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 Shopping Centre
Victoria Square is the home of designer and luxury brands, featuring huge names in shopping including House of Fraser, LK Bennett, Mango, Hollister and Tommy Hilfiger. For accessories, head to Lunn’s the Jewellers and Goldsmiths, and for gadgets, Belfast’s Apple Store – the only one on the island of Ireland – is a must. There’s fashion, beauty, homeware and more in this fabulous shopping centre. Enjoy late night shopping to 9pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
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.
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.
12.30pm: Fine Food and Local Fayre
Belfast is a city that takes pride in its array of local food producers, from local meats to artisan chocolates, not to mention a thriving craft beer and gin scene.
St George's Market
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays head to the award-winning St George’s Market. The market is a culinary and cultural adventure, with everything from fresh food to live music. Wander around the market stalls which are packed with handmade crafts, vintage clothes, fresh ingredients and antiques.
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”.
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 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 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 wont 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.
Not only is The Steenson’s 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. Working in platinum, gold and silver along with diamonds and other precious gems, their jewellery is modern, individual and unique.
4.30pm: Afternoon Pick-Me-Up
After a hard days 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 Fitzwilliam Hotel or Revolucion de Cuba.
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