The best way to get me out to an event is to mix food with shopping, so when I got wind of my favourite coffee shop, Synge & Byrne opening within a new Harvey Norman store, I was first up the red carpet!
This flagship store is located in the former Fultons building in Balmoral Plaza, Boucher Road and is crammed packed with everything you need to make your house a place of beauty. The dynamic state-of-the art showroom is super cool and has an urban, industrial range of sofas, tables, chairs and wardrobes. Furniture aside, there are also concession retailers Colortrend, Matt Britton Flooring, Signature Curtains and Blinds – making it pretty much a one-stop shop for all home furnishing needs.
When you are tired after all your shopping, the lovely surroundings of Synge & Byrne offers the perfect pick-me-up. Beady-eyed G Spotters will know that I have covered Synge & Byrne (Abbey Centre, Derry and Newry) before so I’m delighted it has moved closer into Belfast. If you’re a coffee connoisseur it serves V60 coffee using fancy dancy AeroPress & Chemex. I’m not the target coffee market, but I hear its all the rage with the happenin’ hipsters. I am the food target market however and I can vouch that it’s also pretty amazing!
If you are vegetarian or enjoy gluten free options, you will be in tastebud heaven. Try the yummy sweet potato muffins to stay full for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The beetroot brownies are nicer than they sound and don’t make you feel guilty eating them. And all served in modern, contemporary surroundings with plenty of space to swing your shopping bags.
The store is definitely a feast for the eyes, as well as the tummy so I couldn’t escape without checking out a little something or two.
My top pics were cork stools below – a perfect wedding or house gift as you can have names printed on them, a range of industrial lights which will look amazing in any living or bedroom and pretty much all the cushions! Not sure if it’s too early to mention the ‘C’ word, but the Christmas range is cute, festive and discounted – so if you are anything like me, this means you have to buy twice as much!
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