The best way to spend a day in Fairhope, AL — hidden gems, local favorites and amazing restaurants

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A beautiful sunset at the Fairhope Municipal Pier. (Dakota Keyser / Bham Now)

Fairhope, AL is a quintessential, southern small town that sits on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. It is a town packed with great food, good shopping and the most incredible sunsets in Alabama. Keep reading to see how you can spend the best day in Fairhope.

Best place to get a great breakfast

To start your morning off right in Fairhope, AL, head on over to Julwin’s Restaurant to get a yummy, American-style breakfast. Julwin’s was opened in 1945 making it Baldwin County’s oldest restaurant. Their menu items include southern breakfast classics such as biscuits and gravy and a warm, buttery stack of pancakes. You can always expect to have great service that makes you feel like family.

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The Fairhope Store front entrance and bike rentals (The Fairhope Store Facebook)

The best way to explore the city

After breakfast, take a short walk to The Fairhope Store to take a look at a local artist and small business owner, Lisette Norman’s, Fairhope-inspired merchandise. From T-shirts to coffee mugs, The Fairhope store offers the perfect collection of souvenirs to remember your trip by.

They also offer hourly, daily and weekly bike rentals. A 2-hour rental will be the perfect amount of time to rent a bike, take a scenic ride around Fairhope and see all its beauty. A short pedal out of town and down Fairhope Avenue will lead you straight to the Fairhope Municipal Pier.

Here, you can bike into the park where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, walk around the rose garden and park your bike and take a walk down the pier. At the end of the pier you will experience incredible, panoramic views of Mobile Bay and get a glimpse of some of the beautiful houses that are nestled along the shoreline.

From the pier, you can continue your journey along South Mobile Street for a ride through Fairhope’s historic home district called “The Fruit and Nut.” This gets its name after the streets in the area such as Pecan Avenue, Satsuma Street and Fig Avenue.

  • Hours: 10AM-6PM Monday to Saturday 11AM-4PM Sunday
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The main courtyard at Dragonfly Foodbar (Dragonfly Foodbar Facebook)

Places to grab a light bite and shop

After working up an appetite, you can head back downtown to return the bikes and grab a bite to eat at Dragonfly Foodbar. They have an assortment of salads, small plates, bowls and Asian fusion-inspired tacos. This spot is a local favorite with great outdoor seating and a unique cocktail and beer list.

Downtown Fairhope has many places to shop, explore and sightsee. There are great locally-owned clothing boutiques such as – 7 South, CK Collection, Adrenaline and Riverbend. Fairhope is also known for its community of writers and artists that have storefronts in the area such as – The Lyon Share, Page & Palette and Hello Gallery.

Dragonfly Foodbar

Seven South

CK Collection

Adrenaline

Riverbend

The Lyon Share

Page & Palette

Hello Gallery

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Outdoor Patio at Sunset Point (Sunset Point Facebook)

Great location for sunsets and cocktails

To wind down your day, you can enjoy an amazing seafood dinner from Sunset Point. Sunset Point is located in Fly Creek Marina and sits upon the water where you can experience Fairhope’s unbeatable sunset over Mobile Bay.

Their menu is hand-crafted by their Chef/ Owner, Pete Blohme, and includes daily specials and locally sourced seafood. Request an outdoor table to experience their tradition of toasting to the sunset. Be sure to have one of their handcrafted seasonal cocktails in hand as the sun goes down.

Sunset Point

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