Vegan Guide to Birmingham, England

Birmingham is the second city in England located in the West Midlands. Birmingham is known for its various canals, Jewellery Stores and of course Ozzy Osbourne.
Birmingham Canal
Why You Should Go: Birmingham is worth a visit for the good restaurants, pubs, and happening city centre. There is plenty of events and places to see and the locals are approachable. It has all the advantages of a big city but at a more manageable size for those that are overwhelmed by London.

Getting to Birmingham: Birmingham International Airport is only a 6 minute train away, however, it is quite a small airport. Getting to Birmingham Airport can be quite expensive and/or require a stop over. The best airports in London to fly to are Stansted or Heathrow, as they are the easiest to get to Birmingham by train from. There is also East Midlands and Manchester airport near by.

How vegan friendly is it? As large of a city as Birmingham is, it has a long way to come to be as vegan friendly as it should be. That being said, it is definitely manageable for vegans and has a quite a few vegetarian/vegan establishments. It has two vegan stores; Vegan Store (and Tattoo shop) and Natural Healthy Foods. What Birmingham lacks in fully vegan establishments it makes up in having many vegan options available at different non-veg restaurants around the city. 

An Example of Vegan Food Available: 

Vegan GrindhouseIs a 100% vegan food truck that can be found in various locations around the city. Follow their facebook to find out where they are next. If you like American style street food, you will love Vegan Grindhouse. 
Mr. Singhs Pizza: Only the best pizza we have ever had. Mr. Singhs is a vegetarian pizza place offering a wide range of vegan pizzas. 'Vegan Pepperoni, Sausage, Meat Feast, Supreme, etc. As well as burgers, nuggets, and starters.

 Cherry Reds Cafe: It has vegan breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, and wraps, all at reasonable prices. They also have a wide range of vegan drinks, from coffee with soya milk to vegan beer and cider.
Cafe Soya: Is a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant that has a large vegetarian menu, that can mostly be made vegan.

Need more suggestions of where to find delicious food? See Vegan Delights of Birmingham

We go out for meals on a regular basis, as the vegan social scene here is amazing. Check out where we eat:

For more vegan options check out Happy Cow which has a comprehensive list of vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly places to eat.

Sight Seeing: Check out the arts district called the Custard Factory as well as the arcades, the Bull Ring, the market, library, Edgbaston Reservoir, Cannon Hill Park, the Birmingham canals, and Gas Street Basin.

Where to stay: We've never stayed in a hotel in Birmingham but the Radisson Blu or any hotels around that area would be very convenient to see the sights in city centre. It would also be a good location for catching a show or a gig and walking home afterwards since there are quite a few entertainment venues around that area.

Check out Birmingham's city guide for more information on their tourism.

Also see: ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND for more information on living in Birmingham.

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