“Thespending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.”
On Saturday, I jumped at the chance to see what Britain’s second city has to offer.
Getting off the train at New Street, I wanted some breakfast so wandered over to Boston Tea Party, situated on Corporation Street. Boston Tea Party recently introduced no single use cups in their cafe and use ethically sourced ingredients where ever possible. I was eating in and decided on the Sweetcorn hash, a vegetarian breakfast meal consisting of sweetcorn hashbrowns, avocado sauce, eggs and halloumi cheese washing it down with a hot chocolate. Yes it tasted as amazing as it sounds. Sound good so far, why don’t you check out Hotels in Birmingham, in preparation for your trip?
Afterwards, I moseyed over to Digbeth. Digbeth is a ten minute walk from New Street Station and used to be where the factories were based but has regenerated into a unique, quirky area – home to the creative industries. Cow is a vintage shop in Digbeth that sells amazing, good quality vintage clothes and was my first port of call.
Next is the Custard Factory an area in Digbeth, aptly named as it used to be a factory that made Birds Custard! I had a look at the artwork within the Zellig building situated there before going for a another hot chocolate at 7 sins and a mooch in The Clean Kilo – the UK’s largest zero waste supermarket. I had seen these zero waste places on the TV but never been in one myself so was interested in seeing what it was all about.
Digbeth is world known for graffiti with graffiti artists from all around the world coming to spray on Digbeth’s walls. I took the opportunity to take some snaps of the graffiti. The image on the right was created by Justin Sola.
My next location I visited is ThinkTank – Birmingham’s Science Museum, located at Millennium Point next to Birmingham City University. It is a museum for the kids but there are enough exhibitions for the big kids, like me, as well. I had a nice couple of hours browsing the exhibitions. There is a nice medical one, a Spitfire, lots of cars and steam engines. The exhibitions have a Birmingham and Midlands slant with exhibitions marked where ever possible. Heading back into town, I dropped into the Bullring, Birmingham’s largest shopping centre and got a couple of bits and pieces.
Before going home I quickly nipped into Second Cup Coffee Company, a Canadian coffee chain. It has such a cosy atmosphere in there. I often see people working on there laptops. I grabbed a vegan Oreo chocolate brownie for my partner before heading home.