Read a book, catch up with friends or enjoy a takeaway coffee from one of Belfast’s best coffee shops. Whether you like it black, milky, foamy, sweet or flat, you will definitely find the perfect coffee shop right for you. Each café serves sweet and savoury treats; some even serve lunch! After reading about our top places to visit, you’ll never be stuck for a coffee again.
Coffee House at Linen Hall Library
The licensed Coffee House is open for light refreshments from 9.30am Monday – Friday. It offers a range of specialty freshly roasted coffees, high quality sandwiches, soups, stew, salads, paninis, baked potatoes, and a range of puddings and pastries.
The Lamppost Café
The Lamppost Café is a family run café inspired by the life and work of CS Lewis. The café has two floors; downstairs is the lively teashop, with Narnia décor and a 1930’s vibe. Upstairs is the Writers Room, a reimagining of CS Lewis’ writers study. The Lamppost Café is also dog friendly, so bring along your pooch to enjoy lunch or breakfast in this homely and welcoming hidden gem.
St George's Market
St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions and one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland. Only open Fri, Sat & Sun. Customers travel near and far to sample the delights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday markets, making it one of the city’s most popular places to visit. Relax over coffee and soak up the atmosphere.
Queens Café Bar
Enjoy delicious coffee and tea from 9am, with everything from a traditional Ulster Fry to loaded pancake stacks, followed by a traditional lunch menu of all your favourite pub classics.
Bobbin Café operates from Belfast City Hall serving great coffee and delicious food from one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic buildings. The café provides training and work experience places for people with a learning disability or autism. All of the café’s profits go to its parent organisation NOW Group.
An Lon Dubh Coffee Shop
Operating from the Raidió Fáilte building, An Lon Dubh Coffee Shop boasts a welcoming, bilingual coffee shop. The coffee shop serves responsibly-sourced and locally-produced tea and coffee, home-made soup and sandwiches and other delicious treats. Vegetarian and vegan options also available.
Loaf Catering and Café is a social enterprise that produces ‘food with purpose’. They serve a range of delicious foods including their award-winning sausage rolls and other locally sourced, freshly prepared dishes as well as a selection of hot drinks and sweet treats. Through Loaf’s Café sites they provide training and work experience for people with learning disabilities and autism.
2 Royal Avenue
2 Royal Avenue is a cultural space with a little something for everyone. The coffee shop, which is open daily, serves a range of indulgences including Fairtrade hot drinks and delicious sweet treats prepared by local bakers. With plenty of space and comfortable seating, it’s the perfect place to meet up with people or simply take a breather from your busy day.
Concerned with more than flavour, Starbucks strives to fill its menu with responsibly sourced coffee, cocoa and tea. Indulge in their range of hot and cold breakfast options, or treat yourself to a cake or bake. With a selection of full leaf teas on offer, you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for on your next Starbucks visit.
Afternoon Tea in Belfast
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, traybakes, scones served with clotted cream and jam and a pot of fresh tea. Or enjoy a bubbly afternoon tea with your closest friends. Take a look and see what Belfast has to offer!