5 Birmingham, AL Local Gems

AMD Creative is back with the scoop on under-the-radar Birmingham gems. These are some spots that locals will recognize right away, but those newer to Birmingham won’t find this on a weekend guide or Birmingham to do. These are some low key spots that offer a lot of culture, excitement, and history to the city.

Continental Bakery

Bonjour! Just off Cahaba Rd in Mountain Brook, Continental Bakery is the perfect breakfast spot, afternoon pick-me-up, or evening coffee date. French-inspired through and through, all of the bread, pastries, cheesecake, macaroons, bagels, and quiche are baked fresh. The large windows and outdoor seating allow for the best people watching and reminds us in true Paris fashion to slow down a bit and just observe.

Continental Bakery supports a culture of of relaxation and community. There are always groups meeting at the outdoor seating in the morning, and plenty of coffee catch-ups happening at all hours of the day. They have pick-up meals, fresh eggs, and incredibly delicious coffee. They even homemake their french vanilla syrup in lattes! Good thing they’re open 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Virginia Samford Theatre

In need of a fun date night? Feeling like supporting the arts? Check out the show schedule at Virginia Samford Theatre, and be blown away by the high-quality production in a smaller theatre setting. If you are driving through Highland Park in Birmingham, you might just drive right by it without even noticing. Set in a beautiful neighborhood park, Virginia Samford Theatre is a one-of-a-kind gem that Birminghamiams are lucky enough to enjoy.

Many of their productions, including their youth program shows, are are well recognized. “Hello Dolly,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” and “Always…Patsy Cline” are some of their more recent productions. Established in 1927, Virginia Samford Theatre is sure to bring laughter, excitement, tears, and joy. Most of their tickets start at $15, and they also offer season tickets.

Their next show is Mary Poppins Jr. from July 26-August 4. Visit their website here: https://www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org/

Photos courtesy of @thevst and @alliemstewart Instagram.

Shoppe

Let floral beauty surround you at Shoppe in historic Forest Park in Birmingham, AL. If you pay Shoppe a well-deserved visit, you will not be disappointed by the beauty that they cultivate. From the greenhouse to the front of the store to the entire grounds, Shoppe is a full-sensory experience that is worth an hour in your afternoon to explore. It is a wonderful place to purchase a unique and thoughtful gift for a friend in Birmingham, AL, and they also have books for sale as well for all you readers out there.

One of the coolest nuggets about Shoppe is that you can host a smaller garden party there! They have sneak peeks of their garden party setups on Instagram. Shoppe also delivers to nearby Birmingham neighborhoods and have EVENTS, yes EVENTS every month. The next event, a Kokedama Houseplant Workshop, is July 19.

Check everything out at their website here: https://shoppebham.com/shoppe-events

Photos courtesy of @shoppebham Instagram.

Devincis

Okay, we know we are all over the map here, but we’ve got to throw in some Italian food too!

If you haven’t been to Devincis in Homewood, AL yet, do yourself a favor and go order yourself a delicious plate of carbs. They have local and state-wide beers on draft as well as a large selection of wines. Their pasta is absolutely heavenly, and we have to mention their mouth-watering pizza options too– I mean, chicken pesto, come on! Devincis is a comfortable, casual environment where European American vibes meet in a perfect partnership.

AMD Creative is a big fan of their outdoor seating area as well– as long as it is not 100 degrees, of course. Devincis does everything cook to order, so it is wise to add in a bit more time to your dinner plans. Once you get your meal, you’ll know what the wait was for! They have a kid-friendly menu and great lunch deals too. Don’t forget to give their neighborhood-famous Mona Lisa pizza a try while you’re there.

Pasta photo courtesy of @devincishomewood.

Red Lion

We’re capping off our 5 gems of Birmingham, AL with a bar only the locals know about: Red Lion Lounge. Why do only the locals know? It’s quite literally hidden from the street! If you can find this place on your own, then you absolutely deserve a medal. The entrance is at the back of Big Bad Breakfast on the first floor for this iconic Birmingham locals bar. If you spot the red neon sign, you know that you are getting close.

Inside, they’ve got a jukebox and pictures of famous folks hanging all around the walls. They love Elvis and they hate drama. The bar was established in the early 1960s, and it has been one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets. If these walls could talk, they would have a lot of stories to tell. We don’t want to tell you too much though– go and check it out for yourself!