Welcome to BIRMINGHAM
Vibrant city with urban amenities and small-town charm
Urban amenities and a hip, vibrant atmosphere come to play with small-town charm in the city of Birmingham. This affluent area is well known as the place to live, shop, and play, earning this crown with its wide variety of dining options, numerous luxury stores, and access to cultural spaces and events.
Birmingham began as a pioneer settlement in the early 19th Century with visions of it becoming a thriving industrial center. For several decades, the community was a manufacturing-based economy, with everything from brick factories to blacksmiths. Though the spirit of the industry has and the population has become more affluent, Birmingham still carries that same small town feel from its past.
The city is full of neighborhoods that feature everything from bungalows to estates in a wide range of architectural styles. Downtown is full of luxury condos steps from the bustle of shopping and dining. New construction homes have popped up in the residential areas, but many original homes continue to carry on the spirit and charm of early Birmingham.
WHAT TO LOVE
- Vibrant shopping and dining
- Urban amenities
- Small town charm
From the pedestrian-friendly streets of downtown to its serene neighborhoods, Birmingham delivers high quality of life to its residents. The community is a thriving hub for business and cultural activities, attracting young professionals, families, and retirees to the area.
DINING, ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING
Birmingham’s bustling and walkable downtown area is jam-packed with tasty treats, high-end boutiques, and fun events. There’s so much here, in fact, that it would be easier to list what isn't downtown. Let’s begin with The Townsend Hotel
. This pillar of downtown is great for a staycation, afternoon tea, or a classy dinner at the hotel’s Rugby Grille
Shopping options are eclectic and luxurious, full of hip boutiques that you won’t find anywhere else. Tender
and Lori Karbal
are both high-end women’s boutiques, while Revive
is an upscale men’s boutique (though they’ve been known to carry the occasional women’s designs as well). Caruso Caruso
is full of local Detroit casualwear. Harp’s is a longstanding lingerie boutique, while Sundance
is a hip shoes and accessories boutique. If you’re looking for the perfect place to do your weekly grocery shopping, Papa Joe’s Market
sells fresh local goods as well as gourmet grocery items.
Starting the food tour is Commonwealth
, a hip coffee shop with a rustic vibe. Downtown features a wide variety of cuisines thanks to delicious spots like Phoenicia
(Mediterranean), Streetside Seafood, and Brooklyn Pizza. Next up are two high-end Italian spots, Bella Piatti
and La Strada
. Creative takes on American cuisine abound, with the European-inspired Forest Grille
, upscale Pernoi
, and locally-focused Townhouse
is a cozy gastropub with live music and an eclectic menu, or go down the street to Dick O’ Dow’s
for a pint of Gaelic hospitality. And if you got to the end of that impressive food tour and felt like you needed a green juice, Beyond Juice
is waiting to help you recover.
THINGS TO DO
Birmingham Village Fair has become an iconic community event over the years. This neighborhood carnival offers a fun night out for families and friends while doubling as a fundraiser for local nonprofits. The Birmingham Farmers’ Market brings local produce and goods to the community alongside delightful entertainment and family-friendly activities.
The art scene of Birmingham is a thing of beauty, inspiring residents through music, theater, and fine arts throughout the year. Spread out a blanket in Shain Park and enjoy the beautiful music of the In The Park
summer concert series. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
has exhibitions, educational programs, and events designed to shine a spotlight on the fine arts. Birmingham Village Players
have provided the area with a century of live theater, and they’re continuing on strong with seasons packed full of musicals, comedies, and classics.
Birmingham is served by Birmingham Public Schools, Bloomfield Hills Schools, Troy School District, and West Bloomfield School District as well as a number of wonderful local private schools.