1. Purnell’s

Nestled in the heart of Birmingham, Purnell's restaurant embodies both elegance and innovation. With its contemporary yet inviting atmosphere, adorned with sleek decor and warm lighting, it sets the stage for a memorable dining experience.

Chef Glynn Purnell's inventive approach to modern British cuisine with influences from France and the Far East has garnered widespread acclaim, earning the restaurant a coveted Michelin star and numerous other accolades.

Whether you're seeking a refined dinner or a leisurely lunch, guests can indulge in dishes that showcase the finest seasonal ingredients, including Smoked Beef Carpaccio and Burnt English Egg Custard Surprise.

2. Hockley Social Club

Hockley Social Club is a vibrant hotspot featuring a rotation of top street food vendors, whose menus are always guaranteed to impress! Run by the talented team behind the famous Digbeth Dining Club, you’ll be able to try a huge range of food, from Asian-inspired cuisine and gourmet tacos to jam-packed burgers and succulent kebabs.

In addition to their exciting food and drink offerings, Hockley Social Club hosts a variety of evening entertainment, including comedy nights and live music, ensuring every visit is a night to remember.

3. Orelle

Modern French restaurant Orelle is a firm favourite in Birmingham, boasting a chic yet cosy atmosphere on the 24th floor with unrivalled panoramic views of the city.

This culinary gem specialises in a fusion of French and Mediterranean flavours, with dishes crafted to perfection. With a variety of menus including A La Carte, Tasting, Prix Fixe, and Sunday Lunch, you can choose to indulge in a huge variety of dishes, from succulent beef and flaky fish to White Chocolate Mousse and Tiramisu.

Their focus on classic yet bold flavours, coupled with a winning ambience has earned Orelle a place among Birmingham's top destinations for food and drink lovers.

4. Original Patty Men

Hidden within the eclectic streets of Digbeth, Original Patty Men are renowned for their succulent, handcrafted burgers. You won’t want to miss the Pineapple Express burger, a juicy aged Longhorn beef patty topped with melted cheese, streaky bacon, salad, red jalapeno, and pineapple hot sauce.

If chicken’s more your thing, the Alabama Slammer - deep-fried boneless chicken thigh served with lime and ginger slaw and a perfectly-spiced sauce - will knock your socks off.

With a nod to Birmingham's past, the industrial-chic interior adds a unique charm to the dining experience.

5. Medicine Bakery

Make sure you pay a visit to the picture-perfect Medicine Bakery, nestled in Mailbox Birmingham, where the aroma of freshly baked treats will hit you before you see it! This beloved spot, housed in a former Edwardian post office, exudes an inviting atmosphere with its rustic-chic decor and vintage charm.

Renowned for its artisanal bread, delectable pastries, and hearty sandwiches, Medicine Bakery offers a delightful fusion of traditional and innovative flavours. You'll want to get stuck into their signature sourdough loaves, mouthwatering cinnamon buns, and indulgent avocado toast topped with poached eggs.

Whether you're craving a leisurely brunch or a quick coffee break, this gem in the heart of Birmingham is a cafe-lover’s paradise.

6. Shababs

Originally founded in 1987, Shababs is recognised as a legendary balti house thriving in Birmingham, one of four authentic balti restaurants left in the city. Known for its authentic Pakistani cuisine, Shababs offers a tantalising array of dishes, from succulent kebabs to aromatic biryanis - and of course, their iconic balti!

Every dish is freshly prepared by their expert chefs, honouring the authentic flavours and cooking techniques that create that next-level flavour.

7. Ken Ho

Ken Ho in Birmingham’s iconic Chinese Quarter is renowned for its rich history and affordable cuisine cooked with tradition at its core. They specialise in creating authentic Cantonese dishes that pack a punch, sure to leave a lasting impression.

Diners rave about their succulent Peking duck, crispy aromatic duck pancakes, and mouthwatering dim sum. With stylish decor and attentive service, Ken Ho offers a memorable dining experience celebrating the best of Chinese gastronomy in Birmingham.

8. Tiger Bites Pig

Tiger Bites Pig offers a dynamic fusion of Asian flavours with a modern twist, focusing on the three Bs - ‘Bao, Bowls and Beers’. Step into its vibrant atmosphere, where the aroma of sizzling red braised pork belly mingles with the buzz of happy diners.

Renowned for inventive dishes like their Black Vinegar Braised Beef Shin, Oyster Mushrooms, Cured Egg Yolk and Crispy Shallots, as well as their hugely flavoursome rice bowls with meat, fish, and vegetarian options.

Drawing inspiration from traditional Asian street food, each dish bursts with fresh ingredients and bold flavours, making Tiger Bites Pig a must-visit destination for lovers of innovative Asian-style food.

9. Asha’s

With its chic and vibrant atmosphere, award-winning Asha's offers a dining experience that blends tradition with contemporary flair. Renowned for its exquisite Indian cuisine, Asha's delivers truly authentic Indian flavours and innovative dishes, honouring Birmingham’s status as the UK’s capital of Indian cuisine. It has become quite the celebrity hotspot, with visitors including Ed Sheeran, Steven Gerrard, and Tom Cruise.

Try their spicy and aromatic Chandni Chowk Ka Kheema, or savour their tender Lamb Saffron Biryani, bursting with aromatic spices and rich gravy. You won’t want to miss out on their incredible cocktails either, expertly crafted to complement the bold flavours of their cuisine.

10. Riverine Rabbit

Riverine Rabbit was envisioned by Ash and her sister, Mandy, in Cape Town. They continually wow visitors with their small plates inspired by the tastes of South Africa, focusing on unique flavours, sustainability, and ethical sourcing, earning them a place on the esteemed Michelin List.

Indulge in their signature dishes, such as the mouthwatering wild mushroom risotto or the delectable slow-cooked lamb shoulder, expertly crafted to tantalise the taste buds and leave a lasting memory.

11. Txikiteo

Nestled in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter, Txkieto exudes an intimate atmosphere and rustic charm. Renowned for its innovative Basque-inspired cuisine, Txkieto has become well-known in the city and beyond for its fusion of traditional flavours with contemporary twists.

They specialise in small tapas-style plates as well as specials and boast a huge wine list to complement any dish you choose - or a sangria if you’d prefer. From spicy salty chorizo and sausage flatbreads to salted almonds to snack on and deliciously charred leeks that speak for themselves, their food is a celebration of fantastic produce prepared in a way that honours the natural flavours.

With its warm hospitality and culinary creativity, Txkieto stands as a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts exploring Birmingham's vibrant dining scene.

12. Hen and Chickens

Boasting a rich history dating back to the 19th century, Hen and Chickens is a beloved desi pub that is well known for its warm atmosphere and North Indian Punjabi cuisine.

They pride themselves on fantastic service and generous portions, renowned for their flavour-filled mixed grills featuring a selection of tandoori meats, indulgent sauces and chunks of meat on a sizzling bed of onions.

Other favourites include their crispy Fish Pakoras, sumptuous Saag Paneer, and perfectly spiced Masala Fries. In addition to meat and fish, they offer a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes to cater to every taste.

13. Dead Wax

In the vibrant heart of Digbeth, the Dead Wax Pub stands as a testament to Birmingham's eclectic culture. With its industrial-chic décor and laid-back atmosphere, it's the ultimate haven for music enthusiasts and beer lovers alike.

Hosting live gigs and DJ sets in both their inside and outside areas, this venue pulses with energy, drawing crowds seeking to celebrate the vibrant local creative scene. Boasting an extensive vinyl collection and craft beer selection, the Dead Wax Pub is a must-visit destination for anyone craving a taste of Digbeth's unique charm.

14. Passing Fancies

Step into timeless elegance and innovative flavours at Passing Fancies cocktail bar. Found in the historic streets of Digbeth, this cutting-edge gem charms with its soft jazz melodies and dimly lit ambience, reminiscent of the roaring 20s itself.

Expert mixologists craft cocktail masterpieces focusing on fresh ingredients, served in an intimate venue led by community values. Visitors can also enjoy delicious food and nibbles while they drink.