The working day can be a long, gruelling one. So you need to food-load accordingly.

It can be difficult knowing exactly where to go in Belfast during your precious lunch-break. Too often, we hear from readers who find themselves traipsing off to the same place time & time again – unsure of where else to try. Let’s face it, an hour is not enough time to explore. You need to know exactly where you’re going if you want to try mixing it up.

That’s why we’ve conducted our very own survey and found the best delis in Belfast! Let us know what you think in the comments below…

1. Sawers Delicatessen

Fountain Centre – Website

Established in 1897, Sawers is Northern Ireland’s oldest deli. Famous for its ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of culinary delights including mouth-watering paninis and sandwiches packed full with fresh local ingredients, Italian pastries, olives and charcuterie as well as delicious tea & coffee, all of which you can takeaway or sit outside in the seats provided on a sunny day.

While you’re there, you can also shop the seriously delicious range of local products as well as the best gourmet cuisine from around the globe, which includes fresh seafood, preserves, marmalades and loads more.

2. Yahi

Great Northern Mall – Website

With a focus on quality, Yahi delivers a compact menu with delicious deli options. It has everything from scones, croissants and the most amazing Florentines, all made fresh by the team on site.

Their coffee is ethically sourced and tastes great to boot. Their lunches range from superfood salads to innovative sandwiches and baguettes, all inspired by local ingredients paired with their chef’s Caribbean background.

3. Thyme Deli

13 Church Ln – Website

One of the city’s newest delis has already revolutionised our eating habits, and enjoys a thriving breakfast and lunchtime trade thanks to chef Tony Rice’s passion for maintaining Thyme’s ethos of delivering fresh, local produce made in-house.

Choose from a menu boasting delicious wraps; paninis; fries; burgers; sandwiches; sausage rolls; soups and salads. Daily specials range from the likes of the Ciabatta Pizza (pictured above) which includes chorizo, roasted peppers, and red onion, with chips, all for £4.95.

Owner Tony Rice explained to us: “We try to get it in and around the fiver mark – when people get their entire lunch including drink for a fiver – it makes a huge difference! Especially in the city centre.” We couldn’t agree more!

4. Yellow Door

Locations throughout Belfast – Website

Fresh local food from a family business that focuses on quality, in addition to their delightful deli on the Lisburn, The Yellow Door is also responsible for the mouth-watering food on offer by Native Cafe at The MAC.

Open from 9am seven days a week; Native cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and pre-theatre dining and serves only the highest quality meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products along with the very best of local beers, cider and spirits.

Meanwhile, the cafe at the Ulster Museum serves up a host of Yellow Door freshly baked goods. If you’re in Belfast, you’ll also find Yellow Door at City Hall; Ulster Hall and The Empire. You can find the full list of locations as well as info outside catering on their official site.

 5. Ventnors Deli

James St South – Website

Situated just off Bedford Street in the heart of the city centre, Ventnors Deli is famous for their outstanding signature sandwiches, salads and coffees for all our many regular customers for years.
Opened from 7am every morning, Ventnors receive their baked breads, delicious cheeses and locally sourced meats, fresh fruit and veg from the market.

For anyone who struggles to get out of work, Ventnors even deliver to offices, with orders of over £15 free of charge! Check out their site for more info.

6. The Belfast Baking Co

Queen’s Rd – Website

The Belfast Baking Company specialises in serving up delicious freshly baked artisan breads, cakes, pastries and is open for healthy breakfasts and tasty lunches.

7. Grapevine

5 Pottingers Entry

This intimate deli is packed at lunchtime thanks to its now famous melts, salads, handmade sandwiches and soups. Check out the Specials board for some extra inspiration. Failing that, we seriously recommend the Tuna Melt or the show-stopping Seafood Chowder. Sure to put a smile on your face during that long work day!

8. The Bakery

52 Howard St – Website

This decorated cosy cafe & deli boasts excellent customer service that keeps customers coming back for more. Take your pick from a menu that includes Belfast Baps, delicious Ciabatta; Sourdough sandwiches, and beautiful onion Focaccia to go with daily soup specials.

9. Ocho Sandwich

8 Donegall Sq East – Website

Fantastically located in one of Belfast’s busiest streets, (aptly named) Ocho Sandwich serves up mouth-watering freshly made sandwiches, rolls and wraps for just £3.30 when you takeaway. You can also enjoy daily gourmet specials and fresh home made soup.

They even prepare some pre-packed fresh sandwiches at the entrance if you’re in too much of a rush.

Ocho also offers tremendously good value for for all takeaway Americanos at just £1.20 all day!

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