We all need treated once in a while, whether it be a treat from ourselves or a gift from a significant other!
With this in mind, here’s 13 rather fancy things we recommend you try that are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. And that fancy feeling.
Indulge in Afternoon Tea
1. Floral Afternoon Tea
The Merchant, from £32.50 – Website
The luxurious Merchant Hotel has launched a new Afternoon Tea experience.
Launched ahead of Rose Week, guests can look forward to enjoying the elegant experience of scones, delicate finger sandwiches and floral-inspired cakes and pastries including a raspberry and rose chocolate sphere and a praline and earl grey blue flower macaroon, over the summer months at the five-star hotel.
As well as the extensive menu of teas on offer, guests can add an extra special touch to the experience with a glass of Valdo Rosé Prosecco Floral Edition 2016. The Champagne Floral Afternoon Tea is priced from £32.50 per person. Check out the full menu here.
Sip Cocktails & Listen To Jazz
2. Bert’s Jazz Bar
16 Skipper Street – Website
Transport yourself back to the Art Deco glamour of 1930’s New York and the Jazz Age in Belfast’s only dedicated Jazz bar and restaurant: Berts Bar at The Merchant Hotel. Soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you. A handpicked list of cocktails completes the extensive drinks selection. A French bistro style menu is complemented by an extensive wine list and, of course, exemplary service.
Berts offers live jazz seven nights a week from 9pm as well as perfectly relaxed weekends complete with delicious brunch and all day dining menus from 12pm and live jazz from 12pm to 2pm.
Chill at a Rooftop Bar
3. The Perch
5th Floor The Gate 42 Franklin Street – Website
One of Belfast’s most relaxing rooftop bars with stunning views and a delicious cocktail menu, you’ll feel particularly fancy while enjoying The Perch’s elegant garden party atmosphere.
In even better news, The Perch has only recently introduced delicious sharing platters, small plates and pizza on the roof. It’s all going on #UpOnTheRoof!
Treat Yourself at a Patisserie
4. Miel et Moi
703 Lisburn Road – Website
Northern Ireland’s first licensed Patisserie and Café Bar Miel et Moi is one of the greatest spots in Belfast. Particularly if you’re lusting after a lavish afternoon filled with scrumptious pastries hand baked daily using locally sourced ingredients.
In even better news, you can wash it down with a delicious drink (or three) from the extensive drinks menu, featuring everything under the sun from cocktails, wine, beer, brandy and gin.
5. Patisserie Valerie
11 Donegall Square West – Website
With the recent opening of one of the world’s largest patisserie chains in Belfast’s city centre, we now have the perfect excuse to indulge in some delicious French pastries after an afternoon of shopping. Did someone say bliss?
The luxurious chain, which has around 90 shops across the UK and is valued at £320m, made its debut here at the former Jaeger store in the Scottish Provident Building at Donegall Square West in the city centre just a few months ago, but is already proving seriously popular.
Dine Out In Style
1 Oxford Street – Website
One of only two Belfast restaurants to have been awarded the highly coveted Michelin Star, Ox has proved itself seriously well deserving of its numerous awards and rave reviews in the three years since it opened in Belfast’s thriving city centre.
OX guarantees menus which feature top quality meat and sustainably sourced fish, while also giving careful attention to seasonal vegetables and fruit. Whilst its close relationships with local suppliers mean menus are designed around the best available seasonal produce.
Take A Food Tour
7. Dine Round Deanes
Deanes Restaurants – Website
Dine Around Deanes is a unique opportunity to sample the delights of each of the Deanes Restaurants with the emphasis on a fun & sociable night out!
The event was created in 2013 to mark Belfast Restaurant Week but, so phenomenal has been the demand, that it’s now become a regular Deanes event.
On a Double Decker Bus Tour you will travel from Deane and Decano in South Belfast, via Deanes at Queens, to the city centre restaurants, Deanes in Howard Street & Deanes Deli Bistro & Vin Café!
Incredibly popular for birthday parties and celebrations, the rest of the dates for 2016 are sold out – but if you email email@example.com you can be added to the mailing list. If you add your name, number & how many tickets you need, the guys at Deanes will be in touch with any future dates!
8. Metro Limited
Lisburn, Stranmillis, Lambeg & Dunmurry – Website
Boasting amazing prices and VIP packages, highly trained and personable staff at Metro will leave you feeling like the A-Lister you are once they’re finished with you.
And because feeling incredible shouldn’t (always) cost a bomb, we love the amazing party packages available. Make sure to check out the incredible Metro Party Pass which for £47 gets you a host of beauty treatments ranging from a curly blow tan, Viva Liberata spray tan, Shellac gel for nails – and loads more!
Or for a special night, check out the seriously budget friendly package that consists of a curly blow dry , mac make up and eyelashes which is £22! Alternatively, for the same package with an upstyle it will cost just £3 more.
In even better news, if you’re a new client you get your first hair or beauty appointment 1/2 price!
Relax With A Spa Day
9. The Merchant
16 Skipper Street – Website
Having become hooked on the Merchant’s Spa thanks to our recent visit, we cannot recommend it enough.
Our package included an hour session in the Thermal and Hydrotherapy area – which provided extensive ‘hands-off’ therapies to cleanse, rejuvenate and relax the body and mind, including thermal loungers, a sauna, steam room, hydro pool, drench showers and an ice fountain.
We also received an amazing massage before a therapeutic chill in the relaxation room complete with fruit salad, before we enjoyed an exquisite afternoon tea – all in the fluffy waffle Merchant robes!
Check out all of the spa packages available at themerchanthotel.com/spa-gym.
Hire A Designer Dress
10. Lotus Boutique
5 Sullivan Place – Website
We’ve all been there ladies: a black tie ball to attend but no full length dress in the wardrobe, another wedding to go to but everyone has seen all the dresses you own, or simply contemplating a day at the races and you just want something new!
In steps Lotus Boutique…a new leaf in fashion where you can hire red carpet dresses for a fraction of the price of buying them, because let’s face it, as much as we want to, we can’t really justify spending thousands of pounds on that one designer dress we love.
With hundreds of dresses from internationally renowned names to our local up and coming designers, Lotus Boutique will definitely leave you feeling like the belle of the ball!
Go Out On The Lisburn Road
11. The Albany
701-703 Lisburn Road – Website
The Albany Belfast is based on the elegant sophistication of Old School America. You’ll find your troubles melting away in this enchanting atmospheric new venue as you sit down and relax in oppulent surroundings with iconic drinks paired with some wonderful dishes.
The glamorous bar and restaurant boasts amazing food, fantastic drinks and Cocktail Masterclasses complete with canapes – as well as a weekly Curry Club!
Dinner & A Show
12. The Lyric
55 Ridgeway Street – Website
The Lyric Theatre is one of Belfast’s most prolific buildings. Boasting amazing panoramic views over the River Lagan, the The Lyric Café Bar is a stunningly unique place to have a pre, interval or post-show drink.
As well as the pre-theatre dining menu available before enjoying one of the many amazing shows at the Lyric Theatre, the Café Bar is also open from 9:30am every day.
Boasting fresh sandwiches and pasta, craft beers, wines and Bailies coffee, tea and soft drinks, the Lyric’s Café Bar is locally sourced and changes regularly.
13. VIP Shopping Victoria Square
1 Victoria Square – Website
Feel like a VIP at Victoria Square where you can visit resident stylist, Katherin Farries and she will show you exactly how to wear this seasons key pieces, whatever your personal taste may be!
Katherin will teach you how to team together key pieces whilst giving you tips on how you can look and feel fabulous, all in the comfort of Victoria Square’s private dressing suite!
Whether you want to revitalize your wardrobe, update your look or shop for a special occasion, Katherin will help you redefine your style.
The three hour personal styling session costs £45 and is the most popular package.