1. St Georges Market
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of St George’s Market, then sit back and relax with a coffee and a newspaper against a backdrop of live jazz or flamenco music. There is a fusion of tempting continental and speciality foods from around the world. Included are such delights as wild boar, cured meats, venison, Spanish tapas, Caribbean foods, Mexican and Slavic foods, continental coffees and teas, Italian olive oils with traditional French Crepes and extraordinary French pastries to mention just a few. Added to this plethora of tempting foods the Saturday market also encompasses flower stalls ensuring this Saturday market is a kaleidoscope of colour.
Why not try: Pay a leisurely visit to the market on a Saturday morning and peruse the homemade offerings of the stalls over a soundtrack of live music. A real gem in the heart of the city centre.
2. Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast is a 'must see' visit in any tour of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, it is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction.
Why not try: On the first Friday night of every month Titanic Belfast opens its door late in the evening - with an enhanced gallery experience, tapas dining offering and evening bar complete with live entertainment, this is an evening to remember. Or why not try afternoon tea with a difference, on Sunday afternoons at Titanic Belfast in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic suite featuring the stunning replica Grand Staircase - you can even get your photo taken beside it!
3. The MAC
The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is Belfast’s brand new arts venue. Creating and mixing up music, theatre, dance and art – bringing you the very best of local and international talent under one roof. This world-class venue in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter hosts all kinds of exhibitions, blockbuster performances and experimental works.
Why not try: Catch a show in this state of the art performance venue in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. Grab a bite to eat in The Canteen at the MAC or in one of the many chic eateries of St. Anne's Square and the surrounding area - Coppi, Salt, 4th Wall, The Potted Hen and Made in Belfast are all worth a visit.
4. Merchant Hotel
After a busy day why not relax in the spa, followed by dining in the award winning restaurant The Great Room with a menu that showcases the best local produce. After dinner why not pay a visit to Berts Jazz Bar which is Belfast’s only live jazz venue, featuring the very best local Jazz musicians. After a jam-packed day retire to an overnight in one of the luxurious suites.
Why not try: Immerse yourself in indulgence at the spa and avail of the stunning roof top hot tub with panoramic city views.
5. Dining at Ten Square
Whether you are visiting for morning coffee or a relaxing lunch after a busy morning full of sightseeing and shopping, relax in the colonial setting and enjoy some of the best food in Belfast.
Why not try: Enjoy a refreshing cocktail in the bar before heading over to the Belfast Christmas Market, situated across the road in front of City Hall.
6. Cathedral Quarter
Why not spend a cosy Autumn evening dining in one of the trendy warehouse restaurants while soaking up the fascinating architecture in the ecclesiastical heart of the city.
Why not try: Dine at one of the chic eateries of the area, take in a show at one of the arts and cultural venues like Oh Yeah Centre, The Black Box, The MAC or why not visit the cathedral the area is famous for and named after, St Anne's Cathedral.
7. Lisburn Road – shopping, cafes etc
Shop to your hearts content on the Lisburn Road with its many upmarket fashion Boutiques, Jewellers shops, Arts & Antiques shops. Then relax in one of the many cafes, wine bars or restaurants. The Lisburn Road is often compared to the Kings Road, London.
Why not try: Indulge in a spot of retail therapy on a unique shopping experience before stopping for refeshments in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants such as Chelsea Wine Bar, Ryan's or The Albany.
8. Ulster Museum
Enjoy a stroll around the Ulster Museum while taking in the treasure of past and present. Enjoy the rich collection of art, history and natural science.
Why not try: Visit one of the many exhibitions housed here throughout the year - one of the most intriguing being Takabuti, the Egyptian mummy. Afterwards, go for a stroll in the picturesque surroundings of neighbouring Botanic Gardens.
9. St Anne’s Cathedral
The cathedral was consecrated in 1904, its foundation stone having been laid in 1899. The transepts were added on the 1970s and the ‘Spire of Hope’ as recently as 2007. It has many beautiful stained glass windows, some stunning mosaics, and an interesting labyrinth marked out on the floor at the entrance, leading the visitor from the door towards the sanctuary.
Why not try: Visit the Cathedral, home to Ireland's largest Celtic Cross and also a beautiful funeral pall commemorating those who lost their lives in the sinking of the Titanic. In the run up to Christmas go along to experience one of its many carol concerts.
10. Robinson & Cleaver
Why not try: Take a break from sightseeing or shopping and relax on the lofty terrace which provides the perfect spot for people-watching over a freshly brewed pot of tea or a light lunch.
11. Home Restaurant
Home is open for morning coffee and pastries from 10am daily where you can pull up a stool and watch the hubbub of the city go by or have a relaxed meeting. From 11am the deli area kicks into full swing where freshly prepared soups, salads, sandwiches and home baked treats are available to consume in the deli area or for takeaway. At noon the restaurant opens with a full menu with waiter service. Home is fully licensed and has an extensive and affordable wine and drinks list.
Why not try: Sample some delicious local produce in this lofty New York style warehouse with a glass-fronted façade. Lunch, Pre-theatre and even 'skinny' menus are all available to try as well as coffee and pastries in the morning.
12. Crown Bar
Quench your thirst in one of the best-known landmarks in the city while enjoying the historical surroundings with its Victorian exterior and delightful interior décor.
Why not try: Enjoy a drink in one of the cosy snugs in this National Trust owned bar - look out for the elaborate stained glass and antique bell system.
13. Grand Opera House
Since opening its doors on 23 December 1895, the Grand Opera House has delivered an unrivalled programme of entertainment, playing host to some of the greatest names in theatre and music. Designed by the prolific theatrical architect Frank Matcham, the theatre was a huge success from the outset, hosting a vibrant programme of opera, drama, pantomime, or the latest London comedy or musical. Northern Ireland’s premier theatre boasts a wide array of popular shows and additional facilities and services such as a restaurant, café bar and venue hire for corporate hospitality, functions & events.
Why not try: Take in a show in the opulent setting of the Grand Opera House and have a bite to eat in the neighbouring restaurant, The Baby Grand, with its pre-theatre menu.
14. Lyric Theatre
As the only full-time producing theatre in Northern Ireland, the Lyric makes a unique and vital contribution to the community.
Its mission is to produce high-quality professional theatre that is alive to the complex cultural experience and diverse traditions of the community, and to use the unique power of live theatre to empower, inspire, engage and educate.
Why not try: Take a behind the scenes tour of this famous Belfast theatre (must be pre-booked).
Discover the magic of brewing by visiting Ireland's oldest independent brewery, in the 19th century courtyard of Hilden House, near Lisburn. Enjoy the best of award winning cuisine prepared using the finest local ingredients, with the bar open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday and Evening Meals Tuesday to Saturday.
Hilden Brewery is the former home of Helen Barbour, a daughter of Milne Barbour, married Thomas Andrews who designed the Titanic. They celebrated their wedding at Hilden house.