Your ultimate guide for a fun time in one of Hoover’s favorite neighborhoods—Bluff Park

Bluff Park
Follow us around town for the day in Bluff Park. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Are you wondering what you should do this weekend? Here are insider tips for a day—from morning coffee to sunset views—in the quaint Hoover neighborhood of Bluff Park.

1. Morning coffee at Wild Roast Cafe

Wild Roast
What’s your go-to coffee order? (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Of course, we’re starting off the day right with a cup of coffee at Wild Roast Cafe. Call me basic, but I usually go for a classic caramel latte. If you’re feeling like sipping on a flavorful cup of coffee, check out Wild Roast’s signature and seasonal lattes and frozen frappes. They also have tasty bites—from bagels to avocado toast—to fill you up and get you going.

2. Mid-morning walk at Moss Rock Preserve

Moss Rock
Beautiful + peaceful. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

An escape from the hustle and bustle, Moss Rock Preserve is one of my favorite spots to relax on a Saturday morning and is just minutes away from Bluff Park. Sure, trekking along the dirt paths is a workout, but the stunning views and being surrounded by Bham nature makes it a peaceful way to start your day. We have a hot (literally) minute until fall. Once the leaves turn to hues of red and orange, there’s no better place in Birmingham for a fall view.

3. Lunch at Mr. P’s Butcher Shop & Deli

Mr P's Deli
Fill up after your morning walk. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Since it’s over four decades old, you know you have to stop by this classic deli in town. From Italian subs to a classic Americana burger, you won’t leave Mr. P’s Deli hungry. Plus, they have local beers available, including Avondale Brewing Company, Good People Brewing Company and TrimTab.

4. Antique shopping at Shades Mall Mercantile

Bluff Park
Seeking vinyl records? (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Recently, one of my friends took me to this antique shop in Bluff Park and you won’t even guess how long we stayed (hint…it was too long). I think it’s fair to call Shades Mall Mercantile a superstore version of an antique store. With so many options of furniture, decor, accessories and much more, we can’t wait to see what deals you score.

5. Afternoon exploration around the historic districts

There are some deep roots in Bluff Park. With buildings dating all the way back to the late 1800s, drive on Park Avenue and Shades Crest Road to some of the first places in town, including:

6. Dinner at The Electric

The Electric
Some of the tastiest sandwiches in town. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Colorful and eclectic, you can chow down on a sandwich and play pinball at The Electric. There are so many yummy options on the menu. When in doubt, order owner Ben Smith’s favorite, the T.G. sandwich—pepperoni, ham, swiss, family slaw and garlic mayo on a potato roll—named after his dad, Timothy Gary. Also, you have to try out one of their fun and creative cocktails.

7. Sweet treat at Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe

Bluff Park Ice Cream
Cup or cone? (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Cute, quaint and oh so sweet—satisfy your sweet tooth at Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe. With over 100 flavors of classic favorites to seasonal flavors, you’ll want more than one scoop.

8. Sunset at the top of the mountain

Lover's Leap, Bluff Park
Is there a better view than Lover’s Leap? (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

After you get a cold treat, head down the road for the most stunning sunset view. It’s not uncommon to find locals sitting on a blanket or in chairs near the fire station in town. It’s right next to Lover’s Leap—a fan fav view of limestone boulders on Shades Crest Road and over the valley. Plus, you’ll have to be filled in on the legend and history of Lover’s Leap, which was once a nineteenth-century resort.

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Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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