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Top 10 shopping experiences in Birmingham

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From designer malls to hand-crafted jewels, vintage markets to Indian spice stores, you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for on one of these top 10 Birmingham shopping experiences.

Retail heaven at the Bullring

Step inside the shimmering glass-covered Bullring and you can explore over 160 stores and 25 restaurants. Splash out on designer buys like Kurt Geiger, get the latest surf trends in Billabong and mix it up with high-street favourites like H&M at this huge shopping complex. Don’t miss the formidable five-tonne bronze bull sculpture at the entrance.

Bullring, Birmingham, B5 4BU

Gastronomy in Selfridges

In Birmingham’s Bullring shopping mall is the sleek, four-floor Selfridges department store, studded with aluminium discs. Although packed with designer fashions and interiors, you can enjoy a more gastronomic shopping experience in its food hall. There’s a huge selection of fine meats, cheese and wines, as well as being home to a Krispy Kreme doughnut store and the Ekachai Noodle Bar.

Bullring, Birmingham, B5 4BU

Designer buys at the Mailbox

Splurge on contemporary art in The ArtLounge gallery, luxury interiors in the Aga Shop or designer fashions in Hugo Boss at the canalside Mailbox mall in central Birmingham. After a spot of window-shopping, lunch on classic British cuisine in Pennyblacks or Japanese teppanyaki at Shoguns.

Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1XL

Sunday Flea at the Custard Factory

From vinyl records to second-hand clothes and 20th-century antiques, the atmospheric Sunday Flea market is a veritable treasure trove for vintage shoppers. Located in the Custard Factory arts and crafts complex in regenerated Digbeth, the market kicks off at 11 a.m. every Sunday, so arrive early for the bargains.

Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA

Asian shopping in the Balti Triangle

Exotic spices, colourful sari fabrics and Indian snacks are among the shopping treats offered in Birmingham’s Balti Triangle. It’s located between the neighbourhoods of Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, and Moseley and is also a great place to pick up colourful jewellery and shoes.

Bargains at the Bullring Markets

Over 140 stalls sell everything from cheap clothes to funky jewellery at the outdoor Bull Ring market. Browse the stalls and banter with sellers at this bustling spot and wander into the Indoor Market for meat, fruit and vegetables.

Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, B5 4RB

Boutique shopping Victorian-style

Re-visit Birmingham’s majestic Victorian heritage at the elegant Great Western Arcade, which dates back to 1876. Admire fine art at Temple Gallery, treat yourself to artisan chocolate at Chouchoute Chocolaterie and splash out on high fashion at Ku.

Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3

Glittering gems in the Jewellery Quarter

Over 400 jewellery businesses still operate in the 250-year-old Jewellery Quarter, south of central Birmingham. Still making 40% of UK jewellery, it’s the place to design your own ring or browse for hand-crafted jewels. To bid for jewels, antiques and clocks, visit Fellow Auctioneers on Augusta Street.

Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6LE

Alternative wares at the Rag Market

Don’t miss the chance to browse the 350 stalls at Birmingham’s Rag Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Snap up vintage 1950s shirts, bridal fabrics, unusual hats and even retro toys at this eclectic Birmingham shopping spot.

Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, B5 4RB

Victoria Square’s Christmas market

From mid- November to mid-December, Birmingham city centre hosts the largest German Christmas market outside Germany or Austria. Buy ceramics, glasswork and festive decorations before sampling traditional fare like mulled wine (gluwein) and grilled sausages.

Victoria Square and Upper New Street, Birmingham