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Food and drink in Belfast: things to know before you go

All your burning questions about Belfast’s ever-growing foodie scene answered in one place.

What are the coolest restaurants in Belfast?

We get it. You’re in Belfast, you want to see the sights and you want to experience something genuinely different – and that extends to where to eat. If you’re looking for the coolest restaurants in Belfast, check out some of these:

  • AM:PM Bohemian Restaurant is definitely one of the quirkiest and hip restaurants in Belfast, with its fusion cuisine, funky décor and unique atmosphere. Want cooler still? Try its Sunday Cabaret Supper Club.
  • Holahan’s at the Barge is one of the most famous restaurants in Belfast, serving classic Irish food from a barge floating serenely on the edge of the city’s River Lagan.
  • Made in Belfast cuts a hip and trendy vibe, enhanced by its lush cocktail menu. The interior design of its two restaurants in the city is certainly on the arty side – so it’s a worthy inclusion in this list from The Culture Trip.

Where are the best restaurants in Belfast?

This is a city bursting with top restaurants. Here, you can really go to town and indulge. We’ve attempted to suggest just a handful of the best restaurants in Belfast – in reality, it’s probably a very long list:

  • Hoose Bistro is a highly rated restaurant serving mainly British and Irish-inspired cuisine such as lamb shank braised in red wine, pork belly cooked twice and North Atlantic salmon. There are decent vegetarian options, too.
  • Ambience, in Lisburn Road cooks up pan-fried sea bass, chargrilled steak and salt and chilli chicken, among its mouthwatering choices.
  • Molly’s Yard is tucked away in converted stables, in Queen’s University Quarter. Specialising in modern Irish food, it also houses the only microbrewery in the city.

If you want to discover more of the prime eateries in the city, read Time Out’s selection of the city’s 13 best restaurants – a really useful Belfast food and drink guide with some wonderful surprises included.

Where are the best places for coffee in Belfast?

The residents of Belfast love their coffee and the café culture is booming – so much so that the Belfast Telegraph revealed the number of coffee shops in the city increased by a third in just two years. Where’s the best place to go for a quick espresso or a laid-back latte?

  • Solo Kitchen & Bar is a great spot for a late and leisurely afternoon tea, with ample cakes to fill your boots with.
  • Established Coffee is located in the trendy Cathedral Quarter and is a real magnet for coffee enthusiasts.
  • Town Square is a pretty cool spot, situated in Botanic Avenue. Try their award-winning Aeropress brew.
  • The Pocket is the place to go to mix and mingle with Belfast’s student crowd – it’s close to Queen’s University.

Where are the best places to go for food and drinks in Belfast?

Belfast isn’t the biggest capital city, so it’s easy to get around. If you’re on the hunt for the best foodie hotspots, explore these parts of the city:

  • Belfast Cathedral Quarter buzzes with atmosphere, a lively nightlife and top-class bars and fine restaurants. You’ll find some great bars here perfect for bonding with colleagues at after work food and drinks.
  • Victoria Square is in the heart of the city. It’s a large shopping complex which houses many of the restaurants you’ll find featured in ample Belfast food and drink reviews.
  • Queen’s University and the surrounding area is the location for some of the best restaurants in Belfast, including Molly’s Yard and Holohan’s Pantry.