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Six by Nico's Alice in Wonderland-themed 'Queen of Hearts' pud

For a culinary city break, Belfast has plenty for the hungry traveller to discover. Wander through the pretty Cathedral Quarter, with its numerous restaurants, cute cafés and packed pubs, and you’ll find chefs getting inventive with the produce on the city’s doorstep, including fine seafood. Then cross the river to the Titanic Quarter to see its shipbuilding past.

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Banging bread at a Victorian market

Every kind of soda bread imaginable is available at St George's Market in Belfast

Saturday lunchtime and ready to eat? Head to St Georges Market. Inside this historic redbrick building, which opened in 1896, youll find sizzling street food and stalls piled high with local ingredients and delicacies. Try every version of soda bread or tuck into fresh oysters at £1 a pop. Theres also live music to soundtrack your browsing. 

A world of gin at a blossom-filled bar

Floral maximalism is all the rage at House Belfast

At House Belfast, near the citys Botanic Gardens, the talking point is the flamboyant ground-floor gin bar and, in particular, the indoor cherry blossom tree that towers over it. This is a drinking spot thats crying out for its place on your Instagram feed. The maximalist decor and creative dining menu also make it a buzzy place for Sunday lunch. 

A fresh bowl of ramen at Jumon

Veggies have it covered at this ace Asian fusion joint

With its low lighting and mural-covered walls, Jumon is a chilled dining spot turning out confident Asian fusion dishes. Sit at one of the wooden tables and enjoy aromatic bowls of ramen or delicate Vietnamese spring rolls. Plus, everything they serve is vegetarian. (Non-veggies, you might just be converted.) 

Seasonal Michelin magic at the Muddler's Club

Chef Gareth McCaughey is one of Belfast's best

Hidden away down a side street in the Cathedral Quarter is the Muddlers Club, from chef Gareth McCaughey. Its intimate, relaxed and has one of those menus that changes based on what local ingredients come in that day. As youd expect from a place thats been awarded the restaurant worlds highest accolade, each dish is spot-on. Youll need to book ahead. 

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Killer cocktails in the room the Titanic was designed in

Make like the famous liner and sink a few at Drawing Office Two

The former headquarters of shipbuilders Harland and Wolff has been elegantly transformed into the Titanic Hotel Belfast. Pop into the Drawing Office Two bar, where the designs for the RMS Titanic were drawn up, for one of their beautiful cocktails. 

Small plates packing big flavours at Six by Nico

Six by Nico's miraculous tasting menus change theme frequently

Grab a velvet stool at the counter of the Ora tapas and wine bar, and enjoy small plates inspired by chef Marty Murphy’s travels, such as meaty crab claws with tom yum dressing. Also hot in town is chef Nico Simeone’s Six by Nico. The idea? A six-course tasting menu on a new theme every six weeks. The surprise? It costs just £29.

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Anything you're given on an award-winning food tour

Eat on your feet with Taste & Tour

Taste & Tour offers an adventure around Belfasts food scene or a delve into the citys gin or whiskey histories. Each tour mixes old and new places, so you might visit both an olde-worlde pub and a cooler-than-thou new restaurant.