A Weekend in Belfast – Vegan Guide
Belfast is, in our opinion, an underrated destination. If you want to see a small city with incredibly nice people and lots of things to do, a (long) weekend in Belfast should satisfy your wanderlust.
We have lived in Belfast for a few months, where Simone worked as a bartender and I studied and worked remotely. We came for a job opportunity, but it didn’t take us more than a weekend in Belfast to fall in love with the city!
This guide is not yet reflecting all the things the city has to offer (as this post still needs to be updated with the magical Game of Thrones filming locations tour we went on, a few places to eat, beautiful street art locations and our trip to the beach and Portballintrae), but is about how you could spend a nice couple of days in Belfast, doing things and going places we have tested and approved!
What to do in Belfast
Ulster Museum [University Quarter] [£: free]
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00-17.00 [closed on Monday]
The Titanic Museum Belfast [Titanic Quarter] [£: various]
Opening Hours: Open daily – hours depending on the season
Queen’s University Belfast [University Quarter] [£: Free-5]
The Peace Wall [East and West Belfast] [£: Free]
Hop on Hop off Bus [£: 12-10]
St. George’s Market
Where to eat in Belfast – The Vegan Belfast
If you’d ask me what I expected to eat in Belfast before I went, I would have given you an awfully stereotyped answer involving a lot of lamb and gravy. Suffice it to say we have been very surprised about how restaurants are open to vegetarianism and veganism here. A lot of places will accommodate your needs without a shrug if you ask them, and if you’re Gluten Free… this is basically your paradise. You’ll find here a non-exhaustive list of places to eat for a perfect weekend in Belfast!
Greens Pizza [Vegan-friendly with A DEDICATED VEGAN MENU – various locations ] [+/- 10£]
Fancy a delicious pizza with vegan melted-cheese? Head to Greens Pizza and ask for their Vegan Menu! Welcome to Vegan Belfast Pizza Paradise!! We tasted three of them and they were sooooo tasty!! It might be very busy on the weekend so don’t hesitate to call them before heading there, and you can also ask for delivery if you don’t want to leave the warmth of your Airbnb! The personnel is very nice and the place is cute. You can also ask for a Gluten-free crust if needed!
What if you do not want pizza and/or you are not vegan? No problem, regular pizza, pasta and other things are waiting for you!
Address: 283-285 Upper Newtownards Road & 549 Lisburn Road
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 12.00-22.00, Friday-Saturday 12.00-23.00, Sunday 12.00-21.30
Maggie May’s [Vegan-friendly – Botanic & University Quarter] [3-10£]
Cafe Conor [Vegan-friendly – University Quarter][£: 3-15]
Send a message on Facebook to Café Conor or give them a call before you go, and they will make sure to accommodate you if you’re vegan! They have a delicious chickpea veggie burger (but make sure to tell you’re vegan so it can be prepared accordingly) and the non-vegan should definitely go for the pie of the day!
Whatever you order, know that the ingredients have been carefully locally sourced and that the personnel is extremely nice. You’ll definitely feel at home!
The space is also beautiful with a window ceiling that gives it tons of light during the day.
Address: 11a Stranmillis Road
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 9.00-22.00, Sunday 9.00-21.00
Boojum [several locations]
Boojum is a Mexican Burrito Bar that is expanding nicely, with restaurants in Dublin, Galway and Cork as well. It’s usually crowded, and it’s definitely good. You choose what goes in your burrito… so it can totally be a vegan option and one of my favorite Vegan Belfast place to go to and recommend for a cheap filling meal!
Address: Botanic Avenue & Chichester Street & Great Victoria Street
Opening Hours: 11.30-22.00
Home restaurant [vegan-friendly]
Home restaurant is probably the best place we’ve eaten at in Belfast, and they have a complete vegan menu even if it’s not a vegan restaurant. Their selection of wine is excellent and so are their cocktails. We have been twice: once for our wedding anniversary (it was definitely the best choice we could have made!) and once invited by VisitBelfast to review the place. We can only urge you to go to Home and plan not to eat too much earlier in the day so you can order all of their tasty dishes!!
| Read more: Our review of our favorite vegan-friendly restaurant in Belfast: Home restaurant.
Where to drink in Belfast
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 12.00-01.00, Sunday 12.00-00.00
Berts Jazz bar
The Merchant’s cocktail bar
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 10.30-01.00, Sunday 11.30-00.00
Where to sleep during your weekend in Belfast
Even though we’ve had a misadventure with an Airbnb, it’s still what we recommend to choose for a weekend in Belfast. It’s budget-friendly and the one we suggest you to book is top notch!
Bridgid’s Airbnb [around 25£ – Ormeau Road]
[Use our code to get a discount if you register on Airbnb for the first time].
Lagan Hostel (Fitzroy avenue – University Quarter)
How to get around, to and from Belfast
To and From : Belfast-Dublin
Belfast from London
Have an weekend in Belfast and don’t hesitate to tell us in the comment section how you liked the places – or the dates of your trip if you want to have a coffee with us!