Until last week I'd only ever paid a fleeting student visit to Birmingham, so to me the city was relatively undiscovered. After being invited up to celebrate the launch of the new AC Hotel in the city centre, I was excited to have a little look around and explore, and pop together a list of little gems to stop by! Although I know there's far more to see (I'm always impressed by Sophie and Jack's foodie suggestions)- I thought I'd add in some for the time being, and some additions we didn't have time to swing by to too!

Staying: AC Hotel

Situated cosily next to the trendy and polished Mailbox, the AC Hotel Birmingham hits the jackpot when it comes to location in the city. Reminding me a little of the London Edition (but on a mini scale with it's wood walls and cool-minimal feel), the hotel boasts rooms for hugely reasonable rates without losing the boutique feel. With dressing gowns, a mini bar fuelled with chocolate and the dreamiest T.V (in case you're after some Sky Atlantic) their moto is 'everything you need and nothing you don't'- and if like me you need granola for breakfast, a comfy bed and the perfect location you'll be pretty bloomin' chuffed (they've also got a sparkly new Manchester location too)! Also, if like me you're a Marriott Rewards member (which is free, if you get as excited about rewards schemes as I do)- then you're able to embrace the perks at this gorgeous property too (which include free wifi, the best rates booked through Marriott, late check out, a personalised experience and everything from retail gift cards to alternatively using them at another of their 4,200 hotels, or flights)! Definitely worth checking out for a few clicks with optimum perks!

160, The Mailbox, Wharfside St, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 1RL

Eating: Original Patty Men

Joe and I had heard a lot of promising things about this place. After scouting it down with less than an hour before our train home, we arrived just as the shutters lifted and within 10 minutes were happily gobbling down one tasty burger. With what Joe described as the 'perfect ketchup to mayo ratio' this chunky fries and dreamy burger combination was one we're glad we didn't miss. On top of that, they also had desserts. Sadly we didn't get time, but next time it's top of my list.

9 Shaw's Passage, Birmingham B5 5JG

Faculty/Sixteen Kitchen:

If you're after a central spot for a super healthy lunch and some seriously delicious cakes (I'd say the same about the coffee as I've heard a lot of good things) then Faculty and Sixteen Kitchen Bakery next door are the places to go. Decked with exposed wooden benches, airy light and a friendly atmosphere; they're the perfect spots to kill some time during lunch or with your laptop (as well as munching your way through some tasty menu's too).

Piccadilly Arcade, Birmingham, West Midlands B2 4HD

Peel and Stone:

It's normally unintentionally my personal mission to discover the best spots for cakes in each city I visit, and after hearing endless good things about the bakery Peel and Stone I was so excited to pop by. It's not a sit-in kind of place, but if you fancy grabbing some of their delicious fresh sandwiches for a take-away picnic, or even trying their marshmallow and chocolate cookie (unreal) I definitely recommend swinging by.

West B3, 32 Water St, Birmingham

Shopping: Liquor Store

Although most people will solely say the Bullring when Birmingham shopping is mentioned (which, is undeniably great for spending the £££), there are several charming arcades in the city which boast some true gems too- with Liquor Store being just one of them. With shelves of denim, perfect bretons and Scandi-style- it's the perfect shop for all the basics (and candles, and, ahem, stationary) too. With a mens boutique opposite (which has an amazing selection too)- they're both worth taking note of.

30 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham

Doing: Everyman

I know you don't really go to a new city to go to the cinema- but having the gorgeous Everymanhttp://www.everymancinema.com/venues/mailbox-birmingham/whats-on/ on our doorstep next to the hotel- it was the perfect post-dinner option after a busy day on our feet. With a restaurant and a selection of great films on show, it's the perfect way to unwind in the city if drinks aren't your thang (and you can pretty much roll home afterwards too)!

Everyman Mailbox 116 The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF

Ikon Gallery:

If you're in to your contemporary or modern art, I highly recommend a visit to Birmingham's IKON gallery. Tucked alongside the canal; this neo-gothic style building is home to some seriously fascinating works of art, and with a pretty excellent gift shop and cafe to boot (take a look at the deco and thank me later)- it gets three big ticks from me!

1 Oozells St, Birmingham B1 2HS

And if you have time...

Yorks Bakery (for tea and cake), Quarter Horse (for dreamy coffee), Buffalo and Rye (burgers and meat), The Custard Factory, Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter, The People Shop (a little out of town but gorgeous) and Eight Foot Grocer (for independent groceries)


Post in collaboration with Marriott Rewards


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Until last week I'd only ever paid a fleeting student visit to Birmingham, so to me the city was relatively undiscovered. After being invited up to celebrate the launch of the new AC Hotel in the city centre, I was excited to have a little look around and explore, and pop together a list of little gems to stop by! Although I know there's far more to see (I'm always impressed by Sophie and Jack's foodie suggestions)- I thought I'd add in some for the time being, and some additions we didn't have time to swing by to too!

Staying: AC Hotel

Situated cosily next to the trendy and polished Mailbox, the AC Hotel Birmingham hits the jackpot when it comes to location in the city. Reminding me a little of the London Edition (but on a mini scale with it's wood walls and cool-minimal feel), the hotel boasts rooms for hugely reasonable rates without losing the boutique feel. With dressing gowns, a mini bar fuelled with chocolate and the dreamiest T.V (in case you're after some Sky Atlantic) their moto is 'everything you need and nothing you don't'- and if like me you need granola for breakfast, a comfy bed and the perfect location you'll be pretty bloomin' chuffed (they've also got a sparkly new Manchester location too)! Also, if like me you're a Marriott Rewards member (which is free, if you get as excited about rewards schemes as I do)- then you're able to embrace the perks at this gorgeous property too (which include free wifi, the best rates booked through Marriott, late check out, a personalised experience and everything from retail gift cards to alternatively using them at another of their 4,200 hotels, or flights)! Definitely worth checking out for a few clicks with optimum perks!

160, The Mailbox, Wharfside St, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 1RL

Eating: Original Patty Men

Joe and I had heard a lot of promising things about this place. After scouting it down with less than an hour before our train home, we arrived just as the shutters lifted and within 10 minutes were happily gobbling down one tasty burger. With what Joe described as the 'perfect ketchup to mayo ratio' this chunky fries and dreamy burger combination was one we're glad we didn't miss. On top of that, they also had desserts. Sadly we didn't get time, but next time it's top of my list.

9 Shaw's Passage, Birmingham B5 5JG

Faculty/Sixteen Kitchen:

If you're after a central spot for a super healthy lunch and some seriously delicious cakes (I'd say the same about the coffee as I've heard a lot of good things) then Faculty and Sixteen Kitchen Bakery next door are the places to go. Decked with exposed wooden benches, airy light and a friendly atmosphere; they're the perfect spots to kill some time during lunch or with your laptop (as well as munching your way through some tasty menu's too).

Piccadilly Arcade, Birmingham, West Midlands B2 4HD

Peel and Stone:

It's normally unintentionally my personal mission to discover the best spots for cakes in each city I visit, and after hearing endless good things about the bakery Peel and Stone I was so excited to pop by. It's not a sit-in kind of place, but if you fancy grabbing some of their delicious fresh sandwiches for a take-away picnic, or even trying their marshmallow and chocolate cookie (unreal) I definitely recommend swinging by.

West B3, 32 Water St, Birmingham

Shopping: Liquor Store

Although most people will solely say the Bullring when Birmingham shopping is mentioned (which, is undeniably great for spending the £££), there are several charming arcades in the city which boast some true gems too- with Liquor Store being just one of them. With shelves of denim, perfect bretons and Scandi-style- it's the perfect shop for all the basics (and candles, and, ahem, stationary) too. With a mens boutique opposite (which has an amazing selection too)- they're both worth taking note of.

30 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham

Doing: Everyman

I know you don't really go to a new city to go to the cinema- but having the gorgeous Everymanhttp://www.everymancinema.com/venues/mailbox-birmingham/whats-on/ on our doorstep next to the hotel- it was the perfect post-dinner option after a busy day on our feet. With a restaurant and a selection of great films on show, it's the perfect way to unwind in the city if drinks aren't your thang (and you can pretty much roll home afterwards too)!

Everyman Mailbox 116 The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF

Ikon Gallery:

If you're in to your contemporary or modern art, I highly recommend a visit to Birmingham's IKON gallery. Tucked alongside the canal; this neo-gothic style building is home to some seriously fascinating works of art, and with a pretty excellent gift shop and cafe to boot (take a look at the deco and thank me later)- it gets three big ticks from me!

1 Oozells St, Birmingham B1 2HS

And if you have time...

Yorks Bakery (for tea and cake), Quarter Horse (for dreamy coffee), Buffalo and Rye (burgers and meat), The Custard Factory, Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter, The People Shop (a little out of town but gorgeous) and Eight Foot Grocer (for independent groceries)


Post in collaboration with Marriott Rewards


x

31 comments:

  1. Great blog!
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  2. Your pictures look STUNNING Liv (as always!), I've never thought too much about visiting Birmingham but will definitely look into a trip now!

    Hayley x
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  3. All the eats look so delicious, and Ikon Gallery looks interesting! Thanks for sharing :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  4. Thank you for all the suggestions! I haven't been to Birmingham in a while but next time I'll be checking out some of these places - especially the bakeries!

    Belle in Black and White

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  5. Loved this! I am so looking forward to the day that I get to visit England again; Birmingham is at the top of my list :)
    Alex Good

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  6. Looks like so much fun!
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  7. Absolutely fabulous guide! Thank you for sharing, I'll def. bookmark this post. :)

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  8. Birmingham is a goregous city. Ive not been since I was in year 8! I really want to go back for a weekend trip.

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  9. Your pics are SO perfect Liv! Love them - and now I want to visit Birmingham stat!
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    Alice - flashanthology.com

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  10. I definitely want to go there!
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  11. That burger looks incredible! I'm definitely going to have to check the place out next time I'm in brum! x

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  12. If I ever find myself in Birmingham, I'm totally gonna refer back to this post of yours! You always have the best recommendations. x

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  13. Such a great guide!! Can't wait to see where you go next! x

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  14. You always find the most amazing looking food places! That burger looks so heavenly. I've never been to Birmingham but after this post it's definitely getting higher up on my list as we speak!

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  15. Great post, everywhere you went/suggested looks incredible! Saving for next time I'm in Birmingham :)

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  16. This is the city I was raised in. I love your images and the places you picked.

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  17. I've lived in Birmingham for about half my life so when I saw this post in my feed I gave a little squeal of excitement hehe.
    If I'm honest, when I go to the city centre I usually just stick to Bullring and the shops/restaurants around it never knowing what I was missing outside of it..but i'll deffo have to venture out now bcus all these cafes and restaurants look amazing! Who knew Birmingham had so many cool and artsy spots!

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  18. I love this new 24 Hours In series!

    You should seriously consider putting all them into a book because the imagery is stunning! Would make a great coffee table read ;)

    Heather x www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

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  19. This is beautiful, your images are stunning and this makes me want to go visit London even more Han I already do! That hotel looks lovely, I'll have to make a note of it. :)

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  20. the food looked so delicious! as for the rest, I swear, you could make an alleyway look like paradise.

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  21. I used to live near Birmingham and still have family near but I never knew half these places existed! Liquor Store looks incredible - my kinda style :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  22. All of these look light right gems! Quite good timing actually as the boyf just got offered a job up in Bham, I wasn't so keen on the idea but this post is swaying me a little haha! Such beautiful images as always. Immy x

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  23. Love your finds, that cinema looks amazing! It's been a long time since I went to Birmingham but this is making me want to explore further

    The Little Things | Louise x

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  24. So this post just made me really hungry.. especially that burger!! The cinema looks lovely too!

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  25. I love your city guides Liv! I'm from a town not too far away from Birmingham and hadn't heard of most of these places! Steph x
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  26. What a lovely post! You made Birmingham look gorgeous, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. I live here and I always think it's a bit underrated in the UK.

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  27. Oh wow, check out those burgers! I mean if Joe says the ratio is right, then I obviously need to try it! I'm exhibiting the brand I work for at the Clothes Show later this year, so may have to pop here one evening!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  28. Oh, now I wanna go, I wanna go! <3

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  29. The food and drink in this post looks amazing, that breakfast! Perfect for with a cup of coffee :) Jordan http://stmartinscoffee.co.uk/machine/la-marzocco-linea-pb-av-3/

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