Things to do in Birmingham

Birmingham tips and recommendations

Top tips

Recommended restaurants

City centre

  • Dishoom, One Chamberlain Sq, Birmingham B3 3AX:
    • open all day, ‘Bombay comfort food’.
  • Damascena, 5-7 Temple Row W, Birmingham B2 5NY:
    • Middle Eastern café, doesn’t serve alcohol, open all day.
  • Medicine Bakery, 69a New St, Birmingham B2: 4DU:
    • Open during the day, good vegan options.
  • Sushi Passion, Great Western Arcade, Birmingham B2 5HU:
    • My favourite sushi restaurant.
  • Itaewon, 43-45 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY:
    • Korean food, convenient for the train station.
  • Chung Ying, China Quarter, 16-18 Wrottesley St, Birmingham B5 4RT:
    • Chinese, huge dim sum menu (20% discount 12-5pm) and excellent veggie/vegan options.
  • Opheem, 65 Summer Row, Birmingham B3 1JJ:
    • Michelin star Indian food.



Further afield


Bars and pubs

City Centre

  • The Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN
    • About as traditional as British pubs come. Has a deck out the back, and resident cats.
  • The Good Intent, 32-33 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham B2 5HU
    • Social conscience bar (profits go to good causes). Nice seating upstairs.
  • North Taproom, Unit 1 Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham B4 6GH
    • Beer and bao buns.
  • Tilt, City Arcade, 2 Union St, Birmingham B2 4TX
    • Craft beer and pinball.
  • The Wolf, 2-10 Constitution Hill, Birmingham B19 3LY
    • Great range of craft beer.
  • The Barrel Store, Arch 32 Water St, Birmingham B3 1HL
    • Local brewery (Attic Beer Co) outpost in the city centre.
  • The Distillery, 4 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE
    • Huge beer garden by the canal.


Further afield

  • Stirchley has a great range of local breweries and bars. It’s 15 minutes by train from the city centre (get off at Bournville station). We recommend:
    • Attic Brewery
    • Birmingham Brewing Company
    • Wildcat Tap
    • Cork and Cage
    • Couch (award winning cocktail bar)