Savannah’s downtown historic district beckons with its unique mix of the historic and modern, sleek and rustic — and salty and sweet. Downtown’s food shops, all within walking distance of Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District, are a grazer’s paradise; pick up the city’s most tantalizing salty and sweet snacks — for your afternoon treat or a tasty souvenir — at these four standouts.
The Salt Table, 51 Barnard St
Devoted entirely to a range of salts from around the globe, The Salt Table offers blocks of naturally colored salts in a rainbow of hues, salty seasonings, and savory and sweet snacks
Founders Dave and Carol Legasse also like to keep things local by selling an array of Georgia-made products in their two-level shop. Some 200 salts and salted items are available to sample, along with a wide selection of sweet and dry local wines in a basement tasting room.
Savannah Bee Company, 104 W. Broughton St
The nearby Savannah Bee Company will satisfy your sweet tooth with its line of artisanal honey. Much of the product comes from hives placed in and around Savannah, a hidden benefit of the city’s lush gardens and flowering plants.
You can sample this array of golden nectar at the SBC’s tasting bar. In case you’ve never tried it, edible honeycomb, which has a chewy texture and a bright, floral taste, is also available. Beyond honey, the shop is devoted to all things honeybee, such as bath and beauty products infused with beeswax, propolis and royal jelly.
Leopold’s Ice Cream, 212 E. Broughton St
Prepare to wait in line at Leopold’s, a traditional ice cream shop that opened in 1919 at the intersection of two streetcar lines, and for good reason: The premium, homemade, hand-dipped ice cream comes in two dozen “classic” flavors and seasonal ones like Japanese cherry blossom and lavender. Marked with a distinctive neon sign, this is a real-deal soda fountain complete with soda jerks wearing aprons and paper hats. The place also serves hot coffee drinks, along with soups, salads and sandwiches.
Leopold’s is owned by Stratton Leopold, the youngest son of one of the three brothers who founded the shop. Stratton grew up in the ice cream parlor that bears his surname, and has made a name for himself as a movie producer — his credits include Mission: Impossible III and The General’s Daughter. He’s one of the reasons Leopold’s has become one of Savannah’s best spots for celebrity sightings, especially during the city’s annual fall film festival. Take a look at the Famous Friends page on Leopold’s website, and you’ll get a sense of his high profile in Hollywood.
Goose Feathers, 39 Barnard St.
Goose Feathers, which bills itself as a European-style cafe and bakery, is marking its 30th year in 2016. Workaday Savannah eats breakfast and lunch here, dining on such specialties as the bird’s nest — poached eggs topped with cheese and salsa and served on a bed of grits — and the honey ginger chicken sandwich on your choice of fresh bread baked in-house.
Goose Feathers’ signature hand-held dessert treat is the whoopie pie — two cake-like cookies sandwiching a sweet cream filling. This delicacy changes with the seasons and holidays, so you might get to sample a pumpkin and cinnamon spice version for autumn, a Baileys Cream one for St. Patrick’s Day and red velvet cake for Valentine’s.