Have a first-time visitor? Here’s how to spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Bham

Market 1 Have a first-time visitor? Here's how to spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Bham
Who is down for a farmer’s market date? (Bham Now)

Bham Now author Lauren Perry co-contributed to this article.

There’s something so exciting about having someone visit Birmingham for the first time!

From all the local shops in town to the amazing views around the city and the delicious food scene it can be hard to pick exactly what to do. We asked YOU for your input on Facebook, through the question: If you have a friend visiting from out of town, where is the first place you are taking them? 

With almost 400 comments, keep reading to hear the top suggestions we got.

You only have ONE day in town

(Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Oh boy— There is a lot to do in just ONE DAY.

Here is an example of how you can spend your only day in the best city:

Good Morning! Let’s get some breakfast.

Start your morning right with some great coffee and a yummy meal at Alabama Biscuit Co.

Now that we’ve got some energy, let’s go do something FUN!

If it’s a Saturday, we totally recommend checking out the Pepper Place Farmer’s Market.

If it’s a weekday, try immersing yourself in nature at the gorgeous Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Want in indoor option? Visit our Birmingham Museum of Art for free!

Getting hungry again? Good thing it’s time for lunch.

Let’s go grab a bite to eat at award-winning Saw’s BBQ.

Next stop— wanna see some Bham sights?

See some awesome views on top of our iconic Vulcan Park and Museum.

It’s dinner time!

Indulge in some authentic Italian cuisine at Gianmarco’s Restaurant.

Let’s grab a drink and chill.

Bham has so many popular breweries and bars to choose from— a fan fav on Facebook was Ghost Train Brewing Co.

Birmingham, Cinco de Mayo, drinks, bars, Ghost Train Brewing Co
Cheers! (Ghost Train Brewing Co)

Hope you had a great day visiting Bham!

Have a SECOND day?

Now that’s more like it! Here’s a few more popular suggestions from our readers:


Brunch at The Essential is killer!

The Essential Brunch 1 Have a first-time visitor? Here's how to spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Bham


With over 80 stores, The Summit is the perfect place to shop.

Lunch + Drinks

Looking for a beautiful outdoor patio filled with antiques and a solid sandwich? The Garage is the place to be.

Fun Activity

If you’re into speed, check out the Barber Motorsports Museum

Barber Motorsports Museum Have a first-time visitor? Here's how to spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Bham


For some seriously satisfying chicken, Facebook commenters recommend locally-owned Eugene’s Hot Chicken (we think it is better than Nashville’s hot chicken).


Need a sweet treat? Big Spoon Creamery is a Magic City STAPLE.

Day THREE let’s go!


Let’s start the day off right with Original Pancake House which has been feeding the Five Points South neighborhood for over 30 years.

original pancake house Have a first-time visitor? Here's how to spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Bham
(Original Pancake House Facebook page)

Fun Activity

Take a stroll through the newly-opened City Walk BHAM and enjoy a variety of activities like skating, pickleball, + more!


Nikki’s West Is a Southern Buffet that’s been serving the Greater Birmingham Area since 1957.

Fun Activity

Take a quick hike at Red Mountain Park (nearly double the size of Central Park)!

Catch a Birmingham Barons baseball game at Regions Field.

Regions Field
Take me out to the ball game. (Birmingham Barons / Facebook)


Fan of Latin cuisine? Rojo is the perfect place to dine on Highland Ave and chat with friends.


Grab a drink at The Nick, where bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Weezer + more got their start.

The Nick
(The Nick)

We hope you enjoyed your trip to Birmingham! Try any of these suggestions? Let us know @bhamnow.

Julia Sager
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