Despite being perched on Georgia’s vast Atlantic coastline, Savannah isn’t best known as a beach destination, given that the nearest sandy shore id several miles outside the city centre. Instead it’s renowned for its inland character and charm, in particular its pristinely-maintained public parks, antebellum architecture and atmospheric streets where the presence of horse-drawn carriages harks back to a bygone age.
Savannah also has vibrant commercial and retail scenes, with large numbers of shops to be found here. In particular the city has an impressive selection of independent stores selling everything from quirky novelty items to vintage and luxury wares. Here’s our pick of 10 great – and affordable – Savannah boutiques.
Mamie Ruth | M.Liz Studios & Boutique
This unique downtown studio and boutique boasts a bohemian/western vibe, with each of its bold and bright one-of-a-kind pieces designed and created in the on-site workshop. The jewellery on sale here is comprised of natural elements, designed from inspiration found in history-rich Savannah, and reflecting the beauty of organic earthly elements and handmade work. Meanwhile the apparel and accessories exude vibrancy through kaleidoscopic colours and vintage flare.
LOCATION 102 East Liberty HOURS Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12pm-5pm
Morgan Rae Boutique
Morgan Rae Boutique offers sophisticated and contemporary clothing and accessories at a price point that’s achievable for every customer. Located on the second level of Broughton Street, the store offers the ultimate shopping experience in the heart of downtown Savannah. By hand-selecting their inventory, they guarantee a little something for everyone – no matter their age, shape or size. The boutique aims to serve their customers by fulfilling any and every styling need and pride themselves in helping a friend walk out of their store feeling beautiful and looking her best.
LOCATION 301 West Broughton Street. Unit 2b (upstairs) HOURS Mon-Sat 11am-7pm Sun 12pm-6pm
The Posh Loft
Situated in Savannah’s historic downtown district, The Posh Loft is a locally owned and operated luxury women’s clothing boutique where you’ll find plenty of high-end items that won’t break the bank. Catering to the everyday woman, the store features a huge range of extravagantly-monikered apparel lines including Show me your Mumu, Cosabella, Lush, Sanctuary, Olivaceous, Veronica M, Pansy Day and plenty more.
LOCATION 317 West Broughton Street HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Red Clover Boutique
Located in downtown Savannah, Red Cover Boutique features stylish women’s clothing, accessories and footwear in a chic setting. The brainchild of two close and long-standing friends with a common dream, the shop opened in 2007 and quickly became the go-to retail outlet for the city’s discerning fashionistas thanks to its assortment of dresses, tops, shoes, handbags and jewellery, including many items by up-and-coming designers. New styles arrive in the store daily, ensuring there’s always something new to peruse on every visit.
LOCATION 244 Bull Street HOURS Tues-Sat 10.30am-5pm Sun 12pm-4pm
The Flower Boutique
The Flower Boutique has been proudly serving Savannah residents for many years, offering the very finest in hand-crafted floral arrangements, with their same-day service coming to the rescue of many last minute birthday, Valentine’s or anniversary gift hunters. As well as its gift-wrapped fresh flowers, the store also sells a wide range of house plants, as well as chocolates, stuffed animals, gourmet baskets, and candles,
LOCATION 8471 Waters Avenue HOURS Mon-Fri 9am-6pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 11am-4pm
Sara Jane Children’s Boutique
Voted Best Children’s Clothing store in Savannah for 10 years running, Sara Jane Children’s Boutique offers hip and quirky clothes and gifts for little ones. Located in the city’s historic district, the store houses clothing, as well as hats and accessories, for everything from newborns through to adolescents, with all items sharing the common characteristic of being ultra-trendy.
LOCATION 202 East 37th Street HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Closed Sun
The Paris Market
Housed in a striking mid-to-late 19th century Victorian building, The Paris Market is truly one of Savannah’s most unique retail spaces. Boasting the look and feel of a well-curated Parisian flea market, the venue is spread over two levels and sells everything from hand-crafted jewellery, accessories and high-spec kitchen tools to sumptuous soaps, cosmetics and custom-made lighting.
LOCATION 36 West Broughton Street HOURS Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Sun 11am-5pm
A small indie shop selling a broad collection of casual women’s clothing, accessories and handcrafted jewellery, Custard prides itself on its diverse styles and prices that compliment every person, and every shape. With a keen eye for detail that translates to its products as well as its styling, Custard also believes in keeping things local, eco-friendly, and fun. The store carries shoes, bags, jewellery, clothes, and gift items that are thoughtful and purpose driven.
LOCATION 422 Whitaker Street HOURS Tues-Sat 10am-6pm Mon-Sat 10.30am-6pm Sun 12pm-5pm
The Future on Forsyth
Founded on the principle that good vintage shouldn’t cost a fortune, the Future on Forsyth specialises in new, used, vintage, and retro affordable clothing and accessories for both men and women. Packed full of bright colours, bold patterns, and statement pieces made with well-woven, high-quality fibres, the store fits perfectly into Savannah’s eclectic fashion scene. Items are sourced from all over the country, including in flea markets, junk shops, and estate sales. Highlights include the store’s SCAD senior collection, inspired by the women of Hitchcock films whose attire often featured a classic combination of hand-made construction and timeless silhouettes.
LOCATION 106 West Gwinnett Street #1A HOURS Fri-Mon 12pm-4pm Closed Tues-Thurs
By Paul Joseph