This week we are going to take a quick tour around to the best coffee spots in Savannah.
Right?! I’m excited, too. Let’s get brewing.
For the relatively small size of Savannah, the soulful Southern city really does get its grind and grounds on. From large, lounge-around spots to tiny off-the-cuff enclaves to one of the best cups hiding out in a retail store, let’s cover some of Savannah’s best.
Foxy Loxy Cafe has been a staple of the scene for years now, delivering PERC Coffee to SCAD students and Starland District residents for nearly a decade. The mixed art gallery and cafe has expanded their brand from the single Bull Street store to four locations now, including Broughton’s Coffee Fox and the kid-oriented Henny Penny further north on Bull Street.
Probably the other most famous spot in Savannah sits atop Forsyth Park, of course, and that’s The Sentient Bean.
The Bean is possibly the epicenter of Savannah cultural gatherings, while maybe not pouring the best actual coffee in town (sorry!). But, they make up for that by offering the best smoothie in Savannah (Green Brain all day, baby) and a fantastic vegan and gluten-free menu.
Gallery Espresso might take issue with not being called the hangout spot, as the Bull Street establishment is loaded with tourists and residents nearly constantly and offers a mix of delicious coffee, desserts and artisan goods for sale, like lotions and such to out-of-towers.
It’s also where the writers hang out. Sam Shepherd, allegedly, liked to write there when he was in town filming a movie some 10 years ago. George Saunders was there just the other day while in town for the Savannah Book Festival. No surprise really, the city’s two best book stores, The Book Lady Bookstore and E. Shaver Bookseller, are just around the corner.
As far as the slightly lesser known places, boy, there are a lot and they all have something to offer. I mean, there’s a coffee shop for cats for heaven’s sake.
Yes, that would be Purrvana, the spot to be if you like your cat as much as you like your coffee (and there are a lot of you apparently if there’s a need for an entire business catering to you).
Brewed is a new offering in the vein of the multi-faceted coffee house, doing decent coffee, but also wine and micro brews, which fits in well with the fact that they’re possibly the only place in Savannah open for European soccer in the mornings. I’ll officially co-sign on that deal.
Heading back downtown, Blends caters to SCAD staff and then their students, respectively. The former does more of the tried and true coffee shop fare, but has the added feature of letting you pick from a variety of bean styles for both drip and espresso. The Fox is popular for perfecting delicacies like the matcha latte and other new age drinks.
Then there are the best kept secrets (sort of) in the Savannah coffee scene. Between Henny Penny, Paris Market, and Cup to Cup, it’s a trio that must be toured if you’re trying to cover the full experience.
Henny Penny is a coffee shop-bakery-kids arts & crafts store so, yeah, everything. It’s not only that they do it all, but they do it all so well. And, honestly, there just aren’t a lot of truly kid friendly places in Savannah except this gem.
Paris Market, while being an essential must-visit when shopping Broughton Street, also has the best cappuccino in the city, as well as selling true French baguettes. A must go.
Lastly, there’s the quaint Cup to Cup on Abercorn. What’s the big deal here you say? Quite simply, this is Savannah’s best espresso. They serve it the proper way, with a little sparkling water.
Cup to Cup is also one of the city’s main roasters. They roast up a heavy list of delicious goods at their Wilmington Island roastery. They provide coffee to a slew of Savannah businesses, including the lesser know Foundery Coffee Pub on Habersham.
In the end, it’s those beautiful coffee/espresso machines that make the difference, and there is a lot of beauty in the contraptions employed by all of these fantastic Savannah spots.
So what are you waiting for? Get out and get drinking!
Nick Margiasso IV represents his lineage by writing about food, but he’s also a professional tennis coach and musician – eating up all life has to offer.