Shopping and Eating in Belfast

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Posted by Mags

Published November 23, 2018

Looking for some gift inspiration? With variety markets, boutique shops and award winning restaurants, enjoy a festive shopping break in Belfast this December.

Christmas shopping in Belfast

Bright lights at Belfast City Hall

There's a fantastic selection of big brand shops in Belfast and you can enjoy high street favourites in one of the many shopping hubs.

Whatever you're looking for this Christmas, a trip to Victoria Square is a must. Dripping in festive lights and decorations, it's the perfect place for some high-end retail therapy. This shopping village has over 60 stores, including House of Fraser, Apple Store and many designer names including Tommy Hilfiger, Coast and Michael Kors.  Oh and a trip to the dome at the top of the centre should also be on your list. Here you can take in the amazing, panoramic views across Belfast - perfect for Instagram. 

During your shopping spree at Victoria Square stop and refuel at high street favourites including Nando’s, Pizza Hut, Wagamama and Five Guys. 

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With more than 60 high street stores including Debenhams, plan a visit to Castlecourt where you can spend a few hours browsing or even get a professional makeover by the experts.

For trend setters and those looking for something special - a trip to Belfast's Lisburn Road should also be on the agenda. Dating back to the 1800s, the Lisburn Road is known as the ‘Style Mile’ of Belfast.  Independent designer fashion and homeware boutiques are scattered along the road interspersed with coffee shops and restaurants. 

For boutiques specialising in individual styles, Bloomfield Avenue is worth a visit. Spend time browsing for that special item in shops such as Siren, Peels Fashion Store, Harlequin, Annabelle Ladies Fashions and Arabesque shoe shop with its selection of Italian and Spanish shoes and handbags.

For vintage clothing head to the Queen’s University area of South Belfast. Botanic Avenue has the Vibrant Yellow Submarine and Viva Retro in nearby Bradbury Place. After you’ve found that special outfit, indulge in great food at French Village Patisserie or get lost in a whodunit at No Alibis, a specialist crime bookstore.

Belfast city centre also has some vintage and retro shops:Fresh Garbage, Liberty Blue and Octopus Garden.

Christmas at St. George's Market remains a firm favourite with both local and visiting shoppers to Belfast. Open at weekends, Fridays are home to a variety market, while Saturday and Sundays are all about food and craft. There's live music each day, giving the market a unique and festive atmosphere.  

From Belfast baps and fresh fruit and vegetables to fifteens (a local, delicious tray bake) and fresh fish.  Go along and sample on your visit or stock up on local ingredients and create your own culinary masterpiece at home.

The market also hosts its annual Christmas Twilight markets on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th December between 4pm and 11pm.  Take this unique opportunity to visit Belfast's oldest market after hours, speak with local traders and purchase unique, handmade gifts for the ones you love.

Just outside Belfast City Hall, the Belfast Christmas Market has lots of variety with a fine selection of hand-painted pottery, continental food, decorations, and a wide range of festive arts and crafts from across Europe and beyond. 

Back bigger and better than ever the food will not disappoint the taste buds.  Visit the stalls and sample the array of food on offer and even a tipple to go alongside it.  Choices include: Lobster burgers, Hog roast, Garlic potatoes, Bratwurst, Mac and Cheese, Christmas dinner inside a Yorkshire pudding and speciality cheeses.

For those with a  sweet tooth try the Crepes, Dutch pancakes with Nutella, cream or toffee sauce, Bubble Waffles filled with strawberries and cream, Pretzel cones filled with hot apple, toffee sauce and ice cream, Belgian chocolates, or traditional Baklava.

Pay a visit to the Continental Bar or Lavery’s traditional Irish Bar with live music and sample some mulled wine or hot Glühwein

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And for something a little more unique, the Ormeau Road in Belfast has some special craft shops as well as luxury handcrafted food and nostalgic second hand book stores.

The city has an ever-expanding list of places to eat.  From fine-dining, to pub grub and street food. 

City Centre: Ox, Mourne Seafood, Bangkok Thai, Boojum, Home, Chubby Cherub, Deane’s trio of restaurants- Eipic, Deli, Deane’s at Queens, Howard Street, Café Parisien

Cathedral QuarterCoppi, Muddler’s Club, Pizza Punk, 2 Taps, The National Grande, Hadskis, Made in Belfast

Remember - with current exchange rates your Euro goes further, so you can really spoil everyone this Christmas -  including yourself!  So why not stay for the night in one of Belfast's many stylish hotels. 

Try the Bullitt Hotel for somewhere cool and contemporary, or the Titanic Hotel Belfast where you can look out over the award-winning Titanic Belfast from your bedroom.


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