Birmingham: What to eat & drink (and see in between)

1.Custard Factory. Site of the iconic Birds custard factory allegedly packed with bars and boutiques. Good luck if you find them open. But worth the trip for some cracking graffiti.

2. Fizz Utopia. A blatant rip off of London’s Bubble Dogs but cheers to Fizz Utopia for trying. Ok Champagne and more ‘sausage in a roll’ than hot dog. But fun none the less.

3.The Cube. Skip dinner here and opt instead for a cocktail atop Marco Pierre White’s ‘Cube’. Great views and even better people watching.

4.The Mail Box. Site of the old Royal Mail sorting office now housing a smattering of designer boutiques and Harvey Nics. Walk through for the mainly chain-led restaurants overlooking the canal.

5. Icon Gallery. Beautiful gallery in an old school house housing a regularly changing programme of contemporary art. Super clean toilets and decent homemade soup.

6. Bullring Open Market. In the shadow of the impressive silver studded Bullring Shopping Centre sits the Open Market – stall after stall of fruit and veg, home bakes and randomly some cards selling frozen beef and microwave pizzas. Worth a wander through.

7. The Birmingham Canals. Birmingham has more canals than Venice so it’d be a shame to visit the city and miss them. Take a strolls set Gas Street Basin and Brindley Place and pull up a pew at one of the waterside bars.

8. The Bullring. If you like shops, you’ll love this. From Selfridges to Zara and everything in between. Probably best avoided on Saturdays if you have a low tolerance of loitering teams and short tempered shoppers.








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  1. You’ve done a good job listing some really worthwhile places. Can I suggest the Digbeth Dining Club every Friday night under the arches in Digbeth?

    It’s a constantly rotating roster of street food caterers with alcohol and music, a little similar to Borough Market if it was located by a nightclub haha.

    Also the gin parlour at Jekyll and Hyde near the Childrens’ Hospital is fabulous and reliably offbeat. Lots of other suggestions at

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