Northern Ireland’s capital makes for a surprisingly arty city break, with convivial and cosy pubs, elegant architecture and cutting-edge cuisine.
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St George’s Market
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)|www.belfastcity.gov.uk
Kicking around since 1896, Belfast’s St George’s Market is the longest-running market on the island of Ireland – there has been a market here on the site since 1604. It’s a buzzy, bustling hub of local producers and craftspeople inside a beautifully-restored Victorian building. Locals gather to pick up goat bacon from Broughgammon, or Young Buck blue cheese from Newtownards.
It’s not just food, either. On Friday it is a ‘variety’ market, with around 250 stalls selling everything and anything; Saturdays is ‘Food, Craft and Garden’ and Sundays is ‘Food, Craft and Antiques’. A shopper’s heaven.
Getting there & doing it
The market is right in the city centre, but there’s a free shuttle bus that links Adelaide Street and Donegal Square every 20 minutes.
If you’re walking, it’s around 10 minutes from City Hall or Victoria Square. The market is open from Friday to Sunday every week, excluding some public holidays.
After a wander, head to one of the cafés on the second floor, where you can tuck into local potato bread and people-watch the shoppers below.
When to do it
The market operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Times vary from 8am – 3pm.
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