Take a Walk: A Foodie Tour of Belfast

The best way to see any city is to take a walking tour. In Belfast you can take a walking tour with Caroline Wilson of Taste&Tour, and explore some of the city’s great food and drinks. A native of Belfast, Caroline knows everyone who is anyone in the food and drink business and a walk with her is a delight.  

Take a Walk – A Foodie Tour of Belfast 

We met at Donegall Square and managed to walk quite a few kms without realising it. At each stop there was an interesting story with treats waiting for the tour group. It was a planned route, which also allowed exploration of Belfast city, to hear some history, see places somewhat off the beaten track and some imaginative street art.

Sawer’s Food Emporium 

It would be impossible to go into Sawer’s and not buy something. This shop has been supplying Belfast with delicacies from around the world since 1897. It is a family run business and the shop is packed with lots of interesting foods to try. There is also a great deli counter to pick up that special lunch treat on a visit to the city. Fountain Centre, College Street, see here.

Daisies Café – hot chocolate and cannoli 

This is the place for the best hot chocolate in Belfast. It is creamy and delicious and paired with a cannoli, even nicer. The café also specialise in making chocolate, artisan pastries and the CoCouture chocolate range is available 6b Chichester Street, BT1, See here

St. George’s Market

This is the best food market in Belfast, in a lovely Victorian red-brick building. Friday is fish day, but every day there is a great range of food available from the many stalls. All types of food are available from organic, vegan, vegetarian, traditional and exotic. There is usually live music on too. Stalls in the market also sell arts, crafts, jewellery, collectibles, clothing, gifts and more. East Bridge Street, BT1 See here.

Henry’s Belfast 

Henry’s Bar is named after the United Irishman Henry Joy McCracken, and there is a life size statue of him in the entrance. Henry’s bar is down a tiny lane called Joy’s Entry/ It is more than 100 years old Henry’s retains its past and embraces it. They also serve a mean Gimlet; Boatyard gin with fresh squeezed lime and sugar. Joy’s Entry, see here.

Deer’s Head 

How about a pub with its own brewery? This is what the Deer’s Head does. They brew beer on site and you can watch it all happening in the huge copper vats. Bell’s beers are named after old Belfast bars such as the Black Bull and Monkey Shaving the Goat. It is a very comfortable saloon bar. The menu is typical pub food such as hot sandwiches, and roast dinners. However, the trio of pies was delicious, different and perfect with the beers. Garfield Street, See here.

Mike’s Fancy Cheese 

Walking to Mike’s Fancy Cheese shop will take you through an area of Belfast that is dedicated to street art. Take time to look at the artistic talents of the city. This is artisan cheese at its best, all made with raw milk and includes hard, soft and blue cheeses. Mike’s also stock cheeses from artisan makers, and all the accoutrements to go with a cheese plate. Little Donegall Street See here.

Belfast Taste & Tours are run by Caroline Wilson and she can be contacted here.   

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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