Last month, Belfast enjoyed a thrilling array of new businesses.

They included Doughzy Donuts, our very first Patisserie Valerie, and Belfast’s newest bar Vandal – to name just a few!

And now, deciding where to eat (and shop!) is about to getting even more difficult…

Here’s the new businesses setting up shop this month in Belfast!

1. Permit Room

Fountain Street – Website

Owner and director of Howard Street Niall Davis, alongside talented chef and business partner Martin Murphy, have now officially opened their latest venture together – The Permit Room.

The Permit Room is a daytime offering, with delicious options for breakfast through to early evening meals.

The food takes inspiration from all around the world, featuring a taste of the success in Howard Street with a menu specially developed by Marty.

the Permit Room

“Marty, my business partner and head chef, has a massive passion for food with a particular emphasis on South East Asian flavours. He has managed to fuse these flavours perfectly through our menu to suit the Belfast palate at Howard Street,” Niall explained to us.

“These flavours blended and served up alongside classic dishes using all fresh local produce coupled with a great drinks offering and a laid back atmosphere has proved to be a big hit.”

2. Barnams

Stranmillis – Website

Barnams has opened its sister ice-cream in the bustling Stranmillis area of Belfast!

Sure to do a roaring trade from the likes of Queen’s students, Methody pupils – and even people craving something sweet after a trip to Maggie Mays (which is mere metres away!), as well as visitors to Ulster Museum.

We must report, sitting outside licking a large cone with marshmallows is rather pleasing, especially with the stunning views the outside seating provides.

Farther Afield…

3. Bull & Ram

1 Dromore Street Ballynahinch – Website

Exciting, dynamic new restaurant Bull & Ram may have only opened its doors four weeks ago, but it has quickly established itself as one of the greatest new restaurant experiences Northern Ireland has to offer.

Set in a stunning iconic Grade 1 listed old Edwardian butchers shop, Bull & Ram has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

Boasting 55 day aged rump of beef or Mourne lamb, all the trimmings and glass of house wine for just £15.95, Sunday Roasts at Bull & Ram definitely justify a weekend drive!

We headed to Bull & Ram in Ballynahinch to test the food for ourselves, and were blown away by terrific service, mouth-watering food – and seriously exciting restaurant setting. Check out our full review here!

4. Ards Shopping Centre

22 Circular Road, Newtownards – Website

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Ards Shopping Centre is getting a £7m upgrade which will include three new stores.

Belfast Office Properties who own the centre have built a new 45,000 sq ft unit which will house new stores TK Maxx and B&M Bargains. A new restaurant is also planned for the new unit.

Also on its way to Ards Shopping Centre is JD Sports. It’s expected three three big names will open their doors in September. Read our full story here.

Coming Soon To Belfast City Centre…

5. Stradivarius

Donegall Place – Website

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 Exciting news for fashion lovers in Belfast, as leading European fashion giant Stradivarius is preparing to open its doors in Belfast’s thriving Donegall Street.

Sister to thriving high-street brand Zara, Stradivarius was set up in Barcelona and now boasts an empire of 950 stores across 60 different countries, including the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Famed for its laid back, effortless yet edgy affordable fashion, we cannot wait for it to open!

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