IN BIRMINGHAM, WE TAKE OUR COFFEE BREAKS PRETTY SERIOUSLY. So when you're looking for a sweet spot to satisfy your cravings, you don't want to miss these local favorites.

Books, Beans and Candles 1620 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S 205-453-4636 BIRMINGHAM

Sip premium coffee in Birming- ham s only metaphysical market and coffee shop, where free Wi- Fi, belly-dancing classes, tarot readings, spirit drawings and a huge herb selection combine for an experience that s one of a kind. The coffee is wonderful and the owners know everyone by name. Ferah W.

Church Street Coffee and Books 81 Church Street 205-870-1117 MOUNTAIN BROOK

A local coffee shop thrives in a space where a Starbucks couldn t how s that for a mod- ern fairy tale? Church Street Coffee and Books became

Part of my morning routine the best Belgian chocolate croissants and perfect espresso. Elizabeth W.

Crestline Bagel Company 66-B Church St 205-871-4583 Mountain Brook For more than 15 years, Cres- tline Bagel has been serving up made-from-scratch bagels, pastries, sandwiches and fresh- brewed coffee from the heart of Mountain Brook s Crestline Village. Call them up to cater your next event! Crestline Bagel is my comfort food no matter what food I actu- ally order. Jane W.

Crestwood Coffee 5512 Crestwood Blvd 205-595-0300 BIRMINGHAM

Crestwood s gathering spot proudly serves organic fair trade coffee from local FinerGrind


an immediate neighborhood favorite by offering delicious local coffee, an impeccable book selection and incredible baked goods. Don t miss their Breakup Cookie, the chocolate chip cookie so good it s been scientifically proven to mend broken hearts. It s my favorite coffee shop. It s my favorite bakery. It s my favorite bookstore. I guess you could say I m a fan. Philip A.

Continental Bakery 1909 Cahaba Rd 205-870-5584 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Presenting works of art in the form of hearth-baked breads by bakers who rely on traditional European methods. The scones, croissants, cookies, tarts and fresh breads will instantly trans- port you to Paris. Cheeses, wine and coffee available too. Visit their new location downtown on 4th Ave N.