Victoria Square: Fifty Shops
Victoria Square is part of the old and part of the new. The interior is very contemporary and well designed making it fun to look at all it’s rounded details. They have very different stores than in the US so it’s fun to browse. There are some usual eating places like Starbucks, McDonalds and Pizza Hut, but you can bypass those and find something more traditionally Irish.
What to buy: There are all kinds of merchandise in the 50 shops, you can buy nearly anything in apparel.
Opening Hours in 2010
Monday - Tuesday 9:30 am - 6 pm
Wednesday - Friday 9:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm1
What to pay: Prices variedRelated to:
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This is a spacious, well designed shopping centre in the heart of Belfast. It contains mainly designer brand shops, eateries & a cinema.
I wouldn't normally look round a shopping centre on a break, but it does have something that is worth a visit. In the roof there is a glass dome which gives you a panoramic view of the city centre skyline.
This is the newest shopping complex in the heart of Belfast. At a cost of 400 million pounds and 6 years to complete, it's sure to attract a lot of business. With a total area of 800,000ft and four floors it's quite a sight to behold.
The list of stores included is long and impressive, here are but a few; House of Fraser, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Tommy Hilfiger, Ted Baker, Remus Uomo, River Island, Top Shop/Top Man, Monsoon and Zavvi.
Not to forget the Odeon 8 screen cinema opening in June.Related to:
THIS IS NOT A TIP FOR ANY ONE SHOP BUT AN ENTIRE STREET..OR IN THIS CASE AN AVENUE.
ROYAL AVENUE IS STRAIGHT IN FRONT OF CITY HALL AND RUNS FOR ABOUT A HALF MILE.
ON THIS AVENUE YOU CAN BUY ALMOST ANYTHING FROM NEWSPAPERS TO NEW CLOTHES AND LOADS MORE, PLUS YOU ARE SURE TO FIND THAT SPECIAL GIFT TO TAKE BACK HOME WITH YOU TO REMIND YOU OF BELFAST. IF THE WEATHER IS NOT SO GOOD THEN YOU CAN ALWAYS GO INTO THE CASTLE COURT SHOPPING CENTRE WHICH SITS RIGHT IN THE HEART OF ROYAL AVENUE. IN HERE YOU WILL FIND DOZENS MORE SHOPS AND PLACES TO EAT, OR JUST SIT IN A CAFE AND ENJOY A COFFEE WHILE YOU REST THOSE TIRED FEET AND WATCH THE WORLD GO BY....SO IF YOU LIKE YOUR SHOPPING YOU COULD DO WORSE THAN GIVE ROYAL AVENUE A TRY,
FOR SHOPPING IN THE HEART OF THE CITY ITS HARD TO BEAT.Related to:
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This cute shop's literally packed with all kinds of cards: birthday, anniversary, get well, with children, animals, teddybears...
The problem appears when you really have to decide which card to buy.
What to buy: cards of course, and postcards
What to pay: postcards-30p each
Castle Court Shopping Centre.
This is Northern Ireland's largest shopping centre, so it's obviously one of the main places to shop. It's a two-storey mall of marble floors, glass domes, with plenty of natural light streaming in.
There's over 70 shops including; Debenhams, Gap, TK Maxx, Principles, Boots, Starbucks, Virgin Megastore, etc, etc.
Robinson and Cleaver's: A Bygone Shopping Age
ROBINSON AND CLEAVER’S Department store that was!
Situated right opposite the City Hall in Donegall Sq. North architects Young and Mackenzie built this grand building during 1886-1888
It used to be one of Belfast’s most well known department stores, Robinson and Cleaver’s Royal Irish Linen Warehouse. Fifty heads of the firm’s patrons pop out of the exterior, including Queen Victoria, and the Maharajah of Cooch Behar, who laid out the rules of snooker in India in 1885! Heads also symbolise countries to which the firm sold products, including Canada and Scotland, which is shown as a Highland chief. During the 70's the store closed and the listed building now houses a variety of smaller shops and offices. This view is from the grounds of the City Hall.Related to:
Junction One: Designer Discount Retail
It is a large retail park with designer discount outlets such as Next, Marks & Spencer, Clarks, Levis and more.
What to buy: I got a pair black high heels from Clarks for only £15, Levis for only £30.
Just be careful as a lot of products are marked as seconds and examine products carefully.Related to:
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Fresh Garbage: Goth & Hippy gear
Suzanne & I loved this shop straight away... it's full of Goth teenagers and bearded bikers but damnit, I would wear that kind of stuff too except that black does not always suit me!
What to buy: Here they sell the usual multi coloured floaty tops and skirts, hoodies with Limp Bizkit/Korn/Slipknot/Metallica etc on them.
I loved their range of t-shirts and jewellery.Related to:
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Its too expensive and too shiney
Belfast has a lot of what we call Spides. Young kids who give passers by abuse and were shiney tracksuits (usually white) with big white trainers and lots of gold jewelry. So lots of shops cater to them.
Also there are lots of shops for clubbers. You know the stuff. Nice shirts and trousers. Desert boots blah blah.
You need to look to retro shops such as Rusty Zip on Botanic Avenue or Liberty blue in the town centre. GAP and those sorts are here as are other big chains. I prefer to go away to Scotland to shop put it that way!!
What to buy: Nothing there is nothing special to buy in Belfast. Its just like anywhere else.
What to pay: A lot! Clothes are as expensive here as the rest of Britain. £50 for jeans £25+ for T-shirts if you are the trendy type. Visit primark or TK Max in Castle court for cheap and cheerful stuff.
City Centre Shops
Belfast city centre is rapidly filling up with the usual English chains but it is still possible to find some small, individually owned businesses. If you are looking for jewelry, be sure to check out the Queen's Arcade, there are several jewelry shops there, including one that specialises in amber and another that specialises in antiques.
What to buy: Linen is popular as Belfast was once an important linen centre. You can find linen in 3 shops in the city centre and in an outlet shop on the Donegall Road (please contact me about directions - it is in a rather dodgy area!).
The Wicker Man: Souvenirs
What to buy: In this rather small shop, you can find wonderful things like picture-frames, oil-paintings, calenders, clocks, mugs, postcards, perfumes, carvings, etc.
What to pay: Depends on how much you're willing to spendRelated to:
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