Shopping Areas

Belfast city centre is a hub for great shopping. From large shopping centres to the surrounding streets which are packed with great stores, here are the shopping areas not to miss.

Victoria Square

Victoria Square is a mecca for Christmas shopping. From designer to high street brands, stores include Fossil, Flannels, Guess, Mango, , Hollister and many more. For jewellery, head to Lunn’s the Jewellers or Accessorize, and go to the Apple store (the only one in Ireland) for the latest iPhones and Apple watches. L’Occitane, Kiehl’s and Rituals are perfect for quality beauty products, or find comfy pyjamas in Boux Avenue.

Fancy a new look for yourself? Book a Virtual Personal Styling session with Victoria Square’s resident stylist Katherin Farries. You can have a consultation from the comfort of your own home, then collect your chosen items from Victoria Square at a time that suits you!

Don’t forget your face mask while shopping in the centre. Signage and one way systems are in place to encourage social distancing and hand sanitising stations are located throughout the building. Car park is available in the on-site Q-Park, from £3.40 per hour.

Christmas Shopping Wrapped Up CastleCourt

CastleCourt

CastleCourt shopping centre offers favourite high street stores and one of a kind gift shopping under one roof. Find women’s fashion and accessories in DV8, Quiz, Miss-glam and Vila. Get suited and booted in men’s clothing stores S.D Kells. Visit the Yankee Candle shop for Christmas candles and Wrapped Up for local art. In O’Neills, you’ll find something for sports fans and The Entertainer has a huge selection of kids’ toys and games.

Looking for somewhere handy to leave the car? Parking is available on-site from £2 per hour.

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Queen’s Arcade

Featuring many independent shops, Queen’s Arcade is the perfect place to find unique Christmas presents. Situated in the heart of Belfast city centre, Queen’s Arcade is home to a variety of luxury Boutiques and local independent retailers. Choose from Lunn’s for stunning jewellery and Robinson’s Shoes, which is home to high quality men’s and women’s footwear.

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Donegall Place and Royal Avenue

Belfast’s main shopping street runs from the front of Belfast City Hall to CastleCourt. Along Donegall Place you’ll find a host of popular brands, including Next, M&S, Zara and Skechers, which has casual footwear for both men and women. Visit the Craft NI Gallery on Royal Avenue for items made by local arts, including functional objects that can be used every day as well as beautiful one-off decorative pieces as well as pottery, jewellery, textiles, wood and hand-blown glass.

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St George's Market

St Georges Market is extending its hours in the run-up to Christmas, giving shoppers more time to pick up unique handmade gifts and the freshest local ingredients. Traders will be open for a full week of extra shopping, from 10am to 3pm on Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December, and from 8am to 2pm on Christmas Eve. The market is also running a ‘click and collect’ service to support local traders this year. When you buy an item from a seller’s website, Etsy, Facebook page or by phone, you can also organise a time slot for collection, between 11am and 1pm on usual market days of Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Traders will then bring your items direct to the collection point in Verner Street, alongside the market, for you to pick up.

Unique Boutiques & Hidden Gems

Support local businesses and artists by shopping at these independent stores, where you’ll find an abundance of one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.

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Matchett’s Music

A friendly family run business, which has been serving the musicians of Northern Ireland for over 80 years, Matchett’s Music has everything you need for music lovers. Shop from an abundance of musical instruments, accessories, song books and gifts, and speak to the knowledgeable and passionate staff in store if you have any questions.

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Born & Bred

Visit Born & Bred on Ann Street, a unique treasure trove of local handmade products. With three floors of the best in creative Irish talent, you can browse arts, crafts, gifts and homeware. Hint: it’s a great place to find a piece of Belfast to send to a loved one overseas!

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Craft NI Gallery

Craft NI Gallery, located within Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter at 115 -119 Royal Avenue. This Gallery is Craft NI’s retail and exhibition space, and directly supports established and emerging Northern Ireland artists and designer-makers. In the Gallery you will find a carefully curated range of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, hand-blown glass, wood and paper, as well as beautiful one-off and limited-edition decorative pieces.

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Terry Bradley Art

Terry Bradley Art is a permanent gallery space within Belfast’s Victoria Square shopping complex. The galleries are spacious, inviting with interesting corners and relaxing seating areas. On show are a wide selection of Bradley limited edition prints, canvases, original art and hand embellished pieces. Also on display are a range of cushions, bespoke furniture, handbags etc. showcasing some of Terrys most famous artwork. Terry firmly believes in making art accessible for all, visitors can expect a warm and friendly welcome at both the Belfast and Bangor Bradley galleries.

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Art Loves at the Merchant

Nestled off the street on the right-hand side of the luxury 5* Merchant hotel is a new homeware and gift emporium opened by Belfast based art and creative consultancy Art Loves. As well as stocking Art Loves in-house brands including the quirky vintage style of Myrtle & Mary, colourful Pop & Dot and Belfast slang brand Bap & Scone, a new range of products have been developed for the boutique by Art Loves such as art lovers paint pot candles, the Keep er Lit Candle range and graffiti art leather handbags.

The Steensons Jewellers

Steensons

Steensons is one of Ireland’s leading designers in handcrafted contemporary jewellery, known for crafting their own locally made jewellery and costume pieces used in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones. Find unique jewellery and Game of Thrones inspired pieces in their store on Bedford Street.

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On the Square Emporium

“Probably the most interesting shop in the country…” You will discover the weird, the wonderful, the unexpected: antique furniture, vintage, decorative furnishings and much, much more inside this huge warehouse just beside Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The Emporium is very much a treasure trove for all things ‘old’! And if you have a special interest in vintage and antiques, this is one place you cannot miss.

Oakland Antiques

Oakland Antiques

Shopping for someone who has an interest in all things historic? Visit Oakland Antiques on Donegall Pass for two extensive floors of antiques, including antique furniture, silver antiques, porcelain antiques, antique glass, antique clocks and much more.

Beyond Belfast

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The Boulevard in Banbridge

Home to more than 50 of the world’s best-known retail brands, The Boulevard, near Banbridge, is a shopping destination perfect for your Christmas shopping.  The Boulevard is Northern Ireland’s premier outlet shopping destination, with always up to 70% off your favourite brands including Kate Spade, adidas, Levi’s and many more.

Abbey Centre

Abbey Centre in Newtownabbey

Abbey Centre is a large indoor shopping centre, just six miles from Belfast city centre. With over 70 stores under one roof your every need is catered for at this bustling mall. Get your fashion fix at a range of clothing shops including Next, JD, Primark, and Dunnes Stores. With late shopping until 9pm every week night and free parking for up to four hours you can shop and dine at your leisure.

Gifts from Ards and North Down

Why not treat your loved one with a day trip to Ards and North Down? Buy vouchers for exciting experiences, like kayaking on Strangford Lough with Mobile Team Adventure or paddleboading in Bangor Harbour with SUP Hub NI. Foodie fans will love a voucher for traditional bread making and gifts from Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen, or buy a bottle of locally distilled gin from Echlinville’s Distillery online shop, or treat them to a voucher for the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel.

Plan Your Visit

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Car Parking

Secure car parking is available across Belfast. Have a look at our guide to car parking in the city below, or leave the car at home and take advantage of Translink’s public transport options.

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