City market is a cove of courtyards between Ellis and Franklin Squares filled with shops and restaurants. Live music is often played late into the night and tables are set up for people to relax, check out the galleries, and just have a good time. Here are some of the best places to check out:
Have you ever been to Britain? If your answer is no, and you don’t have a trip across the pond planned anytime soon, hop on over to City Market to try some of the most authentic British Pies available in the States. The original Pie Society first opened in Pooler, and due to their unbridled success, the family has decided to expand to Savannah. Some of the most popular pies are the chicken and thyme, and the steak and kidney. But veggies rejoice, there are also great selections of vegetarian pies, lasagnes, and quiches.
And who could forget dessert? The cases are always stocked with fresh cakes and sweet pies of every flavor. One of the most popular is the Victoria Sponge cake, which is a yellow cake with fresh cream, raspberry jam, and a dusting of sugar. There are also meringues, shortbreads, and crumbles, sure to please anyone of any taste.
Prices range from $11-30. 19 Jefferson Street. For more information, call (912) 856-4785.
Vinnie Van Go Go’s
Sometimes, no matter who you are, you’re just in the mood for a good slice of pizza. Look no further than Vinnie Van Go Go’s. Order it by the slice or a whole pie. Their pizza is large with a thin, hearty Neapolitan crust. The dough is freshly made every night, and is also delivered on bikes if you want them to bring the goods to you! The sauce options are either traditional, pesto, or white, and some of the more unique toppings include broccoli, feta, artichoke, salami, anchovies, spicy Italian sausage, and of course, all your other run of the mill favorites. The indoor seating is limited but there’s ample room at the outdoor tables in the City Market courtyard or beneath the overhang on the side of the building. But be sure to make a pit stop at an ATM beforehand because it is cash only!
Prices range $10 and under. 317 West Bryan Street. For more information, call (912) 233-6394.
Now, Wet Willies isn’t exclusive to Savannah, but it is a Savannah favorite. Here’s the low down: Daiquiris, of every flavor made with grain alcohol, rum, or vodka. Strongest, sweetest, most fun and colorful drinks you’ll find on the street, guaranteed. There are over 18 different flavors to choose from, and you can also mix and match up to three different kinds. Some of the most popular flavors are Pina Colada, Call a Cab, Chocolate Thunder, and the Monster Melon. They also make virgin daiquiris for the kids and have a full size menu if you’re looking for a spot for lunch or dinner. From sandwiches, salads, burgers, and wraps, it’s a great standard fare to go with your drink!
Prices range $10 and under. 20 Jefferson Street. For more information call, (912) 235-5651.
Belford’s is a tried and true establishment that has been stable and reliable in City Market for many years, with its high scale atmosphere and menu. You can choose to sit inside with a full view of the kitchen or out on the back patio and watch the passerby in the courtyard. Open for brunch (with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine), lunch, and dinner, Belford’s serves many popular dishes, which include the crab cakes, the creole lobster ravioli, and their famous steaks! The white chocolate bread pudding and cheesecake are also some of the best in the city, so if you’re looking for a spot to have a nice romantic evening out, look no further.
Prices range from $31-60. 315 West Saint Julian Street. For more information, call (912) 233-2626.
Savannah Candy Kitchen
Savannah Candy Kitchen also has a location down on River Street, but the location on city market tends to be cozier, less crowded, and more tucked away. But the same great sweets are still there! Get a free praline sample as you walk in the door. Watch the big machine twist taffy as you peruse every kind of candy imaginable. Some of the most popular items here are the candy apples and homemade peanut butter cups. Of course, there are the pralines that you have to buy since you get hooked on the free sample.
Prices $10 and under. 318 West Saint Julian Street. For more information, call (912) 201-9501.