One of my favorite places to stop whether I am heading to Florida or returning back to North Carolina is Savannah, Georgia. It is a perfect stop: downtown Savannah is just 15 minutes off I-95, the route I usually take when traveling, and it is also ideal to stop for lunch, dinner, or simply to shop at The Paris Market to pick up a few of my favorite things, including a cup of espresso!
Location of The Paris Market
Up until 2019 The Paris Market, had one location in Historic Downtown Savannah: now they have a second location just 25 minutes away from Hilton Head Island and Savannah in Palmetto Bluff. The first location opened in 2001 in a beautiful Victorian historic building dating back to 1874. The Market is located at 36 W Broughton Street in Savannah and is on the street where you will find many other shops as well as find some hidden treasures or find some great places to eat.
What You Will Find at The Paris Market
When I first walk in, I check to see if one of my favorite people is there…a manager named Madeline. After we greet each other with a hug that says we haven’t seen each other in a while, we catch up a little; I get my cup of cappuccino and walk around the market to see what I can find on this visit, including some of my usual purchases.
One of my favorite things that I get on each visit is their fresh lavender which is sold in both large and small bags. These are great for a clothes drawer, and I like to put one under my pillow. BTW: Lavender is helpful for a peaceful night of sleep.
Many times Madeline will direct me to new arrivals so I will not miss out on the latest. She is knowledgeable, extremely friendly, and oh so helpful!
Many items are from Paris or somewhere in France, and others are from local artists. The Market has unique items that range from candles, jewelry, books, furniture, home decor, bath and body, a children’s line of goods, office, and so much more! I love the variety they have, from things for a dinner table to a cocktail bar to jewelry to art for any decor or candles to light in order to create whatever ambiance for the home.
The Paris Market Cafe
If I am passing through and not wanting to take an hour out to eat somewhere separate, I stop at The Paris Market Cafe. This is where I can grab a freshly baked baguette from a local French bakery with a smear of butter, Black Forest ham, Brie, and a green apple. I actually have them cut my baguette in thirds so that when I am driving south or north on my way home, I can easily eat it when I make gas pit stops!
The Cafe has a lovely bakery where you can get some tasty baked goods, or a light lunch, accompanied by a glass of champagne or a glass of wine or a cappuccino, even French Roasted press coffee. I usually purchase a box of french macarons baked locally to take to my aunt or home.
This Cafe is like the one you will find in Paris and was named the “The Most Beautiful Coffee Shop in Georgia” by Architectural Digest! Because of its velvet seating and marble countertops, bistro-style.
The Paris Market has two floors, so be sure to go downstairs where many of their goods for your home are.
You can visit their site, but I strongly suggest visiting their two-story building in historic downtown Savannah or their quaint shop in Palmetto Bluff. It is like walking into a shop in Paris!
There is so much to say about The Paris Market, but for the time being, just put it on your bucket list; and if you are traveling south, I can tell you it’s worth jumping off I-95 for the 15-minute drive into downtown Savannah, even if just to grab a baguette or a box of french macarons!
Let me know if you have ever been to The Paris Market, and if you go for the first time, tell Madeline I sent you and that I said, “Hi!”