3 Digbeth Birmingham

Hip Culture Outpost
Creative Capital
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Best spots for a caffeine hit

Coffee beans from Midlands-based Chartley Coffee are roasted on site at the Yumm Cafe in order to guarantee maximum flavour. The buzzing atmosphere of the cafe attracts a steady stream of customers throughout the day.

Most instagrammable places to visit

Every Friday, Digbeth plays host to a street food market called the Digbeth Dining Club. The alternative food dishes make for the perfect Insta shot, with a backdrop of the all-encompassing mix of live events and entertainment. Many dishes are served up in very creative ways, such as on makeshift BBQs in the back of cars!

Mouth-watering must-eats/drinks

The award-winning Warehouse Cafe combines an art exhibition with 100% vegetarian bites ranging from halloumi fish and chips to a raw vegan orange and cashew tart. Fazeley Social is also the place for creatives to visit to meet up and connect, with live music and events supported by a scrumptious menu of cakes, breakfast and lunches.

Key facts

  1. Transport links: Birmingham Coach Station is based in Digbeth, with coaches to all over the country including London. Alternatively Birmingham Moor Street Station is a five minute bus ride from Digbeth with trains to Stratford Upon Avon and London Marylebone
  2. Famous for: Being home to the oldest pub in Birmingham- The Old Crown, dating back to the 14th Century
  3. Avg cost of hotel room per night: £69

As England’s second city, there’s no doubting Birmingham’s cosmopolitan qualities. And, thanks to an injection of cash from the Big City Plan, Digbeth, a district within the city’s centre, is undergoing a period of serious regeneration. Old industrial buildings are being turned into cool and quirky apartments, vintage stores are dotted around and the area even has its own street art initiative. Every year, the creative quarter plays host to MADE Birmingham, a festival comprising of food, drink and endless parties (2016’s top acts included a DJ set from Rudimental and another by Annie Mac). Railway arches, street art-lined outdoor venues and floral decor create an intimate setting with a bohemian vibe.

The Custard Factory sits in the centre of Digbeth, acting as a hub for creative activity. Colourful buildings adorned with street art provide a central outside spot for creatives to meet up, while over 500 businesses call the Factory “home”. If you need any proof that it’s a shopper’s paradise, just listen to the website’s claim – apparently it contains more independent shops and salons than anywhere else in Birmingham! There’s Clink Beer, which specialises in craft ales, Milque and Muhle which sells niche vinyl records, and Vintage Hideaway which offers everything from retro collectables to homeware. Once you’re all shopped out, there’s always The Mockingbird – a Manhattan loft-style bar and venue, where craft beers and wine can be enjoyed alongside film screenings, live music and plays.

As the city’s hotbed of urban street art, Digbeth has bright daubings on virtually every road. Urban arts company City of Colours was set up to help regenerate areas of the city with vibrant art; such artwork can be viewed all over Digbeth, including offerings from Sheffield-based graphic artist Rob Lee. The City of Colours Festival, set to return to Digbeth for 2017, encourages artists to transform the area with urban graffiti, breakdancing and even spoken word. Another key feature of Digbeth is its array of vintage shops including Urban Village, COW Vintage and Mr Birds Emporium, the latter of which is a creative space for 13 permanent independent traders.

Emily Ray, The Cosy Traveller

Digbeth is the epicentre of Birmingham’s buzzing cultural and creative hub. With the city’s largest collection of independent shops, quirky music venues and artisan eateries, it is no surprise that the area attracts visitors from all over the UK. In addition to this, Digbeth is one of the region’s most desired business locations; home to one of the largest cluster of creative and digital businesses outside of London. Emma Gray, Director of Marketing and Communications for Visit Birmingham 
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