Whether you’re into a powerful Flat White; creamy Latte; syrupy Caramel Macchiato; or spicy Cappuccino – we’re deservedly fussy when it comes to our coffee.
Check out our top 15 places to visit in Belfast for seriously tasty coffee…
Famed for its legendary coffees, hunger busting breakfasts and Sourdough sandwiches, you can’t beat the cosy cafe that is 5A.
Perfectly situated just minutes walking distance away from the Lagan Towpath, customers rave about the relaxed Melbourne style vibe the amazing outside seating area offers. Always packed out with cyclists and dog-walkers, which is why it was awarded our top spot in one of our latest features for Spring: 10 Dog-Friendly Hotspots To Enjoy When The Sun’s Shining In Belfast.
That’s not forgetting the mouth-watering range of baked goods, delivered fresh every morning by our favourite baker Dan Larkin, as featured in Dan Larkin: The Belfast Man Behind Man Made.
One for coffee lovers everywhere. The knowledgeable and enthusiastic baristas are passionate about coffee. And it shows.
The coffee menu changes regularly (you wouldn’t see that at Starbucks), giving you a fantastic range of fresh options all the time to try out. And the food is mouth-watering. Plugs are also available for all those glued to their phones.
An even better bonus is the range of gourmet coffee beans and other gadgets available. Ideal for presents or a coffee lover wanting to splurge.
481 Upper Newtownards Rd & 361 Ormeau Rd
General Merchants 361 has just launched to epic success on the Ormeau Rd with crowds out the door on its first day of opening.
General Merchants specialises in out-of-this-world coffee, including special imports like Prana Chai from Melbourne. Meanwhile the amazing Americanos will only set you back a reasonable £2.20. The expansive coffee menu ranges from Cortado; Macchiato; Flat White; Golden Latte – and loads more.
If you’re looking for something to complement your coffee, the Melbourne Breakfast is particularly superb.
4. La Casa
162 Andersonstown Rd
Featuring the greatest Mochaccino we’ve ever tasted, La Casa Gourmet Coffee is the (not so hidden) gem of west Belfast. Using only the finest espressos ensures all of La Casa’s coffees are delicious.
There is certainly no lack of character in this cosy, beautifully designed, intimate Spanish-style gourmet coffee shop. The elusive authentic Flat White is tremendous, and provides a real burst of energy with its unique, flavoursome, rich taste.
5. Town Square
With expertly trained baristas you’re sure not to be disappointed in Town Square’s exquisite coffee. In fact, every Tuesday night Town Square holds a ‘Coffee Tasting’ – perfect for a school night.
We chatted with Project Manager Nathan Reid who told us they’ll also be launching Nitro Coffee (coffee infused with nitrogen) – making Town Square one of the first people in Northern Ireland to have it on offer. Available soon, the cold coffee infused drink will be here in perfect timing for summer.
Divided into designated areas – the espresso bar is for speciality coffees and all of your ‘milky drinks’ from Americanos to lattes, and there is a separate ‘Brew Bar’ – for the likes of filter coffees and teas, which has stools all around it so you can sit up and have a chat. Creating a funky, relaxed bar-style vibe.
If you’re looking for a European-style coffee house in Belfast, Oliver’s is the place for you. Situated on the trendy Belmont Road, come here to get your fix of delicious coffee and speciality tea.
Serving the finest quality food using fresh locally sourced ingredients, it’s no wonder customers say the carrot cake, Banoffee brownies and Tunisian orange cake are the best they’ve ever had.
You must sample their award winning locally roasted Baileys Coffee and Jing Tea. The only establishment in Northern Ireland to brew the very same tea that Heston Blumenthal serves at the Fat Duck.
Unit 10, Ormeau Bakery Retail Units
A new coffee concept in the vibrant Ormeau Road, Boden is a modern, chic coffee shop providing both sit in and take away products, offering only the highest quality items served by highly trained and knowledgeable staff.
Even the least enthusiastic black bean fans will love this coffee. We particularly recommend the snack-size (aptly named) energy bits – including coconut, chocolate chips and almonds. Combined with the fact they truly help revitalise – they taste amazing!
Along with delicious espresso drinks, you can choose from refreshing speciality loose teas, home made cold drinks and gourmet salads, sandwiches and snacks using only the finest local ingredients. One big extra plus is that they are also child and buggy friendly, and will have changing facilities in the bathroom!
58-60 Upper Arthur St
Whilst some coffee shops can let themselves down with poor customer service, staff at Arthurs could teach classes in serving with a smile.
Combine this with the extremely sufficient service; fantastic coffee and staff who remember your order.
We recommend getting down nice and early if you’re running low on energy – at just £1 for coffee before 11 am – you’ll be hard-put to find a better deal with more delicious coffee.
80 Stranmillis Rd
No list would be complete without Sinnamon. Due to its prime location in Stranmillis, this is one of the most well-known cafes in Belfast and is particularly popular amongst students and young professionals due to its distinctive coffees, reasonable prices and excellent service.
It has the added benefit of outside seating in leafy Stranmillis, and offers great food and free wifi. The cosy sofas inside are also ideal for a real sit down chill with your caffeine hit.
Locations throughout Belfast
We believe the flavoured lattes, hot chocolates and Cappuccinos to be some of the best we’ve ever tasted – and it seems we’re not alone.
Reviewers rave about Clement’s coffee for its strong taste and delectable traybakes. The Lisburn Rd and Stranmillis cafes are particularly cosy to sit in, whilst the one inside Queen’s SU is always buzzing.
86 Stranmillis Rd
Featuring authentic coffee, Indigo is another cafe that would make any coffee lover happy.
The fantastic seating area will be well used now that we’re coming into sunnier weather, whilst the home-made fresh gelato is sure to be popular – particularly for those en route to nearby Botanic Gardens!
Ryan from Indigo explained to us: “We aim to source great unique tasting filter and espresso coffee from roasters across Europe. We rotate the coffee we offer regularly to keep bringing new flavours to regular customers. We use a variety of filter methods, aeropress, kalita and V60.
“We love experimenting with new coffee beans and chatting to customers about what they love to drink.”
12. Kaffe O
411 Ormeau Road & 73 Botanic Ave
With its relatively new store open in Botanic, Kaffe O has become well known for its amazing Nordic inspired coffee, fantastic customer service – and delicious caramel squares.
Minimal design, delicious baked sweets and a relaxed atmosphere have created a loyal and ever-growing customer base.
Edmund Byrne and his brother Ronan have been running California Coffee on Arthur Street for the last 15 years, turning their love of the roasted bean into a successful enterprise. They started the business due to their passion for coffee, and realisation that the options available at the time weren’t good enough and set about to change that.
With an innovative move to a bigger location complete with specialist burger restaurant at Ann Street in the city centre, not only does it serve a divine coffee (try the Nutty Latte) but the paninis and Bullet Proof Burgers are delicious for a lunchtime treat too.
62-68 High St
The National Grande Cafe Bar offers a little taste of the continent in the heart of the city’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter.
With fantastic authentic coffee and fresh pastries on the go, this is a vibrant option for your caffeine fix.
12-24 University Ave
Famed for its amazing cappuccinos, Common Grounds is a non-profit, fairly traded cafe in the bustling Queen’s area.
We recommend you try the espresso – and cinnamon scones. Or if you’re after something a bit more substantial, why not go for the Smashed avocado, bacon, fried egg and hot sauce in a toasted floury bap for just a fiver.
One more to try…
First standalone store – on the corner of Queen’s St & Wellington Pl
We’ve been long-time fans of Ground Espresso Bars – and now that they’ve opened their first standalone store in Belfast, we’re sure it will quickly boast a roaring trade thanks to its delicious coffee, famous muffins and terrific friendly customer service.