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Best of Birmingham: Ultimate Insider’s Guide with Amelia

We’re bringing you the best local secrets with some of the world’s top bloggers, influencers, and travel journalists in our new City Insider series. From where to find the perfect brew to that little-known bar that plays the best tunes, vintage record stores and green outdoor spaces, consider this your checklist for an amazing city break in Birmingham.  

We’re diving into all the best spots in Birmingham, with a quick-fire interview with Amelia telling you their favourite places and expert tips. Amelia is a full-time lifestyle blogger and content creator from the midlands with a love for good food, good wine, and long dog walks in the sunshine.

Best of Birmingham: Ultimate Insider’s Guide with Amelia

1. Favourite Overall Restaurant?

I love Fumo for a lovely foodie night out.

2. Best Restaurant for Date Night?

Bodegas for margaritas and nachos!

3. Local Foodie Secret?

Cocoa by Ali in the Mailbox for a rose latte and stunning cakes by a bake-off contenstant!

4. Best Burger?

We have a lot of great burger chains – Byron, 5 Guys, and Original Patty Men to name a few.

5. Best Place for Coffee?

200 degrees is super cool with fab coffee.

6. Best Pizza?

Another chain but Franko Manca is a real winner for a sourdough slice.

7. Best Place for Vegetarian/Vegan Food?

The Warehouse Cafe is really good.

8. Best Place for Brunch?

I love Yorks and if you’re feeling super fancy – Harvey Nics!

9. Where to Get an Amazing Budget-Meal?

If you hit one of tapas revolution’s offers right you can get a great Spanish sharing meal for a bargain price.

10. Bar for Drinks with Friends?

The lost and found has a great atmosphere.

11. Best Cocktail Bar?

Aluna is pretty darn cool with its smoking cocktails and rose gold bar top!

12. Bar/Club for a Big Night Out?

I’m over 30 and prefer somewhere I can chat, so this one isn’t really my forte! But Dirty martini has 2 for 1 cocktails and music!

13. Best Place for a Sweet Treat?

Medicine bakery for their cronuts!!!!

14. Unmissable Thing to Do in the City?

See a show at the hippodrome – one of the most prestigious theatres in the country.

15. Favourite Place for a Staycation?

A little further out you’ll find Modershall Oaks in the country – the most perfect spa and hotel.

16. How to get Around the City Like a Local?

We walk everywhere, but there’s a new tram system.

17. Favourite Outdoor Space for Chilling Out?

Any pub with a garden?!

18. Best Market in the City?

Digbeth dining club is fab for foodies!

19. Top Workout in the City?

Blaze is so much fun…but be prepared for hard work!

20. Must-Visit Independent Store?

Cow Vintage in Digbeth.

21. Best Things to do with Kids in the City?

The sea life centre!

Big 7 Travel Team