Belfast is experiencing some seriously incredible new businesses.

From internationally renowned beauty brands to the reopening of one of Belfast’s most famous historical bars, to a brand new state of the art hotel, here’s seven of the greatest businesses to get excited about!

1. Kiko

Open Now – Website

Famous Italian beauty brand Kiko has just opened its doors to their very first store in Belfast this week, marking the first shop in the whole of Ireland and Northern Ireland for the highly-coveted brand!

Highly sought after Kiko is one of the world’s most famous makeup brands, with 861 stores across the world. An Italian brand, almost 400 of these stores are actually in Italy. So chances are, if you’ve vacationed there – you’re probably already a fan!

The newest Kiko is located in Belfast city centre’s William Street South – right beside Victoria Square in the former Pandora shop (which recently relocated to a new premises). The store is home to hundreds of products spread over 200 square metres for beauty lovers to experiment with new looks.

To find out more check out: 15 Things You Need To Know About Kiko – Belfast’s Newest makeup Store.

2. The American Bar

Expected to open at the start of October – Website

The guys behind popular Belfast bar the Sunflower sent social media alight recently by announcing they were opening a new bar in Belfast.

Located in Dock Street – which is better known as ‘Sailortown’ – The American Bar boasts an amazing history.

Indeed it’s been so named since 1840 when a woman called Ellinor Charters ran the American Hotel at Princes Dock, a cul-de-sac which connects with Dock Street.

Richard McCallion, who is set to Manage the American Bar, told us: “Similarly to the Sunflower, there will be a lot of emphasis on music. But of course, whilst the Sunflower is famous for its Trad sessions and live music throughout the week, The American Bar will concentrate more on American themed music such as Bluegrass.

“But this isn’t going to be a ‘stars and stripes’ themed American bar, we’re using the term ‘American’ loosely. So there’ll be lots of exciting influences from Argentina to Alaska.”

3. La Taquería

Opening Culture Night (September 16) – Website

This amazing new pop-up restaurant will arrive in Belfast in September and it promises to recreate the authentic flavours of Mexico.

La Taquería, which translates as taco shop, will be run by Adam Lynas from Bangor along with his Mexican girlfriend Elizabeth Vignolle. The pair met when Adam was living in Canada and it led to several trips to Mexico during which time Adam tried his first authentic taco which he described as “an epiphany”.

The move will see Adam, who has worked in Roscoff and Shu, go into partnership with Andy Rea and Stevie Haller from Mourne Seafood and Home.

The restaurant will also have its own drinks menu dedicated to the most Mexican of cocktails – The Margarita!

4. Zizzi

Expected to open mid October – Website


It has been revealed that the popular chain will open in Victoria Square in the city centre in mid October.

The new restaurant is set to create 35 new jobs for the city. The chain currently does not have any restaurants in Northern Ireland, but is hugely popular across the UK Ireland with 140 restaurants in total.

Lovers of authentic Italian food will be delighted with the extensive Italian menu, which ranges from Sharing Starters such as Arancini – hand rolled risotto balls with mozzarella, peas & a breadcrumb coating. Served with a chunky tomato pepperonata dip

According to the Victoria Square website, there will now be something of an ‘Italian Quarter’ in the shopping area – as it’s set to open beside Pizza Express and Prezzo.

5. Cafe Vanilla

Expected to open (very!) soon – Website

With the original store based in Lisburn, temptation was luckily too far away for us to make our trips more than a one off treat.

Now with its fantastic new location right in the city centre at Wellington Place, these decadent delights will be seriously hard to resist!

As well as a seriously impressive sandwich and deli section, Cafe Vanilla features stacks of waffles, ice-cream sundaes, chocolate cakes – and of course those famous giant profiteroles – we can’t wait for Cafe Vanilla’s Belfast premiere!

Make sure you like Cafe Vanilla on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning one of their regular competitions.

6. Bullitt Hotel

Opening mid October – Website

The £4million state of the art Bullitt hotel, which wraps Victoria Street and Ann Street, is the latest brainchild of the Beannchor Group.

Beannchor is the dynamic team responsible for some of Belfast’s most attractive hotspots, from the city’s five-star Merchant Hotel, The National Grande Café and Sixty6, The Dirty Onion, Little Wing Pizzeria and over 40 pubs across Northern Ireland!

Named after the Steve McQueen movie of the same name, Bullitt Belfast is a vibrant new space that will provide a cool new space for people to ‘work, play and stay in the heart of the city.’

It will feature 43 stylish bedrooms, three bars (including Baltic, NI’s first ski-themed bar), a courtyard garden, a 68-seater restaurant ‘Taylor and Clay’, an Espresso bar and a versatile private events space.

Belfast’s Newest Beer Garden…

7. The Boho Garden

Opening Saturday September, 3 – Website

Belfast’s newest beer garden is about to open – and we’re seriously excited. Set to open just before the latest batch of Freshers hits Belfast, the the Boho Garden is set to open officially September 3.

The large-scale state-of-the-art beer garden boasts banquet style seating, attractive lighting and individually themed huts, each fitted with their own flat screen.

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