24 Fall-filled hours in Birmingham

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Fall looks good on you, Birmingham! Photo by @zacksyl on Instagram

I just can’t get enough of Birmingham in the fall. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and the vibes are good. When the weekend rolls around, make sure to take advantage of all the city has to offer. Keep reading for an “ideal” Saturday in Birmingham.

9:00 AM – Breakfast and Pepper Place Market

The Market at Pepper Place. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Up and at ’em Birmingham! It’s time to make the most of these beautiful fall days. What better way to start the day than with a refreshing shake from Magic City Nutrition and a stroll around the Market at Pepper Place.

Magic City Nutrition is located in The Battery and is right down the road from Pepper Place. They sell nutritional shakes that satisfy any sweet tooth and energy teas for an early morning pick me up.


Fall and the Market at Pepper Place go together like Saturdays and SEC football. Stock up on hand-poured fall candles. Taste some homemade pies. Buy local and seasonal produce that will make you feel like Chef Chris Hastings in the kitchen.

10:30 AM – Civil Axe Throwing

Eyes always on the prize. Photo via Civil Axe Throwing

Time to let loose y’all! Civil Axe Throwing is an adrenaline rush taking cities around America by storm. After a long week, what better way to de-stress than throwing an axe at a wall.

There are always professional instructors on-site to make sure your experience is safe. As soon as your first throw sticks, you’re hooked!


1:00 PM – Brunch Time!

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Amazing food and street view from Trattoria Zaza (Image Courtesy of Dine Local)

What’s a Saturday in Birmingham without brunch? There are soooo many options to choose from, but my personal fave is Trattoria ZaZa right in the heart of downtown. The restaurant recently got a facelift with Pinterest worthy mid-century modern decor. Not to mention, their French toast is to die for! You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

Birmingham doesn’t fall short when it comes to tasty brunch options. Looking for more restaurants to try? We’ve got you covered.

2:00 PM – Retail Therapy Anyone?

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Shoppe in Forest Park is every plant lover’s dream. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

‘Tis the season to shop til you drop. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to get a head start on shopping for gifts. Birmingham takes shopping local seriously and the local business scene is booming. Here are a few local gems that have a gift for just about anyone…including you. Treat yo self!


4:00 PM – Catch the Sunset

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The sunset over Downtown Birmingham

I don’t know about you, but the time change catches me off guard every year. You eat lunch and before you know it, the sun is down! However, you can’t beat a Magic City sunset.

Birmingham’s own iron man, Vulcan, is the perfect place to catch the sunset and get a few pictures for your Instagram. You get amazing views of the city and its golden fall foliage.

5:00 PM – Let the Good Times Roll at The Woolworth

Let the good times roll at The Woolworth in Five Points South. Photo via The Woolworth’s Facebook

Grab the gang and head over to The Woolworth in Five Points South. This is a one-stop-shop to start off the perfect evening. It’s like an upscale arcade, bar, restaurant, and bowling alley all in one.


Their wings and flatbread? Amazing. Their cocktails? Refreshing. Don’t even get me started on how cool the rooftop bar is! Don’t worry. Although the fall weather may be chilly, there are heaters. Whether you’re hanging with the fam or friends, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

8:00 PM- Keep the party going

Every day is #ThrowbackThursday at Unplugged. Photo via Unplugged Bar

Keep the good times rolling just a few steps from The Woolworth at Five Points South’s newest bar, Unplugged. This 90’s-inspired bar will have you feeling nostalgic for the good ole days when MTV still played actual music.

The menu features drinks with names like “Crunk Juice”, “Frozen Gushers” and “That’s My Jam”, you’re sure to have a fun blast to the past. Unplugged is attached to a new-age chicken joint called McFly’s Bird Shoppe. This fast-casual restaurant is perfect for grabbing a late-night bite and jamming out to nostalgic tunes.



Let’s settle the score. When do you eat brunch? Let us know on social @BhamNow.