Belfast has a thriving market culture growing year on year.
Here are 4 markets worth checking out:
Continental Spring Market
Belfast City Hall, May 22-25
With traders from 26 countries as far afield as Morocco, India and China, the market is a source of outstanding local and international produce, gifts and crafts.
A great selection of mouth-watering favourites will be available including freshly made Spanish paella alongside a tasty selection of cheeses, chutneys and crackers.
Meanwhile our local traders will be offering the finest local produce alongside the mix of international stalls.
Fri and Sat 10am – 10pm, Sunday 1pm – 6pm, Monday 10am – 6pm.
Bank Square, every Thursday
This weekly outdoor market launched recently and is the first market to be granted a licence in the city centre in 400 years.
More than 30 stalls sell everything from hot food and artisan crafts to locally sourced food including freshly baked bread and handmade cheeses.
Music from local folk musicians and buskers adds to the atmosphere in the newly renovated square, one of Belfast’s most historic districts, now surrounded by restaurants and cafes.
Folktown market runs until 8pm every week.
For more information log onto folktownbelfast.com/folk-town-market
St George’s Market
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Built between 1890 and 1896 St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions.
It holds a weekly Friday Variety Market, the City Food and Craft Market on Saturdays and the Sunday Market.
It also hosts a range of events throughout the year.
With over 200 stalls each week selling everything from speciality foods and handmade crafts to flowers, plants and local photography, pottery, glass, metal work, fruit, vegetables, antiques, books, clothes and fish.
A free market shuttle-bus runs every 20 minutes, 11am – 3pm, to and from the market (Friday and Saturday only).
For more information log onto belfastcity.gov.uk
Fine & Dandy Market
May 31 and June 28
The Fine & Dandy Market showcases the work of independent artists, designers, illustrators and crafters alongside stalls from collectors of records, books and vintage wares and quality local food and drink produce.
The Queens/Botanic Quarter has always been the bohemian heart of Belfast and thanks to the organisers of Fine & Dandy it now has its own market place offering a platform for designer-makers to sell direct to their customers.
The market runs from 11am-3.30pm.
For more information log onto fineanddandymarket.co.uk