Guide to independent shopping in Birmingham

Birmingham is renowned for great shopping and it’s no surprise given that the Bullring is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, but our high street is just the tip of the iceberg! 

If you’re looking for something a little bit different and individual, you don’t have to look far to discover all the unique and wonderful independents across our creative city. Here’s a guide to some of our favourites.

Independent Birmingham App

The first place to start when you're on the hunt for independent shops in Brum is the Independent Birmingham App. This is a great free list of local independent retailers, bars, food and more. If you become a member you also get access to exclusive discounts at the places listed. 

Redbrick Market (Digbeth) 

We love Redbrick Market in Digbeth. This massive warehouse is full of individual stalls selling stuff from independent businesses. You can spend a decent chunk of time exploring and discovering what's on offer, from vintage clothes to beauty products, and it's just a short walk from our city centre campus. 

Kings Heath

If you fancy a little day trip, head to King's Heath on the bus. There are heaps of independent shops, cafes and bars here including EnkiThe Heath Bookshop and Harvest Skincare

Bournville and Stirchley

Just a 15 minute train ride from the city centre are Bournville and Stirchley, both easily accessible from Bournville train station. As well as being home to the world-famous Cadbury factory, you can also find some great independent shops to browse. Top of our list is the Clean Kilo, a zero-waste supermarket where you fill your own containers. There's also florist Isherwood & Co and The Hedge

Student life in Birmingham

Birmingham has everything: bars, restaurants, theatre, music, nightlife, street food. We're one of the most cost-effective cities for students in the UK and with five universities there's so much here to see and do. Find out why Birmingham has the UK's largest student population outside London!

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