Shopping in Birmingham
Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise. With literally hundreds of stores available, from large department stores to quaint boutiques, you won’t have to travel far to find the best deals. The Birmingham area is home to more than 60 shopping centers and retail malls.
Shopping doesn’t get more spectacular than at Riverchase Galleria, where lush greenery, sparkling lights and the city’s finest stores are enclosed in a dome of glass. Here, you’ll find the world’s largest skylight beneath a nine-story glass atrium, over 200 shops, luxurious lodging and an eclectic array of delectable restaurants. Anchors include Rich’s-Macy’s, Parisian, JC Penney, McRae’s, Sears and Proffitt’s.
At Colonial Brookwood Village, located in the heart of metropolitan Birmingham, enjoy the ambiance of a sidewalk village with the convenience of shopping indoors. Here, you’ll find unique specialty shops, eateries, and a variety of restaurants. Major anchors include Rich’s-Macy’s and Parisian, as well as exclusive shops like Gus Mayer, Betsy Prince, The Holly Tree, A Rabbit’s Tale and others. Plus, Colonial Brookwood Village is home to several stores that you won’t find anywhere else in the city, such as Ann Taylor Loft, Z Gallerie, Lillie Rubin, Kirkland’s Home and Hollister & Company. After a long day of shopping, satisfy your appetite at one of its many fine and casual restaurants, including Brio Tuscan grille, Copper Grill Lobster & Steak House, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Jason’s Deli or Applebee’s Neighborhood Grille & Bar. The mall is also home to a food court and the delectable Marble Slab creamery, one of the city’s finest ice cream shops.
The Summit, located at the intersection of Highway 280 and I-459, is the nation’s largest “lifestyle center” shopping mall, and offers a unique shopping experience amongst beautiful architecture, landscaping and sculptures. This 165-acre, mixed-use development is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Parisian, Carmike Cinemas, Brunos, Barnes and Noble, and Old Navy, among others. It is also home to spas and theaters.
Other major malls in the area include Century Plaza, Eastwood Mall and Watermark Place, which offer a variety of stores and restaurants. For those who would rather stroll through quaint neighborhoods and window shop, a number of unique shopping areas await you. Be sure to check out English Village, Mountain Brook Village and Crestline Village (nestled in the heart of Mountain Brook). There’s also Downtown Homewood and Southside Birmingham. These unique shopping districts are connected by tree-lined sidewalks and each has its own distinct flavor. EnglishVillage is home to antique stores, coffee houses and restaurants; Mountain Brook Village is home to art galleries, boutiques and home furnishing stores; and Crestline Village boasts high- fashion shops (many for children), restaurants and salons.
Antique lovers flock to Homewood, home to linen and bath shops, bike shops, bakeries, children’s clothing boutiques, home accessory shops and of course, celebrated antique shops. Pepper Place is also a popular destination. Once residence of the factory and bottling operations of the Dr. Pepper Company, Pepper Place is now a renovated warehouse district that houses an eclectic mix of antique shops, interior design firms, furniture and fine art galleries.
On weekends, Birmingham natives flock to the regional flea markets, where hundreds of vendors sell fresh-cut flowers, homemade baked goods and organic fruits and vegetables. The Saturday Market at Pepper Place offers heaps of tomatoes, fresh corn, potatoes and other savory fresh vegetables. Be sure to pay a visit to Birmingham Fairgrounds Flea Market, the largest indoor market in the state. It offers antiques, collectibles, home furnishings, jewelry and more. Approximately 20 flea markets operate in the Birmingham area.
The nucleus of shopping in Birmingham is its downtown. The city center offers everything you need to make your shopping experience complete, from glasswear to home accessories to rare books. Large department stores are also located here, including Parisian. And of course, the downtown area offers unique shopping that you can’t get anywhere else, like hot, fresh roasted peanuts at the Peanut Depot or Vulcan wine corks and Birmingham t-shirts sold at The Birmingham Shop.