Greetings, fellow travellers! Today, we’re taking you on a trip to our beloved hometown, Birmingham, UK. This vibrant city has been making headlines as a top travel destination, and for good reason. Brimming with history, culture, and a thriving vegan scene, Birmingham truly has something for everyone. Join us as we explore the city’s highlights and uncover its hidden gems.

A City Steeped in History

Birmingham’s rich heritage can be traced back over a thousand years. From its humble beginnings as a medieval market town to its pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution, the city has always been a trailblazer. Stroll through the historic Jewellery Quarter, where craftsmanship still thrives, or visit the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to discover the city’s fascinating past.

Birmingham City Canals
Birmingham City Centre, towards Gas Street Basin

Balti Triangle – A Culinary Adventure

The Balti Triangle, an area in Birmingham renowned for its South Asian cuisine, is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Originating from the city in the 1970s, the famous Birmingham Balti has become a staple of British dining. Ant absolutely loves a good Balti, and over the years, we’ve discovered some fantastic vegan-friendly dishes that hit the spot every time. The area’s growing vegan scene ensures plant-based travellers won’t miss out on this delicious culinary experience.

Vegan Food Heaven

In recent years, Birmingham has become a haven for vegans. The city boasts a plethora of vegan-friendly eateries, ranging from cozy cafes to fine-dining establishments. Some of our favourites include The Vegan Kitchen, a plant-based eatery based in the beautiful Great Western Arcade, and The Warehouse Café, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in trendy Digbeth with a focus on sustainability.

Vegan Tofu Bao from Tiger Bites Pig
Vegan Tofu and Eggplant Bao, Tiger Bites Pig

A Cultural Melting Pot

Birmingham’s diverse cultural scene is truly awe-inspiring. Catch a live performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Symphony Hall, or the Repertory Theatre. Art lovers will find solace in the city’s numerous galleries, including the Ikon Gallery and the Custard Factory. Meanwhile, the annual Birmingham International Dance Festival showcases talent from around the world.

Graffiti in Digbeth, Birmingham
Digbeth, Birmingham

Exploring the Great Outdoors

While Birmingham is known for its bustling city centre, the surrounding countryside offers a welcome retreat. Just a short drive away, you’ll find the picturesque Lickey Hills and the serene Clent Hills, perfect for leisurely strolls or invigorating hikes.

So there you have it – our insider’s quick guide to Birmingham, a city that holds a special place in our hearts. Whether you’re intrigued by its history, captivated by its culture, or simply eager to indulge in its vegan delights, Birmingham is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Happy roaming,

Ant & Gemma