Belfast & Northern Ireland

St. George's Market

  12 East Bridge St      (+44) (0)28 9043 5704     more than a year ago
As gastro tourism goes, St. George's City Food & Garden Market (Sat, 09:00-15:00) is about as tasty as they come, and an absolute must on any epicurean's shopping list.

Regarded as one of the UK's finest food markets, St. George's has around 250 stalls selling an eclectic range of local and organic produce from fresh fish to wild boar and smelly cheeses to Armagh apples.

A market has existed on this site since 1604, and the Victorian red brick and glass structure you see today is the culmination of a £4.3m renovation project.

Inside, the cavernous space has a vibe about it that's unique to the city. Locals mingle with tourists as live music plays and traders display their tantalising wares.

The best way to savour a couple of hours at this colourful smorgasbord is to get your maw round some great tasting international cuisine, from Spanish tapas to Mexican dishes. Or better yet, why not fill your basket with a selection of mouthwatering morsels, head outdoors and enjoy a picnic to remember?

On Fridays, food gives way to the Variety Market (06:00-13:00) which, as the name suggests, is crammed with all manner of antiques, bric-a-brac, clothes and curios. Sift carefully and you might uncover a thing of rare beauty and value. This is where the real locals shop, and a visit gives you an insight into the shopping habits of some of the city's most colourful characters.

The Market has also become a cool music and fashion show venue, so check if anything's cooking when you visit.

A free shuttle bus runs every 20mins between the city centre (outside Boots, Donegall Place or HMV, Castle Place) and the Market. Dep. Fri from 08:00; Sat from 09:00.

Amenities

City centre location
Restaurant

Website

Open

Now also open Sun 10:00 - 16:00 with a mix of the main market day stalls.

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