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When I’m in Belfast, there are a cou­ple of spots where I re­ally love to eat. My ab­so­lute favourite is Mourne Seafood Bar (3436 Bank Street). There’s just such a lovely at­mos­phere there and the food is re­ally tasty. You can get steaks and vege­tar­ian food, but the sh is the star of the show. While it’s a real treat, it’s in a ca­sual set­ting, and it’s good value. There’s a great shmon­gers there as well.

One of my favourite hid­den gems is the Chilli House (85 Dublin Road), which is an amaz­ing Chi­nese restau­rant. It’s de nitely not what you ex­pect from the out­side! When you go in, you have to plead with them to give you the Chi­nese menu – it’s just so much bet­ter than the menu writ­ten in English. They’re scep­ti­cal as to whether we can han­dle the spice! But it’s de­li­cious. It’s the best Chi­nese I’ve

ever had.

Bia Rebel (409 Ormeau Road) is a brand new ra­men place, which has been get­ting rave re­views from crit­ics in Ire­land and in Lon­don. I grew up on Ormeau Road, and never in a mil­lion years would I have thought that a ra­men place would make its way there! The food is ab­so­lutely de­li­cious, and it’s lovely to be in walk­ing dis­tance of an amaz­ing restau­rant.

As for food shop­ping, St Ge­orge’s Mar­ket (12-20 East Bridge Street) is in­cred­i­ble. It’s one of the best mar­kets I’ve been to any­where. I loved go­ing over on a Satur­day or Sun­day morn­ing and playing mu­sic there, and then go­ing around to all the stalls. They still have live mu­sic. There’s an in­cred­i­ble shmon­gers there, as well as lots of dif­fer­ent types of food, arts and crafts and vin­tage stalls. If you’re vis­it­ing Belfast, the mar­ket is a de nitely a must-see.


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