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    Belfast City Hall Belfast City Hall

    A concierge's guide to Belfast

    The concierge team at Belfast's esteemed Merchant Hotel offer its guide to Belfast

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    Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast

    Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast

    1. Local restaurants

    Belfast has become a real "foodie" haven these days, with casual to high-end dining and everything in between. One of the best places to visit is the Mourne Seafood bar. A seafood lover’s paradise that also serves some serious steaks and surprisingly good vegetarian options.

    Harlem restaurant, Belfast Harlem restaurant, Belfast

    Harlem restaurant, Belfast

    2. Good to know

    The standard protocol for tipping is to offer 10% of the total bill if satisfied with the service. If particularly pleased, 15% or more will make your server’s night!

    The Merchant Hotel, Belfast The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

    The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

    3. Must-sees

    Hmm… afternoon tea in the Merchant Hotel for one! It’s traditional, delicious and in an elegant setting. There’s Titanic Belfast, the largest Titanic exhibition in the world, and Black Cab tours of the city, which take in political murals and more, with knowledgeable, fun taxi drivers.

    Belfast Botanic Gardens Belfast Botanic Gardens

    Belfast Botanic Gardens

    4. Green spaces

    The largest is the Botanical Gardens – the Ulster Museum is also in the grounds – and is well worth a visit. The lawns at City Hall are a popular spot to catch some rays.

    Cycling around Belfast city centre Cycling around Belfast city centre

    Cycling around Belfast's Titanic Quarter

    5. City tours

    Belfast City Bike Tours offers fun tours of the city where local guides show you sights only reachable by bike. They take place on Thursday to Sunday, visit 30 points of interest and the guides know the area inside out.

    Cave Hill, Belfast Cave Hill, Belfast

    Cave Hill, Belfast

    6. Hidden treasures

    You can get away from it all up in the Belfast mountains around Cave Hill, which was the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. The high-energy Gaelic games at Casement Park stadium are also phenomenal, or you could take a stroll along the Lagan Towpath with a coffee from the Lock Keepers’ Inn.

    Music at Cathedral Quarter, Belfast Music at Cathedral Quarter, Belfast

    Music at Cathedral Quarter, Belfast

    7. Traditional pubs

    More than you could shake a stick at! The Duke of York, Kelly’s Cellars, the Cloth Ear, the Spaniard

    Shopping in Belfast City Shopping in Belfast City

    Shopping in Belfast city

    8. Craft shops

    Spacecraft in the Fountain Centre on College Street is a well-hidden gem crammed with local crafts, jewellery, clothes and more.

    Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, County Antrim Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, County Antrim

    Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, County Antrim

    9. Best day trips

    A trip up the North Coast to see the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge – not to mention the world-class golfing there. Or perhaps the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Tollymore Forest Park and some quintessential seaside towns.

    Belfast City Hall Belfast City Hall

    Belfast City Hall

    10. The best bit…

    The people here are overwhelmingly friendly and love to share our vibrant little city with people from all four corners of the world!