Consider yourself a bit of a foodie? When it comes to awesome food, one of the first places you should check out is St. George’s Market. This gorgeous Victorian market is abuzz with countless stalls selling homemade arts and crafts – but more importantly there’s some serious food to be had. Pick up some artisan jams, coffee or sweet treats to bring back with you, or check out street food stalls selling paellas, crêpes and the ubiquitous Belfast bap, to name but a few. Throw in some live music and you’re on to a winner!
Weekly markets at St. George’s:
- Friday Variety Market
- Saturday City Food & Craft Market
- Sunday Market
Even if you’re visiting Belfast on a budget, there are loads of cheap and mid-range eats to be had around the city, especially if you keep your eyes peeled for deals. And you won’t have to skimp on style either, especially at The National, a proper brunch hotspot (come later in the evening and you can try some of their cocktails as well). Made in Belfast is one of my faves with its quirky-but-cool décor – their 2-course pre-theatre menus will set you back less than £20 a head. Fancy dinner with a view? Holohan’s at the Barge is a floating restaurant on the River Lagan that serves some mean boxty, as does their sister restaurant, Holohan’s Pantry. Vegetarians will love the extensive and downright delicious offerings at Jumon.
Gourmets will have plenty to write home about in Belfast, so be sure to treat yourself while you’re up in the city. The Muddlers Club is truly one of the Belfast’s greatest – the 6-course tasting menu is one of the best dining experiences in the city and well worth the larger price tag (starting at £55 a head). As that extra special touch, ask to have a few wines paired up with your courses as well. If it’s a Michelin star you’re after, you’ll find it at Deans EIPIC, whose lush menu also has an extensive selection of wines and its own champagne bar. And one of my personal faves, AMPM, promises a night to remember with its cosy, Bohemian ambience. Think fairy lights, candles and plenty of snug corners to enjoy some cosy moments together.