Places to go in Birmingham for food, drinking & shopping


My favourite places to go in Birmingham for food, drinking & shopping!

As much as I love travelling and exploring new cities, I am always happy to come home to my own city of Birmingham. Where I have many great memories eating and drinking my way around this fantastic cosmopolitan city that just seems to be getting better and better, thanks to all the new developments and unique independent eateries and bars popping up.

Custard Factory

If vintage clothing, quirky home ware, vegan food, live music and independent businesses are your thing, then the Custard Factory is where you should be. It's located in Digbeth, the creative, digital and media quarter of Birmingham. To see more photos I've taken snaps, visit my Digbeth post. 

Grand Central

The old, dark and miserable New Street train station has been transformed into a bustling Grand Central, home to a fantastic range of food outlets, bars and an incredible flagship John Lewis store.

Resorts World

Resorts World Birmingham is a multi complex destination shaped like a cruise ship. It's located near the NEC, Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International train station. Inside the newly built Resorts World, you can find outlet shopping, a fantastic spa, Cineworld, a four & five-star hotel, a conference centre and an incredible range of restaurants serving food from all other the world. Such as Italian fine dining, south American and beers imported from all over the world. See Resorts World Birmingham for all my guest posts of the resort.


The Mailbox is Birmingham's most stylish destination for designer shopping and has a fantastic Harvey Nichols. There's also a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of restaurants and cocktail bars next to the canal, Aluna Bar is my favourite! If you want a 360 degree view of Birmingham than visit the Marco Pierre White restaurant in The Cube, where you can also find a hotel and spa. See my restaurant review of Marco Pierre WhiteOsteria Rodizio Rico and Cafe Rouge that are located at the Mailbox.

Jewellery Quarter

Exploring the Jewellery Quarter is a great way to learn and see the city's history, by checking out all the historic buildings on a guided tour. There's also independent shopping and eateries. See my restaurant review of Ana Rocha Bar & Gallery and 1000 Trades.


The Bullring shopping centre is home to the iconic bull, who's always happy to pose for selfies with the tourists and dress up for seasonal events. The Bullring is also home to the most distinctive Birmingham landmark, that is Selfridges. Whether you have the cash to splash on designer labels or not, it's worth having a wander around to check out the eye-catching displays, especially around Christmas time.

Victoria Square

Victoria Square is usually where seasonal events are held, such as the popular Frankfurt Christmas market. Nearby is also where you can find the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, which is well worth a visit. My two favourite places to eat at near Victoria Square are Chung Ying and the Edwardian Tearooms in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.