Birmingham’s an absolute shopper’s paradise. The place to revitalize any wardrobe or home. Whether you seek head-turning chic. Or eye-catching value. It’s all waiting in the bold new shopping capital of Europe. From Harvey Nichols or Selfridges. From the welcoming mix of new or revitalized malls. From vibrant markets with ‘must-have’ bargains galore. Or the world-famous Jewelry Quarter where hand-made craftsmanship waits at unbelievable prices. Let’s shop.
Birmingham’s Bullring – it’s a day in itself. Brim full with 160 shops – two of which are floor-after-floor of Selfridges and Debenhams. (That curvaceous Selfridges exterior is worth the trip in itself.) Lose yourself in a world of the Apple store, Mamas & Papas and Karen Millen to name but a few. Then refresh shopped-out limbs in any of 25 restaurants. All before going again. How shoptastic is that?
The Mailbox is pure indulgence. Where famed fashion and lifestyle design clash head on with contemporary art and fine furnishings. Take in Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani. Maybe Jaeger, Bang & Olufsen or Nicky Clarke Salons are high on your list. Then, for lucky ladies who lunch, indulge that other favored pastime. Canalside restaurants or café bars await.
Markets and stalls
It’s not all Malls. Far from it. Giants of the high street nestle alongside smaller boutique and independent stores.. See how £30 million made House of Fraser’s many floors somewhere everyone feels at home. Enjoy our huge Marks and Spencer. Or the famous names and independent gems found the length and breadth of New Street and Corporation Street. But the biggest treat of all waits ’til winter. Our authentic Frankfurt Christmas Market returns – the world’s largest (outside Germany or Austria).
Nestling around New Street station, The Pallasades makes car-free family shopping a positive joy. Bustling and brimming with great value for all ages, whether your thing is Claire’s Accessories, Argos and Jeff Bains.
Right next door to Birmingham’s Bullring, Pavilion Central is aptly named. At the heart of the shopping action, it’s jam-packed with top names. Marks & Spencer, Waterstones, Whittard, La Senza and The Disney Store are just the starter. Of course, break time offers nearly as much choice. Dine and peer down on fellow shoppers from the spacious Food Loft.
The Jewelry Quarter and special occasions go hand in hand. Over 100 specialists, with craftsmen and women in-house, make the wedding and engagement rings that commemorate true love throughout the land.
This unique area still makes 40% of all UK jewelry. So it’s the place for THAT present. But at a price to surprise. It’s part of the appeal of going direct.
With many shops having their own workshops, it’s the ideal place to have something special commissioned – what better way to mark an occasion? Go direct to skilled designers, silversmiths and jewelers who bring handmade bespoke wonders to life. All for less than you’d think. So forget the bland high street. Be inspired. Be exclusive.
You’ll find both traditional and modern. In fact, contemporary cool is everywhere. Cutting-edge designers making art you can wear. Turning jewels and metals into fashion.
While choosing and musing, there are over 30 restaurants and bars to refresh you – many set in the beautiful Georgian Square of St Paul’s. And of course, the Quarter isn’t just about buying. It’s the experience. So there’s a number of museums and galleries (all free admission) to enjoy. Take in a rich history at the Museum of the Jewelry Quarter. Or, as a growing home to the arts, enjoy our galleries – the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) gallery is a good place to start.
Come winter, the magical Christmas Fayre is a feast of carol singing at St Paul’s Church with beautiful jewelery-themed Christmas lights. And great presents are so easy to find.