Dinner: Ox

The dishes at this waterfront restaurant look (almost) too good to eat. With a head chef and sommelier formerly of L'Arpège - Alain Passard's Parisian restaurant - in charge, it's no surprise.

St George's Market

Shop: St George's Market

Not content with being the top place to shop in Belfast, this buzzing market ‒ an Aladdin's cave of treasures ‒ was voted one of the best places to shop in the UK earlier this year when it won 'Best Large Indoor Market'. Housed in Victorian brick and cast-iron arcades on East Bridge Street (since 1604), you'll find everything from fresh fish to high-end antiques.

Galgorm Resort

Spa: Galgorm Resort

A babbling brook, 163 acres of beautiful parkland and a majestic manor house: if heaven was a spa, it would be here. Just 30 minutes outside Belfast (trust us, it's worth the drive), it boasts a thermal spa complete with hydrotherapy pool and outdoor hot tubs. The best part? You can create your very own massage ‒ from pressure to music. Perfection.

Duke of York

Drink: Duke of York

Hidden down a cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area is this Instagram-perfect pub. Achingly pretty and oozing with charm, you don't have to be a local to be welcomed into this warm,traditional tavern. Pop in for a creamy Irish stout or velvety glass of Guinness, and enjoy some live local music. You might even get the chance to join in with an Irish jig…

Merchant Hotel

Afternoon Tea: Merchant Hotel

There's nothing quite like afternoon tea at this extravagant hotel (the original headquarters of Ulster Bank). Its timeless afternoon tea menu - think smoked salmon finger sandwiches and warm scones ‒ is served in the Great Room with its cheeky, cherub-topped columns, gilt panels and spectacular central dome.


Stay: Malmaison

Decadent, glamourous and cosy all at once, this 19th-century former warehouse is one of our favourite places to stay in the city. Here, period features ‒ gargoyles and iron pillars ‒ sit chicly alongside modern comforts such as enormous freestanding baths and flat screen plasma TVs. Its elegant brasserie and devilishly-good cocktail bar are also worth a visit.

Titanic Belfast

See: Titanic Belfast

Designed to emulate the bow of the world's most famous ship, this shining 14,000 square metre interactive exhibition space houses nice galleries. Jack and Rose would be impressed…


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