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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Lookout
“Historical Vulcan monument & gift shop surrounded by a nice park with a grand view off the mountain.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The newest mall around town. Stores are located in a village like set up, with a sprawling parking lot in between. Mildly walkable, and a decent movie theater. Lots of stores, and a few fun places to eat (ShakeShack, Flip Burger, California Pizza Kitchen, Zoes).”
  • 26 locals recommend
Museum
“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. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Museum
“Great museum that documents the struggle for Civil Rights. Includes MLK's letter from a Birmingham jail and the original jail cell, as well as many other mementos and exhibits, film.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Pavillians, picnic tables, nature museum, public restrooms, hiking trails, historical mining site, beautiful views.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Brewery
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“One of my favorite breweries in Birmingham! You must try the Miss Fancys. There is a nice patio and usually,​ some food trucks and a music group playing.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful park in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Across the street from the Baron’s baseball stadium and Good People Brewing Co.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Fun rainy day activity for the whole family: hands-on science museum with Alabama’s largest aquarium and an IMAX theater.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of our top spots. AMAZING food and fun atmosphere. Their grapefruit sangria is killer. They don't take reservations, so we recommend getting there early or hanging out at the bar while you wait for a table. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“This is a beautiful free garden to browse through. It has a great little lunch cafe and boasts a library with all things garden related. Several events are also held here throughout the year. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Place to eat
“This is a great live music venue that is very close, in Avondale. Check the schedule to see who is playing. The book some fantastic talent. They also have a fantastic coffee shop and cafe. It's definitely a hipster hang.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Zoo
“Watch sea lions being trained and fed, zip around on the Zoo Train, hop on the carousel, check out the alligator swamp and tropical rain forest: all this and more are offered at this educational and entertaining zoo housing 170 animals from around the world, including endangered species.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Great outdoor activities, hiking, biking and even archery but check their website for more information. 15 mins away from our door step”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“BEST PLACE FOR BBQ. There are other locations around town, but we like this one (though it's small). ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Theater
“Sometimes there’s a movie being shown. The popcorn and cookies are great and the  aesthetics are so beautiful. Please don’t miss this historic Alabama gem”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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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. ”
  • 21 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“One of our top spots. AMAZING food and fun atmosphere. Their grapefruit sangria is killer. They don't take reservations, so we recommend getting there early or hanging out at the bar while you wait for a table. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“BEST PLACE FOR BBQ. There are other locations around town, but we like this one (though it's small). ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“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. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Only a 10 min walk or a 3 min car ride to enjoy some delicious food and drinks for lunch or a nice night out”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Southern fine dining. Recipients of 2018 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Pastry Chef. Reservations required, but not at their sister restaurant next door, Chez Fonfon.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fire grilled pizza crust, build your own pie or choose from their specials. Next to The Brewery with nightlife and live music entertainment. Great atmosphere. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Upscale French restaurant. Wonderful food (try the coconut cake) and wine selection. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Lunch specials and great drinks! Stop by after work or meet a friend to catch up”
  • 19 locals recommend

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