Birmingham is famous for its world-class shopping offer and if you’re planning a day’s shopping trip in the city, it’s a good idea to know where the main shopping streets and centres are so you don’t miss out on any of your favourite shops.
So we’ve put together a guide to the perfect shopping trip in Birmingham including where you should stop for a bite to eat to keep you going!
Shop until you drop at Bullring & Grand Central
Shop until you drop all under one roof at Bullring & Grand Central, one of the UK’s most visited shopping centres located in the very heart of the city. You can find over 200 shops including three department stores, Selfridges, Debenhams and John Lewis.
Featuring 2,000 leading brands, you will find everything you could ever want in some of your favourite stores including Hollister, River Island, Topshop, Zara, Cath Kidston, Victoria Secret, GAP and many more. It’s the ultimate shopping destination for shopaholics!
Open until 8pm most days, there’s plenty of shopping time so you can make a full day of your time in Birmingham.
Treat yourself to something luxury at the Mailbox
Known as Birmingham’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination, the Mailbox is the perfect place to shop if you love designer labels! Inside you will find luxury retailers including Harvey Nichols, Emporio Armani, Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, The Wedding Club and independent retailers, Burrows & Hare and English Brands. Treat yourself to the finest homeware on Level 1 where you will discover showrooms for Heal’s, MADE.com, BoConcept, Calligaris and many more.
If you need to give your feet a break from shopping, indulge in a pamper treatment at Flint + Flint spa or enjoy one of the latest blockbuster movies at independent boutique cinema, Everyman Cinema and cosy up on their signature sofa seating.
Experience the atmosphere of our main shopping streets
There’s nothing like being a part of the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy a stroll down Birmingham’s main shopping streets, in particular New Street, Corporation Street and High Street. Regarded as one of the most popular shopping locations in Birmingham city centre, New Street fulfils all your shopping needs, whatever your style, taste or budget. You will find the world’s biggest Lush spa, flagship H&M store, Primark, Burton, JD Sports, Muji and Apple amongst other high-street favourites.
Attached to New Street is High Street, this is where you will discover one of the biggest Waterstones in the city offering six floors of fiction and non-fiction books, Monki, Thortons, Boots and M&S.
Located in the middle of New Street, you will find yourself on Corporation Street and you will know you’re there when you see a metro tram pass by. Along this street, you can shop Urban Outfitters, New Look, Superdrug and one of our five department stores in the city, House of Fraser.
Discover some hidden gems in our independent arcades
If you’re new to the city then discovering some independents is a must on your shopping trip here! In Birmingham city centre, we have five charming arcades full of quirky independents and some brand names with some being housed in beautiful historical buildings. From sweet treats and fine wines to unique gifts and accessories, there’s plenty of gems to discover. Be sure to add Great Western Arcade, Piccadilly Arcade, Burlington Arcade, City Arcade and North Western Arcade to your shopping itinerary.
Refuel in one of our many restaurants in the city centre
Shopping in Birmingham can work up quite the appetite! Schedule in a lunchtime pit-stop in one of our many restaurants in the city centre. We suggest hitting up Temple Street, Bennetts Hill and New Street for a variety of different cuisines and all within walking distance of each other. There’s a variety of different cuisines on offer from your well-known restaurant chains such as Wagamama, Las Iguanas, Revolution de cuba to independent restaurants including Nocturnal Animals, Amantia, The Sun on the Hill, The Indian Streatery and many more.
Whether you’re looking for a sit-down meal or something to grab and go, Grand Central is a thriving dining hub. Choose from a wide variety of food outlets including Nando’s, Tasty Plaice, Mowgli, Tortilla, Pho, @pizza, Holy Moly Macaroni… there’s something to please everyone’s taste buds.
If you’re after a lunch with a view, head down to the Mailbox and enjoy a meal by the canals in Miller & Carter, Red Peppers, Cote Brasserie, Zizzi’s, Gas Street Social or head inside and indulge in a three course meal at Harvey Nichols Brasserie or Michelin Star Tom Atkin’s restaurant.
Take a look at our food & drink directory here