Tim's 36 Hours in Birmingham - On a Shoestring

Birmingham is an amazing city and so much of what you can do can be done for minimal cost. Every activity chosen here is done with budget in mind. Tim 36 Hours collage

Friday night ….

For early evening food, I love going for Vietnamese meal at Cafe Soya II. Give it a whirl! Any of their deep fried squid dishes are awesome!

The Electric Cinema - take in a movie at the UK's Oldest Working Cinema. If you feel indulgent reserve one of their sofas and text in your snack orders.

Head out left towards John Bright St. A two minute walk will take you to a great choice of bars either The Victoria, Brewdog or The Island Bar.

Saturday morning…

Go for an early Saturday morning stroll along the canal. Start your walk from the Mailbox, walking along Gas Street, pass under Broad Street, and the ICC and turn right before the LG Arena, down pass The Flapper, underneath Summer Row, under Newhall Street and get out at Livery Street.

Turn left and you have one minutes-walk to Brewsmiths, a homely and lovely coffee shop in the Jewellery Quarter where you can get a tea/americano with an amazing bacon sandwich for £3.40 - the locals call it the 4B! Their breakfasts are legendary. Check ‘em out!

Depending on what weekend it is … get on the bus and go to one of our Farmers Markets and/or visit one of the neighbourhoods. We have some amazing farmers markets showcasing some of our finest independent merchants - Moseley, Kings Heath, Kings Norton. 

Get to explore the leafy and attractive burbs, eat some great nosh and take home supplies!

The adventurous amongst you can get on the number 11 bus and do a full circuit of the burbs of Brum … but as we only have 36 hours let's continue. Get a 45, 47, 50 etc back into the city centre.


Go window shopping in the Great Western Arcade and then go for coffee and cake at any of the indie coffee establishments. Relax with a paper or a book and throw back an hour at one of Birmingham's most important scenes.


Eat at Bodega for some cool Mexican nosh.

Sunday morning...


Head into the Jewellery Quarter for brunch at Urban Coffee JQ.

Take a walk up around the beautiful Jewellery Quarter take in its many wonderful buildings. Or better still, if you want to hear about Birmingham's glorious histories, take in a tour from Midlands Discovery Tours (check their website for availability).


Go for lunch at The Lord Clifden, available at weekends.

Travel trips.

Travelling to/from the city centre. Get a one-day bus pass for under £4. Travelling after 6.30pm. You can travel by train anywhere in the West Midlands region for £2.20 return providing you return that evening.

By Tim 'walking coffee bean' Wilson

Creative Action Man, Head Boffin at IndieLove, Drummer and Coffee Drinker. Follow at @timmy666