The Irregular Guide to Birmingham

The team at Irregular Choice in Birmingham have put their heads together to create the perfect Irregular guide to Birmingham, giving you insider-knowledge on all the most amazing, fun and creative things to see and do whilst there.

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EAT

Where do you go for a yummy breakfast?

Cherry reds offer a really ace breakfast and the café has a really great retro feel. If you’re just looking for a good hearty bacon butty then head for the café next to the markets. A good cup of tea is their speciality.

Most quirky coffee shop?

You’ll find lots of independent coffee shops in Birmingham. Faculty has a great relaxed vibe to it or for book lovers grab a brew and a book in the Waterstones café.

Most amazing flavours of Icecream?

Lo and Be Cold located in Bullring is one of our favs. You can add all different flavours to the liquid recipe and watch as the team roll the ice cream out on a frozen plinth in front of you. Turning it from a liquid to a solid!

What's the most irregular place to go to eat?

Vegan food – You’ll find some great vegan places to eat in the city, but our favourite is our store's neighbour Not Dogs. Offering a selection of vegetarian and Vegan fast food, Not Dogs is the perfect place to have a pit stop between shopping, strolling and sightseeing!

Evening food – Digbeth dinning club is a collection of street food trailers located in Digbeth’s Rail tunnels on lower Trinity street.

Local delicacy we mustn’t miss?

If you venture out of Birmingham towards the Black Country you’ll find every chip shop offers the iconic Battered chips also known as Orange chips.

 

IMMERSE YOURSELF

What do you consider your most beautiful street?

If you head off of the main high street you’ll find loads of quirky little streets with some real hidden gem shops, however, our favourite is Piccadilly Arcade.  The small arcade is beautifully decorated and is a nice slice of calm in the busy city.

'Did you know we have more canals in Birmingham than there are in Venice?'

Where do you wander to get inspired?

Digbeth is filled with amazing street art perfect for any photographers or artists looking for local inspiration.

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Birmingham is also home to beautiful churches which still have original spires and buildings. St Martins just beneath the Bullring and the cathedral located near Snow Hill Station are just two worth visiting.

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Did you know we have more canals in Birmingham than there are in Venice? They are the perfect place to escape. The canals take you through all areas of Birmingham where you can see the graffiti artwork and architecture of the city.

Where to go to experience your culture first hand?

The Birmingham rag market, located just beneath St Martins Church, really represents the different cultures which make up Birmingham. The market which is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday have lots of different items on offer and is well worth a visit.

Best park to see colourful flowers?

Being an urbanized city Birmingham itself doesn’t have any parks centrally however if you travel just outside of the city centre you’ll find loads of local small parks.

If it’s flowers you're after you can’t go wrong with visiting the botanical gardens which have some of the most beautiful grounds (and a giant play area for kids and big kids). Check out Lauren in a dinosaur egg!

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PLAY

Most fun to have with kids?

We absolutely love the Sea Life Centre; the giant shark tunnel is particularly fun. Not only do they have a variety of fish, sharks and turtles, they also have a family of otters!!

Opening soon is the Lego Discovery centre which looks to be a great day out, but big kids take note, adults can’t enter without children.

If your looking for something free then a stroll down our canals is a must. If you head towards Brindley place you will see all the colourful boats docked.

Where to dance like nobody's watching?

If its late-night partying SNOBS is a must! The perfect place to dance the night away in your light up trainers.

If you just feel like busting a move, anywhere in Birmingham is good. We have an array of street performers and in the summer months host Birmingham international dance festival and Summer in Southside (held in July), where you’ll find loads of flash mob performances.

Go on … Join in the Party!

 

SHOP

What area would you say an Irregular girl would love to shop in?

We have some great stores in Birmingham but it’s the small independent shops that really catch our eye.

Harper and Lewis are a must for anyone looking for retro styles and 90’s prints.

If you want legitimate vintage, then a trip towards the custard factory and a visit to Cow is not to be missed.

Oasis market is famous in the city for its alternative fashion and mixture of styles. The building which houses different independent sellers has long been a favourite for the alternative crowd.

 

And last but not least, make sure you pop in and say hello to us in our store at the Birmingham Bullring!