Downtown shops near our boutique hotel in Birmingham

Birmingham City Guide

Better in Birmingham

Historic charm and modern nightlife, world-class dining and local designer boutiques. Birmingham is a destination with much to offer the curious traveler.

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    Since 2008, this boutique chocolateria has provided hand-crafting fine chocolates made in small batches for special and everyday occasions. Chocolates are made with all-natural ingredients whenever possible.

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    Blending 70 years of history and a redesign inspired by the modern pharmacies of New York and Paris, Mills Apothecary focuses on nurturing the health of customers and the community through a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy and a curated selection of premium beauty and personal care products.

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    If Birmingham is a center of luxury retail, the Somerset Collection is the epicenter for shoppers seeking marquee brands like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and much more.

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    A day, or two, or three spent shopping in Downtown Birmingham might give you just the start of a taste of the nearly 300 retailers offering everything from antique to art, clothings to gifts in the dedicated Shopping District.

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    In-house roasted coffee goes brilliantly with all-day brunch options including the healthy and the indulgent. Most of the menu features items made from scratch, in-house, often with local and organic ingredients.

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    More than 30 years brewing experience and supporting new beer enthusiasts is the joint foundation of Griffin Claw Brewing Company. A robust pub menu full of local favorites compliments any cold beer.

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    Those who love good wine, good food, and good friends head to Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro. This friendly spot offers a simple and seasonal menu of elegant dishes and a wide arrange of wines from all over the world.

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    Local meets international with classic Lebanese and Mideastern cuisine made from high-quality ingredients including meat and fresh produce carefully selected each day from Eastern Market by the chef-owner.

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    America’s story of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and innovation are told at the Henry Ford Museum. Started with the collections of automobile icon Henry Ford, today’s museum continues to build on that rich legacy.

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    Over a million people visit the world-class Detroit Zoo every year. More than 200 species and 2000 animals reside in naturalistic habitats over 125 acres.

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    If hockey and basketball are more your thing, head to the flagship of The District Detroit, a 650,000-square-foot sports and entertainment district. Be sure to check out the clear, plastic-roofed concourse.

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    This multi-purpose indoor stadium, conveniently located in downtown Detroit, is the proud home of the storied NFL franchise, the Detroit Lions.

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    Step back into the past when you tour this 1908 English Tudor manor, the oldest manor in Detroit, and its 40 acres of gardens.

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    When it opened in 1904, the Cranbrook Art Museum was one of the first contemporary art museums in America. Exhibitions, collections, and programming highlight art, architecture, and design.

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    Part of the Cranbrook Educational Community—a leading center of education, science, and art—the Cranbrook Institute of Science welcomes community centers, schools, clubs and seniors groups to learn about about astronomy, physics, chemistry and other sciences.

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    Fans of the Detroit Tigers head to Comerica Park, an open-air ballpark in the heart of downtown Detroit.

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    Here’s some infoWith a vision of “art for all” the BBAC serves people of all ages and abilities by offering visual arts educations, exhibitions, and other creative experiences.