Birmingham City Guide

Independent shops

SWORDFISH RECORDS- 66 Dalton Street, Birmingham City Centre

Open since 1979, Swordfish records is the perfect place for those who have a passion for vinyl’s and CDs.  With many bargains to chose from, whether it being the classic collectibles or with a selection of new and used vinyl’s or CDs you will be sure to make that loved one smile.

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Swordfish store

VICTORIA FAIR- 544 Hobmoor Road, Yardley, Birmingham

This shop is perfect for all those gifting needs. Whether it is for a male or female, there is a large selection of hand-made gifts to choose from. With personal baubles, hand-made cards, photo frames and jewellery, this is the perfect shop to sort out your shopping woes.

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WYSTERIA LANE-High St, Eastside, Birmingham

With the success of their shop in Shrewsbury, Wysteria Lane has recently opened a shop in Birmingham. Perfect for those gifting needs for the ladies in your life there are gifts for those who love to cook, decorate or who love a pamper.

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Wysteria Lane shop window

Store events

Selfridges Christmas event

SELFRIDGES- The Bullring, Upper Mall East, Birmingham B5 4BP

Selfridges&Co is the home of everything Christmassy- from presents, decorations and everything in between, you will be sure to find it at Selfridges Christmas Emporium. Unsure what to get someone for Christmas this year? Then meet the Elfridges. These guys have encyclopedia knowledge of every item in the store and are there to sort your gift finding problems, no matter what gift it is.

Selfridges is also selling selfridge hampers and bespoke gift sets, a perfect gift for those food and craft lovers. All have have been picked out by their food and wine specialists.

No need to stress about wrapping those presents. Let Selfridges gift wrapping professionals take over whilst you relax. With a choice of different finished, Selfridges will wrap and gift, big or small.

HARVEY NICHOLS- The Mailbox, 31/32 Wharfside Street

For those who love a good discount, Harvey Nichols is for you. For one day only across the UK in a store near you, any purchase you make you will be able to select one of Harvey Nichols lucky dip vouchers. You could have the choice of winning a discount voucher of 15 per cent, 20 per cent, 30 per cent or 50 per cent on fashion and accessories. That’s not all; brands throughout the store will be hosting special activities and exclusive offers.

Where to eat: Adam’s restaurant

Adam’s restaurant, 21a bennetts hill, birmingham b2 5qp

Adam’s is a fine dining restaurant with popular stylish food ran by husband and wife Adam and Natasha. In three words Adam describes the restaurant as ‘modern, relaxed, British’ and describes the experience as a ‘culinary experience, a journey of seasonal foods.’ For Christmas Adam says he doesn’t do anything special for Christmas but they do use seasonal ingredients, they just go on ‘good quality produce.’ For more information go to;

Where to drink: Nuvo bar

Eleven Brindleyplace, 2 Brunswick Square, B1 2lp

You will find no other bar like Nuvo. With 35 different combinations of cocktails to choose from you will be sure to find something you like. The cocktails include the traditional Martinis and Mojitos and the less common such as the Pink Diesel and a vodka based cocktail garnished with radishes. Even better, the staff will even make the perfect cocktail for you if you are struggling to find one that you like. For more information go to;

Nuvo bar Birmingham

Where to stay: Cool Apartments

The Rotunda, 150 New St, Birmingham, West Midlands B2 4PA

For a stylish over night stay book into the independently owned- Staying Cool Apartments. Situated in Birmingham’s iconic, cylindrical high-rise building Rotunda, you will literally be feet away from the Bullring shopping centre. With prices starting at £95 per night- these 4*/5* apartments are a must stay. For more information about the apartments then take a look at their website-

Maxi room view

Christmas market

FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKET- Victoria Square/New Street, Birmingham, B2 4BA

Attracting thousands of visitors every year from across the country, this market is well known for its food and drink (especially beer!) Gifts wise, there are plenty of handmade gift stalls which have gifts for all of the family and friends.

The market takes place from the 15th November through till the 22nd December- 10am till 9pm. The market is free for all.

Frankfurt market

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