Shopping overview

Belfast's city centre provides a healthy mix of high street names and one-off outlets. The main shopping areas are Donegall Place and Royal Avenue facing the City Hall, Cornmarket off Royal Avenue and, heading south, the Lisburn Road.

Donegall Place, Royal Avenue and Cornmarket are the main streets for familiar names including Marks & Spencer, Boots, Next and WH Smith. Cornmarket and its radial streets have a selection of well-known brands (River Island, French Connection, Avoca) and low-budget options, especially along Ann Street.

Belfast city centre's shopping malls are Victoria Square off Cornmarket and CastleCourt on Royal Avenue. If you want to explore smaller city centre outlets and craft shops, check out Donegall Arcade, Spires Mall and the Foutain Centre. Queen's Arcade houses several fine jewellery shops.

Botanic Avenue and the Cathedral Quarter are worth browsing for student-style clothes and accessories.

Lisburn Road, also known as Belfast's Bond Street or the Diamond Mile, is where the city's jet set swipe their plastic. It has a great range of designer boutiques, interiors showrooms, art galleries and speciality shops, as well as plenty of eating and drinking options.

For the city's most eclectic antique shopping, head down Donegall Pass.

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