Seven of the tastiest places to grab a quick lunch in Birmingham

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From stone baked pizzas to bao buns, ditch the meal deal and treat your taste buds to something a little bit more exciting this lunchtime.

Deli Heaven – Jewellery Quarter 

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Tucked away on Caroline Street in the Jewellery Quarter, this small but popular little deli is a lunchtime hotspot for most people who work in the surrounding area. Offering a variety of salads, paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and daily specials, there’s something for everyone on the menu to eat in or takeaway, but we’d advise getting down there early as this place fills up pretty quickly. 

Kanteen – Digbeth

With a specially-curated menu made by highly-trained chefs, Kanteen is a lunch hotspot like no other. If you fancy a healthy midday pick-me-up, here you can expect a selection of delicious hot boxes, hearty sandwiches and nutritional salads, making it easier than ever to eat healthier throughout the day. All dishes are prepared fresh every day, and Kanteen regularly hosts pop-ups so keep your eyes peeled for exciting collabs.

Cafe Soya – The Arcadian

For fast and fresh food, look no further than Cafe Soya, a hidden gem in The Arcadian, offering some of the very best Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, from Sizzling Pan Fried Tofu and Diced Vegetables to Chilli Pepper Pork Soup Noodles and Steam Pancake Rolls. A particularly good dining option if you’re vegetarian or vegan, these dishes don’t compromise on taste and all dietary requirements will be catered to with care.

Tiger Bites Pig – Stephenson Street

By definition, ‘‘bao’ is a Chinese steamed bread roll with a filling of meat or vegetables’, and this is exactly what you’ll find at Tiger Bites Pig (as well as tasty rice bowls and bottled beer). All the buns are mixed, kneaded, proved and steamed fresh every morning, to ensure they’re as fluffy as possible, and then filled with pork belly, chicken, duck, braised beef or tofu. 

Tom’s Kitchen Deli – Mailbox Birmingham

When walking through Level 1 of Mailbox in the Urban Room, you’ll find Tom’s Kitchen Deli which provides a laidback dining area with options that span from freshly-made soups to hotpots and homemade sweet treats. The menu changes daily, so it just depends on when you visit as to what’s on offer, and there’s also an option to create your own meal deal with a sandwich, drink and snack. 

Ngopi – Dale End

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As the only Indonesian coffee shop in Birmingham, this small rustic cafe has a selection of tasty light bites for you to enjoy. There are 10 authentic Indonesian dishes to choose from, including Bakwan Bakso Malang (hot soup with meatballs), Roti Bakar (sweet grilled bread) and Martabak (stuffed savoury pancake), so if you’re looking for an alternative to your usual lunch spot and want to try something a little bit more exotic, this is well worth a visit – and all dishes are £5 and under! 

Otto Annexe – Jewellery Quarter

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We recently featured Otto Pizza in our roundup of The Best Independent Pizza Restaurants in Birmingham, but the little brother to this restaurant, Otto Annexe, is also one of our favourite places to dine, especially when enjoying a lunchtime pizza. Here you can choose from a variety of freshly-baked pizzas (which are made to order) and other homemade treats.

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