If you’re planning a visit to Birmingham anytime soon, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of sights to see and things to do; a bustling city offering a bit of everything, cultural enthusiasts, night revelers and foodies alike will all be pleasantly surprised at the selection on offer.
Birmingham also provides for the avid shoppers in all of us; with a vast selection of trendy shopping centres peppering the city, you’ll really get to shop till you drop!
Well-renowned as one of the biggest shopping centres in the UK, the Bullring is located in the heart of Birmingham, housing over 160 retail outlets of all sizes and ware, including the massive Selfridges department store which hosts a variety of brands and also features its popular Food Hall, stocked with all kinds of food and drink items for purchase. Additionally, the Bullring also offers a vast selection of eateries for shoppers to take refuge in when they’re all shopped out.
Home to the popular Harvey Nichols department store, the Mailbox is a shopping centre that encompasses style, design and high fashion, making it ideal for those with exquisite taste. Meanwhile, shoppers can also enjoy a drink or dine in one of the various bars or restaurants along the stunning canal.
The Grand Central
Housing over 60 premium outlets, eateries and cafe’s, the Grand Central is aptly named as it lies right above the New Street station. You’ll also find a massive John Lewis department store in here.
The Custard Factory
The iconic Custard Factory is situated within walking distance of the Bullring, right at the centre of the city’s creative quarter. Deriving its name from sharing the same Victorian factory location where the infamous Bird custard was once created, it oozes vintage charm. It houses some 30 independent outlets including hair and beauty parlours, eateries as well as an independent theater. This shopping centre also hosts various weekend events such as fairs and festivals meaning something’s always on at the Custard Factory.
The Great Western Arcade
This homage to the city’s Victorian past stands apart from the hustle and bustle of Birmingham city, exuding an air of subdued prestige. Shoppers will find an eclectic mix of small boutique shops as well as some high street brands too.
Popular for its original hand-painted ceilings, the Piccadilly Arcade is smaller than the bigger centres mentioned above. However, shoppers may still appreciate the select offerings within its walls, including a handful of specialist outlets selling some classy jewellery and hand-crafted gifts.
Other impressive yet smaller shopping centres across Birmingham city include the Burlington Arcade housing the lip-smacking Bacchus Bar, Martineau Place which offers a great range of international cuisine, and the Square, centrally located and packed with popular high street shops as well as regular performances held by local artists.
Whether you’re in town for business or for pleasure, no visit would be complete without a trip to at least one of these swanky Birmingham shopping centres.