If your summer holiday already feels like a distant memory, why not treat your special someone to a weekend away? Autumn is the perfect time to explore a new city and immerse yourself in its history, culture and thriving food scene. We’re kicking off our new ‘weekend escapes’ series with some foodie tips for a trip to Belfast.
Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital city is the perfect choice for a long weekend away. There’s so much to see and do, from Titanic Belfast and the Ulster Museum to the Cathedral Quarter with its buzzy bar scene. Northern Ireland produces incredible beef, seafood, cheese and whiskey (to name but a few) so food lovers are in for a treat. You can sample local produce at St George’s Market, pick up gourmet gifts in Sawers deli, or take the excellent Belfast Food Tour.
Where to eat: You can dine in style at the critically acclaimed OX and Deanes Eipic, try internationally-inspired dishes at Souls, or enjoy a seafood supper at Mourne Seafood Bar. Local favourites like The Barking Dog, Home, and the Ginger Bistro are all good options if you’re looking for laid-back vibes and menus that champion seasonal ingredients. For lunch or a low-key dinner, try Coppi – an atmospheric restaurant on Saint Anne’s Square where you can graze on cicheti, pizzette and other Italian classics.
Don’t miss: Don’t leave town without trying the famous Ulster Fry – a traditional Northern Irish breakfast that adds potato bread, soda bread, and black and white pudding to the classic fry-up. Try it for yourself at Brights, George’s on the Market, or at Café Conor opposite the Ulster Museum.
Where to drink: If you can tear yourself away from the Merchant Hotel’s award-winning cocktail bar, we can recommend The John Hewitt (a top spot for live music), the historic Crown Liquor Saloon, and The Spaniard (a quirky hangout for rum lovers). Fans of dimly lit drinking dens and great cocktails will enjoy Rita’s and Love & Death Inc, while The Dirty Onion and The Filthy Quarter attract a younger, more raucous crowd.
Stay tuned for our next city guide – 48 hours in York. Let us know where you would like to go for a foodie city break in the comments.