PLACES TO STAY
Overhauled by Dhillon Hotels, this impressive gothic red brick building has also retained its old fashioned B&B charm with under cover parking.
45 Alcester Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0PJ
Birmingham Central Backpackers
Pleasant former pub made homely hostel with brightly painted walls. They have a cinema room and some bedrooms are equipped with pods.
The Eastside Tavern, 58 Coventry Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 5NH
Staying Cool Apartments
Occupying the top three floors of the iconic Birmingham Rotunda this is the most stylish way to survey Eastside. Swishly designed rooms range from mini to luxurious penthouse apartments.
The Rotunda, 150 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4PA.
PLACES TO EAT
With a passion for authentic Bangladeshi food and the arts, owner, Aftab has drawn his inspiration for Bay Leaf from his life in Birmingham and his Bangladeshi heritage.
Bay Leaf Unit 16/17 The Green House 2 Gibb Street Digbeth B9 4AA
The Big Bulls Head
Proper traditional pub – but not in a newly sanitized way. Rooms are still small, without the walls being knocked through; a very sociable environment and comforting pub grub at reasonable prices.
75 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham, B5 6DY
Based in the Friends Of The Earth building there’s a friendly hippy vibe to this café, serving a range of vegetarian and vegan food that’ll leave you with a wholesome organic feeling.
54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham, B5 5TH
The best Indian restaurant in the area, Manzil’s is comfy informal and serves up a wide range of regional curries and speciality Balti dishes.
112 Digbeth High St, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 6DT