Disclaimer: spending money was gifted by Hotels but all views are my own.
I can’t tell you how excited I am for the Gyaru Jubilee event. The Paris meet is still fresh in my mind and I can’t wait for the partying, photos, and para para! In the lead up to the event I decided to put together a post on the gyaru guide to everything Birmingham for those who are planning on staying longer than a weekend (and for those that are, there are plenty of lush hotels in Birmingham for you to stay in). Birmingham rivals London in my eyes for it’s wide range of activities, and it’s only getting better and better.
A few bubble tea cafes have been cropping up in Birmingham, but none can replace Caffe Chino in my heart. It’s quite hidden in Chinatown but does get rather busy as it’s so well-known in the area, so I always try to go there after lunchtime when the crowd has died down. They do delicious bubble waffles there too which have become a fast favourite of mine.
Unit B107, Arcadian Centre, 70 Hurst Street, B5 4TD
Gals love shopping and the Bullring + Grand Central is the best place for it! I always start at Grand Central and then slowly make my way to the Bullring via Link Street, and my spending begins at Debenhams’ beauty section. There’s also a Forever21 there which is a long-time favourite of the UK gals, as well as Claires Accessories and Superdrug. You can spend hours in here walking around, so I suggest taking some comfortable flats with you.
Tokyo Toys – Anime + Manga Store
There aren’t many Japanese shops around in Birmingham so I get my fill at Tokyo Toys where they sell, well, lots of toys! They sell a lot of anime merchandise, collectable items as well as Pocky, and gosh I could spend all day in there trying to decide which plushies to buy. The staff are really friendly there, too!
31 Corporated Street, B2 4LS
Dolce Lounge Desserts
Dolce lounge is located a bit far from the centre (well, about a 10-15 minutes walk) but it’s well worth it. It is a small dessert cafe and the pancakes are absolutely mouth-watering. They have cookie dough and other sundaes there too!
203 Corporation Street, B4 6SE
Ran Kotobuki would be pleased with this place because not only can you play crazy golf, but they have lots of food there, too. Next to Mr Mulligan’s is a bowling alley, Hollywood Bowl, and there’s also an Odeon cinema directly opposite, a Frankie and Benny’s restaurant, as well as a casino… Plenty of places a gal could have fun! All of these places are located at Broadway Plaza, so I would recommend getting an uber if you’re travelling from the centre (it should cost no more than £6 to get there).
The Cube, Lane 7 Level 6, Wharfside Street, B1 1RN
Buffalo + Rye
One of my favourite things about Birmingham is the food, and boy I love Buffalo + Rye. It wasn’t up until recently that I tried their food as I usually just have a drink there but the burgers are amazing! There’s a really friendly atmosphere there but I would definitely recommend booking as it gets really busy, really quickly.
11 Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS
Be At One
What can I say? (Most) gyaru love to party, and Birmingham has so many cocktail bars to offer but Be At One is one of my favourites. It’s in a super convenient area located just opposite New Street Station and the music there is brilliant as they always have some 80s music (and sometimes 90s) playing. They do the occasional ‘new’ song but I do love it when Whitney Houston blasts through the speakers.
Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4BJ
KARAOKE AND CHINESE BUFFETS, Y’ALL! Ming Moon is the best karaoke place I’ve ever been too because not only is it, dare I say it, super instagrammable but you can also have a buffet while you’re doing your thang on karaoke. Oh, and cocktails! A gal meet in Brum feels weird without a karaoke session, and it’s an old favourite of ours (we went there for our previous gyaru meet).
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I hope you have enjoyed this gyaru guide to Birmingham and have discovered all of the amazing things that Brum (as locals call it) has to offer. There were plenty more activities that I wanted to include, so there might be a part 2 coming up in future (because who knows, maybe some new places would open!)
If you have any questions, please let me know.
In the meantime… Have any of you been to Birmingham before? What places would you recommend?