Find Famous Statues, Art And Food In Birmingham
Named after a city in England, Birmingham, Alabama became a place of industry after many types of steel were found there. The city grew so fast it became known as The Magic City. ere are a few suggestions next time you’re in town.
1. The Summit Birmingham. The Summit Birmingham opened in October of 1997 bringing name brand shopping and dining to the area. Some stores include Lululemon, which offers athletic clothing for yoga, running and working out; Gus Mayer, a family-owned department store; Saks 5th Ave; Urban Outfitters and Apple. Dining includes Shake Shack, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Johnny Rockets.
2. If you have a sweet tooth, try Cookie Fix, a dessert restaurant at 2854 18th St. S. Homewood, Alabama, offering homemade cookies in a variety of flavors. From chocolate chunk to salted caramel chocolate chip, you’re sure to find a delicious treat. Cookie Fix offers freshly baked cookies, cold milk, seasonal desserts and dough to go.
3. For an upscale dining experience, visit Highlands Bar & Grill in downtown Birmingham. Owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Stitt and Pardis Stitt, the restaurant that opened in 1982 is rooted in classic French technique with Southern influences. Some of the dishes include Belle Meadow Sweet Corn Soup, Stone Ground Baked Grits, Provencal Stuffed Squash Blossoms and North Carolina Stuffed Trout. Read more about Stitt and the restaurant here.
4. Check out Bamboo on Second, an Asian-inspired restaurant and bar in the Downtown Loft District offering Pan-Asian food including sushi rolls, noodle bowls, small plates and skewered and Asian-inspired salads. Check out the full menu here.
5. The Vulcan statue. The steel statue created in 1904 is symbolic of the steelwork Birmingham became known for. Vulcan, the god of fire and forge, is a Birmingham symbol. The 64-foot statue towers over the city with a museum near it.
6. Rainbow tunnels – The Rainbow Tunnels are fully LED lit art installation in a tunnel underpass that create a fun look for cars and tourists.
7. Welcome to Birmingham mural – The mural in the downtown area offers a photo opportunity for tourists, Instagram and selfie lovers.
More attractions to visit include the Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.