Southern Charm Unlocked! A Blogger’s Guide to Birmingham, AL

Do you need a vacation? Maybe a weekend somewhere new? Whether you’re dreaming of a getaway, or have one on the calendar, we’ve got your immediate fix: virtual traveling! In this edition of The Local, we follow blogger Jeniese of The Jenesaisquoi to Birmingham, AL to scope her five favorite must-see spots.

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2nd Avenue North
I love downtown Birmingham. Over the past few years it has seen a resurgence of restaurants, stores, bars and coffee shops. As downtown started to make a comeback, 2nd Avenue North become home to several of the hottest places in the city including Pale Eddies Pour House, Yo’ Mamma’s, Charm and El Barrio to name a few. On any given Saturday, 2nd Avenue north is home to music festivals, open street fairs, and art shows. There is never a shortage of things to do on this street.

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I love the relaxed atmosphere of Avondale, constant live music and amazing food. It is entirely possible to spend an entire day in Avondale: working and having coffee at Saturn, enjoying food (Saw’s/Post Office Pies/Melt/Fancy’s on Fifth/Rowe’s Service Station/Wooden Goat) and winding your day down with a beer at Avondale Brewery. The possibilities are honestly endless. I can’t wait for the new shops to open next year! ‘Cause all I need is more places to shop.

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Downtown Homewood
Since I was a child, I have been coming to downtown Homewood to eat, play and get beautified! It’s where I get myself together (you know, mani/pedi time) and where I find new and adventurous accessories to wear. When I was kid, my Mom would bring me to downtown Homewood for shoes, as a teenager I went there after school to be cool with my friends, and as an adult I cling to familiarity of the area. It’s also where I fell in love with retail, Theodora will forever be my favorite store in Birmingham.

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Uptown: Entertainment District
Uptown is a new entertainment district in Birmingham with coffee houses, fun restaurants, hotels and an amazing big screen that is perfect for watching football. It was developed by the City of Birmingham as a place for visitors to stay and play downtown! I love watching sporting events in uptown and walking from place to place through the night.

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Rotary Trail
Birmingham is home to some amazing green spaces. The newest one to join the bunch is the Rotary Trail. It is a part of the system of walking trails that will eventually connect together. Previously a railroad cut through downtown Birmingham, the renovated trail includes walking paths, benches, lighting, boardwalks, an amphitheater and solar powered phone chargers. My personal favorite part is the Rotary Trail in the Magic City Sign that is a nod to the Birmingham Magic City that was a hallmark of the central terminal station. My co-workers and I go there to have lunch and take mini-walks.

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Thanks for showing us Birmingham, Jeniese! Do you love this Alabama city too? Comment below and let us know your can’t-miss hotspots in the area. And be sure to follow all of Jeniese’s adventures on Instagram at @jenesaisquoithe.


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