Exploring a new city
We understand navigating a new city can be overwhelming at times, so we’ve pulled together some information on our favourite places for food and drink in Birmingham. We strongly advise you to check each venue’s website ahead of going and to book in view of the current dining out rules.
In this section you will find:
Our favourite places to eat and drink in Birmingham
Here are a few of our favourite venues for dining out in Birmingham. We try out every venue ourselves before we recommend them and – unlike some hotels – we’re not on commission!
Fine dining with a twist!
Alex Claridge and his team serve up locally sourced gastronomic delights with story.
Booking ahead essential.
Land serves plant focused dishes with menus inspired by seasonal produce. Located in the city’s beautiful Great Western Arcade, it’s a must visit for any veg lovers.
The Warehouse Cafe
This vegetarian restaurant is nestled on the first-floor of a converted warehouse.
The menu is a blend of British comfort food at its best and contemporary international flavours. Even carnivores will leave happy.
Dishoom pays homage to the Irani cafés and the food of Bombay.
A favourite of the Staying Cool team, Dishoom run an all day service from breakfast through to dinner, we’d recommend a visit whether it be for an Irani twist on a bacon sarnie for your breakfast meeting or an evening banquet with friends.
Delicious Italian small plates and a lively bar serving wine and cocktails too.
The service can be a little over the top but we’re still fans of this modern Italian with a twist.
We’ve not had the chance to try this Argentinian steakhouse in Brindleyplace yet but with Michelin-starred chef Aktar Islam at the helm you should be in for a treat.
The menu is based on authentic, seasonal, Argentinian dishes featuring the finest steaks, rare cuts of grass-fed beef from around the world and seafood.
You can also enjoy a Sunday Roast created with the flair which has made Aktar a household name.
Loki is both a wine merchant and tasting house. With a range of over 600 wines from boutique and rare producers to drink in or take away. They also have over 40 wines to try by-the-glass too.
The wine lounge provides an area to chill out and enjoy meat and cheese platters.
Aktaar Islam’s Opheem pushes the boundaries of Indian flavours with cooking techniques from around the globe.
Open Wednesday to Saturday, Michelin Starred Opheem is a must visit.
FAMILY FRIENDLY DINING
We’ve found some great child friendly eateries if you’re after inspiration when heading out for a bite as part of your family friendly city break.
A colourful South American inspired restaurant and cocktail bar serving Latin-American flavours over two floors in Bennetts Hill.
With homemade nachos, burritos and sweet churros for dessert kids will be spoilt for choice.
Younger ones can enjoy a main, dessert and a soft drink from the children’s menu for £5.95.
The Indian Streatery
Set up by a family of foodies who honed their skills on Birmingham’s buzzing street food scene this chilled independent offers a menu inspired by traditional Indian street food.
Family favourites include The Indian Hot Dog, a marinated minced lamb sausage served in a roti wrap with Streatery slaw and the Cannon Hill Park Picnic inspired by long summers spent in one of the city’s favourite parks.
Short on time? Try the The Indian Streatery Express in the Bullring for a grab ‘n’ go lunch.
The Restaurant: 21A Bennetts Hill, B2 5QP
The Express: Central Street, St Martins Walk, Bullring, B5 4BU
La Galleria Ristorante Italiano
La Galleria is located just off New Street (just a 3 minute walk from Rotunda). Providing a varied menu of freshly prepared dishes with the finest Italian ingredients.
They have a fantastic choice of pizzas baked in their authentic wood fired pizza oven. A big hit with the little ones.
Baked in Brick
With a real Mini hanging from it stylish walls kids will love this independent pizza and street food restaurant at the Custard Factory in the heart of Digbeth.
On Sundays they serve one of the best roast dinners in Birmingham and in the mornings you can pick up bread and patisseries from the in-house bakery.
Open Thursdays to Sundays, afternoons and evenings.
Brunch in Brum
Here are our recommended Brummie brunching spots that you may want to check out during your travels, Whether you’re after something healthy, hearty or hardcore.
Something Special: Medicine Bakery+Kitchen
A short stroll up New Street from our front door, you’ll find Medicine. A fantastic bakery and gallery space with live events and exhibitions throughout the year.
They have a great selection of pastries, cronuts and cruffins, a staff favourite, as well as an all day brunch menu.
A Local Favourite: York’s Cafe
Located less than 5 minutes walk from Rotunda, York’s Cafe is a popular brunching spot with city centre business people.
Their award winning brunch menu is served until 4pm every day.
On the doorstep: Bill’s Bullring
Although it is part of a chain, Bill’s is just a minute’s walk from Rotunda and is definitely worth considering if you’re looking to brunch in a hurry.
Cocktails in the city
Are cocktails your idea of heaven? Here at Staying Cool, we’ve carried out extensive research to find you the best spots in town for a pre-dinner “prink” or a post-meal tipple. Here are three of our favourites.
40 St Pauls
Voted the World’s Best Gin Bar 2019, this quaint 24 seat venue is located on hip St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter.
With over 140+ gins, a fabulous cocktail selection plus wines and beers. We consider this a must visit venue when exploring the city.
The Pineapple Club
A bespoke venue, located within the heart of the historic Great Western Arcade. Boasting a selection of delightfully handcrafted cocktails, a wide range of craft beers, and a fantastic food menu.
Of course, you can always dine in the comfort of your own apartment at Rotunda. Check out our Dining In section.
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