No Alibis specializes in crime fiction in all its colorful shapes and forms; whodunits, thrillers, murder mysteries, detective fiction and more. No Alibis is also Belfast's foremost independent bookstore stocking American 20th-century politics and history texts, offering an efficient and comprehensive ordering service for the students of American Studies at Queen's University which is just around the corner. Aside from the engrossing range of literature on offer, No Alibis provides a small reading area, decorated by a selection of oil paintings.
St. George's Market has been a long-established market and events venue in Belfast. You have to be up early to catch up with real good bargains. St. George's fish is the freshest and cheapest in the city. Squid and salmon aside, you can get almost anything here. From shoelaces to second-hand books, carpets to candle holders, aubergines to angel figurines, just about anything. On special occasions like Christmas, Easter and St. Patrick's Day, the market is abuzz with exotic foods and live music.
Harper is the ultimate destination for every shoe fashionista in Belfast. This high-end store stocks shoes from some of the most high-end designer brands, right from Christian Louboutin and Charlotte Olympia, to Lucy Choi and Rachel Zoe. From elegant stilettos in beige to studded pink pumps and grungy boots, this store has it all. They also have a limited collection of exclusive designer accessories such as Jimmy Choo clutches and Christian Louboutin iPad cases.
Opened in 2008, the Victoria Square Shopping Centre is a shopping area that is spread over 80,000 square feet in the the heart of Belfast. All of the major international brands like Nando's, Costa's Coffee, Starbucks, Mc Donalds and T.G.I.F are conspicuous by their presence here, along with boutiques, nightclubs, cafe-bars, art galleries and resting spots. Visitors to Belfast are always taken up by the unique design and layout of this modern development. Check site for the store directory.
CastleCourt is the city's premier shopping experience. Since it opened in the late 1980s, it has become immensely popular with Belfast shoppers. It offers around 80 local and international retail outlets with Debenhams being the flagship store. Others include Gap, Laura Ashley, Republic, Blue Inc and Exhibit. It is a two-story mall with marble floors, glass domes, and natural light. There are self-service food outlets including KFC, Burger King, and Costa Coffee where you can relax and take a break.
Housed inside the Cultúrlann on Falls Road, An Ceathrú Póilí is a brilliant bookstore. The shop stocks most of available Irish literature, you will also find here English reference books about Irish culture and literature. Established in 1991, An Ceathrú Póilí is one of just a few remaining, exclusively Irish-language bookstores in United Kingdom. Also on offer are a selection of gift items and greeting cards (in English as well as Irish). If you're looking for some hard-to-find Irish book, you'll probably find it on one of the shelves at An Ceathrú Póilí.
This is a compact and committed little shop that is part of the association of Fair Trade shops and decked out in posters from international aid charities. It promotes responsible shopping and sells fairly traded products like Café Direct coffees and goods from environmentally conscious manufacturers such as Ecover. It is, in addition, a respectably well-stocked second-hand bookstore with shelf space not only for the usual novels, but also history, literature and critical works on a variety of subjects, as well as some collectors' editions. Vintage style magazines are also on display. This is shopping with a conscience, but also with a smile.
Annville Antiques is a cozy and friendly antique store set just off the main shopping routes on Grays Hill. Collectibles of all shapes and sizes are both bought and sold, but old perfume jars, powder compacts and jewelery from ages past are a specialty. As with many of the stores around this compact area, you can spend hours browsing through the treasures on view without being aware of the time slipping by. Stop by if you're looking for that unusual gift you really can't find anywhere else: there's no pressure to buy and you'll enjoy the journey back to a time when bedrooms were full of priceless little fineries.
Established for many years now, this outlet right on Portadown's high street is ever popular with parents throughout the county. It stocks all the very latest trends in top brand name clothes and accessories, including some toys, for fashion-conscious boys and girls of all ages. Names like Timberland, Kickers, Diesel, Kookai and Elle are all on display in this bright and modern store. As with all name tags, prices are higher than in other retail outlets, but worth it if you want to have the coolest-dressed kid in town.
Turnip House, (contact Elaine or John McCombe) is the label for this unique range of hand-framed knitwear in the pure natural yarns of lambswool, silk and linen. The sweaters and jackets are inspired by the decorations and forms of the early peoples of Ireland. The garments portray an original interpretation of the traditional Celtic designs which became the signature of so many stone carvings, jewelery and illuminated manuscripts in Ireland. These are definitely must-have garments, offering the beauty of past design with the cachet and comfort of modern luxury materials.
Owned and operated by Donald McClusky, who also owns Oakland Antiques in Belfast, Ballinderry Antiques is located in Lisburn about 19.13 kilometers (12 miles) from central Belfast. Housed within a charming house in Upper Ballinderry, this antique store is full of splendid, old treasures like cabinets, mirrors, desks, paintings, among many others. Most of these items are well-maintained and quite unique. Drop in for some wonderful additions to your antique collection.