Top row from left: Sweet Alton; Coppi; Ox. Bottom row from left: Town Square, Molly’s Yard, The Muddler’s Club
Belfast is a bastion of culinary cool, with forward-thinking chefs paying homage to the island’s food traditions and great local produce. You’ll find a new generation of dynamic restaurants as well as old-school favorites clustered around the streets radiating off Donegall Square, as well as around the university district of Queen’s.
It doesn't stop there, though. Tucked away in the busy social district of the Cathedral Quarter, The Muddler’s Club was once the location of a 200-year-old secret society and it still has a feeling of being under-the-radar. Expect simple but creative dishes with a strong local theme such as such as scallop, chorizo, celeriac and golden raisin.
Stix & Stones amps up the atmosphere at the weekend with local steak and seafood dishes in hip, design-conscious surrounds, while you can mix cocktails or craft beers with gastro favorites in buzzy bars and pubs. Try an Irish take on Bell Époque glamour at Saphyre, taste one of the artisan gins at Sweet Afton, or keep it traditional at the super-charming Duke of York, with antique mirrors, picture-lined walls and old wooden flooring.