On your first morning in town, opt for breakfast at a local diner to truly experience the city’s southern hospitality. If you’re looking for large portions of comfort foods, 24 Diner is the spot for you. Available 24 hours a day, the breakfast menu includes chicken with Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, frittatas, breakfast hash and French toast.
Only a mile from the hotel, Counter Café is another breakfast favorite, offering fresh and organic local foods like seasonal fruit with yogurt and granola, crab cake Benedict, porridge, breakfast tacos, poached eggs and more. Don’t skip the mimosas, which are served both by the glass and by the carafe.
Near to both of these breakfast spots is Waterloo Records . Once you’ve finished eating, stop by this iconic record store, which has been in operation since the 1980s. Here, you’ll find music from artists that are part of the local music scene as well as world-renowned bands and singers. The shop also hosts in-store performances as well.
Before you leave this area, pay a visit to The HOPE Outdoor Gallery (also known as Graffiti Park at Castle Hill). The old ruins of a three-story building have been transformed by graffiti artists and traveling taggers from near and far, creating a colorful experience full of photo opportunities. Local artists are sometimes on-site selling their works. Don’t forget to check out the incredible views of the castle the park as well as the downtown area from the top level.