If we had to choose one street that embodies Savannah’s past and present, we’d pick Abercorn Street. Home to impeccable architecture and landscapes, world-class history museums, and modern amenities and shops, it’s a perfect blend of old and new. 

Where is Abercorn Street?

Abercorn Street is a street in Savannah, Georgia that runs for about 8 miles from East Bay Street near the river to the Harry S. Truman Parkway.

Named after an English earl from the 18th century, it’s one of the oldest streets in the city. It spans the Historic District from end to end, and it features many prominent squares, restaurants, and attractions.

What’s unique about Abercorn Street?

From lush park squares to ghostly tales, this historic avenue is a great spot for experiencing the magic of Savannah.

1.  The prettiest squares in Savannah

Image of a park square in Savannah, Georgia
Pictured: one of Savannah’s 22 historic park squares

Abercorn Street is home to four of the city’s famous squares, making it a great place for an afternoon stroll:

  • Reynolds Square
    Popular square in the city’s northernmost row of squares. Features old buildings like The Olde Pink House (circa 1771) and a statue of John Wesley.
  • Oglethorpe Square
    One of the six original open squares laid out by city founder James Edward Oglethorpe back in 1742. Lots of shady paths and benches.
  • Lafayette Square
    An elegant square circa 1837, surrounded by historic homes and the towering Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. 
  • Taylor Square
    The recently-renamed 1851 square is the only one in the city with all of its original historic buildings intact. 

2. Top-rated restaurants on Abercorn

Pancakes from Clary’s Cafe on Abercorn Street, named the best breakfast spot in the city by USA Today

Whether you’re looking for Southern fried chicken or fresh-churned ice cream, Abercorn Street has a taste of everything.

  • The Olde Pink House, a high-end Southern restaurant in a colonial mansion at 23 Abercorn.
  • Leopold’s Ice Cream, a beloved scoop shop featuring the classics (chocolate, vanilla, butter pecan) and unique seasonal flavors (rose petal, blueberry cheesecake, and eggnog). 
  • Clary’s, the best breakfast spot in Savannah, serving up hearty portions of classic diner fare at an affordable price.
  • Ardsley Station, an ingredient-driven bistro featuring American cuisine and plenty of meat, seafood, and vegetarian options. 

3. Both kinds of spirits (spooky or sippable)

Image: a marble statue of a girl in a cemetery with oak trees and spanish moss in the background.
A statue from a grave in Savannah, Georgia

No matter what kind of spirits you’re into, it’s all on Abercorn. 

For the spooky variety, you can visit the final resting place of Savannians since 1789: Colonial Park Cemetery at 200 Abercorn Street. A little further north, near Taylor Square, you’ll find what’s allegedly the most haunted house in the city at 432 Abercorn. 

As for the boozier type of spirits, there are dozens of great bars and cocktail spots along Abercorn like Planter’s Tavern and and Common Restaurant. For even more bar recs, check out our Guide to the Best Bars in Savannah

4. Abercorn’s amazing architecture, museums, and tours

Image of Savannah's St. John the Baptist Church
The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Abercorn Street in Savannah

Abercorn Street is home to some of the most unique buildings in the city. And you don’t have to admire them from afar–many of them operate as museums that are open to the public.

Where to stay on Abercorn Street

If you’re looking to explore the best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife that Savannah has to offer, we recommend staying on Abercorn Street.

The House on Taylor Square

The Cathedral View Apartment
This luxurious, fully stocked apartment is dripping with historic charm and all the amenities, from local antiques to a deep soak tub. It’s the ultimate historic Savannah house experience.

The House on Taylor Square is a beautifully restored historic property nestled in Savannah’s Historic Landmark District, offering guest suites for vacationers and short-term visitors. Situated in the heart of downtown Savannah on Abercorn Street, you’ll be steps away from the city’s best restaurants, museums, attractions, and events.

Our thoughtfully renovated suites blend modern amenities and historic charm. With marble bathrooms, soaking tubs, and fully equipped kitchens, you can immerse yourself in Savannah’s rich history.

We offer four distinct suites, each radiating a unique charm and style. Whether you’re drawn to a quaint pied-a-terre with a full-size kitchen, an ensuite with views of a picturesque Savannah square, or a spacious yet cozy two-bedroom apartment, The House on Taylor Square offers a variety of charming options for your Savannah stay.

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