Receive a wonderfully warm welcome in this fascinating city that’s relatively un-tainted by tourism. Belfast has interesting galleries, shops, bars and music venues in ample supply, enough to satisfy even the most ravenous culture vulture. If you’re another type of ravenous, then restaurants in Belfast will also gratify. Pretty much all world cuisines are covered, and a visit to a series of traditional pubs is an essential part of any trip to Ireland.
If you’re looking for Belfast restaurants that do specifically Irish flavours, a great place to start is Sonoma, with stunning views of the River Lagan. Though it’s part of the international Hilton Hotel chain, menus have a decidedly local focus, with dishes like Irish lamb and sea bass.
Dine in style at The Mal Brasserie, part of the hip Malmaison boutique hotel fleet. Occupying a former seed warehouse, this is a tasteful yet deeply sumptuous conversion that drips with atmosphere. Dishes at The Mal are modern British in style, with global influences. Look out for creative signature dishes, as well as juicy classic steaks. There’s also an extensive and creative cocktail menu, and a robust selection of wines and champagnes.