Just minutes from the center of Birmingham, Mountain Brook Village is the perfect place to have a long catch-up lunch with old friends or meet some new faces at one of the many shops and restaurants in the area. For fun things to do in Birmingham, it’s hard to beat this convenient shopping area rife with small-town charm.


ice_creamMountain Brook Creamery 
2715 Cahaba Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35223

Beat the heat at Mountain Brook Creamery (conveniently located near the Zoo and Botanical Gardens should you be looking to bribe little ones in your care). The creamery boasts creative flavors like Mississippi Mud and Milky Way, but also excels in the classics like chocolate and the creamery’s most-requested, mint chip. Step one: discover your favorite flavor. Step two: put that flavor in an ice cream cake. Go big or go home, right?


2707 Culver Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35223

Searching for something for the friend who has everything? Check out this Mountain Brook shop where creativity and practicality come together. With handmade items from local artists, A’mano specializes in unique gifts and home decor. Dedicated to fair trade and local talent, you can rest assured that your money is going to the right place.


BBG2Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35223

Spend an afternoon amongst all the lovelies of nature. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens includes native and exotic plant collections as well as several walking trails that will convince you that you’ve stepped into Narnia (post-eternal winter, of course). Admission is free every day, and the gardens hold frequent classes and host events, flower arrangement and yoga included. You can also lunch in the café before a day of exploration, or hide out in the horticultural library. (Open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.)

Photo courtesy of Birmingham Botanical Gardens