The best independent shops in Birmingham

Whether you’re looking for arty jewellery, artisan whisky or a cult graphic novel, you’ll find it in one of Birmingham’s independent stores


Nostalgia Comics

This enormous comic book emporium has been a bona fide Brum institution for 40 years. For diehard geeks and novice nerds alike, the range of comics on offer is staggering.

Hard to Find Whisky

With a dizzying selection of the finest firewaters from around the world, this Jewellery Quarter store is one of the largest whisky specialists in the UK.


Anderson & Hill

With over 40 different types of British and European cheese on offer at any one time, this quaint fine foods shop and deli is nestled among the many other brilliant independents in the spectacular old Great Western Arcade. Head there for wine, charcuterie, olives or an entire hamper.

Jam Jar Lights

Light up your home with something from this oneof-a-kind
lighting store, stocking unique bespoke lamps that are lovingly crafted in the basement downstairs. The quirky lamps made from Kilner jars that give the place its name, plus other unusual pendant and ceiling lights, can all be customised
and made to order.



This wonderfully eclectic independent gift and homeware store is tucked away in one of the city’s most beautiful arcades. From silver jewellery and hand-crafted sculptures, to artworks, cushions and prints, it’s the perfect place to find the perfect present.

Roy Hancocks Watch & Clock Shop

A family business for over 60 years, this watchmakers epitomises the community of craftsmanship of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. One-off designs of watch, clocks and pocket watches are made on the premises to exacting standards.


Sara Preisler Gallery

There’s no shortage of world class jewellers in Birmingham’s famed Jewellery Quarter, but this beautiful gallery-store in the arty Custard Factory is well worth strolling across town for. Alongside contemporary jewellery, there’s ceramics, textiles, glasswork and more from over 70 leading UK designers, including award winning designer and owner Sara Preisler.

Vincent Van Doodle

If you’re looking for unique artworks or home decor that won’t break the bank, this cool city-centre independent should have you, and your walls, covered. The constantly changing range of classy pop-culture prints, gifts and kitchenware is all made by the husband and wife team who run the store.

Art in Birmingham

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The best art galleries in Birmingham
The best art galleries in Birmingham

Whether you’re making a beeline for big old beasts like the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, or seeking more niche spots like Grand Union, you can be assured that your artistic sensibilities will be well rewarded in the city. And don't forget that our museums have some beautiful pieces, too. 

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