#Blogmas2016 - Day 8


So a couple of weeks ago, I went along to Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market for the first time. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the market. I arrived early doors, before the stalls opened, so I had the freedom on the market as I set about. At the time I was looking for some breakfast, but the stalls didn't seem to be serving any breakfast type meals, so I headed into the Bullring to grab something to eat. Once I had a full belly, I went back to the market and started to have a better look at what was on offer.


 
Leaving the Bullring, there were a number of stalls serving a variety of food and drink, with a germanic theme as you'd guess. There were a selection of stalls selling bratwurst, small crepes and plenty of different alcoholic beverages. A bit further along the stalls had more gift type ideas covering most age ranges, from children's toys to reindeer hides. I went to the market with the plan of getting my son a little present for Christmas, so I was keeping an eye open for the stalls selling things that would be suitable for him. It was good to walk amongst the stalls and look at the tin cars, nutcrackers and wooden toys on the stalls, however I soon noticed that the stalls appeared to repeat themselves the further along the road you went. I was suggest that there only about 6 or 7 different types of stalls seeing gifts, and that they were replicated 4 or 5 times. This was a bit of a disappointment. There was a bit of variety when I arrived at Victoria Square, but they weren't selling gifts, only food and drink outlets. Again, bratwurst, beer and gluwien were in abundance, and there were some different foods on offer (garlic bread has stuck in my head).
 
What I didn't realise, possibly down to poor signage, was that there were more stalls in Centenary Square that were selling more craft ware than I'd encountered. Hopefully I'll be able to find time to go back and investigate this market!
 
Overall, I'd say it was worth going to and having a look around. It's worth going for the experience and it's worth going there to grab a bite to eat (except for breakfast) or something to drink, but for gifts there are probably better places to go.

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