Now Belfast isn’t famed for being one of the most romantic cities in the world let’s face it. Where Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Rome, the Spanish Steps and Venice its winding canals, Belfast has the Albert Clock, a giant ceramic salmon, and whatever that thing is in the middle of Cornmarket.
Ok, ok, I’m being a little harsh there. Romance is in fact alive and well in the city, and you can enjoy a relaxing stroll through Botanic Gardens, visit the stunning Belfast Castle, or take in a show at the Grand Opera House (and plenty more besides). Plus, there are many places to enjoy a romantic meal and a drink or two. Try these places out next time your spending time with your significant other.
Give us your best impression of Lady and the Tramp (decide amongst yourselves who’s who) in Fratellis rustic italian on Great Victoria Street. If a bowl of spaghetti meatballs isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of small plates, tear & share things, and of course, pizza galore. The upstairs bar is a great spot for afters, complete with terrace and outside fireplace.
Holohans At The Barge
A cosy little seat with a view and some traditional yet inventive Irish cooking is what you’ll get on Holohan’s barge, along with its warm welcome and weird whiskey too (if you fancy). Right on the river Lagan among the newly developed landscape, their focus is truly on local produce, craft beer and quality dishes, all making for a pretty unique dining experience.
Sure what could be more romantic than a taste of France in the middle of Belfast? The Cafe Parisien restaurant is simply stunning, and looks onto our iconic City Hall. You can have afternoon tea, Sunday brunch, and if you’re out for the evening, the a la carte and table d’hote menus are very good value.
Havana Bank Sq
This is quite the hidden gem, and one I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet in my ResDiary articles, much to my embarrassment, as it is a fantastic venue. The warmth and intimacy of the restaurant, together with an accomplished menu and some mighty tasty cocktails make it the perfect place for some early evening, post shopping relaxation.
Grand Central Hotel - The Observatory
And lastly, the gorgeous Grand Central Hotel Observatory. Arguably the best views in Belfast, day or night, along with drinks and nibbles. Prices are pretty premium up here, so one for the special occasion. But definitely worth a celebratory Birthday or Anniversary drink.