With eight hours and £30 to spare, you can experience one of Belfast’s most vibrant areas for an entire day – yes really. Whether you are a student, a tourist, or just want a great day out, these are the best places to keep your budget under three tenners.
BREAKFAST – MAGGIE MAYS
50 Botanic Avenue
You won’t find a better breakfast for your money. Maggie Mays comes highly recommended by those who suffer from hangovers, or a craving for the Ulster Fry. For under a fiver, you have a choice of bagels, loaded pancakes, a full fry (or a Berocca if you’re feeling the burden of last night’s fun).
TAKE A STROLL – BOTANIC GARDENS
College Park, Botanic Avenue
Botanic boasts its own tropical paradise. If the beautiful gardens don’t spark your interest in the summer, the Palm House is definitely worth your visit at least once. Home to tropical plants and vegetation, it’s a small escape from our Northern climate. It’s open from 10am to 5pm all summer.
LUNCH – KAFFE O
73 Botanic Avenue
As one of Botanic’s newest additions, Kaffe O has brought a little Nordic culture to Belfast. While it’s a definite stop for coffee connoisseurs, their healthy meals make a great lunch. Popular choices include the chicken and chorizo flatbread, with cajun mayo, or a take-away salad from the deli.
TAKE A TOUR- ULSTER MUSEUM
The Ulster Museum boasts four floors, including the popular Egyptian exhibition and an impressive collection of sea fossils, to name a few. If you don’t consider yourself to be a history buff, the contemporary art and geological glow-in-the-dark rocks are sure to interest you.
DINNER – MOLLY’S YARD
1 College Green Mews
Price: £10 main course
Situated a stone’s throw from Queen’s University, Molly’s Yard offers an impressive artisan menu, for a reasonable price. The popular 5-10-5 menu includes goat herders pie, seafood chowder, and dressed scallops. Highly recommended for those who want a taste of high quality Northern Irish cuisine.
SWEET TREAT- FRENCH VILLAGE
99 Botanic Avenue
French Village has a great lunch menu; but it is their bakery next door that draws customers in. From pecan tarts, to banoffee pie, you’ll get a slice for under a fiver here.
COCKTAIL – MADISONS HOTEL
59-63 Botanic Avenue
Price: £3, 5-9pm
Happy Hour runs from 5-9 in Madison’s Hotel, and it’s always a busy one. For £3 you can choose from their extensive cocktail menu. Popular choices include the Electric Long Island Ice Tea, The Dragonfly, and the more traditional Margaritas and Cosmos on offer. Served in a funky bar, this spot is always a great place to end your day.