Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A very vintage day out in Birmingham

There's more to this midlands city than it's infamous bendy ring roads and the bull ring, Birmingham is a vibrant shopping hub with plenty of hidden finds to be unearthed around the cities many nooks and crannies. There's many vintage finds to be found from picturesque hidden shopping centers to vibrant outlets to admire.

Ever since Birmingham underwent a major revamp with the re-birth of the bull ring it's had a fresh jolt of energy and revived it as a shopping center at the hub of the midlands, it's independent shops have become far and wide and there's always something new to discover.

Birmingham's vintage treasures can be found right across the city, so it's difficult to know where to wander to first. A walk towards Digbeth, tucked behind the grand silver spheres of Selfridges, will unearth a vintage village of shops centered around The custard factory, sadly not a giant factory filled with the wonderful yellow stuff but a rather quirky colourful outlet of shops and artists. Home to a vast selection of vintage shops from Urban village specialising in 60's-70's finds, to Mr birds emporium, a vibrant hub of vintage traders and artists, and even Le keux salon where you can pop in for a vintage styled do and make over.

Nearby you'll find plenty of other vintage shops to visit from We are cow to Green eyes boutique, selling vintage designer finds.

A walk back towards the city centre you'll find another independent hub Great western arcade, a picturesque grand arcade which is home to a wonderful variety of independent shops. Nestled amongst a selection of cigar shops, boutique hairdressers and whisky shops, you'll find More than vintage, a vintage shop which donates funds from it's sales to local charities, so you'll feel even more wonderful in your new vintage frock. It's also worth visiting one of the many cafes in the arcade, from artisan bakers at The bread collection, to the quaint Victorian restaurant and Druckers if you prefer a spot of patisserie for lunch.

For more tasty treats you'll find Ed's tucked inside Selfridges food court or if you prefer a spot of cake there's Frost and snow on old snow hill which serves up a delicious selection of cupcakes whilst also helping the local homeless community so you can help make a difference by eating cake, that's got to be a good thing!

Then if you feel like taking on a spot of culture you can always make a visit to the Ikon gallery on Brindley place whilst taking in a picturesque view of the city's canals, and swing by the grandiose new library to view some delightful modern architecture. You certainly won't be short of things to do you may even need to take in a weekend in the city.

Images: Le Keux salon & More than vintage

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