Where to Eat & Drink in Belfast
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
I spent this last weekend celebrating my dear friend Steph's 30th birthday. We took a girls trip to Belfast and pretty much ate and drank our way around the city!
We found some absolute gems for you to try. From lavish cocktail bars to Parisian afternoon teas, we've got you covered.
When we landed in Belfast, our first stop for a quick refuel was this little coffee shop. With donuts so good you'd trade part of your soul for one it's hard to choose just one!
Antique décor and incredible sandwiches. Nestled in the heart of Belfast this is a great place to lunch with friends. Pop a bottle of bubbly and catch up with your besties.
My friends and I love tapas, so when someone recommended a tapas and cocktail restaurant to us we were keen to try. The tapas menu is endless, order up a feast to share and keep the conversation and cocktails flowing.
Cafe on the Square
Wake up with a heavy head and need a hearty breakfast? I've got just the place for a great Irish Breakfast. Cafe on the Square hasn't been open long but they know what they're doing when it comes to an all day brunch.
An afternoon tea of dreams. Opposite Belfast's stunning City Hall is Cafe Parisien. On a sunny day you can enjoy the sunshine on the terrace, but don't worry if the weather isn't on your side as the inside is just as beautiful.
If you quote #YourBelfast when you book you'll each get a free glass of Blanquette de Limoux with your afternoon tea!
If you eat one meal in Belfast make it this one. Yugo is the most incredible Asian fusion restaurant serving up insane dishes and cocktails. I highly recommend the crispy pork dumplings, chef's choice sushi and hoisin duck bao buns. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
You can't book a brunch table at French Village, and there's a reason why. If you're not there when they open their doors you'll be queuing around the block. Hands down the best breakfast I've ever had. They offer up French toast thicker than a doorstop and scrambled eggs lighter than air. It's also a full bakery and patisserie, so pick yourself up some macaroons to take home too.
In the historic Linen Quarter you'll find Rita's. Decorated in homage to the 1940s 'it girl' and serving up cocktails that'll keep you coming back for more, this was our favourite spot of Belfast's nightlife. With live music and a cosy atmosphere it's the perfect place to spend the evening.
No trip to Belfast would be complete without a drop in the The Crown Liquor Saloon for a beverage. Call ahead to reserve a booth and press the antique bell for drinks service! Owned by the National Trust, it's a national treasure.
Belfast has some serious foodie game to offer up to visitors, so put on some loose pants and pick up your forks!