If you’re looking to spend the day off the beaten track, you should seek out Altadena. With beautiful homes, great Birmingham restaurants and fantastic shopping options, this is the place to go if you want something a little different than your typical haunts.

Eat

Fried catfish plate.Magnolia Cafe
4704 Cahaba River Road
Birmingham, AL 35243
205.969.4855

If you’re in the mood for a quality Southern meat and three, this is definitely a Birmingham restaurant you should check out. Though on the pricier end for this sort of dining, it’s worth the extra couple bucks for the heart and soul they put into their cooking. Every aspect of the meal from the meat to the veggies is a delicious taste of the South. A personal favorite is their fried catfish, but all their daily specials are tasty  especially when accompanied with their amazing side items.

Shop

Shoes.Leah’s Boutique
4704 Cahaba River Road
Birmingham, AL 35243
205.969-6690

This adorable boutique has all the latest fashion trends from shoes to clothing to jewelry. They also take in new inventory daily, so they’re always updating their stock to please and suit the customer’s needs. One of their greatest assets is their staff. Staff members are more than willing to help you in finding whatever you need, so don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you’re stuck on what to get your friend for her birthday or where you can locate the Antelope shoes.

Play

Playground.New park coming soon!
2651 Alta Vista Drive
Birmingham, AL 35243

What used to be the Altadena Country Club will soon be a housing community and park. The park will feature open space, exercise trails and sports fields. Though we can’t say when the opening date will be or even predict how far away this park is from coming into being, we feel confident that it will be a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the outdoors.

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