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From the Meatiest Fried Breakfast to the Freshest Seafood Supper - Where to Eat in Belfast

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A few family-run institutions have been feeding Belfast for generations, and locals say it's still the best place in the world for traditional fish and chips. But recent years have seen the rise of a new foodie scene in the city, with gourmet restaurants and trendy tapas bars popping up to cater for more adventurous tastes. Even so-called "pub grub" is fancier these days.

Typical dishes

 

The Ulster Fry is still a favorite way to start the day in Belfast, especially after a big night out. Fried meats, eggs, offal puddings, and potato farls all make for a mighty breakfast.

Cathedral Quarter and city centre

 

The backstreets around City Hall and St. Anne's Cathedral have been revived as a buzzing new cultural hub, and those former dead-ends are now lined with fashionable places to eat. Made In Belfast began as a pop-up restaurant but became a permanent fixture when customers went wild for its meat, game, and seafood dishes, all locally sourced and sustainably farmed. Top chef Michael Deane has built an empire in Belfast. There are delis, bistros, and cafés all bearing his name, and a trio of Deane Restaurants on Howard Street - one for steak, one for fish, one for European food.

 

  • Made In Belfast, 23 Talbot St, Belfast BT1 2QH; Tel: +44 289 024 4107; Website: Made In Belfast
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  • Deanes Restaurant, 36-40 Howard Street, Belfast BT1 6PF; Tel: +44 289 033 1134; Website: Deanes Restaurant

 

Titanic Quarter and East Belfast

 

The Belfast docks had seen better days until they were redeveloped to remind everyone of their former shipbuilding glory. You can now dine in style along the waterfront, where old warehouses have made way for modern ventures like Crane View Kitchens. The famous "Samson and Goliath" cranes outside add even more flavor to vintage-style items like Guinness cheese and slow-boiled Irish gammon. Despite its name, Mr JD's New Titanic Restaurant is a good old-fashioned "chippy" nearby. Loyal regulars say it does the best fish and chips in East Belfast, and there's maritime memorabilia to look at while you wait.

 

 

Queen's Quarter and South Belfast

 

The leafy district around Queen's University Belfast provides plenty of cheap eats for students, plus some higher-end options. Molly's Yard deals in a rustic sort of fine dining, updating classic Irish fare like seared scallops and venison within the attractive confines of converted Victorian stables. A little further south along the River Lagan, you could spend a whole day eating and drinking at Cutters Wharf, especially in summer. It rains so often in Belfast that locals flock here for a barbecued al fresco lunch whenever the sun comes out, and many find themselves sticking around for dinner.

 

  • Molly's Yard, 1 College Green Mews, Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1LW; Tel: +44 289 032 2600; Website: Molly's Yard
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  • Cutters Wharf, 4 Lockview Road, Belfast BT9 5FJ; Tel: +44 289 080 5100; Website: Cutters Wharf

 

Gaeltacht Quarter and West Belfast

 

The Irish language is still widely spoken around the Falls Road, and visitor interest in traditional Gaelic culture has given the area a new lease of life. There's an onsite restaurant at the Saturday market on Mill Conway Street, where you can taste old Irish recipes made with fresh ingredients from the surrounding meat counters and vegetable stalls. In the nearby Culturlann building you'll find Bia, a Gaelic-influenced bistro. It's a great spot to try the fabled Ulster Fry breakfast and other hearty home-cooked favorites like champ - mashed potato mixed with shredded scallions.

 

  • The Mill at Conway Street, 5-7 Conway Street, Belfast BT13 2DE; Tel: +44 289 032 9646; Website: The Mill at Conway Street
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  • Bia, 216 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AH; Tel: +44 289 096 4184; Website: Bia