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Hidden gems in Birmingham

Birmingham is a wonderful place, filled with loads of places to go, see and explore. We have put together a list of our favourite hidden gems across the city, so if you’re looking for inspiration, read on…

The Clean Kilo

If reducing your plastic consumption is high on your agenda, visit The Clean Kilo where you will find an alternative to the heavily packaged products you find on the supermarket shelves. Whether it’s fresh fruit and veg or the staples you stock your cupboard with, take a container and pay by weight so no amount of food will go to waste.


Save the cost of a plane ride to Portugal and visit this tiny lunch spot in the Jewellery Quarter. Portuguese-inspired lunch options are presented in the form of sandwiches, soups and of course, cakes. Try the pastel de nata to feel transported to warmer weather and sun-soaked streets.

The People Shop

Trinkets made by artists, handmade garments and chic interior products. The People Shop is the place to visit if you’re looking for unique gifts and items that instantly feel like home.

Ikon Bookshop

You would be forgiven for thinking that this was just a bookshop, but it is so much more, a book shop, come gallery, come gift shop, this is a treasure trove of things to explore. You’ll find limited edition prints and plenty of Birmingham-based brands.


A purpose-built yoga studio based on Digbeth High Street, Zurakaro is a place where you will find community and something new to love. From yoga to martial arts, you will find a range of classes under this roof. Check out the timetable and the blog online.

Swordfish Records

Thumbing through endless rows of records and enjoying every second of it is a great way to spend the day at Swordfish records. Independently run and basking in the revival of vinyl, visit the store to discover records, CDs and memorabilia.

There you have a handful of our favourite hidden gems in the city, so if you’re looking for a used car in Birmingham, make a day of it, explore the city and please bring us a nata from Salcooks.