It’s May Bank Holiday Weekend at last. Belfast is buzzing right now, with an abundance of mouth-watering restaurants, a cafe culture explosion and vibrant night-life.

To help you make the most of your extra day off this weekend, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite things to do in Belfast.

Sip some cocktails…

1. The Perch

5th Floor – The Gate – 42 Franklin St

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You might as well enjoy yourself! We generally skip to the bar as soon as it is socially acceptable, and when it’s Bank Holiday weekend – you’ll definitely not be alone!

As featured in our 8 Seriously Good Summer Cocktails You Have To Try, who cares if you wake up slightly hangover when you’ve been enjoying beauties like these all evening? With El Jimador Tequila, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Syrup, Cointreau and Baby Corona (£9.95), thank god for that extra day in bed…

2. Sweet Afton

12 Brunswick St

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Why not make the aptly named the 6 O’Clock Swill – the perfect Friday night after-work drink to kick-start your Bank Holiday Weekend.

Featuring: Rum, Maraschino, Velvet Falernum, Apricot Brandy, Pineapple, Cherry Shrub, Lime, Ginger Ale Top for £7.95.

Soak up some cafe culture…

3. 5A

Lockview Rd

Number one in our 15 Places To Visit In Belfast For Seriously Tasty Coffee, 5A is 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.

5A is always positively buzzing 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!

4. The Pocket

69 University Road

The Pocket is a budding new coffee shop in the delightful area of Queen’s University – in fact it’s directly across the road (check out that view!)

Stocking 3FE coffee, the same source as Established & Middletown, with a delicious compact menu varies from month to month. As well as serving up breakfast and lunch specials with delicious bread from Zac’s Bakehouse delivered fresh each morning, it offers sweet treats from popular Dan Larkin’s Man Made.

Enjoy a day date…

5. Game of Thrones Tours


Northern Ireland has a plethora of exciting activities to get up to during the day, but perhaps none more so than the popular Game of Thrones tours. With so many to choose from, we suggest you research online at to see which tour suits you (and your favourite scenes) best.

Grab some food on the go…

6. St George’s Market

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St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. It was built between 1890 and 1896 and is one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland. Running throughout the weekend, this is definitely one of the best spots for delicious local cuisine on the go.

In even better news, the famous indoor foodie heaven is due to keep its doors open until 3pm from June 3 onwards, in honour of its 120th birthday. Result!


Well if it’s good enough for our favourite Game of Throne’s actor, it’s good enough for us…

Book a table…

7. Barking Dog

33-35 Malone Rd

Number One on our Best Burgers in Belfast, you’ve simply got to try (or retry for those who are already fans) Barking Dog’s Beef Shin Burger with Rocket, Caramelised Onions, Tomato, Cheddar, Horseradish Mayo and served with Chunky Chips. This is so good they ask that you to allow 20 minutes for the chef to prepare it, but we reckon it’s to let the anticipation build…

8. Home

22 Wellington Pl

Fresh. Local. Seasonal. There truly is no place like Home.

Home offers the best selection of fresh, healthy and delicious cuisine—dishes that will awaken your taste buds, comfort you and put a smile on your face. If wanting to sit in make sure you book in advance – good news (and good food) travels fast around Belfast!

Enjoy the sunshine at a beer garden…

9. The National & Sixty6

62 – 68 High Street

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Soak up the sun in one of Belfast’s greatest beer gardens!

Go walking…

10. Lagan Towpath

Flat surfaces, beautiful scenery and views of the gorgeous River Lagan as you walk makes the Lagan Towpath one of Belfast’s most popular routes.

If you walk far enough you’ll find the hidden that is Lock Keeper’s Inn. This inviting dog-friendly restaurant is the perfect stop off for a coffee, breakfast, lunch or snack. Check out our Top 10 Dog Friendly Hotspots To Enjoy When The Sun’s Shining.

Take the family on an adventure…

11. We Are Vertigo

Unit 1 Newtownbreda Factory Estate


It might be a bit of the beaten track, but isn’t that where every good adventure starts? We Are Vertigo is Northern Ireland’s premier trampoline park, ski and adventure Centre and spa.

Refresh yourself…

12. Cafe Mauds

555 Lisburn Rd

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Apart from the dozens of amazing ice-cream flavours on offer at Cafe Mauds (which you can get on the range of gorgeous cones available or in a single tub; with waffles; crepes or a whole family-sized tub to take away) check out the amazing sundaes you can get too…

For the full-list of the greatest places for ice-cream check out our 7 Places In Belfast For Truly Tempting Ice-Cream.

Hit up the Plubs…

13. Cuckoo

149 Lisburn Rd

A plub by definition is not quite a club but also not quite a pub. It looks and feels like a pub but stays open late and produces sounds like a club.

With Cuckoo offering cheap cocktails and Ping Pong – not a bad duo – it’s number one on our Plubs list. Do yourself a favour and order the Blue Steel.

Eat away your hangover…

14. Maggie Mays 

Malone Rd and Botanic Av

Not only does it offer a Full Fry for a fiver (and a pretty good Veggie equivalent), but it serves up the magnificent Bumper Fry for just £1.10 more – consisting of two eggs, two bacon, two sausages, potato bread, soda bread, hash brown, mushrooms, beans, tomato and chips!

15. Bulletproof Burgers

36 Ann Street

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If the best burgers in Belfast don’t cure you – nothing will!!

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