The coolest places to eat and drink in Birmingham

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From bakeries to basements, we take a look at some of the coolest restaurants and cafes in Birmingham

Edwardian Tea Rooms, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Offering an extensive menu of brunch, lunch and afternoon tea choices, the gorgeously renovated Edwardian Tearooms is tucked away in Birmingham’s historic Museum and Art Gallery. Take a stroll and browse the collections before enjoying a hearty meal, and if you’re visiting on a Sunday, be sure to check out the amazing offer of two roasts for £20.

Medicine Bakery & Gallery, New Street

Situated in the former home of the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists on New Street, the bakery regularly plays host to a variety of creative events, from seasonal markets to exhibitions. Thanks to its calm and peaceful atmosphere every hour of the day, it’s the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life whilst tucking into freshly-baked sweet treats.

40 St Pauls, Cox Street 

Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages, and that’s exactly the case at Jewellery Quarter’s little gem, 40 St Pauls. With awards like the ‘Best Gin Bar’ and ‘Best Gin Menu’ in the UK under its belt, the nationally-recognised bar is a must-visit if you’re a G&T fan.

Tiger Bites Pig, Stephenson Street

Tiger Bites Pig

Serving bao buns that are mixed, kneaded, proved and steamed fresh every morning, Tiger Bites Pig offers some of the fluffiest buns in Birmingham, filled with pork belly, chicken, duck, braised beef or tofu.

Gaijin Sushi, Bristol Street

Photograph: Fabio De Paola for The Observer

With just 10 seats to choose from and a minimalist monochrome decor, Gaijin Sushi is the most intimate restaurant on our list. Offering an array of high-quality, freshly-sourced traditional Japanese dishes, from salmon sashimi to spicy tuna rolls, it’s been described by Jay Rayner at The Guardian as ‘an utter delight’.

The Lost & Found, Bennetts Hill 

With an interior comprised of botanical elements, stunning high ceilings and elegant design, this gorgeous Grade II listed building on Bennetts Hill is the perfect place for a romantic tipple for two or day drinking with friends.

Folium, Caroline Street

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If fine dining is your thing, look no further than Folium on Caroline Street, where you can experience a sensational selection of dishes, depending on the day you visit. With a regularly changing menu, visit multiple times and receive different menu options every time. 

Legna, Summer Row

Relatively new on the Birmingham dining scene, Legna serves up an array of traditional hearty Italian classics. With a contemporary interior and elegant bar, it’s also home to a stone baked pizza oven, meaning your pizza base will be cooked to perfection. 

Opheem, Summer Row

Head to Opheem if you want to enjoy Indian-inspired menus in lavish surroundings. Whether you’re opting for six courses of tasting dishes or a more traditional feast, this is a stylish location to spend a birthday, anniversary or celebration with friends.

Dig Brew Co, River Street

Hidden away on the outskirts of the city centre in Digbeth, this rustic brewery and taproom is the place to be if you’re into trying new beers (accompanied by pizza, of course). Open Thursdays to Saturdays, this weekend hotspot is a stark contrast to city centre bars, offering casual drinking and dining in a chilled environment.

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