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10 December 2019

A guide to living in Belfast City Centre


Are you planning a move to Belfast City Centre? have created a guide to living in Belfast City Centre which showcases the best that this area has to offer!

Living in Belfast City Centre

Belfast City Centre has undergone a significant transformation during the past decade to ensure it is a hub of innovation, proving popular with both locals and tourists alike.

The most significant change to the centre of Belfast has been the regeneration of the Cathedral Quarter. Nestled among the area’s iconic cobbled streets, the wanderer will find an array of eclectic bars, restaurants and music venues, which effortlessly combine to give the city its reputation for vibrancy.

Elsewhere in the city centre, growth has been marked by the welcomed expansion of shopping centres, which house both world-renowned designers and high street names. Furthermore, independent retailers are testing the waters with pop-up shops becoming a regular occurrence, meaning no two weekends are ever the same.

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Who is Belfast City Centre ideal for?

Signified by its four quarters, all of which are steeped in natural history and a culture like no other, the city centre offers diversity for the individual, couple or family with a penchant for cosmopolitan living.

In particular, young professionals and first-time buyers are keen to put down roots in the area. Apartment homes have become a fashionable affair for those living in Belfast City Centre, while the outskirts of the centre boast historic Victorian and Edwardian terraces, meaning there truly is something for everyone in this cultured city.

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Where to eat in Belfast City Centre?

  • Ox: For an unforgettable night of fine dining, the Michelin Star restaurant provides diners with an unrivalled experience. Overlooking the River Lagan, Ox presents seasonal dishes in an intimate, yet relaxed setting, giving it the deserved title of one of the best in Belfast.
  • The Great Room at The Merchant: Set in the spectacular Merchant Hotel, The Great Room oozes character and charm. The world’s largest chandelier is set against a beautiful backdrop of Victorian architecture. The food matches the exquisite surroundings, both in taste and appearance, which is why it was awarded 2 AA Rosettes.
  • James Street South: Located in the midst of the city centre, James Street South has firmly established itself as one of the best. Modern minimalist surroundings allow the food to take centre stage, with a focus on classic cooking, using the best seasonal produce.
  • Deanes Meat Locker: Headed by Michael Deane, Deanes Meat Locker definitely matches up to his portfolio of restaurants. Michael has held a Michelin Star for 13 years – the longest in Ireland – which is without a doubt portrayed in the Meat Locker’s array of meaty dishes.
  • Holohans At The Barge: For a night with a difference, Holohans At The Barge is a must. Moored beside the Waterfront Theatre, the idyllic backdrop is the perfect way to get a true taste for great Irish cuisine.
  • Howard Street: With a reputation for high quality produce with southeastern undertones, it isn’t surprising that Howard Street diners leave with a promise to return again soon. The modern industrial-esque setting is admired as much as the tantalising food.
  • The Muddlers Club: The Muddlers Club is tucked away in the city’s iconic Cathedral Quarter. Although a new kid on the block, the restaurant has quickly become recognised as a top contender for some of the best food in Belfast.
  • Coppi: Meander to Saint Anne’s Square and discover contemporary delights at Coppi. Here, the focus is on relaxed dining with tapas-style dishes offering the perfect way to catch up with friends.
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What to do in Belfast City Centre?

  • Titanic Belfast: Situated in the Titanic Quarter, the iconic building allows enthusiasts to explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the legend of Titanic, right in the city where it all began.
  • St George’s Market: One of Belfast’s oldest attractions, the buzz of St George’s Market needs to be experienced to be believed. Renowned for its fresh, local produce and great atmosphere, you’ll discover a great deal about the city here.
  • Belfast Waterfront: Whether it’s a night of comedy, spectacular dancing or world-class singers, the award-winning Belfast Waterfront is home to all genres of entertainment. Boasting timeless contemporary architecture with stunning riverside views, guests are sure to leave with a lasting impression.
  • Grand Opera House: The stunning Grand Opera House has earned itself the reputation of Northern Ireland’s premier theatre destination, presenting an outstanding programme of drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals and family shows.
  • The MAC: Located in Saint Anne’s Square, the MAC showcases a variety of exhibitions, theatre performances and experimental works, firmly establishing itself as a beacon for the ongoing regeneration of Belfast.
  • Victoria Square: You’d be forgiven for thinking that Victoria Square is just another shopping destination. As well as an array of high street stores and designers, you’ll find eateries and a cinema, all housed under the structure’s iconic dome.
  • Belfast City Hall Gardens: At the heart of the City, the City Hall’s gardens are a meeting point for visitors and locals alike. The perfect people watching spot, don’t forget to turn your attention to the glorious gardens while you’re there.
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Schools in Belfast City Centre

  • The Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI): With over two centuries of educating boys, RBAI combines academic excellence and pastoral support with a wealth of extracurricular activities, in the heart of Belfast City Centre.
  • Saint Mary’s Primary School: Saint Mary’s Primary School pride themselves on being an integral part of the community. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are available which includes art, athletics, cookery and music.  
  • Saint Malachy’s Primary School: St. Malachy’s Primary School opened in 1987 due to the amalgamation of St. Colman’s Boys’ Primary School and St. Malachy’s Convent Girls’ School. Their aim is to inspire children and nurture in them a work ethic to help reach their full potential.  
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