Venturing out of the house for breakfast is a real treat and it's something you want to get right. Luckily, Belfast isn't short on great brunch spots and it seems as if an amazing new business is opening every other week!
There are a few places that I recommend to anyone visiting for the day depending on what they're after. I thought I'd share them with you too just in case you find yourself yearning for a trip to the city and need somewhere to fuel yourself at the start of the day.
So here's a list of my favourites - prepare to hear that belly rumble...
If you're lookin' for a fry...
It wouldn't be an Irish breakfast post without a mention of the Irish Fry. When we were growing up my lovely Mum used to cook a full fry for us without fail every Saturday morning with enough carbs to fill a horse. Soda bread, potato bread, pancakes... no wonder I was an absolute puddin' as a child. But you don't have to go mad on the carbs to enjoy a fry these days and there's plenty of healthier options available if you know where to look...
This joint is in East Belfast so might not be too handy for some of you but for the likes of me on that side of town, this place is perfect for a weekend treat. There is a great variety on the menu in case you're after something different but I would definitely recommend going the traditional route!
An old reliable found in the Queen's Quarter of town that always has a great wee buzz about it. It's a handy place to go before going across the road to the Botanic Gardens or Ulster Museum to walk off the feast.
Found beneath the trees of Botanic, this corner spot is a place I keep returning to. The food is always delicious and they have plenty of events on in the evenings in case you find yourself staying on for an all-day session!
If you're lookin' for something guilt-free...
Going out for a heavy fry can sometimes feel a bit too much, especially when we're supposed to be maintaining these summer bodies (ahem). The places above still offer a few healthy options but if you're after some fresh seasonal ingredients then be sure to try either of these two.
The Skinny Kitchen
I've been hearing really great things about this from my healthy friends and I keep meaning to give it a whirl but I never seem to make the trek across the city. It's on Boucher Road so it's perfect if you're planning on doing some shopping after but since it's on the opposite side of town, I haven't quite made it yet. Soon though!
The Little Pink Kitchen
If you're in to something a little bit different then you should check out The Little Pink Kitchen where you can enjoy a healthy home-cooked breakfast in Sarah's very own kitchen. I've been lucky enough to taste Sarah's food before at an Assembly Gathering I went to last Autumn and I practically licked the plate (her wild garlic dip was the talk of the event). You have to book but for £15 you will be fed very well. The next breakfast is on the 9th July and I think there's a good chance I will be there!
If you're so hungover all you can stomach is coffee...
As a non-coffee drinker (SHOCK! HORROR!), I tend to go by Andrew's feedback as to which places do the tastiest coffee. There's even a Belfast coffee map app now which is proof that the city is a hotspot for coffee-lovers!
Root & Branch
These guys have their own roastery on site so there was no doubt that their hole in the wall would go down a storm. Here you can grab a coffee, tea or small snack before exploring the rest of the Ormeau Road.
When I lived in South Belfast this was my Sunday favourite despite it always being so busy. There is a reason why customers come in their droves because their coffee is the best in the area but my reason was because of their foccacias which are unbelievable. Definitely worth a try before going on a wee dander down the Lagan towpath!
The second place in the list from the Ormeau Road but another popular coffee joint. There are plenty of others that are cropping up nearby too so you could do a wee coffee crawl if you're tempted (although maybe go decaf for one or two stops).
If you want to be really naughty...
Sometimes you want to just skip breakfast and get straight down to the bad stuff. There's no judgement here. If it's doughnuts, gelato or waffles stacked with sugar then these three are good places to start.
This joint is the new kid in town which is popping up everywhere on my Insta feed. I don't know why I haven't tried their doughnuts yet but it is something I'm very ashamed of so I will have to remedy it this weekend!
Indigo Coffee & Gelato
Another new-ish café to the scene but as someone who has recently tasted their salted caramel gelato, I can truly attest that this will be a firm fixture on my summer circuit.
The waffles here should be enough to entice me but the chance to people watch by their window is an added bonus. As an avid tea drinker, I fully appreciate the wee hourglasses they bring out so you can time how long to stew your tea for. It's the little things!
Have a lovely weekend!