Young Professionals

YPs will <3 Huntsville. Here’s why:

By Sarah Belanger

After a long workweek, it is great to have a fun, innovative city to unwind in. Huntsville is big enough to offer the fun amenities: a diverse food scene, a thriving craft beer community, shows, and museums; but it is small enough to avoid the pains of city life: bleak parking options, expensive activities, and nightmarish traffic.

Here are my recommendations for 3 days of fun in Huntsville for the Young Professional.

Day 1

Olde Towne Coffee —Make sure you start your day out right with a cup of joe from this Huntsville hotspot. They're located downtown in the historic Five Points District, and the space oozes style and creativity. 

Koi Mural Downtown Huntsville

Downtown Public Art - Go explore all of the public art we have downtown with this Secret Art Walk map! Don't forget to visit Huntsville favorite stores like Harrison Brothers and the Visitor Center for souvenirs. 

Mason Dixon Bistro—The bistro is first and foremost delicious, but it is also gluten-free and offers Paleo, vegan and kid-friendly menu options. The gluten-free Smoked Mac & Cheese is to die for! The restaurant is frequently busy, but it is well worth the wait. 

The Camp at MidCity - One of the most unique spots in Huntsville, MidCity is a one-stop shop for a variety of entertainment, retail, and dining options. Grab a drink and enjoy live music at The Camp, then head over a little friendly competition at Topgolf or Dave & Buster's.

Stovehouse - courtyard and lights

Kick back in the Stovehouse Food and Leisure garden. This stove factory turned entertainment space has several different cuisine options. With music, movies, and more happening every night, you will enjoy this outdoor space with all the fun outdoor murals to post online.

Stein and Dine at the Space and Rocket Center—Eat authentic German fare and drink beer while sitting underneath a honest-to-goodness Saturn V rocket. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds. Biergarten runs Thursday nights from March until the end of October. (The U.S. Space & Rocket Center Biergartens are paused for the time being). In the off months, check out Old Black Bear, Madison’s brewpub.

Pub Crawl — Downtown Huntsville has a burgeoning beer scene that can’t be missed, so make sure you do a pub-crawl while in town. I recommend starting with the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail so your experience is conveniently already mapped out for you. Just remember to grab an Uber or Lyft if you're not walking!

Day 2

Honest Coffee Roasters—For breakfast, go to Honest Coffee Roasters for pastries, an incredible Açaí bowl and fantastic java!

Honest Roasters Coffee

Hike a Trail—Assuming you had your morning coffee you probably have a lot of energy to burn, so go hiking at one of the Land Trust of North Alabama’s five nature preserves. Hint: Land Trust Members can download a free app with all of the trail maps.

Lunch at 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern—This restaurant specializes in locally grown and produced food so if you want a taste of what Huntsville is about, go there. Make sure you save room for dessert, especially the bread pudding.

Huntsville Museum of Art—This museum is quite eclectic in what exhibits they host. They are always changing and innovating with what they are showing. 


Dinner Downtown—The hardest decision of your day will be where to eat dinner because there are so many excellent places to try.  In Huntsville’s downtown district, check out the more upscale Cotton Row Restaurant, PurveyorThe Bottle, or the more causal Big Oh’s, Sam & Greg’s, or Domaine South.

Day 3

Piper & Leaf—It is absolutely imperative that you visit this family-owned artisan teashop when you come to Huntsville.  The teas are created with many local ingredients and served in wonderfully rustic Mason jars.

Piper and Leaf

Get in touch with your artsy side at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment—Once you are properly caffeinated, head over to the Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment complex to check out a variety of quirky studios, unique eateries, and more. Up your cool factor by snagging a vintage vinyl album at Vertical House Records, or try your hand at pottery with DesignByHart Pottery.

Downtown Apollo 50 Beer Straight to Ale

Campus No. 805—To get a taste of Huntsville’s excellent beer scene you need only visit Campus No. 805, which includes both Straight to Ale Brewing and Yellowhammer Brewing.  There are plenty of food and entertainment options as well.

This itinerary barely scratches the surface of what there is to do in Huntsville. There’s also swing and salsa dancing, music and theater scenes, museums, countless classes, forums and workshops, the symphony, and so much more. But this 3-day tour gives you a first taste of what the greater Huntsville area has to offer.



Sarah has photographed for numerous national brands including Southern Living, Betty Crocker, and Cooking Light. Recently her work was featured in Paste Magazine and she is listed as one of the "World's Best Photographers" by website builder Squarespace. Sarah is a regular contributor on the subject of craft beer for several sites, including Huntsville Eats and iHeartHsv. Sarah is also a writer with her work published in Event Magazine, NoAla Magazine and Rocket City Pets, among others.  See her food photography at S. Belanger Photography and keep up with her culinary adventures at The Jealous Crumpet.