Dog-Friendly Places in Savannah
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Are you tired of boarding your pup when you travel? Bring him or her to the dog-friendly city of Savannah and walk through 22 historic squares, a colonial cemetery and the 30 acres of Forsyth Park with a leash in hand. The city’s open layout is perfect for walks and restaurants with outdoor seating provide pups with cold water and shade. Many shops and businesses also accommodate. The key to bringing a dog to Savannah is to know who welcomes your best friend.
You can bring your pup down to the Savannah river front along beautiful red-bricked River Street and dine at Huey’s Restaurant, Olympia Café, Tubby’s Seafood, and Boar’s Head Grill & Tavern. Outside tables are limited, but if you like to watch the barges and boats pass by and the sunlight sparkling on the water, the wait is worth it.
The river front area is a great place to bring your dog, especially with the nearby and spacious Emmet Park. It sits on top of the bluff along East Bay Street and is filled with memorials and plenty of room to run around.
Across the street from the park on the corner of Habersham Street is B. Matthew’s Eatery, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Its sister restaurant, Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina, has an open patio and is further down Habersham, just a couple blocks south of Anderson Street. For Southern fine dining, go two blocks over from B. Matthew’s Eatery to Vic’s on the River and to Reynolds Square to The Olde Pink House. They both welcome dogs to dine with you on their patios with outside seating sections.
Two squares over, in the area known as City Market, next to Ellis Square is the Wild Wing Café, pizzeria Vinnie Van Go Go’s and the A.T. Hun Art Gallery and who all welcome dogs. If your pup is small enough to carry, you can bring her inside the Savannah's Candy Kitchen and grab a praline. Before you leave the area stop by The Grateful Hound at the south end of Ellis Square for dog apparel, accessories, and canine-inspired art gifts.
Next, you can head up to Broughton Street and stop by Nourish for all natural soaps, candles and bath products, Aleksandra's for gifts and souvenirs, and Half-Moon Outfitters for outdoor clothing and gear. The Coffee Fox, Kayak Kafé, The Paris Market & Brocante and The Funky Brunch are down the street and have several outside tables and usually a water bowl.
Leopold’s Ice Cream, also on Broughton, offers pups free sundaes topped with locally-made and gluten free Ollie B. Biscuits. And a great way to walk off the ice cream is with a Historic Dog Walk Tour of downtown. Start at Wright square at Oliver Bentley’s LTD and learn the city’s history from a dog’s perspective. If the tour isn’t for you, stop by the shop and say hi to the company mascot, cavalier King Charles spaniel Ollie B.
Around the corner up Bull Street, there are more dining options with outside seating like the Public Kitchen & Bar, The Collins Quarter, Mellow Mushroom, Gallery Espresso, and Six Pence Pub. Dogs are also welcome across the street from the pub at the Perry Rubber Bike Shop. For breakfast and lunch Clary’s Café and J. Christopher’s are great options. There are low water fountains at the sprawling Forsyth Park as well as The Sentient Bean, which is perfect for a cup of coffee and vegetarian organic food.
South of the downtown area Bass Pro Shop, Tailspin, The Canine Palace and Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens also allow man’s best friend. The city of Savannah is great place to visit, especially if you have your favorite pup at your side. So skip the call to doggy day care, and bring everyone along to the Low Country!