City life: Belfast
A fabulous, feel-good beer festival in a deconsecrated Methodist church.
Crunchy whitebait cichetti at Coppi.
Instagram-perfect weekend brunches at Established Coffee, that taste even better than they look.
Belfast, in 2017, was an exciting, fun, friendly, food-filled city that I visited twice (on my own dime) to drink good beer, figure out how the Merchant’s Hotel cocktail bar system works and walk the city in search of coffee, hot chocolate, manzanilla and manchego.
It’s far enough away from home to feel like it’s a real break – new currency, without even having to get on a plane! – while being close enough that you don’t waste too much time on the journey.
Well worth making that trip for a taste of city life in Belfast.
More on eating in Belfast for McKenna’s Guides:
Northern Ireland is governed by the imperative to enjoy great food and drink. Caroline Hennessy salutes the Belfast Agreeability.
Watch out for the McKenna’s new book on eating, staying and adventuring around Ireland. Ireland The Best: The Insider’s Guide to Ireland is due out in March.
How to spend 24 hours in Belfast
Good eating in Belfast + Stout and Treacle Spelt Bread
Read: ABV15 Beer Festival
Read: Irish Examiner: 24 food-loving hours in Belfast
Good eating in Belfast