I am always on the lookout for great coffeehouses, and Savannah has a fantastic one, Gallery Espresso. Actually, there are a handful of good ones in Savannah, but Gallery Espresso is the one that I latched on to.
Gallery Espresso is located in Savannah’s beautiful historic district, right across the street from Chippewa Square.
They have an extensive coffee menu and make fantastic coffee. While in Savannah I quickly settled into a ritual of starting the day with a cup of Turkish coffee while catching up on email and the Twitters on their complimentary WiFi. Their selection of sandwiches, pastries and other snacks is good, and I enjoyed everything I tried.
The interior is large and somewhat funky- with plenty of seating, small tables, large tables, chairs, and couches are mixed throughout. The clientele is a mix of businessfolk, lots of college students (SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design is nearby), locals, and the occasional tourist. The staff is eager (and/or appropriately caffeinated) and very pleasant.
They feature live entertainment on occasion, but I wasn’t lucky enough to catch any on my trip.
Savannah is an odd city, it has a feeling which someone described as "genteel decay”. Savannah isn’t for everyone, but if you find yourself downtown, stop by Gallery Espresso.