8th Jun 2022 in Food & Drink

The Cathedral Quarter is a hive of activity and in recent months is beginning to welcome the return of people to its bustling streets.

From cafes, pizza and Asian cuisine to street food and Michelin starred restaurants there’s something for everyone. If you’re planning to eat out in Cathedral Quarter check out our list of the best places.

  1. Coppi

Saint Anne’s Square, 11 Edward St, Belfast, BT1 2LR

Pizza, Cicchetti and mains that include Duck Ragu, Monkfish Scallopini and more make this the quintessential destination for italian and mediterranean cuisine. There’s also a vegan menu available.

If looking for light lunch there are high rise seating areas and there’s also banquette seating, outdoor seating and leather booths. Whatever the occasion, Coppi has a selection of options for dining and menu.

Check out their menu at coppi.co.uk

Saint Anne’s Square, 11 Edward St, Belfast, BT1 2LR


  1. Dumpling Library

6 St Annes Square, Belfast BT1 2LR

Renowned for its Asian dishes that are influenced by Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisine, Dumpling Library has it all. Prepare to become enraptured with a cocktail in one hand and bao bun in the other.

Formed around the ambiance of eating with friends, their concept is about sharing and comfortability which is heightened by the open kitchen which allows you to watch the chefs prepare your food meticulously.

For more information visit their website dumplinglibrary.co.uk


  1. Academy Restaurant

Ulster University, York Street, Belfast, County Antrim, BT15 1ED                


With seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced, Academy Restaurant is a flavorful delight to be paired with a comprehensive drinks menu.

Due to the popularity of the restaurant it’s fully booked until September with various University conferences.

To find out more go to academyrestaurant.co.uk


  1. The Muddlers Club Restaurant

1 Warehouse Lane, Belfast, BT1 2DX

Street art surrounds the area with masonic inspired imagery adorning the walls which cements the post industrial interior of the restaurant that is both secretive and artistically intriguing.

Ingenious ingredient pairings heighten their simplistic dishes into innovative tastings, including the crab, avocado, apple and celeriac dish. The open kitchen allows customers to watch the handpicked produce that is picked daily to come alive.

Click here for more information themuddlersclubbelfast.com


  1. 44 Hill St

44 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LB

With a vibrancy that follows, this restaurant is a celebration of tapas and bespoke bar bites. Perfect for spending time with family and friends, you could order sharing plates and savour the Mediterranean and European dishes for your delight.

Produce is primarily sourced from local and independent suppliers and elevated into a high quality explosion of flavour. To savour the full dining experience you could even purchase cocktails, including the renowned Belfast Passion, a cocktail sure to impress.

Enlighten your taste buds at http://www.44hillstreet.com/drinks


  1. Six by Nico

23 – 31 Waring St, Belfast, BT1 2DX

Paying adulation to the food of Ancient Rome in creating a modernised delicacy at Six by Nico, guests are invited to attend and celebrate ancient cuisine in a new age.

The historically adapted six course tasting menu will immerse you in the glory of Ancient Rome. There are even matching wines to pair with your tasters.

Book your table here https://www.sixbynico.co.uk/belfast/paris/


  1. The River Rooms

5 Donegall Quay, Belfast, BT1 3EA

Spread across three floors, you have the option of choosing Cloud 9 Basement Tapas Lounge which is for tapas and cocktails in a funky lit backdrop, Ted’s Restaurant or The Lagan suite. If you call ahead you can also reserve the space for a private function.

Check out their menu at https://www.theriverrooms.co.uk/


  1. Hadskis

33 Donegal Street, Commercial Court, Belfast, BT1 2NB

Award winning European inspired food is served all day every day with crispy squid, meatballs and charcoal grill among many of a refined selection on the menu. As an integral part of the Cathedral Quarter, this restaurant serves a wine list, cocktails and memories to cherish.

For more information visit their website https://www.jamesstandco.com/hadskis


  1. Gnostic Bar & Kitchen

13 Corporation Square, Belfast, BT1 3AJ

In the afternoon from Monday-Saturday you can enjoy brunch items and tasters suitable to your appetite. The lunch and dinner options vary in selection from whole roasted quail to charcuterie boards. Whatever you’re looking for, Gnostic Bar & Kitchen has it. There’s also an extensive selection of cocktails alongside a premium wine list.

To find out more go to https://www.gnosticbelfast.com/


  1. McHughs bar & restaurant

29 – 31 Queen’s Square, Belfast BT1 3FG

Housed within the oldest surviving building in Belfast, this 1711 bar provides a tradition of food, drink and celebration that has withstood time. If traditional Irish food is what you need, then McHughs is the place to be with roast dinners, stew, soup and sweet chilli salmon. Comforting food alongside the stories of those in attendance and even the chance of listening to traditional music is sure to put you at ease.

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere at https://mchughsbar.com/


  1. Bar + Block Steakhouse

2-6 Waring Street, Belfast, BT1 2DX

Serving premium steak which is handcut and succulent provides customers with an experience unlike any other. The must have on the menu is the 30 day aged Aberdeen Angus sirloin roast and if that’s not to your taste there’s even a vegetarian menu.

You can even take your meal from day to night with booths for parties up to 16 guests, but booking in advance is recommended. There are also bar staff on hand to create your cocktail of choice or pour your wine.

To find out more go to https://www.barandblock.co.uk/en-gb/location


  1. SQ Bar & Grill

Ramada Encore Belfast Emily Lane St Annes Square, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 2LD

With a sprawling view across St.Anne’s Square, Squaremeal is a modern European restaurant that’s designed in a minimalist and modern way to exude a relaxed ambience. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this bar and grill offers a variety of options from roasted butternut squash to sirloin steak.

Enlighten your taste buds at https://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaurants/


  1. Bunsen

6-8 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2DX

Having established connections with local producers, the vegetables are locally sourced and the beef is Aberdeen Angus supplied by FX Buckley. To heighten the taste they have perfected the classic American burger bun by having their baker produce them daily in Tallaght.

Book your table here https://www.bunsen.ie/


  1. Common Market

16-20 Dunbar Street, Belfast, BT1 2LH

All under one roof is a combination of food courtesy of vendors that’s suitable for vegans, vegetarians and gluten free. The atmosphere and buzz of people sampling street food from a variety of cultures makes this the place to socialise and try something new. There are also bars with a range of cocktails, spirits, wines and more.

View the array of options at https://commonmarketbelfast.com/


  1. The Northern Whig

2 – 10 Bridge Street, City Centre, Belfast, BT1 1LU 

In the heart of the Cathedral Quarter you’ll find this restaurant with influences rooted in cultural and cooking styles. The Northern Whig serves a menu with a focus on primarily locally sourced ingredients alongside cosmopolitan cuisine. 

For more information visit their website http://www.thenorthernwhig.com/about-us


  1. Pizza Punks

20-22 Waring Street , Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 2DX

Iconic sourdough pizzas with unlimited toppings for no extra cost showcases the importance of the customer compared to the corporate chains that Pizza Punks rebel against. These artisanal chefs create their sourdough inhouse and cater to all customers, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free.

Check out their menu at https://pizzapunks.co.uk/pizza-punks-belfast/


  1. House of Zen

St Anne’s Square, Belfast, BT1 2LR

The Cathedral Quarter may be known for its traditional cobbled streets and classic Irish food, but let’s not forget the fine Asian cuisine that has become testament to the variety of premium meals available in Belfast. Highly recommended dishes include dim sum (xiao long bao) and Sichuan ‘Mudan’ King Prawn amongst many.

To find out more go to https://www.houseofzenbelfast.co.uk/menus/


  1. Charlotte’s Cafe

4 Curtis St, Belfast, BT1 2ND

If looking for breakfast that will provide you with energy for the day, then Charlotte’s Cafe is the place for you. Traditionally, a fry was made to prepare heavy duty work to be completed by labourers and now it’s the best of farm produced food prepared to bring you energy.

Check out thee options available at https://www.facebook.com/charlottescafebelfast/


  1. Biddy Farrelly’s

39 Gresham St, Belfast BT1 1JL

It’s said that Biddy Farrelly, referred to as ‘The Ghost of Smithfield Market’ haunts the area where her childhood sweetheart owned his business selling books. In 1824 Luke White died, leaving Biddy heartbroken and it’s said she died of a broken heart or alcohol poisoning.

Since then, Biddy Farrelly’s has become the go to place for breakfast which is served all day. Biddy’s fry is highly recommended but the vegetarian fry is meant to taste just as good if not better.

Check out their must eat breakfast options at https://biddyfarrellys.wordpress.com/


  1. Neighbourhood Cafe

60 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2GT

With memorable customer service and specialty coffee, Neighbourhood Cafe is a must for coffee enthusiasts. Alongside their range of hot delights are sumptuous brunch options, including sage butter beans or a personal favourite, turkish eggs with a side of sourdough toast.

View the array of options at neighbourhood.cafe/


  1. Established coffee

54 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LB

If you are searching for the perfect coffee look no further as American roast and Irish roasted beans are available at the finest quality. Alongside your coffee you can even treat yourself to a seasonal dish or established breakfasts. Established Coffee even has a breakfast must have which is the honey coconut porridge and you can choose whether to have macerated berries or nut butter and banana with it.

To find out more, go to established.coffee


  1. The Merchant Hotel

16 Skipper St, Belfast BT1 2DZ

The Great Room Restaurant within The Merchant Hotel offers fine dining, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and even afternoon tea. The bespoke culinary dishes are rewarding to customers aiming to experience luxury and innovation. Private dining is also available for an intimate experience with the inclusion of ambience from the elegance of the interior to the cocktails that are expertly crafted.

For more information visit their website https://www.themerchanthotel.com/


  1. Made In Belfast

25 Talbot St, Belfast, BT1 2LD

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are available with flavourful, locally sourced produce. Drawing influences from cuisine globally, the dishes are prepared with a refreshing perspective that identifies itself in inclusivity. There’s even a non alcoholic menu which consists of a variety of options including Zero Bramble, a concoction of lemon and blackberry, blackcurrant flavours intermingled with non alcoholic gin.

For more information on available delights, go to facebook.com/madeinbelfast


  1. Deerah

107 Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1FF

With high quality middle eastern food and a wide range of options, this restaurant is the quintessential place for guaranteed flavour. With indoor and outdoor seating, you can revel in the middle eastern dishes with Lebanese influences. Your senses will awaken with the finest flavours and ingredients elevating the dishes while remaining affordable.

To find out more, go to deerah-belfast.co.uk


  1. Mumbai 27

27 Talbot Street, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast, BT1 2LD

The unification of classical dishes with home recipes infuses the food with high quality taste to accommodate your palate. This Indian restaurant prides itself on ingredients sourced locally, only using the freshest ingredients.

Beloved globally, the authentic Indian cuisine is enticing in its use of spices and flavour which once united with home recipes offers an expertly crafted menu. The passion behind Mumbai 27’s food is evident upon savouring their dishes and experiencing the atmosphere at the restaurant is truly an experience. 

Check out their menu at mumbai27.co.uk


  1. The MAC

10 Exchange St, West, Belfast BT1 2NJ

From Baghdad eggs to a crispy fried Korean chicken burger, The MAC has it all. Immerse yourself in signature dishes, sandwiches or even a sweet treat. The cafe bar is also a charity, so your purchase goes towards vital funding for the survival of the arts.

For more information visit their website themaclive.com/cafe-bar


  1. 7 Spice Belfast

7 St Anne’s Square, Belfast BT1 2LR

An Asian dining experience unlike any other awaits, with food influenced by Bangladesh, India and globally unites to create an experience of complimentary cuisine. The signature dish of extraordinary renown is the handi biryani which is slow cooked lamb, jasmine rice, potatoes, carrots, puff pastry and an array of spices that are sure to delight your taste buds.

Dine in luxury with their VIP dining pods for special occasions or celebrations which can be complemented with an extensive drinks menu.

Reserve a table at https://www.7spicebelfast.online/


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