What to Eat in Belfast

Updated June 25, 2020.

If you didn’t already know, I took a “wee” trip to Belfast with my “wee” brother recently, and what’s one of the best things we did? We ate! There was loads of walking to do, so we worked up quite an appetite in just the two days we were there.

Day 1

Day 1 was spent almost totally at the Titanic Museum and Titanic Quarter, both of which I highly recommend! Here’s what we got:

Bistro 401

This one is right inside the Titanic Museum, so it was quite convenient for us! It’s called Bistro 401 because RMS Titanic was the 401st ship built by the ship design company Harland and Wolff! It’s cafeteria-style, but if your food needs to be heated up fresh or made-to-order, they will bring it to your table, so it’s a semi-refined experience!

Authentic Fish ‘n Chips! The white stuff is tartar sauce, and we think the green stuff was guacamole!
Veggie Quiche, Potato Salad, and Veggie Salad
Raspberry Cheesecake
Raspberry Meringue with Whipped Cream

We had a bit of a late lunch, and we were quite tired by the time we got around to coming back to the hotel. So, supper was lite and happened around 5:30. We are not nightlife people!

Titanic Hotel Restaurant

The Titanic Hotel is inside the former drawing offices for Harland and Wolff, and thankfully those artists and architects needed loads of natural light! The result over 100 years later is a beautiful bar area with art deco details, Titanic-inspired elements, and beautiful, soft, luxurious seating! Oh, and the food was pretty good, too:

Spicey Tomato Soup; Bread with Butter
Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Trio of Ice Creams: Chocolate, Honeycomb, Vanilla; I’m not sure what that was on top!

Day 2

This would be our only opportunity for an authentic Irish breakfast, so I asked Paddy, our hotel concierge for his best recommendation in the city center, close to City Hall where we would start our day of touring. Without thinking twice he recommended Bright’s!


We both got an authentic “Irish Breakfast Fry,” which is similar to a full English breakfast but also includes both Irish soda bread and Irish potato bread. The potato bread was my favorite.

Classic Irish Breakfast Fry

Bobbin Coffee Shop, Belfast City Hall

You know I was going to stop for a coffee! I got a delicious vanilla latte at the Bobbin Coffee Shop in the Belfast City Hall. I wish I’d been hungry when I walked in, because they also had beautiful pastries and amazing sandwiches, too!

Coffee break!

Titanic Hotel Afternoon Tea

If you didn’t already know, I love afternoon tea. I honestly wasn’t sure what my brother Joel would think of it, but he seemed to like it and even told me so! For the full experience, check out my post on Tea at the Titanic Hotel, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek!

Afternoon Tea time!

On the Way Out

Unfortunately for us, our last day started earlier than most restaurants! We picked up a little something at the waiting lounge for the ferry back to Scotland. The girl at the counter kindly heated them up for us!

Warm Chicken and Bacon Croque

Hungry for more exotic food? Check out my World Foods Page!

Want more? Check out all things Belfast on my United Kingdom Page!

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