Ever eaten a boxty? Or sipped on an Irish coffee after a tasty, traditional meal? Are you looking to see the abundance of fresh fish and seafood caught from the surrounding waters of the Atlantic Ocean? Check out all the best places to try authentic local cuisine in Belfast.
Start your day with a taste of Ireland! Traditional cooked breakfasts usually include potato bread, a tasty pan fried bread made with potato flour. You’ll often find soda bread with your breakfast too, an indulgent and doughy bread, the perfect accompaniment to tasty sausages, bacon and eggs. Tuck into a full Irish breakfast at James St and The Lamppost Café.
A boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake made with grated and mashed potato, flour, buttermilk and baking soda. It’s the signature dish of Holohan’s Pantry restaurant, which serves fresh local ingredients and authentic Irish recipes.
There’s no culinary experience quite like the city’s native Belfast Bap; a cooked breakfast in a bun with egg, sausage and bacon sandwiched in a fresh bap. Find these ‘belly-busting’ feasts at St George’s Market.
Made with hot coffee, whiskey, sugar and a whipped cream topping, Irish coffees are must for coffee lovers visiting Belfast. Order one after dinner in Mourne Seafood Bar or try the signature Irish coffee at hip underground bar Margot.
From The Mourne Seafood Bar to Belfast’s Taste & Tour, here are the top picks of the best (and freshest) Belfast seafood experiences. Seeing as we are on one almighty island, it’s no wonder we have some of the best seafood.
Cookery School at Waterman House
The Cookery School at Waterman House is run by Niall McKenna and his team of chefs. The classes are informal and relaxed, but well structured and feature a mix of demonstration and hands-on cooking. Take a masterclass in fish and shellfish or one that specialises in breadmaking. See the class calendar here.
An Lon Dubh
The Raidió Fáilte building boasts a welcoming, independent coffee shop (An Lon Dubh) which sells speciality coffees and teas, home-made soup and sandwiches, nutritious breakfasts and lunches and locally produced scones and treats. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. The friendly atmosphere and Gaelic ambience of the An Lon Dubh adds to the enjoyment of the visitor experience.