24 hours of food in Belfast
Visiting any city for a 24 hour trip can raise the issue of where on earth to eat and Belfast is no different.
I recently spent 24 hours in my own City and took the opportunity to visit some of my favourite places to eat for breakfast, dinner and a few snacks in between.
Staying in the Premier Inn on Alfred Street with a very cheap deal (£36 for the room), I was less than five minutes’ walk from Belfast City centre and all my planned places to eat. It’s a great value hotel in a quiet street close to Central Station, St George’s Market and the City Hall.
Dinner at Deanes Deli Vin Café on Bedford Street
The Deanes restaurants scattered around the City all serve delicious food; their Eipic restaurant recently won its first Michelin star. Vin Café is our favourite because its atmosphere is unrivalled in the City. It’s a small space of around 30 seats which serves as a café during the day and transforms into a twinkly lit, candle adorned, cool music venue at night as darkness descends. Every Friday and Saturday night you’ll hear live music performed at the rear of the café while you relax with a pre theatre menu, tapas small plates or the full evening meal menu from their restaurant next door. Vin Café is always near the top of our list if we want a relaxing space to chill out, have a few drinks and a relaxing meal.
Open from 8am – 10pm Monday – Friday
Saturday 9am – 10pm
Breakfast – Harlem Café on Bedford Street
A few doors up from Deanes, we enjoyed breakfast the following morning in Harlem Café. The owner, Faye, claims to have the best breakfast fry in the City, but I didn’t even try it and opted for my own favourite, French toast.
Harlem is right beside the Ulster Hall and is a sumptuous grand café with an eclectic mix of décor reminiscent of a café from a bygone era with quirky twist. The food is always delicious with good sized portions. A great venue for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it’s popular.
Opening times vary
Coffee and Chocolate treats.
A big breakfast in Harlem and you really don’t need a lunch, so coffee and chocolate treats throughout the day are required.
I have a favourite outdoor coffee spot which pops up every weekday in Blackstaff Square. Every morning the owner of Café Continental arrives in the Square in his gorgeous 1976 Citroen HGY van ready to serve his early morning customers on their way to work. The owner Paul Vickery is on first name terms with a lot of them, that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s also a big supporter of the homeless community and has a registered suspended coffee scheme. We love!
After a walk round the City, we finish our 24 hours with an extra special chocolate treat in our favourite of favourites, Co Couture. Deirdre owns the best little chocolate shop in the universe. Call in and enjoy the best handmade chocolates in Deirdre’s award winning chocolate paradise.
Of course the selection of places to eat in the city is quite substantial these days. And with more opening all the time, you are definitely spoilt for choice!