VB - Chinatown Simon Hadley

Birmingham's Chinatown

Chinatown in Birmingham (sometimes referred to as The Chinese Quarter bridges the gap between Grand Central Station and Gay Village. It is overflowing with restaurants, shops and venues, is visually stunning, and offers a unique and vibrant vibe.

The area naturally grew in the 1960s and 70s as immigrants moved in around Hurst Street and was officially recognised in the 1980s.

The heart of the Chinatown nightlife is the Arcadian, where, adorned with Chinese architectural flourishes, the restaurants spill out into the two-tiered central courtyard with magnificent views of the fountain.

The surrounding area is home to many supermarkets and shops, the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre, and a stone pagoda at Holloway Circus.

Restaurants in Birmingham's Chinatown

Around the Arcadian and surrounding streets, there are plenty of restaurants offering delicious cuisines to sink your teeth into. 

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Italian restaurants are all packed into this vibrant corner of Birmingham, so there’s always something new to try.

Currently, Miyako Teppanyaki is one of our favourite restaurants in Chinatown so make sure to stop by. Book your seat

Birmingham's Chinatown shops

Visited one of the restaurants and want to recreate a dish of your own? There are many shops throughout the area that cater specifically to Chinese- and Asian-originated cuisine that can supply all the ingredients you need.

The eclectic mix of shops and supermarkets is a wonder to browse for those less acquainted with Asian heritage while offering everything a veteran chef could need to cook up some delicious dishes at home.


With Grand Central up the road in one direction, and Gay Village in the other, the Birmingham Hippodrome sits on a colourful thoroughfare. Fantastic plays, musicals and shows are performed there, on par with the theatres of London.

Located right next to the Arcadian, across Hurst Street, visitors have access to a huge choice of pre-show dining and post-performance clubs, pubs and bars.

The Arcadian has special offers for theatregoers, so make sure to check these out and make the most out of your evening.

Parking in Birmingham's Chinatown

Chinatown offers easy parking for its patrons. There is a car park in the Arcadian itself, and there is an APCOA car park close by.

Both are also convenient for Birmingham Hippodrome visitors.

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