Belfast seems to be experiencing some form of rejuvenation with the amount of new businesses bursting at the seams promising to breath new life into our city.

We counted nine exciting new shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes which have opened or are coming soon to Belfast.

Do you know of any more new businesses hitting Belfast in the near future?

1. Bootleggers

46 Church Ln


Formerly Alley Cat, this trendy bar and restaurant has reopened with a rejuvenated interior, revamped menu and revitalised drinks selection though thankfully they’ve stayed true to the excellent portfolio of draft beers.

Pretty reasonably priced and massive portions to ‘boot.’

2. Raw Food Rebellion Cafe

336 Lisburn Rd


Raw has launched with a ‘soft opening’ before its official opening this week.

It’s a Clean Eating, Vegan, Dairy Free and Gluten Free Cafe built on the ethos of nutritious and delicious food and drink.

It has been receiving absolutely raving reviews online all week (before it has even officially launched!) and definitely looks set to do a roaring trade. This looks to be an invaluable new asset to the Lisburn Road, and a good alternative for those wanting a change of scenery to the nearby Slim’s Kitchen (for those wishing to eat out healthily).

3. Spoon Street

Coming soon to Ann Street…


Harry Wang and Katie Waddell are expanding their already successful east Belfast US-inspired yoghurt concept, Spoon Street, into Belfast city centre, with a new store set to open on Ann Street in September.

The concept is already a hit with customers who get to pour their own delicious froyo with a selection of different flavours and toppings, including such tasty delights as peanut butter, mixed berries, coconut and white chocolate – to name but a few.

The product is also extremely high quality. It’s made in-house with fresh local produce and with all natural ingredients.

In even better news – their new store will open up right beside the Little Wing pizza restaurant.

4. Skechers

4 – 8 Donegall Place


Skechers recently opening its first standalone store in Northern Ireland. The lifestyle footwear retailer takes over the site of the former Lipsy store on Donegall Place as its new flagship business in Northern Ireland.

The 1,850 sq ft ground floor unit, which has a larger 2,700 sq of upper floor section, is located beside McDonald’s in the heart of Belfast city centre.


20 Donegall Place


In the latest fashion revitalisation to hit Belfast in the heart of the city-centre, US clothing giant Gap has launched its new flagship outlet.

The 8,550 square feet flagship store comes after moving from the nearby CastleCourt shopping centre, with the newly revamped store, layout and latest season of affordable fashion breathing new life into the city-centre. It has some fantastic opening offers on too, ideal for a cheeky bargain.

6. Cookiebox

35 Ann St


The enigmatic Cookiebox has opened yet another new store – this time adjoining clothing retailers DV8’s Castle Place site.

The conveniently placed takeaway counter provides you with a sweet milkshake using your favourite ice-cream blended up with your choice of sweets and chocolate- or frozen yoghurt for those of you who are conscious of the calories.

Look out for even more of these delicious sit-in or take-away outlets – as owner Brian McRandal is also planning on expanding even further. In addition to the recently opened takeaway shop at the Kennedy Centre, they are also eyeing up even more shopping centre locations before growing outside Belfast.

7. Sixty6

66 High St


Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter has welcomed a chic addition to its entertainment offering, with the opening of new cocktail bar and nightclub, Sixty6.

Belfast’s newest cocktail bar comes complete with Nightclub and Terrace.

 8. The Sweet Afton

Coming Soon to the Linen Quarter…

Perch & Sweet Afton 2

The completion of The Sweet Afton, a unique and exciting new craft beer focused venue supported by Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, is almost complete.

Along with The Perch, it will complement the projects’ other successful entertainment venues Rita’s and Chinawhite.

The Sweet Afton is expected to open this month at the site formerly occupied by Shiro.

9. Yum

Coming soon to the Lisburn Road…


This globally-inspired restaurant is spreading its wings from its infamous hotspot, popular amongst all ages in Stranmillis, to the Lisburn Road where it looks set to take-off.

Despite hot competition from the likes of nearby Springsteen’s and the over-populated hub of trendy cafes, Yum looks set to more than hold its own and continue to earn an even bigger name for itself with this particularly smart move in its bid for expansion. This one is particularly tipped to do well.

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