It may not the same as sitting down in a cosy coffee shop – latte in-hand and a big traybake to tuck into while catching up with friends or family – but many Belfast’s coffee shops continue to offer delectable coffee, tea and sweet treats to go!
We’ve paired tasty coffee takeaways with nearby walks, parks and points of interest. So, get together with a friend, grab a hot drink and enjoy a caffeine-fuelled stroll in the city.
Guilt Trip proudly serves premium coffee alongside their own gourmet donuts. Pop by their café on Orangefield Lane in east Belfast (open daily from 10am) and pick up an espresso-based drink or batch brew filter coffee. Then, with a coffee in one hand and tasty donut in the other, take a walk through Orangefield Park or stroll along the Comber Greenway (access via North Road).
The Lamppost Café
Inspired by CS Lewis, the family-run Lamppost Café on Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast is a welcoming hidden gem. Step into its quaint interior to get a coffee, sweet treat or even a brunch to go. Continue the Narnia theme with a walk around CS Lewis Square and see if you can spot all seven sculptures depicting characters from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Order your favourite Frappucino or espresso creation from Starbucks on Castle Lane then walk down Ann Street to the banks of the River Lagan where you’ll spot the Beacon of Hope. Follow the footpath on your left to the Big Fish and Albert Clock in Custom House Square, or cross the Lagan Weir footbridge to Titanic Quarter.
Oh! Go! Donuts
Drive by Oh! Go! Donuts on the Hillsborough Road, Sprucefield and pick up delicious donuts served with Root and Branch espresso-based coffee. Then head to the historic village of Hillsborough for a walk around Hillsborough Forest. Oh! Donuts are known for their combinations of specialty coffee and gourmet donuts available in every flavour you can imagine, and their drive-through location in Sprucefield is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm and from 8am on Saturday.
Coffee at Stormont Estate
With walking trails, a dog park, picnic areas and a huge adventure playground for the kids there are plenty of reasons to visit Stormont Estate, and with a coffee kiosk located right inside the play area, you can pick a hot drink while the kids play. The coffee dock is open during busy periods including weekends and school holidays.