Breakfast at Ballymote House in Downpatrick, County Down.

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, in Northern Ireland, we’ve perfected the art of a hearty breakfast – whether it’s an Ulster Fry or a hot bowl of porridge.

With so many delicious cafés and restaurants, deciding where to have breakfast is just not that easy. So, to help, here’s a taster of some of the top spots for breakfast in Northern Ireland.

The Grand Café, Grand Central Hotel, Belfast

Vibrant and contemporary, located on the ground floor of the Grand Central Hotel, in Belfast is a dazzling space. Perfect for the casual meeting to catch-ups over coffee and long, lazy Brunches. The Grand Café is an everyday place with an easy-going elegance. It will catch your eye as you walk by but when you step inside you’ll want to stay.

Choose from a range of divine options including, Poached Eggs & Smashed Avocado on sourdough or Brioche French Toast with cinnamon cream and blueberry compote!

This will set you up for a day of exploring around Belfast.  Why not try one of our tours - a Black Taxi Tour, a bus tour or a walking tour.

The French Rooms, County Antrim

In the heart of the village of Bushmills you will find The French Rooms, a beautiful and homely restaurant serving up a delicious breakfast menu featuring freshly made scones, hearty porridge and, of course, traditional cooked breakfasts.

After breakfast, take a tour of the four star Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working distillery, and sample the famous whiskey for yourself.


Quails at the Gallery Café, County Down

You can find Quails at the Gallery in the four star FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge. This bright restaurant overlooks the stunning sculpture garden and breakfasts are lovingly prepared using Quails’ fine foods.

Spend some time marvelling at the works of FE McWilliam or exploring one of the visiting exhibitions. The craft shop also offers unique gifts and ceramics by Mount Ida Pottery.


The Jolly Sandwich Bar, County Fermanagh

The award-winning Jolly Sandwich Bar in Enniskillen, run by Hazel Johnston, serves up the best in hospitality and service. With an extensive breakfast menu offering homemade delights made with local ingredients and a very warm welcome, you might just have to come back again for lunch.

The town of Enniskillen is full of history and home to some beautiful stately homes. Take a tour at Castle Coole or a walk in the grounds of Crom Estate during your visit.


An Creagan Restaurant, County Tyrone

In bright and airy surroundings, with large windows overlooking the pond, breakfast at An Creagan is a relaxing experience. Dishes are prepared using local produce and herbs and vegetables from the gardens.

After breakfast, hire a bicycle and pedal your way around some of An Creagan’s cycle trails or head off to explore the spectacular Sperrin Mountains.


Deanes Deli Vin Café, Belfast

Situated in the bustling heart of Belfast, Deane’s Deli Vin Café, is perfect for enjoying a leisurely breakfast before heading off to explore the city. One of the best ways to see around the city is with four star Belfast City Sightseeing. A full tour takes 90 minutes or alternatively you can hop-on/ hop-off at attractions like Titanic Belfast along the way

Lost & Found Brewbar, County Londonderry

Coffee lovers will adore this place. The Lost and Found Brewbar and Café in Coleraine is a beautifully modern space with great morning coffees and super breakfast dishes. Look out for artisan breads, seasonal ingredients and the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.

After fuelling up for the day, take a trip to the Walled City of Derry, where walking tours such as five star Martin McCrossan City Tours offer a great chance to soak up the history and culture the city has to offer.