My favourite part of Birmingham is Digbeth, which is south of the centre. The quarter is currently undergoing a transformation from an industrial quarter to being ‘in’. But unlike other cities, though, nothing is being forced here; the change is being made slowly, relaxed, and without lots of planning or involvement by the city council. Many of the lovely old factory and warehouse buildings are still there. Some are dilapidated and empty, while others have already been turned into luxury lofts or trendy vintage shops. However, there’s still a very special atmosphere that speaks of adventures and a sense of discovery. On a stroll through the area you will find old, rather ‘rocked out’ pubs, an erotic bookshop, Chinese supermarkets and trendy Indian bars – all in a row. The old brick stone buildings with washed-out signs tell the story of Birmingham’s manufacturing and trade past. Be sure to see Digbeth while this old charm still remains.
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