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Guidebook for Birmingham

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Guidebook for Birmingham

Food Scene
Nearby, local coffee shop that most coffee goers enjoy.
O'Henry's Coffees
569 Brookwood Village
Nearby, local coffee shop that most coffee goers enjoy.
Tasty, local donuts and baked goods.
Yo Yo Donuts, Etc
1919 28th Avenue South
Tasty, local donuts and baked goods.
This is a delicious local bakery and cafe run by a kind, German lady. Their food is super good. They have some great brunch, too.
Klingler's European Bakery & Cafe
621 Montgomery Highway
This is a delicious local bakery and cafe run by a kind, German lady. Their food is super good. They have some great brunch, too.
Super tasty local American restaurant. They have some great brunch, too.
Bistro V
521 Montgomery Highway
Super tasty local American restaurant. They have some great brunch, too.
Super tasty brunch and food spot.
Another Broken Egg Cafe
2418 Montevallo Road
Super tasty brunch and food spot.
Legendary. This is a must visit while in town, and is super close to our home. If you don't go here, you should at least try Dreamland Barbecue in Southside, or Jim N Nick's.
Saw's BBQ
1008 Oxmoor Road
Legendary. This is a must visit while in town, and is super close to our home. If you don't go here, you should at least try Dreamland Barbecue in Southside, or Jim N Nick's.
This is a very tasty sushi/hibachi restaurant with great food and good prices.
Okinawa Sushi & Hibachi Steak House
148 Wildwood Parkway
This is a very tasty sushi/hibachi restaurant with great food and good prices.
The hours of operation are a bit brief, but I've never had a cookie here I did not like. Great prices, size, taste, texture, creativity. Yum.
Icing on the Cookie
2907 Central Ave
The hours of operation are a bit brief, but I've never had a cookie here I did not like. Great prices, size, taste, texture, creativity. Yum.
Tasty Mexican food just down the street. A bit nicer than the standard Mexican restaurant.
Cocina Superior
587 Brookwood Village
Tasty Mexican food just down the street. A bit nicer than the standard Mexican restaurant.
Tasty Italian food just down the street.
BRIO Tuscan Grille
591 Brookwood Village
Tasty Italian food just down the street.
One of my favorite local places! It is so fresh and local and well priced and well run. I will always come here.
Urban Cookhouse
2846 18th St S
One of my favorite local places! It is so fresh and local and well priced and well run. I will always come here.
This place has some delicious baked goods. Yum!
Savage's Bakery
2916 18th Street South
This place has some delicious baked goods. Yum!
Authentic Mexican. Comparable to Los Dos Hermanos Taco Truck just a mile or so West down Valley Ave. Tasty and cheap.
Gordos - Homewood
433 Valley Avenue
Authentic Mexican. Comparable to Los Dos Hermanos Taco Truck just a mile or so West down Valley Ave. Tasty and cheap.
A super tasty grill and bar. Their burgers are very good.
Mugshots Grill & Bar - Vestavia Hills, AL
1919 Kentucky Ave
A super tasty grill and bar. Their burgers are very good.
One of the finest dining experiences you can have in Birmingham is very nearby. Make reservations far in advance though.
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Gianmarco's Restaurant
721 Broadway Street
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One of the finest dining experiences you can have in Birmingham is very nearby. Make reservations far in advance though.
I really like this fresh, affordable restaurant.
Jason's Deli
583 Brookwood Village
I really like this fresh, affordable restaurant.
This is a super tasty BBQ joint with some delicious complimentary cheese biscuits.
Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
220 Oxmoor Road
This is a super tasty BBQ joint with some delicious complimentary cheese biscuits.
One of the Top 3 BBQ restaurants in town. It is worth a visit, but I would go to one of the Saw's or Jim N Nicks before here.
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Dreamland BBQ Birmingham
1427 14th Ave S
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One of the Top 3 BBQ restaurants in town. It is worth a visit, but I would go to one of the Saw's or Jim N Nicks before here.
Super close for coffee and donuts, or their other foods.
Dunkin'
505 Brookwood Boulevard
Super close for coffee and donuts, or their other foods.
Another very nearby coffee spot.
Starbucks
700 Montgomery Highway
Another very nearby coffee spot.
A great coffee and bar for early mornings or late nights.
Octane Coffee And Bar
2821 Central Ave
A great coffee and bar for early mornings or late nights.
Just in case you need another one to visit in this part of town.
O'Henry's Coffee
2831 18th Street South
Just in case you need another one to visit in this part of town.
This is a newer, neat coffee shop. They do their own roasting or something like that I believe. They have musicians in a lot, too.
Seeds Coffee Co. - Homewood
174 Oxmoor Road
This is a newer, neat coffee shop. They do their own roasting or something like that I believe. They have musicians in a lot, too.
Some delicious deep dish Chicago style pizza. Call your order in 30-45 minutes before you plan on arriving.
Tortugas Pizza
2801 John Hawkins Parkway
Some delicious deep dish Chicago style pizza. Call your order in 30-45 minutes before you plan on arriving.
Some of the best Chinese in town you will find.
Mr Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking
1917 Hoover Court
Some of the best Chinese in town you will find.
Super tasty and affordable calzones and other stuff. Neat idea, build your own like sub shops.
Pazzo Big Slice Pizza
1678 Montgomery Highway
Super tasty and affordable calzones and other stuff. Neat idea, build your own like sub shops.
Shopping
There are a lot of good shopping and dining options here. Chick-fil-A inside for lunch or dinner.
Brookwood Village
There are a lot of good shopping and dining options here. Chick-fil-A inside for lunch or dinner.
Buy anything you need from this neat Target just down the street. There is also a Starbucks and Pizza Hut Express inside. Park underneath the store!
Target
531 Brookwood Village
Buy anything you need from this neat Target just down the street. There is also a Starbucks and Pizza Hut Express inside. Park underneath the store!
Excellent shopping and restaurants to walk around and visit while you are here. An outdoor mall with very cool design.
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The Summit Birmingham
214 Summit Boulevard
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Excellent shopping and restaurants to walk around and visit while you are here. An outdoor mall with very cool design.
The biggest mall as far as shop option numbers goes in Birmingham. All indoors, and at your fingertips.
Riverchase Galleria
The biggest mall as far as shop option numbers goes in Birmingham. All indoors, and at your fingertips.
In case you need some outdoor gear while you visit.
Alabama Outdoors
3054 Independence Drive
In case you need some outdoor gear while you visit.
Everything Else
Any medical needs can be handled in a flash just down the street.
Brookwood Baptist Medical Center
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
Any medical needs can be handled in a flash just down the street.
My wife and I love this place! It is a super neat design for a library. It is in the middle of the woods, and you can actually hike from there all through the woods around a stream.
Vestavia Hills Public Library
1221 Montgomery Highway
My wife and I love this place! It is a super neat design for a library. It is in the middle of the woods, and you can actually hike from there all through the woods around a stream.
Just in case you need to know where it is. Inside is Chick-fil-A, Jim n Nick's, some cafe/bakery, Good People Brewing. And they have free WiFi throughout.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Just in case you need to know where it is. Inside is Chick-fil-A, Jim n Nick's, some cafe/bakery, Good People Brewing. And they have free WiFi throughout.
It is super close. It has great exercise equipment. The staff is super friendly. Indoor and outdoor pool. Indoor walking track, gym.
Shades Valley YMCA
3551 Montgomery Hwy
It is super close. It has great exercise equipment. The staff is super friendly. Indoor and outdoor pool. Indoor walking track, gym.
Fitness buffs needing to visit their place.
Gold's Gym
1090 Montgomery Highway
Fitness buffs needing to visit their place.
Very neat, new place for family fitness and fun.
Homewood Community Center
1632 Oxmoor Road
Very neat, new place for family fitness and fun.
Great for disc golf, tennis, and a big cookout. Not the nicest part of town, but perfectly fine during the day.
George Ward Park
1901 Greensprings Avenue South
Great for disc golf, tennis, and a big cookout. Not the nicest part of town, but perfectly fine during the day.
Essentials
A great, healthy, upscale, natural, organic type grocery store just down the street.
The Fresh Market
549 Brookwood Village
A great, healthy, upscale, natural, organic type grocery store just down the street.
It's super close just over the hill. Buy One Get One deals are excellent, the bakery and deli is so good. It is super clean, and the people are super friendly. Redbox movie rental inside.
Publix Super Market at Vestavia Hills City Center
784 Montgomery Hwy
It's super close just over the hill. Buy One Get One deals are excellent, the bakery and deli is so good. It is super clean, and the people are super friendly. Redbox movie rental inside.
If you're into the more affordable groceries.
Walmart Neighborhood Market
1300 Montgomery Highway
If you're into the more affordable groceries.
If you're into buying your own fresh fish and cooking it up.
Snapper Grabber’s Land & Sea
521 Montgomery Highway
If you're into buying your own fresh fish and cooking it up.
Upscale, fresh groceries.
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Whole Foods Market
3100 Cahaba Village Plaza
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Upscale, fresh groceries.
Sightseeing
It is free and almost always open as far as I know. It is a beautiful place to walk around and relax.
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Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
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It is free and almost always open as far as I know. It is a beautiful place to walk around and relax.
This is a gorgeous campus you can stroll around in and relax. Maybe catch some arts or sport entertainment.
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
This is a gorgeous campus you can stroll around in and relax. Maybe catch some arts or sport entertainment.
This is a national landmark full of history, color, and character. It's fun for walking around and taking pictures. Entertainment options are here a lot, too.
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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
20 32nd St N
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This is a national landmark full of history, color, and character. It's fun for walking around and taking pictures. Entertainment options are here a lot, too.
Great history here.
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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th Street North
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Great history here.
A beautiful preserve for rock climbing, hiking, and relaxing in the outdoors.
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Moss Rock Preserve
617 Preserve Way
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A beautiful preserve for rock climbing, hiking, and relaxing in the outdoors.
Arts & Culture
This is a gorgeous venue that is regularly putting on events. Parking is pretty easy with street spots all around.
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Alabama Theatre
1817 3rd Ave N
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This is a gorgeous venue that is regularly putting on events. Parking is pretty easy with street spots all around.
This is a very neat stadium, tickets are super cheap, it is always a fun, family friendly atmosphere.
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Regions Field
1401 1st Avenue South
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This is a very neat stadium, tickets are super cheap, it is always a fun, family friendly atmosphere.
The movie theater just a few minutes up the hill.
AMC DINE-IN Vestavia Hills 10
1911 Kentucky Ave
The movie theater just a few minutes up the hill.
It's not the most re-assuring place. But the ticket price is hard to beat. $1.50/ticket, $3.50/ 3D ticket. It shows the movies right after they leave the main theaters.
AMC CLASSIC Lorna Ridge 10
3443 Lorna Ridge Drive
It's not the most re-assuring place. But the ticket price is hard to beat. $1.50/ticket, $3.50/ 3D ticket. It shows the movies right after they leave the main theaters.
For those of you with children that need to get them some pizza and entertainment:)
Chuck E. Cheese
500 Old Town Road
For those of you with children that need to get them some pizza and entertainment:)
Bowling, drinks, food, games, billiards. Laid back good time.
Vestavia Bowl
1429 Montgomery Highway
Bowling, drinks, food, games, billiards. Laid back good time.
Entertainment & Activities
This is a very fun and relaxing place to visit while in town. Play in the park on a nice day, and see the downtown skyline. There are also performances/shows here at times.
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Railroad Park Foundation
1600 1st Avenue South
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This is a very fun and relaxing place to visit while in town. Play in the park on a nice day, and see the downtown skyline. There are also performances/shows here at times.
Probably the most family friendly place in town. Young families, kids, pets, festivals galore.
Homewood Central Park
Probably the most family friendly place in town. Young families, kids, pets, festivals galore.
This is a very neat park for all sorts of outdoor adventures!
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Red Mountain Park
2011 Frankfurt Drive
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This is a very neat park for all sorts of outdoor adventures!
This is a very large park with tons of outdoor activities available for all.
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Oak Mountain State Park
200 Terrace Drive
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This is a very large park with tons of outdoor activities available for all.
For some entertainment for yourself or the kids. Mini golf, go karts, games, etc.
Treetop Family Adventure
1012 Dunnavant Valley Road
For some entertainment for yourself or the kids. Mini golf, go karts, games, etc.