BIMM Cities

The best eats in Birmingham

15th March 2018


When you first arrive in a new city it can be daunting. Not knowing where you are, where to go or even where to eat! But what’s even more daunting is trying to find somewhere to eat when you’re a student on a tight budget. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite cheap places to eat in Brum, so that your bank account thanks you later.

Digbeth Dining Club

Fans of street food should look no further than Digbeth Dining Club! Just around the corner from our campus at Spotlight, DDC hosts some of the best street food traders from the Midlands and it’s much cheaper than sitting down in a restaurant. Get yourselves an Independent Birmingham card and save 50p off all dishes too!


Those looking for affordable vegan food should look no further than Fressh. Situated in City Arcade, Fressh’s menu offers anything from breakfasts and hotpots to salads and sandwiches.

The Ruin

Without a doubt the nearest place to campus is The Ruin, conveniently located next door. This quirky pub cites influence from the ruin bars of Budapest and its eastern European menu certainly gives credence to this; tuck in to a hearty Hungarian goulash for as little as £5.

Grand Central Kitchen

Perfect for when you’re in a hurry, Grand Central Kitchen is a great value deli situated just opposite New Street Station. Here you can pick up a jacket potato, sandwich, wrap or baguette and get change from a fiver.


For when that budget is realllllly tight, you should look no further than Eat4Less. With baguettes as little as £1 and jacket potatoes for not much more, the value is practically irresistible.


For something a little different, 4023 is a mediterranean eatery situated near New Street Station. Specialising in Greek cuisine such as keftedes and souvlaki, this cosy cafe-style restaurant fills you up for just a few quid.

Cafe Soya

For the vegetarians amongst us, Cafe Soya is just a short walk from Digbeth and is one of the most highly rated veggie restaurants in the city. This welcoming Cantonese and Vietnamese eatery in the Arcadian offers three course set menus for as little as £14.95 – you can’t go wrong.



Richard Franks

Richard Franks - Editor of Counteract Magazine. Counteract Magazine is an online magazine dedicated to local music for Birmingham and the West Midlands.