Eating Out

Birmingham has plenty of markets to pick up cheap food and drink, and the Bull Ring Open Market's 1,000 stalls have been voted the best in the UK. There are farmers markets at locations all over the city, including at the University of Birmingham. For discounted restaurant and bars, the Birmingham Student Card is a must-carry and website Student Beans has many vouchers for money off.

Birmingham is home of the Balti, a Kashmiri dish which may have been created in the area. For decades, the area between Highgate and Moseley has been known as the Balti Triangle for containing some of the oldest - and hottest - Balti restaurants in the UK. Visiting one of more than 50 restaurants in the Balti Triangle was recommended as a must-do by the authors of the Rough Guide to Britain. The Royal Naim restaurant is a favourite among students for its cheap and tasty Balti food.

Other locations, such as the Mailbox shopping centre, Brindley Place and Broad Street are popular student haunts. For cheap English meals, the Studio offers cut-price dishes in an opulent atrium and terrace, while the Old Crown offers old-fashioned food the whole family will enjoy and the Old Joint Stock pub theatre serves up British fare in a Grade Two-listed entertainment centre.

Birmingham's Chinese Quarter offers a large range of restaurants and specialist supermarkets, while one of the main places to order Kosher food remains Gees Kosher Butcher and Deli in Birmingham, which serves Jewish restaurants all over the country. A vegetarian take-away that attracts meat-free fans from miles around is the Jyotis on Stratford Road in Sparkhill, which has 90 veggie dishes on its menu.