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The Ultimate Belfast Shopping Guide

With two huge shopping hubs, and a busy city centre, brimming with high street stores alongside some of our quirkier offerings, Belfast is a hive of activity for the busy shopper. From fashion and footwear to unique gifts, there’s something for everyone. If you're planning a shopping trip to the city, why not follow our ultimate itinerary? We've even left some gaps to fuel up with yummy treats and cocktails! 

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9am: Fashion First

Put your best foot forward and step out in style with the help of Belfast’s two fashion hotspots. But if fashion just isn’t your thing, there's lots more to be found in these major shopping destinations.

Victoria Square

Victoria Square is the home of designer and luxury brands, with a host of huge names in shopping including House of Fraser, LK Bennett, Urban Outfitters, Michael Kors, Mango, Hollister and Tommy Hilfiger. For gorgeous accessories, head to Lunn's the Jewellers and Goldsmiths, and for the latest gadgets, Belfast's Apple Store - the only one on the island of Ireland - is a must. There’s fashion, beauty, homeware and everything in between in this fabulous shopping centre, and you can even travel up to the dome on the top floor for panoramic views across Belfast. Enjoy late night shopping to 9pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. View shop offers >>

CastleCourt

CastleCourt offers the ultimate shopping experience with all your favourite high street stores under one roof, right in the centre of Belfast. With over 80 great stores including Debenhams, Toys R Us, Schuh Kids, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Jack and Jones, Simply Be and Dune, there’s plenty of choice on offer. Enjoy late night shopping every Thursday until 9pm. View shop offers >>

11.30am: Brunch Break

Shopping is hungry work, so fuel up for the day ahead with a hearty brunch. Enjoy tasty crepes and views of Belfast City Hall at Café Parisien or a hot brunch and live jazz music at Bert's Jazz Bar. See all our suggestions for brunch >>

12.30pm: Fine Foods and Local Fayre

St George's Market

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays head to the award-winning St Geroge's Market. The market is a culinary and cultural adventure, with everything from fresh food to live music. Dander around the market stalls which are packed with handmade crafts, vintage clothes, fresh ingredients and antiques.

Sawers

If it’s tasty treats and edible purchases that you’re searching for, there’s no better destination than Sawers, a famous family-owned business in the heart of Belfast with an extensive range of fine foods. There is an old Belfast saying: "If you can't get it in Sawers, you can't get it anywhere".

Co Couture

If you've got a sweet tooth, Co Couture crafts luxurious chocolates using specially created blends of the finest French and Italian couverture to ensure the ultimate taste experience. Make sure to try their homemade marshmallows!

1.30pm: The Perfect Gift

Shopping for a present, or searching for something truly unique? Look no further - Belfast is a one-stop destination.

Avoca

Avoca is an Irish treasure trove for gifts, food and homeware, as well as being famous for its Irish, hand-woven throws and scarves created on 300 year old hand-weaving looms in their mill in Avoca Village, County Wicklow. It stocks the finest food as well as some of the leading names in home and fashion labels.

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre

The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre is the perfect place to pick up an authentic Belfast keepsake. The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre is brimming with gifts from a variety of local designers and producers with souvenirs, clothing and even a local recipe book to take home the taste of Belfast.

2.30pm: Time For Lunch

Getting peckish? Now is a great time to enjoy a delicious city centre lunch. Why not try Home Restaurant (which has a superb selection of meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options), Coco or the Bobbin Coffee Shop in Belfast City Hall for some tasty treats. You won’t have too far to walk with your shopping – we’ve thought of everything!

3.30pm: Gems and Jewels

Everyone needs a little sparkle in their lives. Whether it’s traditional jewellery or something a little more unusual, we have a great range of jewellers and boutiques to fit the bill.

Lunn's The Jewellers

Lunn's, Northern Ireland's leading jeweller, is a family business with over 50 years of experience. They stock many of the world's leading watch and jewellery brands including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, IWC, Chanel and Omega. They have their own diamond jewellery brand: Portfolio of Fine Diamonds, which offers an unrivalled selection of diamond rings, engagement rings, diamond earrings and diamond pendants.

The Steenson's

Not only is The Steensons one of Ireland's leading contemporary jewellery designers, but they are also proud to have produced a number of pieces of jewellery and accessories for the HBO Game of Thrones series. Their Belfast store boasts a large range of their own locally made jewellery and work from various European, British and Irish designers. Working in platinum, gold and silver along with diamonds and other precious gems, their work is modern, individual and unique.

4.30pm: Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

After a hard day’s retail therapy, it's time to kick back and relax before taking home your purchases. Take the weight off your feet with a hot cup of coffee and a caramel square in local favourite Clements, indulge in some delicious baked goods in Patisserie Valerie, or if you've availed of our public transport services, celebrate a successful day of shopping with cocktails in The Apartment or Revolucion de Cuba.


Belfast City Centre Shop Opening Hours

General shop opening hours are:

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9am - 6pm (Victoria Square is open to 9pm on Wednesday)
  • Thursday: 9am - 9pm
  • Friday: 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm - 6pm

Getting to Belfast - By Bus, Train or Car

From Dublin and Republic of Ireland:

Belfast is just 2 hours from Dublin.

By Rail:

Irish Rail operates services from towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland to Dublin's Connolly Station, where you can then catch a connecting train to Belfast. The Enterprise service, from Connolly Station to Belfast's Central Station, runs eight times daily (five times on Sunday). Book in advance at www.irishrail.ie to avail of the best value fares. Your Enterprise ticket includes:

  • free onward rail travel from Belfast Central Station to Titanic Quarter Station (train stop for Titanic Belfast visitor attraction).
  • free Metro Bus services from Belfast Central Station to the city centre.

By Bus:

Bus Eireann provide bus and coach services, linking every major town and city in the country. From Dublin, the X1 service (run in partnership with Translink) operates from Dublin Busáras in the city centre and Dublin Airport to Belfast, with 21 departures everyday. Book online at www.national.buseireann.ie.

Dublin Coach also provides an express bus service from Dublin to Belfast which travels 16 times daily in each direction. The journey time takes less than 2 hours and all coaches have free wifi on board, toilets and reclining leather seats. Single tickets cost just €10/£8.

By Road:

From Dublin: Starting out from Dublin Airport, the M1 Motorway is well signposted for Belfast; this is a toll road and there is one Toll Plaza approximately 31 km from Dublin Airport. Continue on this motorway signposted for Belfast. Just after passing the city of Newry, the road becomes a dual carriageway (A1) and motorway regulations fall away. At the Sprucefield roundabout (approximately 137 km from Dublin Airport) the A1 joins the M1 motorway (signposted The North, Belfast). Once within the greater Belfast area, the signs will display as City Centre. At Grosvenor Road Junction (approximately 152 km), leave the motorway and follow signs for City Centre onto the B38.

If you're travelling to Belfast for the day, you can also park at the Sprucefield Park and Ride in Lisburn, off the M1 motorway. View bus timetable >>

From Northern Ireland:

Translink offers bus and rail services throughout Northern Ireland, so you can sit back, relax and leave the car at home. For information on timetables, fares and offers, visit www.translink.co.uk.


Car Parking

Have a look at our guide to car parking in Belfast below. Both Victoria Square Shopping Centre and CastleCourt Shopping Centre have car parking onsite.

(For guidance only, prices and details are subject to change. Please check with the individual car park for full details).