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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.
Set right in the middle of the university area (directly opposite from Queen's English department, handily enough), Bookfinders is a bookshop and cafe that exudes a bohemian ambiance. Texts favored by university courses make a strong showing here, to be either sold or acquired. Delve deeper into the shop and you'll be met by the aroma of coffee. Coffee and food are served amongst the surroundings that are all of a literary slant, with promotional posters and portraits adorning the walls. Their soups, brownies and cakes divine, and a nice lunch with a coffee makes for a nice afternoon meal. A laid back, casual eatery with a relaxed kind of charm.
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.