Video: Our whistletop guide to Birmingham's top foodie districts and the best places to dine out

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Birmingham is a city rich with culinary heritage. It's the home of the Balti and the mighty pork scratching. But much of its native food lies outside of the city centre. Nowadays the heart of the region sees a wide range of restaurants boasting cuisine from across the world.

Brindleyplace sign in BirminghamBrindleyplace sign in Birmingham
Brindleyplace sign in Birmingham

Starting with Brindleyplace in the city's Westside district, this little haven just off Broad Street is home to around 20 restaurants. It includes the likes of popular high street chains such as Slug & Lettuce, Wagamama, All Bar One and Turtle Bay as well as a few more upmarket experiences.

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It's also home to Rudy's, a new and upcoming pizzeria that has been spreading rapidly over recent years. Brindleyplace is a great option for those wanting to line their stomachs before a night out on the town in Broad Street but with all its bars offers a great night out on its own.

Chung Ying in the Chinese Quarter, BirminghamChung Ying in the Chinese Quarter, Birmingham
Chung Ying in the Chinese Quarter, Birmingham

Another great option is of course the Chinese Quarter. There are over 40 restaurants in the area with cuisines spanning all across the Asian continent. A few of the many worth mentioning would be the hidden gem Peach Garden, all you can eat Ming Moon, and Chung Ying who won the award for best dumplings in 2022.

The Chinese Quarter is a bustling area of the city that has huge celebrations every year for the Lunar New Year. It's also home to the Hippodrome and adjacent to the Gay Village, meaning it's a great option for those looking for a decent meal before a great show or night out.

And without question the area surrounding Cathedral Square such as Temple Row and Colmore Row offers some extraordinary culinary gems. Offering some class and distinction, it's home to some of the finest restaurants the city has to offer both old and new.

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Temple Row in Birmingham
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To give mention to a couple of these newcomers - the Orelle Bar which offers what is arguably the most mesmerising views of Birmingham that any public venue has to offer, as well as exquisite food.

Another more recent newcomer is of course Six By Nicos offering a creative dining experience that changes every six weeks. It also has well entrenched establishments such as Adams, Purnells, Opus and The Ivy. It's just a stone's throw away from the High Street offering a sense of luxury and sophistication as well as some gorgeous food.

Scrumptious Stacks at Herbert’s Yard in BirminghamScrumptious Stacks at Herbert’s Yard in Birmingham
Scrumptious Stacks at Herbert’s Yard in Birmingham

This guide is for the heart of the city centre but it would be a sin not to mention a few places that put Birmingham on the culinary map. Herbert's Yard in Longbridge needs to be mentioned, owned by Digbeth Dining Club who are legends in the street food scene.

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Birmingham balti being cooked

The Balti Triangle also holds significance beyond many other places when it comes to Birmingham's culinary heritage - home of the famous Birmingham Balti south of Birmingham along the Ladypool Road. When it comes to food, the United Kingdom's second city truly proves itself to be second to none.

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