The best markets in Birmingham cater to many kinds of shoppers, whether you’re looking for certified-local produce or alternate fashion. Some markets are home to hundreds of stalls selling goods ranging from fabrics to jewelry while others host a select few independent retailers in quaint village squares.

    If you’re looking for quality products at bargain prices, we highly recommend visiting some of Birmingham’s markets, including the famous and the quirky options. So, which are the best markets in the city? Here’s a selection of our favorites.

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    Bullring Rag Market

    A wide selection of fabrics, fashion and everyday goods

    At the Bullring Rag Market, you can browse fabrics and fashion items on sale at around 350 stalls. You can also buy vintage and retro clothes as well as gifts, haberdashery and household goods. If you just want to soak up the atmosphere, you’ll find plenty of seating neighborhoods and stalls selling street food.

    The Bullring Rag Market operates 4 days a week, with Thursday usually being the quietest day. If visiting on a Saturday, you can avoid the queues by arriving around 9 am, when the market opens. The easiest way to reach the market is by taking a train to Birmingham Moor Street Station.

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    Location: 50 Edgbaston St, Birmingham B5 4RB, UK

    Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 303 0208

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    Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham

    The largest German market in the UK

    The Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham is an annual event that attracts around 5 million visitors per year. Here, you can purchase gifts, traditional festive snacks, and German goods and trinkets. You can also take part in games and activities as well as watch concerts and attend events.

    The market usually runs from mid-November through December. Expect to jostle with crowds whenever you visit, but the festive atmosphere makes the trip well worth it. You can reach the market by taking a short walk from New Street train station.

    Location: Centenary Square, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2ND, UK

    Open: Mid-November–December from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 663 1090

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    Bullring Open Market

    A traditional city market for produce and home goods

    The Bullring Open Market is one of Birmingham’s oldest markets, having been in operation in some form or another for around 850 years. Here, you can browse a vast selection of fresh fruit and produce at around 130 stalls. As all isles are covered, this is an ideal market to visit regardless of the weather.

    The Bullring Open Market is open 5 days a week, with Saturday being the busiest day. For a more peaceful stroll around the market, we recommend visiting on Wednesday. If you’re looking for bargain fashion items, you can find fabrics and clothing at the adjacent Bullring Rag Market.

    Location: 5BB, Edgbaston St, Birmingham, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)121 464 8349

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    Moseley Farmers’ Market

    Genuinely local beers, wines and street food

    On the last Saturday of every month, around 60 farmers sell certified-local fruit, pies, cheese and vegetables at the Moseley Farmers’ Market. You can also sip a pint of a locally brewed beer and grab a bite to eat in the food hall. As it's just across the road at the Moseley Arts Market, you can also check out artworks and crafts produced by local talented creatives.

    The Moseley Farmers’ Market is held in the center of Moseley Village, where you’ll find plenty of quaint pubs, restaurants and cafés. It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for special events that highlight the local culture, too.

    Location: Alcester Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HS, UK

    Open: Last Saturday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 449 3156

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    Hoggs Lane Automobile Boot Sale

    A large market for buying and selling second-hand goods

    The Hoggs Lane Automobile Boot Sale in Northfield has space for around 300 vehicles. Here, you can buy and sell second-hand homeware, collectibles, clothing, fashion accessories, toys and antiques. There’s also plenty of food on offer and even fair rides for the kids.

    You should check the weather forecast before heading to the Hoggs Lane Automobile Boot Sale. Rainy conditions may result in the closure of the market. Sellers are advised to arrive at the venue before 6 am. If you just want to shop, it’s best to arrive early, before the bargains are snapped up.

    Location: 2 Frankley Lodge Rd, Birmingham B31 5PU, UK

    Open: Saturday from 6 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)7932 997713

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    Bull Ring Indoor Market

    Birmingham’s premier seafood market

    The Bull Ring Indoor Market stocks one of the UK’s most extensive selections of fresh fish and seafood. You can also purchase exotic fruit and vegetables as well as meat and poultry. Some stalls offer services such as jewelry repair and tattooing, too.

    The Bull Ring Indoor Market is open every day except Sunday from 9 am to 5.30 am. Visit before 11 am on Monday or Tuesday to avoid the crowds. If you’re looking for clothing and household goods, you’ll find plenty on offer at the adjacent Bullring Rag Market. The nearest train station is Birmingham New Street.

    Location: Birmingham B5 4RQ, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Sunday)

    Phone: +44 (0)121 622 0200

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    The Clean Kilo Bournville

    An award-winning zero-waste grocery store

    The Clean Kilo Bournville is one of the UK’s largest zero-waste grocery stores, where you can browse goods including fresh local produce, desserts, cereals, spices and herbs, and a wide range of general groceries. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own containers for unpackaged items, though free biodegradable paper bags are available.

    The Clean Kilo Bournville is open every day besides Monday. The quietest day to visit is usually Sunday, when operating hours are limited. If you want to shop at this grocery store during the week, we recommend visiting after lunch on Wednesday.

    Location: 249 Mary Vale Rd, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1PN, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Wednesday from 9 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 6.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)121 448 8440

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    Kings Heath farmers market

    Locally produced cheese, produce and artisan delights

    Kings Heath farmers market is well-known for its vegan, gluten-free and eco-friendly products, though you’ll find everything from fruits and cakes to cheese and fresh street food while browsing around 20 stalls. While small in size, it’s one of the best places to soak up the local culture and buy goods produced by local farmers.

    This market usually runs on the first Saturday of the month, though keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events. After the market closes at 2 pm, you can explore a diverse range of local and chain stores on the adjacent High Street.

    Location: Kings Heath News, 2 High St, King's Heath, Birmingham B14 7PU, UK

    Open: Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 444 4344

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    The Oasis fashion store

    An indoor market for alternate and Gothic fashion

    The Oasis fashion store is widely considered to be a staple of Birmingham’s alternate scene. At this indoor market, you’ll find alternate clothing stores, piercing and tattooing studios, accessory stalls and a record shop. You can also buy games, quirky household items and custom T-shirts from independent retailers.

    This mecca of alternate fashion and culture is located inside The Square Shopping Center, near the city centre of Birmingham. For a peaceful stroll through the market, visit on Monday or Tuesday. Be prepared to jostle with crowds of shoppers on Saturdays.

    Location: 114 Corporation St, Birmingham B4 6SX, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Digbeth Dining Club

    Street food traders, live music and bars

    The Digbeth Dining Club is one of Birmingham’s premier street food events, held at around 12 venues throughout the city. Most venues host multiple independent restaurants and large food halls that can accommodate hundreds of visitors. You can also kick back with a local beer while watching live performances.

    Because opening dates and locations are subject to change, it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for event updates and news. One of the most famous Digbeth Dining Club venues is located on Lower Trinity Street and usually operates over the weekend.

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    Joshua Saunders | Contributing Writer

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