A Weekend in Belfast – Vegan Guide

by Alice
A Weekend in Belfast

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]

Located in the University Quarter, the Ulster Museum is a must-see for everyone in every age group. And the best ? It’s free! So is the left-luggage, so be sure to drop your stuff to explore the place hassle-free.
History-lovers, science-lovers, fun-lovers and arts-lovers will all have things to do in this museum and we recommend giving yourself at least 1 hours and a half to visit. You’ll probably start from the bottom rooms, which will tell you more about the story of Northern Ireland, and then you will make your way to the top floors, up until the dragons hanging from the ceiling!
Learning more about Ireland at Ulster Museum

Learning more about Ireland

The art section at Ulster Museum

The art section at Ulster Museum

What we loved the most about this museum is that it’s hands-on and very interactive : you will be invited to touch things and play games to learn more. When we went, we ended the visit with the works of the Arts students, which were impressive to say the least.
Enjoyed your visit? Don’t hesitate to make a donation to the museum on your way out!
An interactive museum

An interactive museum

Address: Botanic Gardens.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00-17.00 [closed on Monday]

The Titanic Museum Belfast [Titanic Quarter] [£: various]

Even though the Titanic is one of the most touristic attraction in Belfast, it wasn’t on our to-do list. But a friend came over and she was very excited about it, so I went with her… And I didn’t regret it!! It’s an amazing place, where you will learn as much about the Titanic that you will about Belfast. 
Belfast at the Titanic

Belfast at the Titanic

There are lockers on the premises for your bags (have 1£ on you, or ask for change at the ticket office) as you will enjoy not having anything weighing you down for this.
It says to give yourself at least 1h30 to visit, it took us rather 2hrs/2h30 and if you’re a real fan, it could take you longer, so plan to spend the afternoon over there.
Once you’re done with the 4 floors of super interactive and fun visit (complete with a 3D visit of the Titanic, lots of cute and pedagogic videos and even a ride down the Titanic workshops!!), your ticket is also good to visit the SS Nomadics, a small ship outside the Titanic Belfast (2 min walk). This one is really small but it’s a nice visit, and you can even freely use the costumes to take funny pictures!
On the SS Nomadics

On the SS Nomadics

You could also buy a special ticket called the White Star Premium Pass (we didn’t have enough time) that will add to all of this a guided tour “The Discovery Tour” that will last around an hour more. It’s a bit more expensive but it sounds worth it!
We didn’t test either, but there is a café and a restaurant on the premises if that got you hungry…
Address: 1 Olympic Way – Queens Road
Opening Hours: Open daily – hours depending on the season

Queen’s University Belfast [University Quarter] [£: Free-5]

Queen’s University is a stunning piece of architecture. You can visit it by yourself (which we did) or book a guided tour in advance. If you cross the road, you’ll find the Student Union Center with a small shop where you’ll be able to buy apparel as a souvenir!

The Peace Wall [East and West Belfast] [£: Free] 

If you come to Belfast, you should know that you are dealing with a city that faced an ethno-nationalist conflict commonly called « the Troubles ». It started in the late 60s and «ended» with the Good Friday Agreement (or Belfast Agreement) on 10 April 1998. So that’s very very recent in the history scheme of things.
The peace wall was erected to represent a physical barrier between the Protestant/Loyalist community and the Catholic/Nationalist community.
It has become a big tourist site, as it is now covered with murals and wall art showing the cultural and political history of this recent conflict.
Simone has been to see the wall, and for him you can feel that a sense of territorial division is still very alive in Belfast…

Hop on Hop off Bus [£: 12-10]

This fun and easy way to discover the city is cheap, probably one of the cheapest in Europe (12£). Simone even only paid 10£, probably because they thought he was a student (ahem)… It’s a 90 minutes ride that takes you everywhere you need to go, for 48 hours.

St. George’s Market

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, St George’s Market is a MUST.
Food, live music, art……. what could you ask for more at a market?????
Address: 12 – 20 East Bridge Street
Opening Hours: Friday 6.00-15.00, Saturday 9.00-15.00, Sunday 10.00-16.00

And finally…

Walk around and enjoy the architecture, the red bricks all over and the many churches abandoned or used as clubs, restaurants, etc.

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£]

Vegan Pizza at Greens Pizza

Vegan Pizza at Greens Pizza

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£]

Hangover Cure at Maggie May's

Hangover Cure at Maggie May’s

Maggie May’s is a classic in Belfast, and we totally recommend it. So far, it has been our brunch place, and it has lots of things for vegetarians and vegans (just make sure to tell you want it vegan when you order). I am crazy about their veggie pitta that I used to order with a side of rice (the chilli sauce gets REALLY spicy, and the garlic sauce is lovely). If you get the veggie fry plate, it’ll come with delicious veggie sausages (but also eggs, so : not vegan).
We prefer the one that is one close to the university, but it gets really busy at peak time and you might have to wait for a while. To avoid the crowd, try the one on Botanic Avenue!
A special mention for « the hangover cure » dishes, literally specified on the menu!
Address: 50 Botanic Avenue & 2 Malone Road
Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday 8.00–23.00, Sunday 9.00–23.00

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!

Cafe Conor in Belfast

Cafe Conor in Belfast

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

The beautiful ceiling at Cafe Conor

Simone admiring the ceiling at Cafe Conor


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 

Belfast is full of different and great bars, from cocktail bars to old traditional pubs… you have it all!

The Spaniard

Hop in for a beer or a cider at The Spaniard, but then you’ll discover their great selection of Rum and you’ll close the bar!
Address: 3 Skipper Street
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 12.00-01.00, Sunday 12.00-00.00

Berts Jazz bar

You want to hear some 70s post punk while banging your head on the counter after a shot of Jack Daniel’s?  Well do not come here….
Obviously joking, Berts is the perfect place to sip a Martini or a Daiquiri while listening to cool jazz vibes.
Address: 16 Skipper Street
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 16.00 til late, Saturday 11.00 til late, Sunday 11.00-00.00

The Garrick 

Believe it or not, we stumbled upon The Garrick by mistake during our fist weekend in Belfast. We had just eaten at Boojum and had an hour or so before meeting a friend somewhere else. We liked it, and later learnt by same friend when we went with him that this pub is « as Belfast as it gets ». I hope the locals won’t hate us for disclosing their best-kept secret, but this is where you want to be if you want to avoid your fellow tourists. They have a nice selection of beers and ciders, and of course the other stuff if you need something a bit stronger! They also host the most amazing « trad sessions », making it my favorite place to go to listen to traditional Irish music in Belfast.
Address: 29 Chichester Street
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 11.30-01.00, Sunday 12.30-00.00

The Merchant’s cocktail bar

If you want to get a little fancy without taking another mortgage on your house, you might want to head to the Merchant Hotel’s bar (not the pub) where you’ll feel the 5* hotel bar atmosphere nicely, with cocktails around 10-15£.
Address: 16 Skipper Street
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]

We were the first guests at Bridgid’s Airbnb, and we’ve been back two times since already. You will feel at home in this house, and will meet nice people if you want to (otherwise, they will totally leave you alone to do your things). The rooms are homey, and two of them include a fireplace (yes, I know, how cool is that?!). They’re filled with anything you’ll need (complimentary bottles of water, kettle and tea, etc.) and if there’s something else you need, just ask and they will try to accommodate you as much as they can. You can use the kitchen for your meals (there are things around for breakfast that you can use) and the two downstairs-rooms share a bathroom that only guests use. It’s not noisy at all, well isolated from light at night if you need the dark, and the bed have a heating system that you can turn on and off wether you’re cold or not.

Lagan Hostel (Fitzroy avenue – University Quarter)

If you are a backpacker and you’re not too picky, this is probably the prefect place for you!
Dorms from 11£, free breakfast (full english, vegetarian, porridge), coffee and tea all day, organised tours, cinema room, 3£ dinner and a friendly staff!
Maybe the beds are not the most comfortable in the world and you might have to queue a little to get a shower but hey: no one is perfect……
Also, bus stops (College Green and Rugby Road) are just 2 minutes away and a supermarket is close by with a free ATM. Perfect to explore during a weekend in Belfast!

How to get around, to and from Belfast

Public transportation 

We have never used the metro, but we have done a few bus rides. You can get a top-up card in some places or you can buy your ticket from the driver when you get in (you’ll need cash, they accept 10£ and 20£ notes, so far). You can buy from the driver a single ride (around 1,5-2£), a return (2,5£) or a day ticket (3,40£).


Uber is insanely cheap here, and during the off-peak time you can pretty much go anywhere for around 4£. During peak hours and the weekend (especially after 11pm because there are no buses anymore) it can definitely be a bit more pricey.
You should know that Uber drivers can also be taxi drivers, which surprised us a little the first time!!

To and From : Belfast-Dublin

You can get a bus ticket from Belfast to Dublin City or Dublin Airport around 10£ with Translink (Goldline X1/2). You can book on Internet and then you’ll have to get your actual ticket from the ticket desk at Europa Bus Center. They’ll only deliver it 40min before your ride so no need to arrive 2hrs early!
From Dublin City, Simone took a bus from Dublin’s Busaras station from the Goldline X1/2 that cost 9£, and I took an Aircoach that I paid 17€ to the driver (without reservation). You can also book this one at a cheaper price online, but you have to do it before 5pm the previous day.

Belfast from London

We did this trip twice, with two different methods. Belfast has an international airport, but we find that they have few flights, and they’re usually more expensive than flights to London or Dublin. Which is why we put the bus to/from Dublin informations above.
The first one was to take a RyanAir flight from Gatwick to Belfast Airport. We took a 17£ train from Victoria Station to Gatwick, and a 7£ bus from Belfast Airport to the city.
The second (masochist) one (and way too long for just a weekend in Belfast) was to take the bus and the ferry with National Express. You’ll board a coach in Victoria Coach station in London that will take you to a port in Scotland in around 13hrs. The coach will stop a lot during the trip and it’s unlikely you’ll get a lot of sleep. Once you arrive, you’ll be dazzled by the beauty of the landscape, and you won’t mind getting off at the port in Scotland. There, you’ll wait to board a Stena Line ferry that will take you, with all the luxury you need after 13hrs in a bus, to Belfast port. There, you’ll take a final bus that’ll get you to Belfast Europa Bus Center in approximately 20min. The ticket that we booked through the National Express website included everything (the coach from Victoria to Scotland, the ferry, and the bus to the port to the city).
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!
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Ashley - Adventure To Anywhere 26 February 2017 - 5 h 23 min

This is such an excellent post! Thank you. I am visiting Belfast this May and while I am not 100% vegan, I do eat a majority plant-based diet. I’m going to try to find that pizza place!

Alice Cardy 27 February 2017 - 20 h 07 min

Thank you so much, Ashley! Do try to find Greens Pizza, their “vegan-cheese” pizzas are really something from another world… Send us a message if you want when you’ll be here 😉

Anita 26 February 2017 - 22 h 00 min

So many choices in Belfast. I liked that Ulster museum is very interactive you can touch things and play games. Even I am not vegan I was impressed by the food choices. It would be great to visit one day. Thanks for sharing!

Alice Cardy 27 February 2017 - 20 h 08 min

Thank you Anita! Belfast has a lot to offer indeed! I hope you’ll get to visit!

Jorden Lacy 27 February 2017 - 1 h 26 min

Wow, before reading this post I had never even heard of Belfast and now I want to go! Loving all of the vegan options. Adding Belfast to my bucket list (I live in the states). Thanks for such a thoughtful, comprehensive post!

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Alice Cardy 27 February 2017 - 20 h 09 min

Mission accomplished if we made you want to come over here! Thank you for your comment, I hope you make it here soon!

Carlie 27 February 2017 - 2 h 02 min

I love this. Your pics are really beautiful and I loved that you gave healthy options vs. he typical, touristy ones. Now I’m dying to go.

Alice Cardy 27 February 2017 - 20 h 09 min

Thanks, Carly! I’m really glad you enjoyed the guide. Hope you visit soon!

Danielle 27 February 2017 - 2 h 14 min

Belfast is definitely an underrated travel destination. It looks delicious, and I must admit I’ve always been intrigued by Titanic – so I would totally visit the museum!

Alice Cardy 27 February 2017 - 20 h 10 min

Thanks for your comment, Danielle! The Titanic is such a fun activity to do here, I’m sure you’d love it!

Sonja 27 February 2017 - 12 h 09 min

I definitely think it’s an underrated destination too! I so want to go back there again. I only had a really short time to go there and I want to explore so much more. Love all your suggestions, this is such a thorough guide!!

Alice Cardy 27 February 2017 - 20 h 11 min

I’m so glad you enjoyed Belfast and you liked the guide! There is so much more to Belfast than it seems, it’s a great place! Tell us if you come back anytime soon 😉

Jennifer 27 February 2017 - 19 h 24 min

Fantastic guide! I have never been to Belfast but it looks like a fun place!

Alice Cardy 27 February 2017 - 20 h 11 min

Thank you Jennifer! I hope you visit some time!

Joe 27 February 2017 - 19 h 48 min

I really do need to get myself to Belfast one of these days. Such an interesting city with so much to see; it’s easy to forget just how recently it was a bit of a ‘no go’ area because of the troubles. Thanks for this guide – definitely increased my desire to take a trip here soon!

Alice Cardy 27 February 2017 - 20 h 42 min

Yes, I think they’re getting ready to get past that and welcome a more important load of tourism. I think it’s a great city, there’s a lot of money invested in making it better so I hope people will think more of Belfast as a nice place to visit! Thank you for your comment Joe, and don’t hesitate to send us a message when you’re coming!

Lydia@LifeUntraveled 27 February 2017 - 21 h 35 min

I’ve never been to Ireland but there seems to be lots to see and do (and a free museum is always a good thing!). I’m surprised at all the vegan options – thanks for sharing!

Lindz @ I've Been Bit! 28 February 2017 - 4 h 02 min

Belfast sounds like an absolute blast! It’s never really been on my radar, but after reading your post it sure is now! Seems like a great place to have relocated to – I hope things are going well thus far! 🙂

neha 28 February 2017 - 5 h 16 min

Beautiful place. Thanks for the tips. The hop-on-hop-off bus looks like a great way to explore the place. And Ulster Museum sounds a great place to visit. I have never been to a museum that allows us to feel and touch things..would love to visit here

Wanderlust Vegans 28 February 2017 - 18 h 46 min

We haven’t been to Belfast yet! Thank for you this wonderful guide. We will definitely use it on our travels!

June Maughan 28 February 2017 - 22 h 51 min

Belfast is a city I plan to visit so thanks for sharing this useful resource, it’s so informative. June 🙂

Chris 28 February 2017 - 23 h 27 min

An interesting (Vegan) take on Belfast.

It certainly looks as though they have a blossoming food scene to cater for that market!

I’ve not seen it myself, but apparently the Titanic exhibit in Belfast is award winning across Europe, so it sounds (and looks) well worth a visit!

Global Girl Travels 1 March 2017 - 5 h 00 min

You are right – the architecture in Belfast is quite a marvel! I am not a vegan but I would love to try the ones you have listed here.

Els 1 March 2017 - 10 h 03 min

Hi guys! I live in Belfast too! Did you know we have a vegan meetup group in Belfast. I might see you there! 🙂 Oh and if you haven’t tried yet, you should def check out the vegan pancakes at Iho (Stranmills Road)

Alice Cardy 1 March 2017 - 11 h 37 min

I didn’t know that, thanks for the tip! (I deleted the link from the comment but I just joined!) I haven’t tried the pancakes but you bet I’m going to very soon!!

Sandy N Vyjay 5 March 2017 - 4 h 49 min

Ocean exploration museum amazed me. I would really love to visit it. The vegan food was mouth watering, even the words made my tummy grumble. Belfast has a lot to offer.

Ami Bhat 8 March 2017 - 16 h 58 min

A lovely guide. Thanks for the Vegan listing. Rarely we get these and people like me are always hunting for them. This makes it easier for a lot of us.

Tatum Skipper 15 March 2017 - 17 h 45 min

You seem to hit all the right places. I am not vegan but appreciate people like you who travel and tell all for those people who are. That museum seems really awesome. I would love to try some of those restaurants no matter if some are vegan or not!

Lorena 15 March 2017 - 17 h 53 min

If there is one thing I’d like to also do in a place, it is also to eat. This is a great guide. Although I am not vegetarian, some of the places you’ve mentioned look really good

Maggie 15 March 2017 - 17 h 58 min

Search an under rated destination! Love your photos. And the food there sounds amazing!

Liz 15 March 2017 - 18 h 18 min

Some of my friends go to Queen’s University and I’ve been meaning to visit so this is very useful! 🙂

Candiss 15 March 2017 - 18 h 26 min

What a great guide! While I’m not vegan myself sometimes I just want some plant based food on my travels so I’ll keep these places in mind, when i get to Belfast, they look great!

Stephanie Huff 16 March 2017 - 0 h 33 min

As a vegan I think this guide is super helpful 😀 I haven’t been to Belfast so will keep these places in mind. I also really like how you included the prices for all of your suggestions! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Evie 16 March 2017 - 1 h 52 min

I had no idea there was so much to see in Belfast. I want to go to the Titanic museum and the Ulster Gallery looks lovely too. Definitely adding this to my list…not just for the food.

Aireona Raschke - Nightborn Travel 16 March 2017 - 2 h 38 min

I loved Belfast SO much when I was in Ireland. I wish I had had the time to do all of this. It is great guide!

Clare 16 March 2017 - 10 h 46 min

I have wanted to visit Belfast for a while but still not got there. It does look like a beautiful city with lots to do. I really want to go visit the Titanic Museum as I am fascinated by it!! Am sure I will be there all day!!

Marteen 16 March 2017 - 18 h 16 min

I’ve been dying to visit Belfast, especially the Titanic Museum. I’m a vegetarian so it’s wonderful to get some tips of vegan friendly places to eat 🙂

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Farah Al Zadjaly 16 May 2018 - 23 h 16 min

This is amazing 🙂 the pictures and the journey you have taken us through with this. LOVE IT.

Jen at The Places We Live 18 May 2018 - 3 h 04 min

Wow! Such a great collection of inexpensive things to do. I went a couple of years ago, but it looks like I completely missed the museum. I’ll have to add that to my to-do list, because it looks really pretty.

Debbie Graham 21 August 2018 - 17 h 17 min

Love your post on Belfast! We only traveled to the South. We also love Vegan and Museums, so I will return here for info.


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