CONTINUING OUR 40 HIDDEN GEMS MINI-SERIES, WE’RE BACK TO PROVIDE YOU WITH EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE INDEPENDENTS TO ADD TO YOUR EVER-GROWING LIST OF PLACES TO VISIT.

We’ve trawled the city to deliver you our fourth instalment of 40 amazing places that may or may not be on your radar, but that you definitely need to explore.

We chronicle Birmingham’s independent culture with the hope that our articles not only shine a spotlight on the local businesses doing something different and special in our city, but with the hope that our words inspire you to get out there and explore Birmingham like never before. To look at the streets and the skylines in a different way, to consciously make an effort to seek out the brilliant and intriguing independents that are dotted about Birmingham, and to use Independent Birmingham as a means of rediscovering your city.

Independent businesses are the life-blood of our city. They are the innovators, the game-changers and where they lead, the chains follow. Due to high rent prices in the city, alongside other factors, often our independents (the cafes, bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, pubs and shops that lend a unique character to Birmingham) are tucked out of the way down side streets or are located in areas deemed ‘less desirable’ due to low footfall.

We’re here to shine a light on these magnificent local businesses, tucked out of sight but forever holding a place in our hearts. Introducing our glorious guide to 40 Hidden Gems In Birmingham You NEED To Discover (Part 4).

Note: Whilst social distancing is still in place and very important, please check each individual business’ website for their up to date opening times and safety measures prior to visiting. Some businesses may require you to make a booking in advance.

Ra Coffee House

This sweet neighbourhood coffee shop is serving the Kings Heath community with their daily caffeine fix. They serve all of your favourite coffee styles, with a choice of different milks, and have guest coffees to keep things fresh and exciting, so you can try new blends each visit. The laid-back coffee shop has a rustic, paired-back feel to the décor. They also serve a great range of light bites to eat, including handmade fresh sandwiches, cakes and their Greek kihi pastries.

Location: 25 High Street, B14 7BB

Rajdoot Tandoori

Birmingham is known for many things, one of which is the wealth of curry houses and Indian restaurants you can find scattered all around the city. Whilst the Balti Triangle is well-known for boasting some of the finest Indian restaurants to be found in Brum, the Jewellery Quarter also has a number of incredible Indian restaurants too – one of which is Rajdoot Tandoori. This tandoori restaurant is a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike; and with almost 50 years of experience preparing traditional authentic North Indian curry dishes, it’s easy to see why. This award-winning restaurant has boasted some famous guests, and is the perfect place for an informal meal packed with incredible flavours.

Put them next on your ‘to visit’ list, and thank us for the top tip later.

Location: 78-79 George Street, B3 1PY

Stickie Fingers

If you love desserts and have a sweet tooth then a trip to Stickie Fingers is an absolute must. Found in The Custard Factory, among a vibrant and bustling community of creatives and independent businesses, this little dessert shop is serving up stacks of happiness (in the form of pancakes). From their Oreo stuffed (yes, stuffed!) stack of American-style pancakes, to their mouth-watering milkshakes and waffle pops, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s inner child. If you prefer all things savoury, don’t worry, there are options for you too. Choose one of their savoury crepes or stack of savoury pancakes and you’ll be filled with glee.

Location: Unit 20 Gibb Street, B9 4AA

Land

This brilliant hidden gem of a restaurant can be found in the stunning Great Western Arcade, nestled among a string of other fantastic independent businesses. This vegan and vegetarian restaurant is pushing the boundaries of fine dining cuisine and putting out some exciting plant-based plates of food. At Land, they’re all about taking natural ingredients and turning them into spectacular dishes. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or a meat-eater, this restaurant needs to be on your radar. Go check it out at your earliest convenience (now).

Location: 26 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU

IB Deal: 10% off food when dining on the Chef’s Menu or Set Menu

Chakana

If you’re looking to try something different, there are so many cuisines you can sample in Birmingham, from all over the world. If you’ve never tried Peruvian before, we highly recommend a trip to Chakana in Moseley. This relaxed, neighbourhood restaurant is set in an old bank (with a private dining room hidden away in the old bank vault) and has retained some of the stunning original features. Serving a modern take on traditional Peruvian cuisine, with twists on classic Peruvian cocktails and beautiful South American dishes, this restaurant is bringing something fresh and exciting to Birmingham’s already amazing and varied dining scene. Go pay them a visit. You can thank us later.

Location: 140 Alcester Road, B13 8HT

IB Deal: 3-course set menu for just £20 (instead of £25) [Friday – Sunday, lunch] OR 2 Chilcano cocktails for just £10 (Tuesday – Thursday)

Folk Like These

Coffee is the fuel for creativity. Or at least, that’s what we tell ourselves as we drain the dregs of our fifth cup of the day. Folk Like These is a creative space and coffee shop all rolled into one. Enjoy your favourite coffee, along with a slice of cake or a sandwich, in this beautiful design-led space as you contemplate your next project. They also sell a carefully-curated selection of beautifully designed stationery, gifts and homeware, and host regular creative workshops so you can learn new skills and unleash your imagination.

Location: 11 St Mary’s Row, B13 8HW

IB Deal: a FREE coffee when you purchase any sandwich/bagel and 10% off retail purchases

Enamel Shades

Enamel Shades are an independent lighting retailer specialising in contemporary industrial lighting and custom lighting solutions. With a wide range of fully customisable and bespoke light fittings available, including over 200 fabric cables and LED filament style bulbs, there will be an option to suit every room. They are on hand to help you add those perfect finishing touches to your room with their lighting solutions. They are also highly trained in rewiring both old and new lamps and their workshop is fully open to the public – so drop by and check them out.

Location: Unit 14, Stirchley Trading Estate, B30 2PF

IB Deal: 20% off purchases and repairs

Peacer

You might be forgiven for thinking that pizza has been well and truly “done” in Brum, but there are so many wonderful pizza joints, each bringing something different. Peacer is putting itself firmly on the pizza map and with good reason. This slice shop takes inspiration from across the pond and serves 20” pizzas by the slice, New York style. Not only that, but all of their pizzas are vegetarian – no meat or fish in sight (as they believe their tasty pizzas simply don’t need it – and we whole-heartedly agree). Convenient for both grab-and-go lunches or a casual sit-down meal, this is a wonderful spot for a slice (or three) of the good stuff.

Location: 4 Woodbridge Road, B13 8EJ

IB Deal: Any 2 slices + any side + a drink for just £9.95

Henman & Cooper

This bar is housed in an architectural masterpiece designed by William Henman & Thomas Cooper (whom the bar is named after) in 1902-4 (originally built for the Scottish Union and National Insurance Co.). The interior is a combination of old fashioned luxury, sympathetic to the style and history of the stunning building, and pops of modern, vibrant, fun twists. With a cocktail menu featuring a selection of both sharp and sweet serves, there’s something for every palate, and a menu of lunchtime favourites and small plates to keep the hunger at bay. The best part – the amazing city centre rooftop to be enjoyed as soon as the sun makes an appearance.

Location: 110 Colmore Row, B3 3AG

The Quarterworkshop

This gorgeous workshop space is hidden away in the depths of the Jewellery Quarter, and has been quietly building a reputation for their wonderful jewellery making experiences. The beautiful studio hosts regular group workshops, where you can use traditional hand tools and jewellery-making techniques to create your own special piece of jewellery. One of their most popular experiences is the ‘Make Your Own Wedding Ring’ workshop – where the couple can hand-craft each other’s wedding rings, creating something truly unique and meaningful, alongside lasting memories of a day spent together. You’ll have a truly memorable experience, whichever workshop you choose.

Location: The Coffin Works, 13-15 Fleet Street, B3 1JP

IB Deal: £5.50 off the ‘Make a Ring in an Evening’ workshop (using the code: INDEPENDENTBHAM) And FREE engraving of initials/date when booking a ‘Make Your Own Wedding Ring’ workshop

Dark Bull Vintage

Vintage stores are seeing somewhat of a resurgence in popularity at the moment, as the business of ‘pre-loved’ fashion is really taking off. But second hand doesn’t have to mean rooting through rails of tatty old clothes that smell like an old people’s home. There are some true bargains and hidden gems to be found, from designer to high street pieces, at a fraction of the cost, giving a perfectly good item a second chance at life. Good for your bank balance and for the planet. Dark Bull is a wonderful little vintage shop – a treasure trove of pre-loved clothes, just waiting for you to dive in and discover your next vintage piece. Plus you can have the satisfaction when someone says “I love that, where’s it from?”, replying “Oh, this? It’s vintage”.

Location: 90 Digbeth, B5 6DY

Saint Kitchen

Saint Kitchen has been a long-time favourite coffee and brunch spot for many Brummies. Found on the beautiful St. Paul’s Square, in the Jewellery Quarter, this little coffee shop has been serving tasty breakfast, lunch and coffee for a number of years. Now under new ownership, they’ve re-opened with a new look and a brand new menu – but with the same friendly service and quality offering. The new Saint Kitchen is still serving breakfast, brunch and lunch, and the new menu is packed with delicious options: from homemade granola to shakshuka, and pulled pork flatbread to salt cod fritters. This JQ hotspot just got better – go check them out now and find your new favourite dish.

Location: Unit 2, 61a St Paul’s Square, B3 1QS

IB Deal: A doughnut for just £1.50 when you purchase any hot drink (anytime – subject to availability) OR 10% off food on the lunchtime menu (Monday – Friday)

BMAG Gift Shop

This place is a veritable treasure trove of goodies. Like an Aladdin’s cave of trinkets and treasures, you’ll always discover something new in this fantastic gift shop. Let’s be honest, the best bit about any day out (especially when you were a kid) is heading to the gift shop at the end of the day to hunt out your souvenir to take away with you and add to your collection. Well, let us tell you that this place is full of mementos and keepsakes for kids and grown-ups alike. From jewellery and books, to stationery and Birmingham memorabilia, you’ll find all sorts in this shop of wonders.

Location: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH

Anderson’s Bar & Grill

Photo: Jake’s Food Bible

If you love a good steak, then you may have already been to Anderson’s Bar & Grill. If you’re yet to dine there, then we suggest you rectify that ASAP. Priding themselves on offering native, unique and rare breed beef, this award-winning steakhouse really knows what they’re doing. Situated just off the picturesque St. Paul’s Square, this is a wonderful place for a date night, a celebration, or just a casual dinner. For something special, choose a steak from their ‘Market Menu’ which features a limited run of various beef breeds that have been reared locally.

Location: 30 Mary Ann Street, B3 1RL

Couch

Strichley has a brand new watering hole and it’s one for the cocktail connoisseurs out there. Couch is your friendly, neighbourhood cocktail bar, available for all of your cocktail-sipping, bartender-chatting, friendly-face-seeing needs. Their debut menu is inspired by great songs, and in utterly game changing news they have Negroni ON DRAUGHT! Get yourself down to Couch as soon as physically possible (right now?) to sip on classy cocktails, in a comfy space, served by lovely people. It’s sure to be your new favourite bar.

Location: 1466 Pershore Road, B30 2NT

Mini Mini Kids

Whether you’re looking for something for your own kids, or you want to pick out a beautiful gift for a friend’s child, Mini Mini is a fantastic little shop to visit. This kids concept store is all about showcasing trend-led designer products for children. They carefully choose the items and brands they stock, and all of their products come from ethically and environmentally-responsible brands, so you can have peace of mind as you shop. With a mindfully-curated selection of clothing, toys, books and lifestyle products, you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking out a special something. Call in at their Harborne store and say hi.

Location: 45 High Street, B17 9NT

Birdie’s Bar & BBQ

Sometimes in life you just need to escape to a tropical paradise. Feel the sun beating down on your face and hear the waves lapping the shore as you sip on a tropical cocktail on a secluded island. Well, we can’t promise you the sun and the sea, but we can promise you a tropical oasis in the middle of Birmingham’s urban jungle. Birdie’s Bar is a tropical themed bar, where the funky and fruity drinks are flowing (or beer, if that’s more your thing) and there’s fun to be had. They serve street food to keep your hunger at bay too, so you can dance into the night. Go check them out and enjoy this tropical paradise for yourself.

Location: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, B9 4AA

Miss Macaroon

Miss Macaroon is a magnificent patisserie selling (unsurprisingly) macarons. Gluten-free, handmade, premium French macarons, to be precise. They use art and science to create the perfect macaron and are the only patisserie in the world to Pantone match their macarons exactly to colour schemes for weddings and corporate events. But Miss Macaroon is so much more than just a macaron shop. This is also a social enterprise business, investing 100% of their profits into providing young people (particularly care leavers, as well as ex-offenders and the homeless) with the skills and confidence they need to get back into employment. So every time you buy a treat for yourself from their shop, you’re helping to support the amazing work they do through their training schemes. Win, win.

Location: 8 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU

IB Deal: 10% off the bill when you spend £16 or more.

Opheem

Birmingham’s newest Michelin star is shining brightly in the wonderful culinary scene we enjoy in the city. This exciting restaurant is pushing the boundaries of fine dining and progressive Indian cooking – using Indian flavours with classic and modern techniques to create outstanding dishes. If you’re yet to book a table here, we highly recommend it. A treat for all the senses, this restaurant is chef Aktar Islam’s love letter to food, cooking and his heritage, and each course will delight you in ways you’ve yet to experience.

Location: 48 Summer Row, B3 1JJ

Hedge

This fantastic independent shop is found in the iconic Great Western Arcade, nestled among a collection of other fabulous independent businesses. Founded by brother and sister, Luke (an illustrator) and Rachel (a florist), Hedge is a wonderful concept store stocking a range of products from hard to find brands and local retailers. On sale are a range of lifestyle products, homeware, gifts, plants and books, and the shop is like a magical cave of wonders, with beautiful objects to be found with every turn of the head. A marvellous shop to delve into and browse the stunning pieces on offer, if you’re yet to venture inside, we encourage you to do so right now.

Location: 13 Great Western Arcade, B3 5HU

Kilder

Lesser-known sister venue to the marvellous, and highly popular, Original Patty Men, Kilder is a wonderful venue in its own right. Tucked away under the railway arches of Moor Street Station, this bar is all about craft beer, natural wine and cider – and it’s everything you’ve ever hoped and dreamed of, and more. To accompany your chosen beverage, they have a menu filled with tasty bar snacks and epic grilled cheese sandwiches. If you’re yet to pay them a visit, what are you waiting for?! Drop everything you’re doing right now and go fill your belly with awesome drinks and gooey grilled cheese. You can thank us later.

Location: 5 Shaws Passage, B5 5JG

Chouchoute Chocolaterie

Taking its name from the French word for pampered – this chocolate shop is all about luxury. Owner Pierre trained in both Paris and London and turned his life-long passion for gastronomy into a gourmet taste experience. The artisan chocolates are handcrafted and finished using superior quality cocoa beans and the finest ingredients to create the intense flavours you find in their exquisite chocolates. They also sell a range of other French delicacies and confections in their boutique in The Great Western Arcade. If you want to put a smile on someone’s face, or if you fancy an indulgent treat for yourself, head to Chouchoute to pick up some gorgeous artisan chocolates.

Location: 40 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU

Arch 13

Nestled beneath the railway arches of Livery Street is a welcoming wine bar where you can sip on a beautiful glass of wine as you relax and let the day’s troubles wash away into insignificance. Arch 13 stock a superb selection of red, white, rose and sparkling wines to be enjoyed by the glass or the bottle. Conveniently located next to the alternative entrance to Snow Hill station, for when you miss the train and have to wait for the next one (with just enough time to sneak in a quick glass of wine). The crowning glory here though (and definitely our favourite aspect of this delightful wine bar), is their meat and cheese boards. The perfect accompaniment to your chosen glass of wine, their meat and cheese selection is to die for. Quick, to Arch 13!

Location: 220 Livery Street, B3 1EU

IB Deal: 10% off food

The Electric Cinema

Photo: Joe Flynn Photo

Not quite such a “hidden” gem, but a gem nonetheless, and completely worth reminding everyone that this place exists. The Electric Cinema is the oldest working cinema in the UK and if that’s not reason enough to visit then, quite frankly, we don’t know what is! Well, how about the fact that this wonderfully quaint, nationally-renowned, independent cinema showcases the very best in quality mainstream, independent, foreign and classic films, as well as National Theatre Live productions. If that’s not enough, the classical vintage-theatre vibe exudes that cinematic elegance of old, AND you can choose to take a seat on a cosy sofa, instead of a classic cinema seat if you wish.

Location: 47-49 Station Street, B5 4DY

IB Deal: Concessionary rate tickets (saving £3 or more per ticket) for any screenings/events that offer concessionary rates (Sunday – Thursday)

Shepherds

A great haircut can make all the difference to your confidence, and it can be difficult sometimes to find somewhere you trust. Well, look no further because Shepherds is a barbershop that cares. They believe that every man has the right to a great haircut and that every man should feel confident and comfortable with their appearance. The team at Shepherds have a wealth of experience and knowledge to make sure each and every client leaves with a smart new haircut and a smile on their face. You can even buy their own brand of grooming products too. So if you’re looking for a new place to get your barnet sorted – give Shepherds a go.

Location: Piccadilly Arcade, New Street, B2 4HD

IB Deal: 10% off all services and 5% off products

The Workshop Below

This wonderfully stylish lighting store specialises in creating and stocking some of the most beautiful and inventive bespoke lamps and lighting to be found in Birmingham. With a focus on urban and industrial styles, there are loads of lighting options available to pick from. From fun fairground letters to jam jar lamps, perfect for gracing your bedside table or giving your hallway that added essence of chic elegance, there’s a lighting option to suit every home and room. Next time you’re on the hunt for that certain something to take your décor to the next level, check them out.

Location: 100 Bristol Street, B5 7AH

IB Deal: 10% off purchases

Minima

There’s homeware and then there’s homeware. Minima are all about the latter. Beautiful. Contemporary. Minimal. Minima are passionate about well-conceived, well-made and enduring design, stocking an engaging and visually stunning array of homeware in their showroom, found just a short hop away from the iconic St. Paul’s Square. Only stocking brands that fit with their ethos and have mastered the art of form, function, and value for money – these are pieces that are design-led, not trend-led, and will be treasures you hold onto forever. If you’re looking for high quality pieces (and gifts) to add to your home, head to their showroom and store to browse the gorgeous furniture, accessories and more on offer.

Location: 58 George Street, B3 1QA

IB Deal: 10% off all purchases

Plant and Pulse

This little hidden gem bills itself as a sustainable eating establishment – meaning they use seasonal, sustainably grown ingredients to create delicious plant-based food that is good for you and good for the planet. Providing busy Brummies with a healthy, vegan lunch option that is both high in flavour and high in nutritional value – this is your mid-week lunch dilemma sorted. Choose from the Falafel Box, Street Food Box and Gut Health Box – each one packed with delicious salads, pickles, grains and greens. Promoting a sustainable lifestyle, they offer discounts to customers who bring their own re-usable container. Delicious, fresh, healthy food at its best.

Location: Unit 9, The Minories, B4 6AG

IB Deal: Any box and a cake for just £7

Tilt

Coffee + Beer + Pinball = a whole load of awesome. Tilt is a wonderful hidden gem of a coffee shop and craft beer bar, hidden away in City Arcade. Not only do they serve up some of the very best coffee in the city (they only use the top 5% of coffee produced in the world, and choose guest roasters from all over the world to showcase some of the very best seasonal coffees), but they also serve some incredible craft beers too. With cakes provided by the brilliant BAKE, and pinball machines to play on, you can easily while away a few hours here and then cry “Oh gosh, is that the time?” as you rush off to carry on with the rest of your day.

Location: 2 City Arcade, B2 4TX

IB Deal: 15% off coffee, tea and cakes

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

PHOTO: JAY MASON-BURNS (IG: @JAYJAYJJETPLANE)

You might be forgiven for thinking that if you want to see some incredible, endangered animals, you’d have to travel out of the city. We’re here to tell you otherwise. Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is a hidden gem, right on our doorsteps, and is home to a unique collection of animals from all over the world. Find red pandas, lemurs, meerkats, reptiles, otters, birds, wallabies, monkeys and more at this wonderful little zoo. Perfect for a day out with the little ones, or a great place to discover some fascinating species for adults too – some of the animals that live there are endangered in the wild and the park plays an important role in protecting these species into the future.

Location: Pershore Road, B5 7RL

Sarehole Mill

Sarehole Mill is a wonderful hidden gem with a fascinating history, and a wonderful place for a day out. There has been a mill on the site since 1542, but the current building dates from the mid-18th Century. The mill has a few well-known connections, perhaps the most famous of which is the author JRR Tolkien. He lived across the road from the mill and later in life stated how the mill and the rural surroundings had inspired his writings of Middle Earth. It’s well worth a trip to learn more about the history of the mill, and (of course) there’s a tea room where you can grab a coffee and a cake – the highlight of many days out. Re-opening in February 2020 after some restoration work, pay them a visit to find out more.

Location: Cole Bank Road, B13 0BD

Cafephilia

One of Birmingham’s best loved coffee shops, you’ve probably come across Cafephilia before. This independent, contemporary coffee bar can be found in the heart of Moseley. They’re all about serving premium quality coffee, bespoke cakes, breakfast, and freshly made panini, salads and sandwiches. With plenty of milk options to create your favourite coffee and lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free food options – they cater to all diets and tastes here. Pop in next time you’re in Moseley and enjoy this quirky café for yourself.

Location: 138 Alcester Road, B13 8EE

IB Deal: 10% off the bill

The Steam Room

The leafy suburb of Harborne is home to this wonderful coffee shop. They use beans from Hasbean, a coffee roaster from not too far away in Stafford, to create their superb coffees. You’ll find a range of delicious cakes and bakes to keep your coffee company, as well as some tasty breakfast and brunch dishes. They like to mix up the coffee available on espresso, filter and decaf, so there’s always something different to try.

Location: 181 Knightlow Road, B17 8PY

Black Lab

Black Lab is a welcoming coffee shop by day and a vibrant bar by night. With a relaxed and comfortable feel, you can sip your coffee in this cosy lounge bar, found on the High Street in Kings Heath. Enjoy a range of hot drinks, including aromatic coffee, with a selection of healthy nibbles or a slice of delicious cake to go with your chosen drink. This neighbourhood lounge is the perfect place to spend a while just sipping on coffee and taking stock of the world.

Location: 100 High Street, B14 7JZ

Ort Gallery

An artist-led exhibition space in Balsall Heath, Ort Gallery aims to facilitate dialogue in the community through art – exploring the role an international programme of contemporary art can play in community strengthening. The gallery exhibits ambitious and daring new artwork in an old factory space, ensuring every exhibition has a strong impact on the local area and its residents. Ort Gallery works with socially-engaged, internationally-acclaimed artists (Ellie Harrison, Leah Gordon, Juneau Projects, Paul O’Kane, and Pil and Galia Kollectiv – to name but a few) in order to ensure that the artwork is not just shown but lived through their audiences. This is done in a variety of ways such as workshops, poetry events, walks, talks and by the audiences becoming part of the projects.

Location: 496 Moseley Road, B12 9AH

Birmingham Back to Backs

The Birmingham Back To Backs are an accredited museum, managed by The National Trust and offering a window into the past. Back to back housing used to be commonplace in the city, until almost all were demolished in the 1960s. Court 15, Inge Street is one of the last surviving Back to Backs in Britain and now serves as home to a collection of period furniture and domestic items from the 1840s – 1970s from the lives of some of the residents. Go and explore this collection of artefacts and experience a slice of history.

Location: 55-63 Hurst Street/50-54 Inge Street, B5 4TE

The Pen Museum

Yes, this really is a museum all about pens. But stick with us because we ink (sorry) you’ll find it quite fascinating. They say the pen is mightier than the sword, so why not explore this museum dedicated to the humble writing implement. Based in a former pen factory in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, this museum celebrates the Birmingham pen trade from the 19th Century and the craftsmen and women whose expertise placed our city at the centre of a worldwide trade. Browse the collections displaying nibs from all of the local manufacturers, have a go at some of the processes involved in creating steel pen nibs, and learn more about the tough lives of the female pen workers.

Location: The Argent Centre, Unit 3, 60 Frederick Street, B1 3HS

MinMin Noodle Bar

Photo: Sharon Wilson (IG:@sharonno1wilson)

MinMin Noodle Bar is most definitely a hidden gem. Having previously closed their city centre-based restaurant, they have moved and re-opened a short hop north of the city – but their loyal band of devotees are more than happy to make the foodie pilgrimage to taste their delicious dishes. As the name might suggest, a big focus for this restaurant is noodles. With Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai influences, their food takes your taste buds on a journey, discovering and experiencing something new each time you visit. It’s a short journey out of the city, but a journey that is well worth making. Go and discover them for yourself.

Location: Unit 9, Nechells Park Road, B7 5NT

Lucky Duck

This laid-back, Jewellery Quarter-based restaurant is all about the comfort food. Serving steaming bowls of comforting Asian-style broth, with their homemade noodles, as well as delicious bao buns, this is a restaurant that has become a firm favourite for many. If you haven’t paid them a visit so far, it’s high time that you do. Visit them for a tasty lunch, or a heart-warming dinner, and enjoy delicious noodle dishes from their cosy restaurant. We’re sure that once you’ve been, you’ll be going back again and again.

Location: 21 Caroline Street, B3 1UE

And that’s it for Part 4 folks! If you’d like to cross even more hidden gems off your list, then click HERE to read our glorious guide to 40 hidden gems in Birmingham you NEED to discover (Part 1), HERE to read Part 2, and HERE to read Part 3.

Then get out there and rediscover your city, one hidden gem at a time!

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