Shopping in Belfast - Top Picks
Belfast offers some fantastic shopping, whatever it is you're after. Here are just some of the city's unique shopping highlights.
St. George's Market | East Bridge Street
Enjoy the best food, tastes and smells at one of Belfast's oldest attractions. Housed in a charming Victorian building, St. George's is renowned for its fresh, local produce and great atmosphere. You can also pick up continental and speciality foods, clothes, antiques and handmade crafts. Accolades include being voted one of the top 10 markets in the UK (Guardian Travel, 2010). Open Friday to Sunday.
The Fashion Souk | Spires Shopping Mall, Fisherwick Place
This boutique style market offers a myriad of pre-loved luxury labels, vintage, retro and high-street treasures as well as locally designed and handmade jewellery, accessories and high-fashion pieces. Next 2013 date: Saturday 7 December.
Co Couture | Chichester Street
This award-winning artisan producer of luxury chocolates is a real Belfast treat. The chocolates and bars are made in small batches using only the finest raw ingredients to ensure a truly memorable taste sensation.
Avoca | Arthur Street
Located in the heart of the city, the store brings the famous Irish retailer's eclectic product range to Belfast, with favourites such as Anthology and Origin designer women's wear collections, as well as homewares, children's, gifts and more. There's a Foodhall too, jammed with tempting goodies and a large and very popular Avoca Café to chill out in after the shopping.
Northern Ireland's biggest shopping centre boats a number of firsts for the region, including House of Fraser, Hollister, All Saints, Phase Eight and Hugo Boss, as well as various high street favourites. Also includes numerous eateries and an eight-screen Odeon cinema. Be sure to visit the huge glass dome at the top of the centre for some fantastic views of the city skyline.
Space CRAFT | The Fountain Centre, College Street
This shop, gallery and exhibition space is ideal for purchasing that more unique, locally produced gift. Options include jewellery, prints and homeware and prices range form modest to the more luxurious.
Liberty Blue | Lombard Street
This quirky, award-winning boutique only stocks clothes from independent or local designers and is known for its vintage-inspired designs and jewellery.
No Alibis | Botanic Avenue
Located close to Queen's University, this is Northern Ireland's only specialist crime bookstore, with fiction and non-fiction titles. The store is also stocks American studies books.
The Lisburn Road
Located in the south of the city and known as Belfast's 'Style Mile', the Lisburn Road is a shopping destination in its own right. It is known for its unique, upmarket fashion boutiques, home and interiors shops, jewellery and giftware and trendy coffee shops and delis.
HEAD | Castlecourt Shopping Centre
The largest independent music and film shop in Northern Ireland, with great deals on CD, DVD, BluRay, Vinyl and accessories.
Sawers | The Fountain Centre, College Street
Sawers has been supplying the world’s finest foods since 1897 and is must for all foodies. Its vast stock includes continental cheeses, fresh local seafood, exotic meats, olives and world teas and coffees. Its bespoke, luxury hampers make for a fantastic gift.
For more ideas see Shopping in Northern Ireland.