What makes Belfast
shopping unique compared to many other cities is the blend of options. You can find high-end stores, family-owned businesses, designer boutiques and markets all within minutes of each other. From giant shopping centers to tiny artisan chocolate shops, you are bound to find what you're shopping for in Belfast
Victoria Square Shopping Centre
Victoria Square is Belfast
's most popular shopping destination. Opened in March 2008, this four-level, 70-store shopping complex is one of the largest property developments ever undertaken in Northern Ireland.
Victoria Square is certainly tough to miss, as its signature glass dome can easily be spotted when walking throughout the southern quarter of Belfast
. Home to international shopping favorites like H&M, Calvin Klein, Topshop and House of Fraser, Victoria Square has a store for every budget and style. Once you've shopped enough to work up an appetite, dine at a selection of 18 different restaurants spread out over two floors.
Located on Royal Avenue in the center of Belfast
, CastleCourt offers the ultimate shopping experience. Featuring more than 80 stores, 15 restaurants and an undercover car park that can fit up to 1,600 cars at one time, CastleCourt is an ideal place to visit for shopaholics.
If you plan on bringing the kids on your shopping adventure, check out CastleCourt's Playworld, with slides, tunnels and interactive play areas for kids 2-5 years old. The free Kiddy Car service helps make shopping with your kids easy as well.
From major department stores to homeware and mobile phones, CastleCourt has what you need. When hunger sets in and you need a break from shopping, the Food Court is the perfect place to find a variety of quick dining options.
About 30 miles south of Belfast
and 10 minutes north of Newry, Banbridge's Outlet Village is one of the largest dedicated outlet centers in Ireland. The Outlet has more than 50 of the world's best-known stores, including Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, M&S Outlet and L.K. Bennett.
It's the perfect destination for bargain hunters, as it's not unusual to find permanent reductions between 30-70% in every store. Start your shopping trip with a liquid jolt at Starbucks or Costa Coffee. Grab a quick bite to eat at Burger King, or take a shot of chocolate straight from a chocolate fountain at Thorntons. With an array of stores to choose, a trip to The Outlet in Banbridge Village is sure to leave any shopper satisfied.
St. George's Market
Built in the late 1800s, St. George's Market is one of Belfast
's oldest attractions. In fact, there has been a Friday market on the site since the early 1600s. It stands today as the last surviving Victorian covered market in Belfast
, now commissioned by the Belfast
Not only does St. George's Market offer some of the finest, fresh produce in Northern Ireland, but it also happens to regularly host music concerts. In April 2012, it served as one of the main stages at the World Irish Dancing Championships. Take note, the market is only open Friday through Sunday.
Enjoy a diverse range of products throughout the weekend at the historical St. George's Market.