Located in the heart of Mountain Brook, English Village boasts plenty of fun things to do in Birmingham. French-inspired dining and shopping galore mean that English Village is the perfect place to spend your afternoon.

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birmingham-apartment-chez-lulu-crepe-320pxChez Lulu 
1909 & 1911 Cahaba Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
205.870.7011

Chez Lulu combines fresh food and a cozy European atmosphere for a uniquely delicious dining experience. Try Lulu’s selection of soups (go garlic), salads and sandwiches for lunch, or try a spent grain pizza for dinner, but don’t forget to take home a loaf of some of the best bread in Birmingham (and possibly the country). The café also boasts a delicious Sunday brunch complete with crêpes and grits to put a Southern twist on the French atmosphere. It’s said to be one of the best restaurants in Birmingham, so be sure to give it a try. (Open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-3pm and 5:30pm-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm and Sunday 10am-9:30pm.)

Shop

LittleHardwareLittle Hardware
2117 Cahaba Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
205.871.4616

Little Hardware is a family-owned and operated store in the heart of English Village. Since its opening in 1946, Little Hardware has carried all sorts of useful items from paint to pet supplies. You’re sure to be inspired by the store’s wide selection of home improvement supplies, but let the folks at the service counter give you some advice before you go DIY crazy. (Open Monday-Saturday 8am-5:30pm.)

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GRANDJETE_finalGrand Jeté 
2008 Cahaba Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
205.803.1003

Strengthen and lengthen your muscles with the unique exercise experience found at Grand Jeté. The studio offers barre classes designed to target your core, improve your flexibility and help you relax. Grand Jeté also offers a monthly Q&A session with a nutrition specialist to help clients improve their health, and the studio even includes an exercise boutique. Here you can find all the clothes you need for a successful barre experience (as well as snacks). Your first class is free and yes, there is a student discount. Why not give it a try? (Regular classes held Monday-Friday from 6am-6:30pm, Saturday at 8am and 9:30am and Sunday at 12:45pm and 2pm.)

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