Surviving the week in Birmingham
November 22, 2010 11:57 AM Subscribe
My partner and I will be visiting family near Birmingham, AL for just over a week. What should we see, eat, drink, and do? Where can we find the essentials like good coffee and cocktails? We've got reservations at Highlands Bar & Grill one night, but that's the only plan so far.
We've been there before, but this will be the first time we'll be there long enough to have time to explore the area--and long enough to get bored and potentially a little cranky if we can't indulge our spoiled West coast cityfolk desires. I'm not assuming that we won't be able to, I just don't know where to start looking. So where's the best place for really good coffee/espresso? What about (either going out or shopping for) fancy foods and well-made cocktails? Are there any awesome bookstores, bakeries, boutiques, or other shopping places we should check out?
Extra-special snowflake stuff: Is there a local sex/kink scene of note, or a great sex toy shop? A good place to shop for plus-sized clothing if I find myself in need? An awesome candy store or toy store?
We're actually staying in the Hueytown/Concord area, so recommendations for anything closer to there would be great, too.