Food

With something for all tastes, from classic fine dining to boutique cafés, bustling street food to the famed balti triangle, Birmingham’s food scene offers an existing array of flavours from all over the world

Fine Dining

Overview

With five Michelin starred restaurants, Birmingham has more than any other city in England outside of the capital.

And it doesn't stop there with 300 restaurants throughout the city centre, Birmingham offers an incredible choice across a multitude of dining styles. If you're looking for something alternative, the Digbeth Dining Club offers award winning street food with a difference. Birmingham is also home to the famous Balti Triangle, offering an incredible choice of Asian cuisine in a concentrated area, making the city the curry capital of the UK.

Stylish eateries, world cuisine, street dining, the world famous Balti Triangle, farmers' markets, sweet delights and locally sourced produce – Birmingham has it all!

 

Key Facts

  • Birmingham has more Michelin stars than any other city outside of the capital
  • 60% of all Birmingham's visitors come to experience the city's world renowned culinary offering
  • Birmingham's Balti Triangle attracts 20,000 visitors each week

Michelin Stars

Birmingham now has five Michelin stars at Purnell's, SimpsonsTurner'sAdam's and the latest addition Carter's all situated close to the city centre, making it the only UK city outside of London to boast this many Michelin-starred venues.

In recent years the city has won plaudits from influential titles such as The New York Times and BBC Olive Magazine amongst others, cementing Birmingham's reputation as an international leader in cuisine.

Birmingham's growing reputation as a culinary haven, makes the city an attractive location for up and coming culinary venues to anchor their business here. 

Street Food

Winner of the Best Street Food event in the UK, Digbeth Dining Club, runs every Friday with an array of pop-up food stands. The launch of this food event marked the start of a bustling street food scene in Birmingham. Recently celebrating its third anniversary, the many pop-up food traders that make up this event have made the city a major player revolutionising the concept of fast food.

The Bite Street Food Market also delivers a mouth-watering menu on the last Friday lunch of the month at Fort Dunlop, just outside of the city centre. Brum Yum Yum runs various street food events around Birmingham including KingsEATh streetfood market every second Saturday of the month.

 

World Cuisine

In Birmingham, you can take a gastronomic tour of the world without even packing your passport. Birmingham's city centre alone serves up mouth-watering cuisine from 27 different countries.

The famed Balti Triangle is the centre of Asian cuisine with eateries ranging from award-winning restaurants to authentic family-run establishments. Birmingham is the curry capital of the UK, with a wider selection of Asian and Indian restaurants in the city than anywhere else in the country.

Chinatown provides an array of restaurants and cafes offering authentic menus from Northern China all the way to Malaysia. 

As well as hot spots of culture the city has a wealth of different cuisines scattered all over the city. To find your favourite cuisines in the city browse here

Food Events

Birmingham plays host to delicious food festivals of all varieties. Returning each year are:

The CBD Food Festival - A festival celebrating international cuisines and tastes from the top chefs of the Colmore Business District. Expect live demonstrations, live music and over 20 venues taking part.

The Birmingham Chilli Festival - Test your taste buds with one of the hottest festivals in the West Midlands. From Caribbean jerk pork to Indian samosas, this festival is bound to set your mouth aflame with flavour.

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market - Bringing some of the tastiest smells to the wintery streets of the city, the christmas market has some of the best bites of the season.

Food Markets

If you're after some locally sourced produce and top quality organic foods then the local markets are for you. The famous Bull Ring Markets in the city centre have some iconic markets including the Indoor Market - one of the largest fish markets in the country. Master butchers, regional fruit and vegetable stalls and also exotic food stands provide any culinary artist with everything they need.

There are also regular markets such as the Birmingham University Farmer's Market, Brindleyplace Fine and Local Food market and even Kingsheath streetfood market. For a list of markets in the area click here.

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