While Ella is on her rotations in medical school, I told her I would come and visit her in the cute little town of Birmingham! I had never been to Birmingham before and this city is so charming! I love the mix of old, run down buildings and renovated buildings made modern. I had so much fun putting together this travel guide around Birmingham, with Ella being the best tour guide in town ;).
It was rather comical for Ella and I because we were hopping around Birmingham while some may say the biggest football game of the year was going on – University of Alabama and Florida State – and in all honesty we didn’t care too much about the game (SORRY FOOTBALL FANS). Instead, we went went to a few cute photo spots, rooftops, 70s themed bars, cute coffee shops and hiking! Of course a relaxing pool day was mandatory along with daily workouts on the roof deck.
Ella and I always have the tendency to pick up right where we left off, and we did just that. See below for a few of the places we went to that both Ella and I would recommend if you ever make it to the cute little town of Birmingham! Also be sure to check out Ella’s blog and read about her adventures in med school, travel, wine and fashion on Mod Med Blog.
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Red Cat Coffee: Small and quaint and has delicious coffee and tea in Birmingham!
Urban Standard: Awesome decorations and really good food and bites to accommodate a yummy cup of coffee!
Elyton Hotel: Loved the views of Birmingham from the rooftop here! The hotel in general is so chic and cute I love the marble all over and the cocktails are great! One of the musts for my Birmingham travel guide.
Redmont Hotel: Another cute hotel with a rooftop and yummy bites. By far the fanciest spot we went to but had a great time catching up!
Collins Bar: Paper airplanes on the wall, board games to play and yummy hot dog slider bites to munch on.
Atomic Bar: I walked in this bar thinking I was a party crasher because people were dressed in full on costumes while playing board games. Imagine someone casually walking around in a scooby doo jumpsuit.. what would you think? You can rent different costumes to wear for fun. I was loving the people watching.
41 Street Pub & Aircraft sales: A cute little moscow mule bar with a ton of different variations on a moscow mule!
The Wine Loft: Yummy bites with a HUGE selection of wine. Make sure to get there early so you can get a good spot to sit!
Trattoria Centrale: Ella was not lying when she said this place has the best french toast. Mascarpone cheese and berries? YES. Only open for brunch on Sundays.
The Summit: Shopping the Summit was so cute walking around and the weather could not have been nicer! Our favorite stores were Anthropologie, Lush and Urban Outfitters.
Parks and Markets
Railroad Park: So pretty and green with a great pathway that walks around in a circle with a lake and great views of the city too!
Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday in the summer and fall, there is a huge farmer’s market with yummy teas and cute art to check out. Also dogs. Lots and lots of fluffy, loving dogs :).
Red Mountain Park: Ella and I went on a 4 mile hike and it was a beautiful day to hike if I don’t say so myself! We found the coolest bridge for photos and awesome views of downtown Birmingham.
So where to next? Next stop NYC for New York Fashion Week and I can hardly wait!
oh my gosh you two got up to so much! I love learning about new cities. Especially since all I know of Birmingham is from the Newbery winner Watsons Go to Birmingham from when we were in grade school! So this is awesome. Definitely on my list now.
I never would’ve thought about visiting birmingham, but definitely will after reading your guide! Sounds like a great spot for a girls weekend!
Looks like you both had an absolutely incredible time! I’m so jealous. Love that mini-skirt on you by the way. Looks like I need to make a trip down south sometime soon!
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