Travel Treasures

As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, travel and interior design are two of my biggest passions—well, those and organizing, of course! Every year, my boyfriend and I aim to visit brand new places, and to buy trinkets from each place to forever remember them by.

Through all of our travels, I’ve collected quite a few treasures. From pottery and art to clothing and jewelry, so many pieces in my home were purchased while traveling. And while I love just about all of them, the below pieces are the ones that I know I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

How stunning is this blanket from Oaxaca, Mexico? As soon as we saw this blanket in Onora Casa in Mexico City, I knew it had to come home with us. The soft color palette and intricate woven design caught my eye and I love thinking about where it could end up in our future home. From being folded along the edge of the bed to be draped over a sofa, this blanket will look perfect anywhere it’s placed.Also in Mexico City, we found this gorgeous hand-painted vase in El Mercado de la Ciudadela. Because I want this vase on display at all times and not just when it’s filled with flowers, I’ve found the perfect home for it atop cookbooks in our kitchen.Who could possibly say no to another stunning vase? That’s what I thought when I saw this gem in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We’ve been collecting blue and white sponge-wear pottery for a few years now (as you can see on our bookshelf here), so when we saw those same colors in this piece of Thai pottery, we instantly fell in love. As if it weren’t perfect enough on its own, I cannot get over how amazing it looks sitting right on top of Rebecca Atwood’s book.  Last but certainly not least: the patterned pillow of my dreams, also from Thailand. Funnily enough, the fabric of this pillow was not complete when we bought it—the woman making it still needed to dye and color treat it. But we loved it just the way it was and decided to buy it right on the spot from her worktable. Even though we didn’t know exactly how we wanted to use the fabric (maybe a table runner or a wall textile), we knew we would find just the place as soon as we got home, and we were right.

P.S. Check out my blog posts on Mexico City and Thailand to find out even more about our trips.

Mexico City Travel Diary

Having spent a great deal of time in Mexico—both on beaches as well as inland states—I was beyond excited to explore yet another new part, Mexico City. If Mexico City (also known as CDMX) isn’t on your travel bucket list, I’d highlyyyy recommend reconsidering. Between the diverse neighborhoods, rich history, and delicious food, your trip itinerary will basically write itself. But, in case you need a little help with that, just keep reading.

We spent a total of 5 full days in Mexico City and packed them to the brim. While we definitely could have stayed longer (there’s just so much to see and do!), this ended up being the perfect amount of time for us. Let’s just say that I’m not sure my feet could have handled much more walking after 6 nights and 5 days in such a bustling city.

Throughout our time there, we tried to see at least one new neighborhood per day. Every single one we visited was so unique and distinct, and I couldn’t be happier that we made it a priority to explore as many as possible. Here are the neighborhoods we visited and the top spots to hit in each:

Roma and Condesa: Since we stayed in La Roma, we decided to ease into the trip by beginning our itinerary in these two neighborhoods. Looking back, they might just have been my favorites. They’re both incredibly stylish and young neighborhoods, and the lush greenery of the Condesa is such a nice retreat from city life.

Recommended time: 1 full day, plus many dinners and drinks

Lardo: For the most delicious pastries and fresh juice, don’t skip this spot.

Contramar: This classic spot is a staple for lunch amongst locals and tourists alike. Because it’s so busy, be sure to make a reservation.

Hotel Condesa: Drinks overlooking the city? Yes, please.

Aurora Musica Viva: To say I was obsessed with this place would be a massive understatement. From the gorgeous patio to the live jazz, it is perfection.

Rosetta: Never have I ever seen a prettier, dreamier space (and if you have, please tell me!!). This Italian meal was likely my favorite from the whole trip.

Casa Virginia: Speaking of beautiful dining places, Casa Virginia really took it to another level. The whole experience at this gem of a restaurant was unforgettable.

Páramo: When nearly every other spot was closed on Sunday night, we ducked into Páramo and couldn’t have been happier that we did. It was, by far, the coolest place we visited—and I’ve heard their sister restaurant downstairs is just as cool!

Avenida Amsterdam: This is the main avenue throughout the Condesa and it’s filled with some stunning architecture and street art. We walked up and down this avenue, as well as ducked down various side streets.   Parque México: This lush green space in the center of the Condesa is such a nice retreat from the busy streets surrounding it. Look out for the adorable school of dogs as you’re walking through!

Mercado Roma: If you want a little snack amidst you’re exploring, I’d recommend checking out Mercado Roma.

Art Galleries: The Roma is filled with inspiring art galleries, including Toca Galleria.

We popped in and out of several shops while making our way through these two stylish neighborhoods, but our favorites were:

Carla Fernandez

Roma Quince

Apartment 25

Goodbye Folk

City Center: The City Center is just what you’d expect upon reading the name: the historical center of Mexico City with landmarks dating back as far as the Aztec era. Between visiting ruins of an old temple to getting drinks on the 48th floor of a skyscraper, our day in this part of town was one for the books.

Recommended time: 1 full day

El Cardenal: This spot might win the award for most gorgeous exterior facade. And don’t even get me started about their hot chocolate—delicioso.

Torre Latinoamericana: While it was slightly scary to be up on the 48th floor sipping on a cocktail, the views from up here are unbeatable.

El Moro: Basically everyone and their mom told me about this curroria, and let me tell you, it was worth the hype. There are several in the city, including one in Mercado Roma!, so you can get your churro fix nearly everywhere you go.

Palacio Nacional: Covered in Diego Rivera art, this palace of the original Aztec ruler is something you cannot miss.

Metropolitan Cathedral: Centrally located in the Zócalo, this is the largest cathedral in the Americas.

Templo Mayor: We love, love, loved learning all about what remains of the central temple during the Aztec era.

Palacio de Bellas Artes: The name says it all, right? For a perfect view of this perfect construction, pop up to the 8th floor café of the Sears across the street.

El Zócalo: While it’s certainly tourist central, there’s also some great shopping here.

El Mercado de la Ciudadela: Hands down, this was the best market we visited during our time in Mexico City. Because we came here pretty early on in the trip, I was hesitant to spend all my money in one place not knowing what else I might find in the coming days. In retrospect though, I wish I had bought just about everything in this market. It’s by far the best—trust!

Polanco: Often described as the Beverly Hills of Mexico City, Polanco is an upscale neighborhood ripe for shopping. While we dedicated an entire day to exploring this part of town, it could easily be done in half as long.

Recommended time: 1 half day

Eno: I can see why this is one of the most popular cafés in the area—just look at that French toast!

El Pendulo: This café-meets-book store is the perfect place to take a break from the heat and happenings.

Maria Isabel: AKA quesadilla heaven.

Pujol: While we wouldn’t really consider ourselves “foodies,” we had heard such incredible things about this place and couldn’t resist. Considered one of the top restaurants in the world, Pujol was definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. It likely goes without saying, but be sure to make a reservation far in advance and expect to spend about 3 hours working through the 6-course menu.

Chapulin: How serene is this space? Grab a drink and admire the views.

Campos Elíseos: This is one of the main avenues that runs through Polanco and is filled with great shops, restaurants, and beautiful homes.

Museo Soumaya: Commissioned by one of the richest men in Mexico, this museum features everything from 19th and 20th century Mexican art to pieces by Rodin and Renoir. Plus, the iconic silver exterior can’t be missed!

Jumex CollectionIf you’re a modern art lover, you’ll want to carve out time for this museum as well.

Avendia Presidente Masaryk: Thought of as Mexico’s Champs-Élysées, this avenue is filled with amazing shops.

Onora CasaI am not exaggerating when I say that I wanted to buy every single piece I picked up in this store. With blankets from Oaxaca and pillowcases from Chiapas, I was in interior design heaven.

Xochomilco and Coyoacan: Remember when I said our days were packed? Well this one was probably the busiest of them all. Even amidst the hectic scheduling though, it was also probably my favorite. If I could do it over again, I would have spent much more time in Coyoacan and less in Xochimilco. Because Xochimilco is pretty far south (about an hour Uber ride), we spent a large portion of the day sitting in traffic. And while it was very eye-opening and interesting to visit a part of town where locals live, I would have loved more time to wander the quaint cobblestone streets of Coyoacan. If ever I’m back in Mexico City, that will be the first neighborhood I revisit!

Recommended time: 1 full day

San Angel Inn: I knew this place was going to be good, but didn’t realize just how good. Every corner was what Instagram dreams are made of. Come for the food, stay for the scenery.

Café Avellaneda: Smack dab in the middle of the Coyoacan, this cute little café whips up some great artisan coffee.

Floating Gardens: So, I’m a little mixed on this one. We had heard from several friends that this activity was not to be skipped, but in retrospect, I think we may have done just that. At 45 minutes outside of Mexico City, it’s a bit of a trek to get here and the activity itself is quite overpriced. Don’t get me wrong, the canals are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l and the mariachis are oh-so-fun, but if you’re short on time, I’d say this could easily be left off the itinerary.

Museo Dolores Olmedo: This museum, on the other hand, should be on the top of your list. Dolores Olmedo was a close friend of both Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and her home boasts quite the collection from both artists. Though not only is the art is incredible, but the grounds are breathtaking. And full of peacocks!!

Frida Kahlo House: After observing art from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at Museo Dolores Olmedo, we were itching to learn more about the couple. Enter: The Frida Kahlo House, also known as the Blue House. We loved having a window into their lives, their struggles, and their artistry. If you’re wanting to do the same, then be sure to reserve tickets online in advance because the lines to get in were crazzzzyyy.

Plaza Hidalgo: Just down the street from the Frida Kahlo House is this beautiful park, ripe for people watching.

Mercado Artesenal Mexicano: This two-story market has some great gems if you’re willing to dig for them.

Coyoacan’s Cobblestone Streets: We were pretty exhausted by the time we made it to Coyoacan and unfortunately didn’t have time to explore all that much. By the looks of it though, Coyoacan’s cobblestone streets are packed with adorable shops.

Chapultepec: Since we took a late afternoon flight out of Mexico City, we had a spare morning to explore one last area: Chapultepec. I know I’ve said this several times now, but this really may have been one of my favorite experiences throughout the whole trip.

Recommended time: 3/4 of a day

To make the most of our last day, we woke up bright and early, picked up coffee and pastries from trusty Lardo, and headed to Chapultepec Park. Walking through the park early in the morning was so serene—there was hardly anyone else there! Eventually, we made our way up to the Castillo de Chapultepec, which was so. insanely. spectacular. Since we arrived right as it was opening, we beat the crowds and wandered through the castle as if it were our own.

In our last couple hours in Mexico City, we made our way through the Museum of Anthropology. You could very easily spend the rest of your life admiring and studying the archaeological artifacts in this massive museum.

Teotihuacan: Only about an hour from Mexico City are the pyramids of Teotihuacán, thought to have been built in 100 BC. The pyramids are really, really spectacular—in fact, one of them is the third largest in the world! If you have a spare morning or afternoon, I’d very much so recommend making the trek out here to experience them in all their glory. And if you do, I’d also recommend hopping an Uber with a book and guiding yourself through it. While we did a tour (link), we found it to be expensive, sales-y, and unfortunately not very informative at all. Save yourself the time and money—trust!

Recommended time: 1 half day

Aaaand that just about covers it. While our itinerary was totally achievable in our 5.5 days, I will warn you that we hardly had any downtime. If you’re one for a bit more time lounging at the hotel, I’d recommend cutting out one of the above. Oh, and don’t forget to leave time for lots (and lots!!) of traffic.

A Sunny Winter

During the holidays, I took a week off work to spend time with family friends in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Going home for an extended period of time is always so restorative for me—especially when the sun is shining.

Here’s a look into some of my favorite photos (and memories!) that I snapped while home.

{Malibu Pier}

{Griffith Observatory}

{West Hollywood}

{Venice Canals}

{Rose Café}

{Melrose Place}

{State Street}

{The Blue Door}

{Around Santa Barbara}  

{Lucky Penny}

A Look Back: 2017 Travels

2017 was full of adventures, and I loved every single one of them. My boyfriend and I took the biggest trip we’ve ever been on together at the start of the year when we headed to Thailand and Cambodia for 2 weeks. To say it was magical would be an understatement. Though our travels didn’t end there—we also managed to squeeze in a New Mexican getaway, plus a road trip through the South. Check out all of the beautiful places we visited—along with detailed travel itineraries—below!

Thailand and Cambodia // Los Angeles and Santa Barbara // New Mexico // Mendocino // New Orleans // Savannah // Charleston // New York

P.S. Check out where I went last year here.

Travel Talk

Planning trips is one of my favorite activities and over the years, I’ve gotten into a pretty solid routine with it. There’s much, much more to it than just booking a flight and calling it a day, so I’m rounding up some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

The most important part of travel planning is giving yourself enough time to do just that: plan. Here’s how I like to think about the planning process:

1 year out. At around this time every year, I like to look ahead to the next year and start plotting where I want to go. As I do so, I take into account the best times of year to visit, as well as what else I have going on at that time. For me personally, I try to go on 2 big trips a year (one every 6 months), and then smaller ones peppered in between.

6 months out. Once I’ve decided where I want to visit in a year, I’ll then make calendar placeholders for myself to make sure I don’t start planning too late in the game. For instance, if I know I want to go to Italy in June, then I’ll set a reminder for myself to begin looking into it in January. Once January rolls around, I’ll start digging into the big ticket items: flights and hotels.

3 months out. At the three month mark, I try to start making an itinerary. I’ve shared specific tips for how to go about crafting an itinerary before, so definitely check out that post for more in-depth advice. In general though, I like to reach out to friends or family who have visited this place before, search blogs and forums for must-see sites, and compile all of this into an organized document. Also at this time, I’ll make restaurant reservations for the popular places that book up very far in advance.

1 month out. With my high level itinerary already mapped out, I’ll set aside some time at the one month mark to review it with a fine-tooth comb. I’ll restructure my itinerary such that it’s arranged by day and further sub-divided into times of day (morning, afternoon, and evening). I’ll also make any restaurant reservations I haven’t already, as well as book tours, museum tickets, and the like. Lastly, if I’m traveling internationally, I’ll also order the necessary currency at this time.

1 week out. The week leading up to the trip typically has the most to-do’s, so I try my best to divide them evenly over the seven days, as too not feel too overwhelmed. At the start of the week, I’ll do a big drug store haul and pick up any items I’ll need for the trip (ie: special medications, travel size bottles, magazines, etc.). In the middle of the week, I’ll focus on cleaning—tending to both my apartment, as well as my laundry. Once my clothes are clean and I’ve done a thorough audit of the weather in my destination, I’ll start packing. Finally, the day before a trip, I like to get my nails and toes done, as well as tend to my house chores.

 

Charleston Travel Diary

The last (but certainly not least) leg of our trip through the south was Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve been dying to visit ever since one my favorite bloggers, Gal Meets Glam, moved to this charming city about a year ago, and am so excited we were able to squeeze it into our trip.

Like me, my best friend Calli had Charleston high up on her travel bucket list, so we invited her to join us for an extended weekend. Because there were three of us, we opted for an Airbnb to cut down costs but were so, so, so pleasantly surprised by how nice it ended up being. We really could not have asked for anything nicer, even from a hotel.

In total, we were in Charleston for four nights and three full days. And while there were still a few restaurants we weren’t able to try (looking at you, Xiao Biscuit!), we had plenty of time to do and see all that we had heard so much about.

Colonial Lake: This small lake reminded me a lot of Oakland’s Lake Merritt, so needless to say, I loved it.

South of Broad: I could spend the rest of my days just wandering through the South of Broad and probably never grow tired of the views. Around every bend is another stunning, historical home and photo op. Every single detail of the homes is breathtaking—from the porches to the landscaping to the shutters to the balconies, they are perfection. We particularly loved walking up Church Street, as well as peeking through the pineapple gates of the Simmons-Edwards House.

White Point Garden: As you’re walking down Broad, you’ll eventually run into White Point Garden along the water. Some say this park is haunted, but I say it’s magical. We even saw a proposal happen in the gazebo!

Rainbow Row: The houses along Rainbow Row are basically Charleston’s version of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco—but possibly even more colorful and charming. You have to get a little creative with your positioning to take a proper photo, but once you nail it, it’s social media gold.

 

Sullivan’s Island: The beach will be calling your name in sunny Charleston and when it does, drive right over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge and into Sullivan’s Island. We parked our car right near the lighthouse and spent the afternoon swimming in the incredibly warm water and popping into the shops on the island.

Middleton Plantation: There are quite a few plantations to choose from when visiting Charleston, but we received several recommendations for one in particular: Middleton. This old rice plantation in the lowcountry is nothing short of gorgeous, thanks to its oak trees draped in Spanish moss and views of the Ashley River. We purchased a general admissions ticket and so enjoyed our time spent wandering through the gardens.

Beckett Boutique: Calli and I wanted to buy just about every piece in this clothing boutique—that’s how good it is.

The Skinny Dip: Somewhere between a bar, café, and a clothing boutique is this cute shop. Don’t miss the patio on the second floor if you stop by!

Lily: This store will basically summon you in by the smell of the fragrant candles and perfumes inside.

Indigo Market: This charming furniture store is a bit of a ways from shops listed above, but just across the street from the delicious Butcher & Bee (more on that below).

Candlefish: Local to Charleston, these candles not only smell divine, but also come in a very stylish jar.

Charleston City Market: This place is tourist city, no doubt. But it’s also one of the country’s oldest public markets and spans four city blocks (!!!), so it’s worth a quick visit. Plus, I just loved the sweetgrass baskets galore.

Mac + Murphy: Can you say stationary heaven? The planner-obsessed organizer in me fell head over heels for this store.

Breakfast and Coffee:

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits: Picture a scrambled egg, crispy bacon, and melted cheddar all sandwiched between two biscuits—hungry yet?

Black Tap Coffee: I don’t usually drink coffee, but I had to make an exception for the iced lavender latté. It did not disappoint.

 The Daily: If you’re in need of another breakfast spot in Charleston, look no further than here. Their homemade bread is incredible, so I highly recommend the avocado toast.

The Park Café: Without a doubt, this was my favorite breakfast in Charleston. The space is very cool—yet also very casual—and packed with locals doing their local things. Order the fried egg sandwich with a side of grapefruit and walk off the meal at the nearby Hampton Park.

Lunch:

Butcher & Bee: Funnily enough, we actually didn’t have this spot on our itinerary because it’s a bit of a trek on the north end of King Street (about a 10 minute Uber ride from Rainbow Row). But when nearly every person we met recommended it, we shuffled things around to make it work—and I’d recommend you do the same, too.

The Obstinate Daughter: If you make it out to Sullivan’s Island, be sure to also make a reservation here. The decor is beautiful, and the food is even better.

Leon’s Oyster Shop: All I can say is this place is worth the hype. Don’t leave without trying the stiam salad, fried chicken sandwich, and soft serve to finish it off.

Dinner:

The Grocery: The thought of the spaghetti squash and roast chicken is *almost* enough to make me book a flight out to Charleston tomorrow. In fact, as I write this, I’m simultaneously attempting to recreate this insanely delicious meal at home!

Le Farfalle: The patio filled with twinkly lights, and the focaccia bread filled with all things delicious, make this spot unforgettable.

Husk: We had heard so much about this restaurant before heading off on our trip, and while we certainly enjoyed our meal, it was not my favorite. If you only have a couple days in Charleston, I’d recommend taking a look at the menus for the places I’ve listed here to see what you’ll enjoy the most. If you do decide to come here, be sure to make your reservation long in advance and ask if they can set you on the second floor balcony!

The Ordinary: Even though I’m not much of a seafood person, this spot managed to leave me feeling full and impressed.

Drinks:

Chez Nous: This place wins the award for sweetest ambiance, bar none. I mean, just look at that handwritten menu! Though I do think it’s worth nothing that we had a pretty poor experience with the service here. We made a reservation long in advance and made sure to specify in the notes that we just wanted to order wine while there. When we arrived however, the hostess and waitress were both very confused by our decision to only order wine, which left us feeling unwelcome and awkward. That aside, the wine selection is fantastic and the outdoor seating cannot be beat.

The Darling Oyster Bar: This is the perfect place to come for a pre-dinner drink and app. If you enjoy a sweet cocktail, I’d recommend the Paloma.

Zero George: Yet another magical spot that falls high up on my list of musts for Charleston. We came for cocktails at sunset on the porch, and sipped them as we admired this stunning hotel.  

The Watch Rooftop Bar: A rooftop bar is an automatic win in my book, and this one did not disappoint. But then again, was it the rooftop or was it the fact that they were filming Southern Charmed while we were there? Guess we’ll never know.

Goat Sheep Cow: Cheese? Check. Wine? Check. Insta-worthy ambience? Check. This place has it all—just be sure you go to the one on north King Street, as the other one is just a to-go location.

Sweets: 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: The flavors here are out of this world, and they’ll let you sample as many as you want! Which, for me, is crucial because I like to sample no less than 10 flavors before deciding on just 1.

Sugar Bake Shop: This adorable little bakery is just up the street from the aforementioned cutest stationary store of all time. So basically, it’s cuteness overload in this corner of Charleston.

Savannah Travel Diary

Exploring more of the south has been on our travel wish list for a while now, especially after falling in love with New Orleans last year. So when we received an invitation to a wedding in the south—in New Orleans, funnily enough—we decided we’d make a trip of it and explore some new cities while we were over there.

There are so many southern cities that I want to see, but we ultimately decided on Savannah and Charleston for this specific trip. While I admittedly was a bit more excited for Charleston than Savannah leading up to the trip, my opinions totally switched after visiting both. Savannah is, by far, the most quaint and charming city I have ever visited and I loved every minute spent exploring it.

After the wedding in New Orleans, my boyfriend and I flew into Atlanta, rented a car, and drove it 2.5 hours to Savannah. The drive was so peaceful and pretty—I’d highly recommend it! Not including this travel day, we had a full 2 days in Savannah. While you could definitely stay longer, we felt that was enough time to hit all of the main spots, while still having time to relax and enjoy ourselves.

We stayed in an Airbnb near Forsyth Park, which was a great place to be in. I’d also recommend checking out bed and breakfasts near Lafayette Square.

Forsyth Park: Because we stayed in the southern area of the city, we had to walk through Forsyth Park each day to get to the various shops and restaurants on our list. But let me tell you, we were definitely not mad about that. This park is absolutely gorgeous—filled with fountains, oak trees, and gardens, it’s the perfect place to take a rest in the southern heat.

Mercer-Williams House: We did a tour of the Mercer-Williams house and it did not disappoint. It’s in a historic home in Savannah—and is supposedly haunted!—and the interior details gorgeous.

Bull Street: Walking in Savannah? It better be up Bull Street. Every single corner of Bull Street is spectacular, and you’ll run into so many stunning squares as you make you’re way up the city. A couple of my favorites were: Monterey Square and Whitfield Square.

Wormsloe Plantation: One of my closest friend’s recommended that we head out of downtown for an afternoon on Wormsloe Plantation, and I couldn’t be happier that we headed his advice. Like I mentioned, we rented a car, so driving the 25 minutes to this plantation was no problem at all. Even if you don’t have a car though, I’d highly recommend spending the money on an Uber to get out here. Simply put, the oak tree-lined was one of the more beautiful sites I’ve ever seen in my life.

West Bluff Drive: Just about a 5 minute drive from Wormsloe Plantation is yet another stunningly beautiful site: the Skidaway River. West Bluff Drive is situated right along the water and is filled with some of the most beautiful homes.

River Street: We spent about an hour walking up River Street, popping into stores and admiring the Savannah River. Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is one store in particular that can’t be missed. Try the pralines and thank me later.

Palmetto Bluff: On our way to Charleston from Savannah, we stopped by Montage Palmetto Bluff and almost fainted when we got there. Despite what you’re thinking, it wasn’t from the heat (though it was really, really warm), but rather from the breathtaking grounds. We wandered all around the hotel property and made a pact to stay there some day.

Alex Raskin Antiques: This amazing antiques shop is right in Monterey Square and is not to be missed.

Number Four Eleven:  From toiletry bags to towels, this shop has it all—and will monogram it for you, too. My boyfriend and I left with his & hers toiletry travel bags.

Shop SCAD: The Savannah College of Art and Design has a huge presence throughout the city, and this store gives you a peak into the incredible work being created there.

Savannah Bee Company: This store may be the sweetest of them all—get it? Sample all of their delicious honeys and leave with one, two…or maybe even three.

The Paris Market: Have you ever seen a cuter storefront? I haven’t. Pop in here for some coffee and home décor inspiration.

Chocolat by Andam Turoni: Treat yourself to some of the most delicious—and by far the prettiest—chocolate in Savannah.

Breakfast:

The Collins Quarter: Between the gorgeous decor and the delicious food, the Collins Quarter is an A+ in my book. I ordered the avocado toast and a chai tea latte.

Clary’s Café: In the chance that you can force yourself to eat breakfast anywhere other than the Collins Quarter, come to Clary’s for an authentic southern meal.

Lunch:

Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House: If you ask anyone where to eat lunch in Savannah, they’ll more than likely say Mrs. Wilkes. And while there’s no avoiding that it’s a commitment (you’ll likely have to stand in line for about an hour before being seated), it’s so worth it. They seat whole tables at a time and serve everything family style—and when I say everything, I actually mean everything. At any given time, the table will have multiple helpings of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cream corn, stuffing, salad, and biscuits, and you can always ask for more! Once you’ve had all the fried chicken you can take, you just pay $22 and go on with your day!

Sandfly Barbecue: This spot is a Savannah staple and happens to be just down the road from West Bluff Drive.

Dinner:

The Grey: My boyfriend discovered this gem on a whim one night and it ended up being our favorite spot for dinner. Whatever you do, don’t miss this place.

The Wyld: Ok, I know I’ve said a quite a few places were my favorite, but this one may just take the cake. It also came to us as a recommendation from my close friend and was probably the most “local” thing we did the whole time we were there. Come for the delicious seafood, stay for the bocce ball.

Drinks:

Gryphon Tea Room: Just across from Shop SCAD is this trendy tea room. The building was once an apothecary, as well as a bookstore, and they’ve done an amazing job of maintaining both histories.

Rocks on the Roof: During your stroll up River Street, take a break from the heat at this rooftop bar overlooking the water.

The Olde Pink House: This was one of my favorite spots we visited while in Savannah. Not only is the exterior what Instagram dreams are made of, but the building itself has such a rich (and haunted!) history. We just went for drinks downstairs, but heard the food upstairs is great.

Sweets:

Leopold’s Ice Cream: No description necessary. Go, sample all kinds of flavors (including the tutti frutti), and enjoy a refreshing ice cream cone while walking in the heat.