Belfast is one of the spots to visit in 2018 if you haven’t! If you follow me you know I spend half my week in Belfast and the other half around the Dublin area. This is because I have my boyfriend and friends in Belfast and my uni life and friends in Kildare, which is coming to a close as I’m wrapping up my last semester. I lived in Belfast full time over the summer and loved it. It is very different to Dublin and considerably smaller. It’s lovably quirky and very easy to navigate.
There’s always something fun going on. Here are some spots to check out that I love and have tried/visited. I don’t have photos of everywhere but where I do, I’ve included them below.
My favorite food places (I’m picky): I’ve tried lots but these were the stand outs.
- Ginger Bistro – Good for a nice meal and ambiance.
- Fratelli – chocolate mousse is INSANELY GOOD. A small portion is just enough.
- Avoca Cafe – I have tried the other Avoca cafes around and in Dublin but this one in Belfast is also really lovely.
My favorite bars (casual to fancy):
- Five Points – Always has live Irish music. Really fun for singing along. Whenever I’m there I don’t even mind standing.
- Parlour Bar – Very student-esque. Casual AND cheap. They have pub quizzes every Thursday.
- Filthy McNasty’s – Fun quirky bar for a night out. There are several differently decorated sections and each of them always have a good buzz. My favorite one is the outside part picture below at night.
- Town Sq. – really yummy cocktails. Love their moscow mule.
- The National and Sixty6 – Fancier part upstairs if you want to leave the casual scene, but it will cost you a fiver.
- The Perch – I went here first for my 21st with friends. It is expensive but very, very nice. The espresso martini is great. It has a rooftop view but I didn’t see it that night haha.
- Babel – Another rooftop bar! View is so great and looks over Victoria Square. Dying to try the food there. Sorry I don’t have any pictures of it!My favorite takeaways: One for almost every variety/takeaway mood.
- Abacus Chinese
- Love Pizza
- Boojum Burritos
- Chip Co.
Touristy things worth seeing:
- City Hall – right in town center, beautiful inside and out.
- Victoria Square – LOVE the design of this place. It’s an outside shopping that transitions into a dome covered shopping center. Casual shopping to high end. There’s something for everyone. If you don’t fancy shopping, there’s cafes and food as well. It is currently celebrating it’s 10th birthday! Read more here.
- Tours on the history. I have done multiple tours of Belfast for a class I took on Northern Irish society. The city is rich in history and if you like politics it may be of interest to you. Also check out the very striking Stormont building, the home to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
- Titanic Quarter – Titanic museum is there! Read more about tickets for it on their website here.
Places on my to-try list right now:
- YoSushi – conveyor belt sushi. I’m going to give sushi another chance.
- Cuban Sandwich Factory
Seasonal Things to Do:
- Continental Christmas Market – different meats from around the world to try, Bailey’s hot cocoa with various flavors, some really cool creative stalls with jewelry, art, and delicious food.
- Christmas shopping in Victoria Square – caroling, and all around Christmassy vibes.
A little further away…
- ON A GOOD CLEAR DAY: About an hour down the road in Antrim you can find the Giant’s Causeway which is a gorgeous area with an interesting geological rock formation that draws in a lot of tourism. There’s also a rope bridge and several trails for walks.
Are you in the city looking for something else to do?
- Check out a film at Queen’s Film Theatre. Discount with student card but anyone can go. A more intimate movie theater experience!
- Crazy Tuesdays at Movie House on Dublin Road. 3.50 tickets all day for any movie.
- Go for a walk in the town or grab a coffee at a nice cafe. There’s some great coffee places and I’ll do a separate post on this.
There are some ideas! Have you been to any of these places?