• The Paris Market. Owners Paula and Taras Danyluk travel the world and fill their eclectic shop with goods they think Savannah residents and visitors will believe they can’t live without. It’s not all from Paris, but store manager Christina Giddens explains that the couple try to capture the elegance of Paris and an Old-World sensibility. You’ll find Savons de Marseille blocks of olive oil soap ($11.50 each) and tidy cotton bags of imported lavender. Downstairs you’ll find a sprinkling of antiques and even vintage sacred items such as an old church altar, Madonna statue and Santa Rosa candles from Mexico. Local artists rotate their artwork through the shop.
Find it: 36 W. Broughton St., Savannah; 912-232-1500; www.theparismarket.com.
• Toucan Cafe. This whimsical restaurant with walls painted eye-popping shades of lime green, canary yellow and fuchsia boasts a menu with many flavors. You’ll find Caribbean flavors in Jamaican jerk chicken ($15) and a touch of Greece in its Hellenic chicken stuffed with spinach and feta ($16), but you’ll also find Southern staples like mashed potatoes ($3), coconut layer cake ($5.50). You just might want to take home a jar of Sweet Savannah Mustard Vinaigrette ($5.25 a pint) or house-made garlic pickles ($5 for a pint).
Find it: 531 Stephenson Ave., Savannah; 912-352-2233.
• One Fish Two Fish. This shop exudes “coastal cool” with its eclectic inventory of trendy jewelry, LouenHide handbags, Pine Cone Hill linens, Archipelago Botanical bath and body products or Mariposa glossy pewter serving and entertaining pieces. And you’ll fall in love with the cute honeybee embellishments on the straw or fabric handbags by Bosom Buddy Bags.
Find it: 401 Whitaker St., Savannah; 912-447-4600; www.onefishstore.com.
• Habersham Antiques and Collectibles Market. If you’ve watched any of Paula Deen’s Food Network shows or read her food and entertaining magazine, you’ve surely seen the wares of this Savannah antiques mall and its inventory from more than 70 dealers. While you’ll see a little furniture and plenty of old china and Depression glass, this market’s specialty is mid-century era goods. You’ll find vintage aprons and linens and an entire room of ‘60s-era clothing from hats and straw bags to brightly-colored frocks. Out on the main floor of the mall, you’ll see evidence that a dozen years ago the facility was the Smith Brothers grocery store — old meat hooks hang from the ceiling, dangling chandeliers and light fixtures. Mall manager Lynn Rahn says Deen visits often with family and friends because it’s one of the few places where tourists let her be. “Paula loves old vintage things that take you back. I think she’s running out of space — she needs to build another house,” said Rahn, laughing.
Find it: 2502 Habersham St., Savannah; 912-238-5908; habershamantiquesmarket.com.
• Green Truck Pub. The crew at the Green Truck Pub, just a parking lot away from the Habersham antiques mall, makes simple food from scratch, sourcing as many of their ingredients as they can locally. Their grass-fed beef, pastured pork and free-range chicken are all raised in Georgia. They buy their coffee beans from a guy with a roastery a few blocks away. Produce is selected at the farmer’s market at nearby Forsyth Park. Popular menu items include the Rustico burger with goat cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and fresh basil that they grow in their backyard garden ($10) and The Whole Farm, a bacon-cheddar burger topped with a fried egg ($12.50). And don’t forget the amazing hand-cut fries with homemade ketchup ($4). Behind the bar are six revolving taps and an interesting selection of about 30 craft beers.