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!
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 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 as well as Sunday shopping from 1pm - 6pm. View offers
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, Schuh Kids, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Jack and Jones, Simply Be and Dune, there’s never been a better time to pay CastleCourt a visit. Enjoy late night shopping every Thursday until 9pm. View offers >>
11.30am: Brunch Break
12.30pm: The Perfect Gift
Shopping for a present, or searching for something truly unique? Look no further - Belfast is a one-stop destination.
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, souvenirs, clothing and even a recipe book to take home the taste of Belfast.
1.30pm: Fine Foods and Local Fayre
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".
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!
2pm: 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), Solo Kitchen & Bar or City Picnic for some tasty treats. You won’t have too far to walk with your shopping – we’ve thought of everything!
3pm: 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.
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.
4pm: 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
Dublin and Republic of Ireland:
Belfast is just 2 hours from Dublin, with travel options including the Enterprise Train from Connolly Station to Belfast's Central Station.
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.
Bus Eireann provide bus and coach services, linking every major town and city in the country. For more information on routes and fares visit www.buseireann.ie. From Dublin, the X1 service operates from Dublin Busáras in the city centre and Dublin Airport to Belfast, with 21 departures everyday. Book online at www.national.buseireann.ie
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.