Guidebook for Birmingham

Emma

Guidebook for Birmingham

Food Scene
Awesome place for pizza, salads, and beer. The brussel sprouts salad is incredible. Our favorite pizzas are the chicken pesto or a build-your-own.
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Post Office Pies
209 41st Street South
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Awesome place for pizza, salads, and beer. The brussel sprouts salad is incredible. Our favorite pizzas are the chicken pesto or a build-your-own.
Hole in the wall BBQ joint with fantastic wings and baked potatoes.
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SAW’s Soul Kitchen
215 41st Street South
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Hole in the wall BBQ joint with fantastic wings and baked potatoes.
Great, walkable coffee shop with a fun vibe. Lots of board games and vintage, sci-fi reruns. On Sundays, they have a cereal bar.
Domestique Coffee - Satellite (Saturn)
200 41st St S
Great, walkable coffee shop with a fun vibe. Lots of board games and vintage, sci-fi reruns. On Sundays, they have a cereal bar.
Winner of the James Beard for Best Restaurant in 2018, Highlands Bar and Grill is a Birmingham classic. You'll need reservations to eat in the dining room, but that's not our favorite way to go --- it's a bit stuffy. We love to go to the bar, which is first come, first serve. If you go early or are willing to wait, you can get a seat at the bar or on one of the three side bar tables and enjoy the full menu. They have a wonderful raw bar too if you are in the mood for oysters. It's a splurge, but a fantastic date night.
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Highlands Bar & Grill
2011 11th Avenue South
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Winner of the James Beard for Best Restaurant in 2018, Highlands Bar and Grill is a Birmingham classic. You'll need reservations to eat in the dining room, but that's not our favorite way to go --- it's a bit stuffy. We love to go to the bar, which is first come, first serve. If you go early or are willing to wait, you can get a seat at the bar or on one of the three side bar tables and enjoy the full menu. They have a wonderful raw bar too if you are in the mood for oysters. It's a splurge, but a fantastic date night.
Next door to Highlands is Chez Fonfon, another Frank Stitt restaurant. It has an incredible French menu -- the steak frites is my favorite and be sure to save room for some coconut cake. Fonfon doesn't take reservations, so be prepared to get there early or wait for a table, but if you have to wait, it is fun to walk next door to Highlands bar for a classic cocktail.
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Chez Fonfon
2007 11th Avenue South
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Next door to Highlands is Chez Fonfon, another Frank Stitt restaurant. It has an incredible French menu -- the steak frites is my favorite and be sure to save room for some coconut cake. Fonfon doesn't take reservations, so be prepared to get there early or wait for a table, but if you have to wait, it is fun to walk next door to Highlands bar for a classic cocktail.
A great coffee shop that is walkable to the house. We love their specialty drinks, like the Bergamot Fog.
Seeds Coffee Co. - Lakeview
2808 7th Ave S
A great coffee shop that is walkable to the house. We love their specialty drinks, like the Bergamot Fog.
Fantastic Italian restaurant in Pepper Place, open for lunch and dinner. The pastas and pizzas are delicious! It also has a good selection of wine and a great bar.
Bettola
2901 2nd Ave S
Fantastic Italian restaurant in Pepper Place, open for lunch and dinner. The pastas and pizzas are delicious! It also has a good selection of wine and a great bar.
Great restaurant for seasonal small plates and tapas. One of our favorite date night places.
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OvenBird
2810 3rd Ave S
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Great restaurant for seasonal small plates and tapas. One of our favorite date night places.
Local diner, which is a short walk from the house, and offers a great breakfast.
Bogue's
3028 Clairmont Avenue
Local diner, which is a short walk from the house, and offers a great breakfast.
Hip coffee shop in Woodlawn with a great brunch.
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Woodlawn Cycle Cafe
5530 1st Ave S
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Hip coffee shop in Woodlawn with a great brunch.
A local favorite French restaurant and bakery in English Village. During the day, enjoy salads, soups, and sandwiches, and at night, they have delicious pizzas and a good selection of reasonably priced wines. Next door to Continental Bakery, which is a great place to get fresh bread.
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Chez Lulu
1911 Cahaba Road
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A local favorite French restaurant and bakery in English Village. During the day, enjoy salads, soups, and sandwiches, and at night, they have delicious pizzas and a good selection of reasonably priced wines. Next door to Continental Bakery, which is a great place to get fresh bread.
A fantastic local restaurant, featuring seasonal Southern cuisine.
Ollie Irene
2713 Culver Road
A fantastic local restaurant, featuring seasonal Southern cuisine.
This understated taqueria is fantastic. They have a really popular taco truck on 5th Ave, but this is there permanent location. Super casual, but delicious.
Taco Morro Loco
417 41st St S
This understated taqueria is fantastic. They have a really popular taco truck on 5th Ave, but this is there permanent location. Super casual, but delicious.
This is one of our favorite places to walk from the house. Head down Cliff to Highland Avenue and follow the road past all three parks. Bottega is owned by Frank Stitt (Highlands and Chez Fonfon), and it offers fantastic Italian cuisine. It is open most of the day, so it is a great place to take a leisurely lunch, and if it is pretty outside, they have a nice patio.
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Bottega Cafe
2240 Highland Avenue
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This is one of our favorite places to walk from the house. Head down Cliff to Highland Avenue and follow the road past all three parks. Bottega is owned by Frank Stitt (Highlands and Chez Fonfon), and it offers fantastic Italian cuisine. It is open most of the day, so it is a great place to take a leisurely lunch, and if it is pretty outside, they have a nice patio.
The closest coffee shop to the house, just a few blocks away in Rushton Park, O'Henry's is a local favorite.
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O'Henry's
2915 Highland Avenue
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The closest coffee shop to the house, just a few blocks away in Rushton Park, O'Henry's is a local favorite.
The closest restaurant to the house, Rojo, is a local favorite Mexican restaurant. It is popular for its margaritas and live music. The patio is dog-friendly.
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Rojo
2921 Highland Avenue
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The closest restaurant to the house, Rojo, is a local favorite Mexican restaurant. It is popular for its margaritas and live music. The patio is dog-friendly.
This is some of the best food in town. If you cant get a reservation, go at 5 and get a seat at the bar. The cocktails are lovely, and the oysters are fresh. The whole menu is delicious, and you can get all of it at the bar.
Automatic Seafood and Oysters
2824 5th Ave S
This is some of the best food in town. If you cant get a reservation, go at 5 and get a seat at the bar. The cocktails are lovely, and the oysters are fresh. The whole menu is delicious, and you can get all of it at the bar.
Drinks & Nightlife
One half coffee shop/bar. One half live music venue. This is a great spot to catch a show. The bartenders are fantastic and can make excellent classic and craft cocktails. Come morning, the coffee shop, Domestique, has great hot and cold beverages.
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Saturn
200 41st Street South
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One half coffee shop/bar. One half live music venue. This is a great spot to catch a show. The bartenders are fantastic and can make excellent classic and craft cocktails. Come morning, the coffee shop, Domestique, has great hot and cold beverages.
Church nights -- Wednesday and Sunday -- are local favorites at this low-key neighborhood bar. It is walkable from the house and in Lakeview, a district full of bars and restaurants. Super casual setting, but fantastic cocktails, particularly on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. If Angel is there, ask for him to make you something special.
Lou's Pub & Package Store
726 29th St S
Church nights -- Wednesday and Sunday -- are local favorites at this low-key neighborhood bar. It is walkable from the house and in Lakeview, a district full of bars and restaurants. Super casual setting, but fantastic cocktails, particularly on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. If Angel is there, ask for him to make you something special.
A cool speakeasy, tucked upstairs behind a hot dog joint. Great cocktails, good for a date or a group outing.
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The Marble Ring
430 41st St S
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A cool speakeasy, tucked upstairs behind a hot dog joint. Great cocktails, good for a date or a group outing.
Large selection of beer and cocktails. This Morris Avenue staple has a great rooftop if it is a nice evening, and the bar food menu is really tasty. We even like going for lunch -- the salmon kale salad is delicious!
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Carrigan's Public House
2430 Morris Avenue
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Large selection of beer and cocktails. This Morris Avenue staple has a great rooftop if it is a nice evening, and the bar food menu is really tasty. We even like going for lunch -- the salmon kale salad is delicious!
Paper airplane themed, with craft cocktails that stand up. This place has great booths if you have 4 or 6 people and get there early. A periodic table of birmingham elements is on behind the bar, and the bartenders make custom drinks based on flavors you suggest.
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The Collins Bar
2125 2nd Avenue North
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Paper airplane themed, with craft cocktails that stand up. This place has great booths if you have 4 or 6 people and get there early. A periodic table of birmingham elements is on behind the bar, and the bartenders make custom drinks based on flavors you suggest.
Walkable from Eden Brae, this cozy local wine bar offers a nice selection and has both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Freddy's Wine Bar
2251 Highland Ave
Walkable from Eden Brae, this cozy local wine bar offers a nice selection and has both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Sightseeing
Overlooking the city, Vulcan -- the god of the forge -- is Birmingham's iconic symbol. The city, which boomed in the late 19th century as an iron and steel town, is famous for its abundant natural resources. Vulcan Park provides a great vantage for seeing the city, and it has a small museum of Birmingham history.
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Vulcan Park and Museum
1701 Valley View Drive
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Overlooking the city, Vulcan -- the god of the forge -- is Birmingham's iconic symbol. The city, which boomed in the late 19th century as an iron and steel town, is famous for its abundant natural resources. Vulcan Park provides a great vantage for seeing the city, and it has a small museum of Birmingham history.
The 16th Street Baptist church was the site of the 1963 bombing, which killed 4 little girls and turned the tide of sentiment in the civil rights movement.
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Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
1530 6th Avenue North
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The 16th Street Baptist church was the site of the 1963 bombing, which killed 4 little girls and turned the tide of sentiment in the civil rights movement.
Walk the Civil Rights Trail and visit the fantastic sculptures in Kelly Ingram Park-across from the Civil Rights Institute. Check out the trail here- https://civilrightstrail.com/attraction/kelly-ingram-park/
Kelly Ingram Park
5th Avenue N & 16th Street
Walk the Civil Rights Trail and visit the fantastic sculptures in Kelly Ingram Park-across from the Civil Rights Institute. Check out the trail here- https://civilrightstrail.com/attraction/kelly-ingram-park/
Arts & Culture
Birmingham was one of the key cities of the civil rights movement. Learn about the city's complicated racial past in this moving museum, next door to the 16th Street Baptist Church.
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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th Street North
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Birmingham was one of the key cities of the civil rights movement. Learn about the city's complicated racial past in this moving museum, next door to the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Well-curated art museum, featuring one of the finest and most diverse collections in the Southeastern US. If you go on a Sunday afternoon, they have a fantastic brunch.
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Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Junior Boulevard
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Well-curated art museum, featuring one of the finest and most diverse collections in the Southeastern US. If you go on a Sunday afternoon, they have a fantastic brunch.
A great place to bring kids. The McWane Science Center features interactive exhibits relating to science. The center also has an IMAX theater, which shows a wide range of educational and popular films.
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McWane Science Center
200 19th Street North
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A great place to bring kids. The McWane Science Center features interactive exhibits relating to science. The center also has an IMAX theater, which shows a wide range of educational and popular films.
Parks & Nature
Wonderful place to hike. See old mines and get great vantages of the city.
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Ruffner Mountain
1214 81st Street South
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Wonderful place to hike. See old mines and get great vantages of the city.
One of the largest state parks in the area, Oak Mountain offers a variety of outdoor activities. Hike, mountain bike, play golf, swim, pet animals, ride horses, rent boats -- whatever you would like. There is a really fascinating bird sanctuary at the top of the mountain -- if you love animals, don't miss it.
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Oak Mountain State Park
877 John Findlay Dr
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One of the largest state parks in the area, Oak Mountain offers a variety of outdoor activities. Hike, mountain bike, play golf, swim, pet animals, ride horses, rent boats -- whatever you would like. There is a really fascinating bird sanctuary at the top of the mountain -- if you love animals, don't miss it.
This is a great mid-sized park with a range of hiking trails, zip lines and ropes activities, and a popular dog park.
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Red Mountain Park
2011 Frankfurt Drive
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This is a great mid-sized park with a range of hiking trails, zip lines and ropes activities, and a popular dog park.
Neighborhood park with playground, basketball court, and unofficial dog park. Around the park, you'll find Rojo, a popular Mexican restaurant, and O'Henry's, a local coffee shop. You can also rent Zyp bikes here.
Rushton Park
Neighborhood park with playground, basketball court, and unofficial dog park. Around the park, you'll find Rojo, a popular Mexican restaurant, and O'Henry's, a local coffee shop. You can also rent Zyp bikes here.
Take a walk or run by a wandering calm river in Jemison Park. This park is through Mountain Brook, and parking can be tricky- but the trail is one of the only places to walk by water in Birmingham. It can be particularly nice in on summer mornings. In the fall there is a good amount of cross country practice in the afternoons. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alabama/jemison-park-nature-trail
Jemison Park
Take a walk or run by a wandering calm river in Jemison Park. This park is through Mountain Brook, and parking can be tricky- but the trail is one of the only places to walk by water in Birmingham. It can be particularly nice in on summer mornings. In the fall there is a good amount of cross country practice in the afternoons. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alabama/jemison-park-nature-trail
Our favorite in-town park, just minutes from Charles on 11th, George Ward offers all kinds of attractions — great for dogs, families, friends, or solo travelers. Lots of shaded paths, a full frisbee golf course, multiple dog parks, places for kids to play, tennis courts, baseball fields, outdoor picnic areas — this park has it all!
George Ward Park
1901 Greensprings Avenue South
Our favorite in-town park, just minutes from Charles on 11th, George Ward offers all kinds of attractions — great for dogs, families, friends, or solo travelers. Lots of shaded paths, a full frisbee golf course, multiple dog parks, places for kids to play, tennis courts, baseball fields, outdoor picnic areas — this park has it all!
Essentials
The closest grocery store to the house. Piggly Wiggly is an iconic Alabama grocery chain (we love the T-shirts).
Piggly Wiggly Clairmont
3314 Clairmont Avenue South
The closest grocery store to the house. Piggly Wiggly is an iconic Alabama grocery chain (we love the T-shirts).
If you need prescriptions or toiletries while you are staying with us, this Walgreens is right around the corner.
Walgreens
3020 Clairmont Ave S
If you need prescriptions or toiletries while you are staying with us, this Walgreens is right around the corner.
Vegetarian staples, heathy food, supplements, and cafe dining. A long standing local establishment.
Golden Temple Health Food Store
1901 11th Ave S
Vegetarian staples, heathy food, supplements, and cafe dining. A long standing local establishment.
The city's best farmers market is Saturday morning in Pepper Place. This outdoor market is open through the summer, into the fall, offering fresh bread, local fruits and veggies, and locally made gifts. Live music can be heard most weekends. Catch a Cooking demonstration from the best chefs in the city, or stroll around and pet so many good dogs.
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The Market at Pepper Place | Saturday Farmers Market
2829 2nd Avenue South
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The city's best farmers market is Saturday morning in Pepper Place. This outdoor market is open through the summer, into the fall, offering fresh bread, local fruits and veggies, and locally made gifts. Live music can be heard most weekends. Catch a Cooking demonstration from the best chefs in the city, or stroll around and pet so many good dogs.
Neighborhood liquor store. Totally fine selection.
ABC SELECT SPIRITS
2911 7th Ave S
Neighborhood liquor store. Totally fine selection.
Getting Around
This is the closest airport.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
This is the closest airport.