Flatpack’s recommendations on where to meet, sleep, eat and be merry in the second city:
Places to eat
The Warehouse Café
Here you can tuck into delicious vegan and vegetarian fare, lovingly prepared.
54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham. B5 5TH
Critically acclaimed, The Karczma is the place to go for hearty traditional Polish cuisine in a totally unique setting. One for the carnivores, with some veggie options. Also serves delicious Mead.
Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Digbeth. B5 5PH
Birmingham’s newest tapas joint, the family run Rico has been causing quite a stir recently, and building a well-deserved reputation for serving up delicious, traditional tapas dishes in its quirky Digbeth venue. (BYOB, booking advised).
1 Barn Street, Digbeth. B5 5QD
A chilled out eatery by day and a lively bar and venue by night. Serves up a good range of pizzas, burgers and salads.
The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham. B9 4AA
The Spotted Dog
An Irish boozer with excellent beer garden. Good ales and the occasional bit of ceilidh music to boot.
Warwick Street, Digbeth. B12 0NH
Old Crown & Old Crown Coffee Club
The oldest Inn in the city (established in 1368), it serves good food and ales. They also have a little cafe where you can order everything from a full english or pastries to deli sandwiches.
188 High Street, Digbeth. B12 0LD
A traditional sushi and sashimi restaurant, Sushi Passion recently moved to a serene new home in the Great Western Arcade and continues to build on its reputation for some of the best sushi in the city. (Booking advised)
Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, B2 5HU
Good value homely food, snacks and a wide selection of ales and ciders.
88-90 John Bright Street. B1 1BN
A relaxed canteen-style Korean restaurant. If you don’t know your Bibimbap from your Dubap, staff are happy to guide you through the menu.
Unit 1C, South Side, Hurst Street. B5 4TD
Places to stay
Hotel du Vin
Housed in a former Victorian eye hospital, a luxurious option in the city centre.
Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NR
Stylish canalside bolthole in old post office building, with a brasserie/bar.
The Mailbox, 1 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 2JR
Spacious serviced apartments suitable for both short and longer stays. Located conveniently between Digbeth and the city centre.
Dean House, 38 Upper Dean Street. B5 4SG
Birmingham Central Backpackers
Former pub made homely hostel with brightly painted walls. As well as a cinema room, some rooms are equipped with pods.
58 Coventry Street, Digbeth. B5 5NH
Friendly and comfortable hostel in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.
92–95 Livery Street Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1RJ.
No frills hotel housed in a Victorian Gothic revival building in the heart of Digbeth.
145 Alcester Street, Birmingham, B12 0PJ
For more accommodation options you can search via the accommodation directory at www.visitbirmingham.com
In the centre of England, Birmingham is easy to get to travel to by road, rail or air.
There are three city centre railway stations with frequent connections to both local and national destinations.
We recommend the Trainline for purchasing train tickets in advance.
Local bus timetables can be found at nxbus.co.uk. Exact fare is needed.