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The 15 best things to do in Savannah

With a vibrant art and music community set against the backdrop of history, Savannah is no sleepy Southern town. An often cited book by John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, once painted a picture of Savannah that endured for more than two decades: a slow-moving backwater populated by quirky characters with a penchant for preservation, pistols and deadly secrets. Some aspects of that image still hold true; however, a thriving tourism industry, a bustling port, military families and a creative class fueled by thousands of art and design students—some of whom remain long after graduation—has fostered an eclectic and innovative local spirit. Not many small cities can boast such a large roster of noteworthy festivals—indie, jazz and world music; book; film; food and wine—and more than one world-class museum, but that list just scratches the surface of all the best things to do in Savannah. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 14 best restaurants in Savannah

A weekend stroll through the Forsyth Farmers’ Market (one of the best things to do while in town, if you ask us) reveals just how far Savannah’s food scene has come in recent years. For one thing, the number of booths has nearly tripled since its inception in 2009. Secondly, the variety of produce and meats—shishito peppers, lady peas, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, lean bison—reaffirms that the city’s palate has thankfully matured beyond fried chicken and butter beans. Thirdly, and most importantly, the talents behind the chef-driven restaurants cropping up throughout the Landmark Historic District, Starland and Tybee Island typically are first in line, crafting the week’s menus in their minds based on what’s freshest in the bins. Clearly no longer content to settle for culinary stereotypes, the Hostess City of the South has officially embraced fresh takes on local comforts. Here is your guide to the best restaurants in Savannah.