Despite the cordon around the Primark Bank Buildings it's business as usual in Belfast city centre and there are plenty of gems to discover; many with special offers.
Follow the yellow dots on the pavement to explore Chapel Lane, Castle Street and Fountain Street as well as Royal Avenue and Donegall Place. Here are seven restaurants, shops and other businesses to explore along the way.
Mourne Seafood Bar
Mourne Seafood Bar on Bank Square serves fresh, local seafood at affordable prices. From mussels, oysters and langoustines to classic beer battered fish and chips, food is prepared in a traditional way with a few continental twists. It's the perfect spot for a filling lunch, or a romantic evening meal for two.
This Oxfam Vintage charity shop on Castle Street is a treasure trove of items dating from the 1960s to 1990s. Among the collection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, you’ll find everything from casual wear and winter woollies, to sportswear, shoes, scarves, hats and fancy dress. They also have a huge stock of homeware, books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records.
Havana Bank Sq
Havana Bank Sq is located behind the beautifully redeveloped Bank Square. At the entrance to the Gaeltacht Quarter, it’s an ideal stopping point on your way to discovering this vibrant part of the city. Menus include locally sourced food and a fresh mix of cocktails.
Got time for some fun? Book into Timescape on Castle Street and race against the clock to solve a mystery in under an hour. These live escape games are perfect for families and large groups; you can choose from following clues to catch Jack the Ripper or saving yourself from Titanic during its final hour.
This intimate restaurant is ideal for a leisurely lunch or dinner with friends. Their ‘Saint vs Sinner’ menu features healthy options and indulgent dishes, as well as a wide range of vegan options. Sample a rhubarb mojito or Beetarita from their ‘sinfully good’ cocktail list.
Belfast Cookery School
Whether you’re a cooking whizz or kitchen nightmare, Belfast Cookery School offers a fun and accessible way to enjoy food and learn something new. Classes are suitable for all abilities and cover a mouth-watering range of specialities; think Deep South dishes, beer and curry nights, cocktail masterclasses and even Harry Potter themed party food!
If you’re yet to discover Sawers now is the time. As Northern Ireland’s oldest deli it holds a charming heritage, but most importantly, an extensive range of delicious food items. Stock up for autumn with charcuterie meats, cheese, preserves, olives and oils. Find it on College Street, along the yellow dot pedestrian trail.