A wonderful addition to the Belfast scene and a good boost for redevelopment in the area, the 50+ shop mall is the biggest in Northern Ireland and without a doubt the most impressive.
Its designed to resemble two streets (fortunately they're covered!) and the piece de resistance is the glass dome and panoramic viewing gallery.
Even if you don't like shopping you should go there for the view (its free) and then have lunch in one of the many restaurants or coffee shops, or head to the cinema. Note the dome is closed at dusk.
What to buy: Anything! There is the largest House of Fraser in the UK, monsoon, high end jewelers etc. Its mostly of a higher end here than other shopping centers, but theres also a large Top Shop and an H+M .
It's a little boutique found on the Lisburn Road, Belfast. The area called the 'Style Mile' where you can pick up something unique and different, not typical high street clothing. What makes this shop different is that it sells to mature ladies who are looking for flattering clothes and accessories that are fahionable but not overly expensive. I like it because of the great service and quality products. Also love the fact that you can find the perfect designer collection that suits your needs, isn't too commercial and won't be seen on every other person walking down the street. Handily they have a website, so if its a bad day outside I will simply shop from my computer!
What to buy: I would shop for good quality clothing that is reasonably priced. Love the new vintage style collection in Bison, Elisa Cavaletti, its got an old style look with little charms and beading. Lauren Vidal uses dark colours and soft material. I would check out their own jewellery label, Collection Couture, some beautiful necklaces and bangles.
What to pay: Probably expect to spend up to £200 on a typical shopping trip.
I came across this shop while killing time waiting to board the Belfast tour bus, I was initially drawn to its window display (pic 2) with its newspaper cuttings of Irish musicians such as Thin Lizzy, Bono etc, and the T-Shirt with the slogan " I 'heart' yer Ma"
I wandered into this Aladdin's cave of a shop, and spent a happy 15 minutes or so browsing through the rails and shelves. I'm probably not typical of their usual clientele (being a nearly 50 year old and a size 14 (12 on a good day!)!), but I still found a few items that I would have loved to have bought. I was hoping to return later to purchase some jewellery, or their fun sunglasses, with HAPPY BIRTHDAY and candles on the frames for around £6, but I didn't get the chance. (A good excuse to return to Belfast though!)
This is an original, kitsch, one-of-a-kind fashion boutique, which has won awards, and column space in some glossy magazines. It sells vintage style dresses, shoes and accessories at reasonable prices- There was a sale rail too. Independent designers sell their wares here at affordable prices, which I was pleasantly surprised at.
Apparently, it started out as a shop selling Retro clothing. It has moved onto selling international labels to the hip and trendy of Belfast.
10.00 --18.00 Mon-Sat,
10.00 --21.00 Thursday
What to buy: Unique dresses, jewellery, shoes, bags for a reasonable price.
What to pay: From around £2 for a second hand belt.
I was sooo happy to have found this little gem of a shop. It sells a wide selection of exciting and inspiring educational toys. Me and my friends love it! I think we are big kids. There is even an interactive area to play with toys. We went on a Saturday and there was story telling going on which was really good as they used puppets. Its only a couple of mins walk from city hall. Definetly a must visit!!
What to buy: Lots of fun toys, games, books, puppets....great for finding a different gift!
What to pay: Really reasonable prices and some good sale offers!!
Well we have gone very upmarket with a new shopping centre and area called Victoria Square.
After an exciting launch, the people of Belfast can enjoy a new shopping experience. just wonder if you virtual tourists would find it - because although minutes away from our main Royal Avenue it's not that obvious so ask someone or use the directions below....
Mon - Tues 9am - 7pm
Wed - Fri 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 1pm - 6pm
Situated in the heart of Belfast City Centre Victoria Square is accessible by Car, Public Transport and on foot. For people with limited mobility, equipment such as electric scooters and wheelchairs are available on arrival from Shopmobility on the carpark level B2.
An interesting thing to do is go to the top of the Dome to see a great view over Belfast!
What to buy: It has a mix of high street stores and designer shops, including a shop where you can make your own teddy bear, give it an outfit and a name with a Birth Certificate, or would that be a Bear-th Certificate! (Did you like what I did there?) Other shops include A Record Store, New Look, The Pier Furniture Store, Coast for dresses - and the Department Store House of Frasers with a Hamleys Toy Shop Concession inside. Well there are loads on different shops actually and it is has an indoor outdoor feel.
Lots of Coffee Shops within shops etc and Big Food Chains like Nandos, Spur, McDonalds...
What to pay: It's a real mix - you might be lured though so bring your credit card - or leave it behind!
An hour on the train north will take you to the delightful town of Coleraine, its a university town and close to portush, its beautifel, pedestrianise and if your heading up shopping (Whish you really should) why not stay up for the night and go to Kellys, the top 5 ranked club in the UK.
Keny Youngs sells mens and womens, it stocks Armani, Versace, Hugo Boss, D&G, Evisu, Gant, Paul Smith, you name it, they have it. You wont find a shop to match it anywhere else in the country, its fantastic! Also, there is a sale shop, where everything that has not sold in 4 months is taken to and sold with 70% discounts! Alot of locals simply wait the 4months and make sure there first round to the sale shop. I highly recommend a visit here, you will get something nice for a night out in portrush! Also, if youngs is too expensive try Moloko, Moores and exile in the town, they stock your energie and diesel, the more wannabe designer gear, if thats your thing.
What to buy: Whatever you like/ can afford!
What to pay: Expensive
The Bureau sells Nudey, Stone Island, and Paul smith to name a few, cool and uptodate fashion, but it will cost ypu though, its just up the road from the replay and tommy hilfiger shops, keep going to the bureau if your alittle more adventurous. They have beautiful shoes. Paul smith is e LEGEND.
What to buy: Jeans, stone island jackets and Paul Smith Shoes.
Primark has always been my favorite place to shop in Belfast! You do not necessarily find designers, but all of the clothing is well-made, hip, and inexpensive (for those of you from the U.S., it is reminiscent of Kohl's, but much better).
What to buy: Clothing! Belfast has so many places to get quality clothing! If you cannot fit something into your luggage, just buy it in Belfast. You can get almost anything you want for a modest sum.
What to pay: Varies, as low as 1 pound...
Being a bloke, I can’t claim to know that much about shopping. Those who do, tell be that Belfast is amongst the top three cities in Ireland to shop in.
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