298 People told us why they loved Birmingham — here are the highlights

Birmingham, how do we love thee? Let us count the (298) ways…

Twelve days ago, we posted a giveaway on our Instagram. To enter the giveaway, each person had to leave a comment telling us why they loved Birmingham. Reading through all 298 comments made us smile with pride knowing how much you guys love Birmingham just as much as we do! Interested in finding out what everyone loves about The Magic City? Keep reading.

Bham’s Foodie Culture Takes the Cake

Ovenbird is one of the top restaurants in Birmingham. Photo via Ovenbird on Facebook

101 people, (that’s 38% of all commenters!) shared that their favorite thing about Birmingham is the food culture and the restaurants! We’re so glad y’all love our amazing food just as much as we do! Birmingham is home to James Beard award-winning restaurants and many celebrated chefs.

Are you into the Birmingham food scene? Check out our list of new restaurants opening in 2019.


Local Colleges and Universities

The Birmingham community loves local colleges and universities like UAB! Photo via UAB

We saw a lot of love for local colleges like UAB and Samford! You guys love your schools! Whether you’re in Birmingham for school, or school is just one big part of your hometown love, it’s inspiring to see the love for our local schools!

Our Faves

A few of our favorite reader comments:

“The growth of downtown, getting people active outside, involved, and the new developing food scene. ALL OF IT.” – @mal_palz


“The people that believe in Birmingham’s potential for greatness and refuse to let the city’s growth stagnate. Oh, and the foodie culture!! ” – @kellysides

“I love the revitalization that has and continues to take place. I love the support of Birmingham now and all the localness (if that’s a word).” – @arupp24 (and yes, we think it’s a word!)

Avondale Brewing is one of the top breweries in Birmingham. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

“My favorite thing about Bham is all of the beauty hidden in both the art AND the food! 🙌🏼 Oh, and the beer, of course.” – @nicolekerekes


“I love, when working at UAB hospital overnights, I can peek put the windows and see all the beautiful lights and see the Vulcan keeping watch over the city. This place truly is different when the sun goes down. It’s quiet and serene and just peaceful. I adore every second of it.” – @amcmurry1992 

Want to read all 298 comments? Check out our Instagram post and scroll through the comments.

Thank you all for sharing with us why YOU love Birmingham! The team here at Bham Now loves to share the greatness of our city, but it’s fun to hear why you love it!

Want to send in your own response as to why you love Birmingham? Email me: lauren@bhamnow.com