitchen Cooking School is perfect for beginners and experts to get first-hand advice from a renowned chef.
700 Kitchen Cooking School, 700 Drayton St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 721 5006
Laurel Grove became a cemetery in 1850 after previously being owned by the Stiles plantation. The cemetery is home to famous burial sites for Civil War generals, Girl Scouts founder Juliet Gordon Low, and early African American Baptist ministers. Graves can range from simple tombstones to ornate mausoleums and figures. The park is a great place to walk among live oaks with Spanish moss, elaborate ironwork, and historical gravestones.
Laurel Grove Cemetery, 2101 Kollach St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 651 6772
Elizabeth on 37th sits in a beautiful 19th-century antebellum mansion on 37th street. The restaurant opened up back in 1981 and has been known for using local seafood and produce ever since. The restaurant even has its own herb and edible flower garden. The name of each local farm is listed on the menu to ensure validation of the best local ingredients. From the herbs out back to the seasonal menu changes, Elizabeth on 37th guarantees fresh local entrees amid an ornate fine dining experience.
Watch out for: The sage grits and Georgia shrimp
Price: Fine dining
Opening Hours: 6 – 10 p.m.
Elizabeth on 37th, 105 E 37th St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 236 5547
Daffin is a diverse park that offers activities for everyone. There is a large dog park, a 1.5 mile paved track, grill areas, a soccer field, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a lake, a playground, and Grayson Stadium. Grayson Stadium is home to Savannah’s minor league baseball team, the Sand Gnats. If you’re lucky, on Saturday nights fireworks are sometimes set off after a Sand Gnats game. Whether you’re taking a walk or interested in a recreational activity, Daffin Park has it all.
Grayson Stadium, 1401 E Victory Dr. Savannah, GA, USA
Connect Savannah voted Foxy Loxy the best coffeehouse for 2015. And what’s not to love? Foxy Loxy offers live music every Tuesday, bonfires in the backyard on Saturdays, and artist receptions once a month. Not only is it a coffee shop, Foxy Loxy also serves Tex-Mex, Sunday brunch, cheese boards, and fresh baked goods. Foxy Loxy Café proudly serves Savannah’s freshest and finest PERC Coffee. They are located in a historic house near 37th street.
Watch out for: The hand-crafted tacos
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Foxy Loxy, 1919 Bull St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 401 0543
Bonaventure is the largest public cemetery at nearly 100 acres. Similar to Laurel Grove, it was once plantation land before becoming a publicly used cemetery. The cemetery is a great place to take a walking tour amidst the lush surroundings. The greens of the gardens and forest contrast beautifully with the white and gray tombstones and sculptures. Some famous burial sites include Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair, poet Conrad Aiken, and lyricist Johnny Mercer. Step back into time with a visit to Bonaventure’s grounds.
Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA, USA
Once a former ice factory, the location is now home to some of the best Italian food in Savannah. Owner and chef Hugh Acheson has opened several renowned restaurants in both Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. He’s also written his own cookbook and has been featured as a contestant and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. His most recent project was opening up The Florence in the summer of 2014. If you want a chef you can trust to make the best Italian food and pizzas in the region, look no further. Acheson’s expertise won’t disappoint even the pickiest palate.
Watch out for: The Farm Egg breakfast, pizza, and meatballs
Price: Fine dining
Opening Hours: Tues-Wed 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Thurs-Fri 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The Florence, 1 W Victory Dr. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 234 5522
The Wormhole takes pride in being a laid-back bar with friendly service, freshly squeezed cocktails, a late-night kitchen, billiards, and a diverse mix of live music and comedy shows. For an affordable price, you can get a burger at 2:45 am and a fresh cocktail with no pre-mixed ingredients. The public can join in on the stage fun too with Monday and Wednesday Open Mic nights, $100 reward Tuesday Trivia, and Thursday karaoke.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 3 p.m. – 3 a.m.
This Emporium offers a wide range of antiques at bargain prices. Some novelties include art, jewelry, furniture, china, clothing, chandeliers, and mirrors. The store is located inside a welcoming mint-green-colored historic house on 38th. The staff are friendly and the place is kept neat and bright. Take a piece of Savannah history back home after a visit to Antiques Emporium on 38th.
Antiques Emporium, 122 E 38th St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 236 8444