The National Grand Cafe

The National, one of Belfast’s most popular venues is a busy restaurant and bar on the edge of the buzzing Cathedral Quarter. Before it opened to the public, we were given a sneak peek tour.20130913-130348.jpg
The interior a fantastic mixture of industrial modern decor with a touch of old school glamour inside a beautiful exterior of a building. With exposed brickwork, flashes of yellow and hints of traditional decor mixed in with modern art and a glass ceiling, the National is an eclectic and quirky venue.

20130913-130520.jpgFrom the team behind the Merchant Hotel, it’s a must go destination right at the entrance to the Cathedral Quarter.

With the biggest beer garden in the city overlooked by the upper rooms of the Merchant and with its own quirky outside bar this outdoor spot (which used to be bin storage) is very popular.

Their patisserie, Mimi, has opened next door where everything is baked on site. The patisserie also provides baking for the National and the Merchant Hotel. Finally a Belfast patisserie… I almost feel like I’m on mainland Europe already! (The Patisserie MIMI has now closed)

Sixty6 on the top floors of the National is now open. Find out more about this cocktail bar, nightclub and roof terrace here.

Check out their website at for all the latest news and info.

T: 028 9031 1130

The National
62-68 High Street


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2 thoughts on “The National Grand Cafe


    (November 3, 2013 - 5:58 pm)

    What’s with all this SHELL SHOCK CHIC thing is it just me that doesn’t get it? Seriously I know you have to be all positive and all but this is the shop fitting equivalent of the emperor’s new clothes
    I stopped off at “The National Grand Cafe” yesterday.. It used to be my old bank so I know the building well apparently it has had a £900,000 make over. Call me old fashioned but if it was me I’d have liked some basics for that money. You know thinks like a ceiling or a floor covering or may be some plaster on the walls/ I usually like contemporary design but. I’ve been in restaurants after they were blown up during the 70’s and 80’s and all this place was missing was the boarded up windows. They had even used the old bank counter as the bar so it was free. Food wise my sandwich was nice if a bit skimpy and I got a good pot of tea my wife’s coffee looked nice but her lemon drizzle cake was presented on a dinner plate? il pirata’s another one its not much better looks like it was furnished out of a junk shop as does The Governor Rocks rocks where but at least their food saves them. and they have went the whole hog with the crap furniture thing. The National Grand Cafe has brand new tables that I swear are exactly the same as The Lite Bites were in the 1970s maybe Formica’s making a come back too and I’m behind the times


    (September 13, 2013 - 9:40 pm)

    Having come back to Belfast after a long time overseas, I couldn’t believe there were no decent patiserrie’s in the city really looking forward to this. The pictures look lovely wishing you much success. The city needs different places like this!! Finally will have somewhere to call into to buy a decent cake or nice bread to bring to friends.

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