Birmingham. More like BirminGLAM! I will admit I’m not an OG Midlands gal - I’m actually a southerner - but Birmingham has taken my heart and is now where I call home. This city is ace - not so big that it loses its sense of community, but not so small that living here means missing out on anything. Bellissimo! What I love about Birmingham is its sense of raw underground-ness; nothing feels spoilt by too much commercialism. The cool, intimate places pretty much stay that way, and new things and events pop up everywhere. Whilst the rest of the UK mocks both the people and the accent, we’re here doing bits and making the city a place for Midlanders to be proud of! So here are my fave hot places in Brum - I hope you love them, too! Lots of love, Lacey X
1. Cocoa By Ali
I’m kick-starting these gems with a magical belter. This is a must for anybody with a sweet tooth and a taste for fantasy. Situated in The Mailbox, this little café is the brainchild of Great British Bake Off’s Ali Imdad. From the décor to the food & drink, everything is embellished and, well, magical. Imagine, Instagram-galore décor, unicorn lattes and over-the-top cakes. Instagram @cocoabyali
2. Winterbourne Gardens
It’s no exaggeration to say that I find this place breathtaking. I couldn’t believe that somewhere so beautiful and relaxing was situated so close to me! During the warmer months, this seven-acre oasis is blooming with over 6,000 different plants to enjoy on your stroll. There are floral arches, bridges, streams and a cute outdoor café on the terrace of the manor house. Tranquil and stunning. Instagram @winterbournehg
3. Digbeth Dining Club
No ‘Birmingham gems’ list would be complete without DDC. The place speaks for itself, offering high-quality and tasty-as-shit food and drink. Each month the space hosts different vendors selling their personal take on a range of culinary delights. Founded in 2012, DDC is a multi-award-winning event which has put Birmingham on the map for street food. Alongside its food & drink offer, the venue hosts DJ sets and boasts various areas to explore. My favourite vendors are Only Jerkin’ and Buddha Belly. Yum! Instagram @digbethdiningclub
4. Ghetto Golf
Ghetto Golf is the most fun I’ve had in ages and is so well made! Every time I go here, I end up bollocked drunk, munching on the most tasty loaded fries I’ve ever had and laughing so much. The whole space is decked out with awesome routes and fab artwork. There’s even a bus in there to play golf through - a West Midlands one, of course! This place gets busy, so booking in advance is essential and is absolutely worth it! Lots of picture ops here. Instagram @ghettogolfbham
5. The Old Crown
The modern and the traditional meet in sweet harmony at The Old Crown. Located in the heart of Digbeth, the pub is Birmingham’s oldest secular building and has been in existence since 1368. So many different types of event take place here, from food fairs to outdoor parties. It really is a hive of activity... and one of my favourite pubs in which to have one cider too many! Instagram @oldcrownbham
I usually go to a coffee-shop chain, as I’m a bit of a coffee wanker, but decided to give this place a try. I’m so glad that I did because this is the best coffee shop I’ve ever been to! The Turkish coffee is my fave - a small, rich, espresso-style coffee that comes complete with a cup of water to cleanse the palate and a small cube of Turkish delight, all displayed on a beautiful silver set. The food is also to-die-for; I love the salads and a pick-and-mix of baklavas! For what you get, the price is amazing. Definitely recommended!
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