It’s the age-old conundrum for couples that never goes away. You can’t decide where to go for your date.
Anyone who’s ever been one half of a couple knows the struggle.
Factor in the seeming impossibility of finding something fun, unique but exciting to do during the day – and you’re almost guaranteed to spend most of it disagreeing – without even leaving the house.
To avoid the inevitable in future, we’ve come up our 15 favourite destinations for a fun day date in Belfast.
Line your Stomach
1. Permit Room
Fountain Street – Website
From the guys who bought us Howard Street, new cafe on the block Permit Room is the ideal place to line your stomachs before a day out on the town.
Serving up the likes of this signature flatbread filled with black pudding, sausage, bacon, egg and chilli jam served with homemade braised beans; breakfast at Permit Room will kick-start your day and make sure you have enough energy to stay standing.
2. House of Zen
3. St Anne’s Square – Website
If you both have a passion for drinking, what better way to enjoy your time together than taking a cocktail masterclass?
Famed for its legendary cocktails, you can learn House of Zen’s coveted techniques for making some of the best known cocktails and dazzle all your friends with your new found knowledge.
Each class includes a Bellini on arrival, the making and drinking of two cocktails, as well as expert tips from House of Zen’s in-house mixologist. You can choose from the Classic, Premium or Platinum Masterclass, where you’ll also receive a specially prepared two course meal for £45.95.
Go On An Adventure
3. Game Of Thrones Tours
With the latest series reaching its dramatic climax last week, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the epic Game of Thrones tours available throughout Northern Ireland.
The dramatic scenery of the Causeway Coast and Glens, County Down and County Armagh forms the backdrop of much of the show’s action. Now, fans can easily visit many of the locations where a favourite scene was filmed or walk in the footsteps of a much-loved character.
4. Odyssey Cinemas
2 Queens Quay – Website
Sometimes you just can’t beat a traditional date to the cinema. Why not go all out and enjoy the latest blockbuster in style with the cool VIP Screenings at the Odyssey.
You’ll not be grimacing with back pain afterwards thanks to the sumptuous leather seating, whilst the exclusive screen seats just 40 people adding to the intimate setting. You’ll also receive complimentary hot drinks, 1 free small popcorn, 1 free small drink and free parking each.
Priced at Mon – Thurs £13, or Fri – Sun £17, check out odysseycinemas.co.uk/offers for more info.
Take A Drive
5. Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and in 2015 was awarded the UKs Best Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards.
Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history.
But many of us Northern Irish natives have never made the trip up here before. So why not rectify this with a fun road trip with your Significant Other?!
Lisburn Road – Website
If you’re a couple that loves to eat, then Jenz on the Lisburn Road is definitely for you!
The aptly named Hero Burgers are a befitting name for food that’s this darn good. If you haven’t tried a Hero Burger at Jenz, then you need to rectify this, immediately.
“So many of our customers are couples,” Manager Robbie Rea explains. “So many bars and restaurants in Belfast are charging London prices for food without delivering on the quality.
“That’s why it’s vital for us that you can afford to get your main – complete with side and drink – for under a tenner at Jenz!”
Take A Cookery Class
7. Mourne Seafood Cookery School
Many couples love to unwind after a hectic working day by preparing a meal together. If this sounds like you, then you”ll enjoy the the 2.5 hour cooking class at Mourne Seafood Cookery School.
A hands on experience where the chef himself will take you through a number of recipes, various cooking, and preparation techniques and tips. A fun and enjoyable experience – where you’ll also learn a few things!
Better yet, included in the price is tea or coffee on arrival, two courses (cooked by you), chef demonstrations and tasters – and a much needed glass of wine!
Watch A Show
8. The Lyric Theatre
55 Ridgeway Street – Website
The bar and restaurant at The Lyric Theatre is the perfect way to kick off an evening before taking in a show, with its stunning views over the River Lagan.
But did you know that The Lyric Cafe Bar is open every morning from 9.30am every day?
Serving fresh sandwiches and pasta, craft beers, wines and Bailies coffee, tea and soft drinks, The Lyric’s Cafe Bar is all locally sourced and changes regularly – so check out lyrictheatre.co.uk for yummy updates!
9. The MAC
10 Exchange Street – Website
The MAC is the ideal destination for any well cultured couple hoping to take in a show, view the latest art exhibitions or simply enjoy some delicious food by local artisan food company Yellow Door at Native – MAC’s very own eatery.
Go For A Walk
10. Lagan Towpath
Stranmillis – Website
Sometimes the best things in life are free.
Why not simply enjoy each other’s company while getting some fresh air and exercise? The Lagan Towpath is a great walk with gorgeous views, and even boasts a glorious halfway pit stop in the form of magnificent hidden gem Lock Keeper’s Inn. Which is even dog friendly (incase a four-legged third wheel is tagging along!)
For more amazing Belfast walks, check out our 6 Stunning Belfast Walks You’ll Enjoy All Summer. Perfect for a chilled out Sunday.
Hit the Gym
11. Queen’s PEC
Botanic Park – Website
The old saying ‘Couples that work out together stay together’ must have come from somewhere, so we’re more than willing to give it a go!
With a whole list of different classes to choose from, you can avail of the amazing trampolines, climbing walls and racquet sports facilities – as well as a gym so huge you’re virtually never left waiting for a machine, it’s hard to beat Queen’s PEC. Especially when you’ve got somebody there with you to enjoy it with.
But we particularly love the swimming pool – complete with diving boards! After all that hard work, a cheeky trip to the PEC’s very own Clements will help perk you up afterwards!
12. The Spa at The Merchant
16 Skipper St – Website
Relax in pure luxury together at the blissful Spa at the Merchant Hotel. Soak away your troubles in the seriously therapeutic Hydro-Pool. The thermal and hydro experiences provide extensive ‘hands-off’ therapies to cleanse, rejuvenate and relax the body and mind.
Alternatively, you can opt for the sensational packages – which include specially catered options for men – as well as full & half day programmes.
Hit the Beach
13. Portrush West Strand Beach
Portstewart Road, Portrush – Website
The beach is the ideal place for sun worshippers and sea lovers alike. We love West Strand Beach, also known as West Bay or Millstrand, because the waves are great. A popular resort beach in the heart of this busy seaside resort, it’s flanked by a well used pedestrian/cycle promenade, with easy access to and from the atmospheric town centre. So it’s no wonder this idyllic spot was recently awarded the International Blue Flag Award.
In fact, 10 of Northern Ireland’s beaches were recently awarded the coveted title for their “world class” facilities and water quality. You can check them out here.
Explore a Museum
14. Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens – Website
One of the best places to go in Belfast if you’ve got a day off to enjoy with your significant other, the Ulster Museum boasts exhibitions that range from Modern History; 1916; and special one-off events.
Of course, the Ulster Museum is also famously home to Takabuti – the mummy of an Egyptian lady!
It also boasts one of the nicest deli’s in Belfast courtesy of the Yellow Door Cafe, with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking Botanic Gardens you can enjoy the sight of people getting soaked as you bite into your Goats Cheese Croque Monsieur!
Bradbury Place – Website
Of course, if all else fails you can’t beat day drinking down Lavs!