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.
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.
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.
The Belfast city center branch of Marks & Spencer has been one of the busiest in the United Kingdom. This most respected of stores offers quality clothes in classic lines, plus the finest foods. Their inexpensive clothing for kids includes an extensive back to school range and some very fun tie-in lines. Adults have a choice of fine leisurewear and conventional but well-made work wear. Marks & Spencer continues to enjoy the loyal support of the Belfast public, thanks to their winning combination of inexpensive, practical clothing and luxury food items.
More expensive than a typical supermarket, the food hall in Marks and Spencer sells the tastiest food in the city center. Excellent sandwiches and a broad range of convenience foods cater to those who buy dinner on the way home from the office or who consider themselves gourmets without wanting to spend time in preparation. A good place to come if you're vegetarian, or interested in foreign cuisine or sushi. You'll find your organic vegetables here scrubbed and packaged and ready to go.
New Look as an outlet is known for stocking trendy yet comfortable clothes in several sizes, even the bigger ones. This particular store is no different, and stocks some stylish clothes for women, and even copies priced at a fraction of the original price. Although the products are still on the pricier end, this store is well worth a visit to know the latest trends. They even have a small section for men.
This well-renowned sports store has kitted out many generations of sportsmen and sportswomen, in all manner of sporting pursuits. Covering every major sport- soccer, rugby, hockey, snooker as well as winter sports and some American sports—in addition the shop deals with all the major sports labels, with a range of sports wear and equipment from the likes of Adidas, Nike, Umbro and Reebok. The store sells tickets for major local sporting events, most notably rugby matches, either for Ulster or for the Irish national side. It has also recently branched out into providing winter ski holidays.
Lunn's is one of the most popular jewelery shops in the city, renowned for its opulent diamonds and precious stones. The enticing window displays are always a draw for shoppers. Check out the latest designs of diamond rings currently for sale. Also take a look at the beautiful Mikimoto's designer pearls, chokers and pendants. Here you'll also find the famous Chopard watches from Geneva and Yurman jewelery from USA.
Lauren May Jewelery specializes in amber and silver jewelery with many modern designs at affordable prices. The amber is sourced in Poland and Germany and the owner travels the world finding rare and interesting pieces. Amber comes in a large variety of colors including green amber, honey, and milk amber. Because it is a resin, not a mineral or a stone, amber is very light to wear and always warm against the skin. Amber is said to ward off evil spirits—it is regarded as a friendly and protective jewel. Some of the large pendants are quite stunning and the price is within reach. Commissions are welcome. For those warm autumn colors in your wardrobe amber is the perfect accessory.