The Ultimate Guide to Birmingham, MI

The Ultimate Guide to Birmingham, MI

  • SK Group
  • 02/7/24

In the heart of Oakland County, Birmingham, Michigan, stands as a testament of tradition and modernity. With its picturesque streets, vibrant community, and thriving cultural scene, Birmingham is a destination that captivates visitors and residents alike.

Join us on this ultimate guide as we delve into the essence of Birmingham – from its distinctive shopping and culinary delights to its rich cultural heritage and community spirit.

Where to Eat - Birmingham's Best Restaurants

The Forest Grill

The Forest Grill

Located in Quarton Lake Estates, The Forest Grill is a culinary gem offering a farm-to-table experience. Indulge in their seasonal menu crafted with locally-sourced ingredients, and savor the elegant ambiance. Elevated European-inspired American fare & a diverse wine list in sophisticated, lively surrounds.



Start your day right with a visit to Toast in Poppleton Park. This brunch spot is beloved for its creative twists on breakfast classics and its welcoming atmosphere, making it a popular choice among locals. Creative breakfast & lunch bites dished up in a colorful, retro-chic environment. 



Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean at Phoenicia. This restaurant, located in the heart of Birmingham on Old Woodward, offers a diverse menu of dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of the region. Gourmet Middle Eastern fare is the star at this sophisticated venue with a subtle, stylish ambiance. 

The Rugby Grille

The Townsend Hotel

Indulge in upscale dining at The Rugby Grille, located inside The Townsend Hotel. Known for its sophisticated ambiance and creative cuisine, The Rugby Grille offers a memorable dining experience in the heart of downtown Birmingham.

Social Kitchen & Bar


For a vibrant dining experience, visit Social Kitchen & Bar. Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, this restaurant offers an eclectic menu of globally-inspired dishes, craft cocktails, and a lively atmosphere, perfect for socializing with friends and family. Buzzy, stylish spot for creative comfort fare, cocktails & wines, with rooftop & sidewalk seating.

Adachi Sushi & Japanese Cuisine

Eater Detroit

Looking for the best Japanese-inspired restaurant in Birmingham, Michigan? Look no further than Adachi, nestled in the Victorian Peabody Mansion. Executive Chef Lloyd Roberts brings years of experience and innovation to the kitchen, creating an array of gastronomic adventures for guests to enjoy.

220 Merill

Experience 220

The new Birmingham upscale attraction 220 is a landmark in history. The restaurant is housed in the “Old Detroit Edison” building that has been standing since 1932. The menu is comprised of mainly contemporary American cuisine.

Brooklyn Pizza and Bar

Brooklyn Pizza and Bar

Since 1996, we’ve been a staple in the community, serving up authentic, wood-fired pizza inspired by those you’d find in Brooklyn, New York. Every pizza is crafted using the freshest, quality ingredients and cooked in our open-flame wood burning oven.

Where to Socialize - Birmingham's Best Bars

The Bird & The Bread

The Detroit News

Offering a cozy atmosphere and an extensive selection of drinks, The Bird & The Bread is the perfect spot for a casual night out. This restaurant broadens its beverage focus beyond a generous selection of unique wines to include a selection of over 100 beers, craft cocktails, and dozens of specialty spirits.

The Morrie

VIP Nightlife

A lively bar featuring live music, creative cocktails, and a vibrant atmosphere. Whether you're meeting friends for drinks or enjoying a night out, The Morrie is sure to impress. The Morrie is a quintessential neighborhood gathering place — that spot where you always know you’re in the right place at the right time with the right people.

Luxe Bar & Grill

Luxe Bar & Grill

Experience casual elegance at Luxe Bar and Grill, a chic establishment in the heart of Birmingham, Michigan. Indulge in a diverse menu featuring modern American cuisine with a twist, prepared with locally-sourced ingredients and innovative flair. 

Geode Bar & Lounge

Daxton Hotel

Slide up to the slick black marble bar under a lustrous geodesic dome at Geode Bar & Lounge, home to exquisite craft-made cocktails, rare and flavorful wines, and appetizing lounge fare. An artful addition to any day and any occasion, Geode Bar & Lounge extends an invitation to engage, explore, and imbibe. Relax and unwind with locals and travelers alike, surrounded by beautiful works of art.

Dick O'Dow's

Dick O'Dow's

Inspired by that oígidecht tradition and built on the belief that a drink always comes before a story, Dick O’ Dow’s is our very own bruidean in the heart of Birmingham. Today, thanks to a little Irish luck and a whole lot of love from friends both old and new, they're toasting to 20 years of good times and the best that’s yet to come in the city they happily call home.

Where to Indulge - Birmingham's Best Cafes and Bakeries

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company

Detroit Free Press

Offering artisanal coffee, freshly baked pastries, and a laid-back atmosphere, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company is a favorite among locals. Stop by for your morning caffeine fix or unwind with friends over a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Cannelle by Matt Knio

Eater Detroit

Known for its exquisite French pastries and artisanal bread, Cannelle by Matt Knio offers a taste of Paris in the heart of Detroit (a bit of a drive from Birmingham, but worth the trip!). Treat yourself to a croissant, macaron, or éclair and experience the artistry of French baking.

Paris Baguette

Fast Casual

To bring expertly crafted baked and brewed goods to our guests through a warm and welcoming bakery café experience that delivers joy to everyone. We’re built for connection and community, and we take our responsibility as a good neighbor to heart. Through the magic of baking, we’re committed to giving back and making a real impact on those around us.

Bakehouse 46

The Talon

At Bakehouse 46, our commitment is to freshly bake and decorate our cupcakes every morning! We take pride in selecting premium ingredients and crafting the finest scratch-made cupcakes. Explore our daily selection of up to 29 distinct flavors, and don't forget to return monthly to discover our rotating menu of eight unique flavors!

Where to Shop - Retail Therapy

Birmingham Principal Shopping District

Visit Detroit

Explore the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, featuring a variety of upscale boutiques and designer stores. From high-end fashion to sportswear to unique home decor, this district caters to those with a taste for the finer things in life.

The Community House

The Community House

For a unique shopping experience, visit The Community House. This historic venue often hosts local pop-up shops, artisan markets, and craft fairs, showcasing the creativity of Birmingham's local artists and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re a newcomer to the area or a long-standing resident — just starting a business, just starting a family, or just starting a night on the town — it all starts at The Community House.

Somerset Collection

HOUR Magazine Detroit

Indulge in luxury shopping at Somerset Collection, home to upscale retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Tiffany & Co. This premier shopping destination offers a world-class experience for fashion enthusiasts. Somerset Collection is a shopping mall of more than 180 retailers located in Troy, Michigan. The Somerset Collection is among the most profitable malls in the United States. 

Where to Play - Tranquil Parks

Shain Park

Braun Construction Group

Relax amidst the scenic beauty of Shain Park, located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. This lush green space features manicured gardens, charming walkways, and a tranquil fountain, providing the perfect setting for a leisurely afternoon stroll.

Booth Park

Michael J. Dul & Associates, Inc.

For family-friendly fun, head to Booth Park. With its playgrounds, open spaces, and community events, it's a favorite spot for residents of all ages, especially the cardboard sliding hill. Recreation space with a castlelike play structure for kids, an artificial turf hill & a wooded trail. 

Quarton Lake

Metro Detroit Mommy

Escape the hustle and bustle at Quarton Lake, offering scenic trails and green spaces. Perfect for a leisurely stroll or a family picnic, this park provides a breath of fresh air in the heart of Birmingham. Lakefront parkland offering nature trails, fishing piers, sculpture & waterfalls.

Where to Stay - Hotel Retreats 

The Townsend Hotel

The Townsend Hotel

Experience luxury accommodations at The Townsend Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. With its elegant rooms, fine dining options, and impeccable service, this boutique hotel offers a refined escape for discerning travelers.

The Daxton Hotel

The Daxton Hotel

Immerse yourself in modern luxury at The Daxton Hotel, a stylish boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. With its sleek design, upscale amenities, and personalized service, The Daxton Hotel offers a contemporary retreat for travelers seeking sophistication and comfort.

Where to Connect - Community Events and Gatherings

Annual Events

Birmingham Village Fair

Stay connected with your neighbors by participating in annual events like the Birmingham Village Fair and Art Birmingham. These events showcase the community's spirit and provide opportunities for residents to come together.

Community Gatherings

Flickr; Birmingham Farmer's Market

Join in the various community gatherings, including concerts in the park, farmer's markets, and holiday celebrations that spread across all four seasons. These events foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among Birmingham residents.

As you've journeyed through this ultimate guide, we hope you've gained a deeper appreciation for the life that defines Birmingham, MI. From its culinary delights and diverse shopping destinations to its tranquil parks, luxury accommodations, and vibrant community events, Birmingham offers an unparalleled experience for residents and visitors alike.

Whether you're savoring a gourmet meal at The Forest Grill, exploring the boutiques at the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll through Shain Park, you'll find that Birmingham is a city that captivates the senses and warms the soul.

Welcome to Birmingham – where small-town charm meets big-city dreams! Oh - and where we are of course! 

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