After publishing a guide to the best breakfast in Belfast a while back, we’ve been hammered with messages about the best brunch in Belfast.
So, after a good dollop of research, we spent some time digging back into the Belfast brunch scene to uncover the best places for mid-week and Sunday brunch in Northern Ireland’s capital.
Below, you’ll find everything from the more fancier places for brunch Belfast has to offer to old-school, cosy cafes that knock up tasty dishes that’ll tickle most tastebuds.
Our favourite spots for brunch in Belfast
The first section of our guide tackles our favourite places for brunch in Belfast, and there’s some mighty competition for the top spots.
Below, you’ll find everything from casual places to nip into after a night spent in some of the best pubs in Belfast, to more refined eateries that go toe-to-toe with some of the finest restaurants in Belfast.
1. General Merchants
First up is one of the better-known spots for brunch in Belfast – General Merchants (the breakfast here is the business, too!).
On the menu here you’ll find the usual brunch classics, like Huevos Rotos (a fried egg topped with slow-cooked pulled pork, and triple roasted potatoes…).
However, there are also some funky additions, like the Mushroom Croque Madame which includes eggs, cheese, and sherry roasted chestnut mushrooms
Keep in mind that, as this place draws a crowd, you’ll want to rock up early to avoid disappointment. Any time spent queuing will be well worth it.
2. Panama Belfast
I’ve been gawking at that plate on the right for the last 3 minutes… moving on! Panama is one of the newer places for brunch in Belfast, and it’s racking up rave reviews online!
You’ll find this trendy little eatery finely plonked on McClintock Street where it boasts a beautifully decorated interior and a varied brunch menu.
If you’re after something light, give their heavenly eggs with avocado a crack (terrible pun, I know…) or, if you’ve worked up an appetite on one of the many walks in Belfast, give the hearty baked fry a try.
3. The Lamppost Café
The Lamppost Café is another spot that’s known for dishing up some of the best brunch in Belfast. This is a family-run coffee shop that’s been created to look like a vintage tearoom.
In fact, this is a C.S Lewis themed cafe, with everything from quotes and vintage crockery to references to the work of C.S Lewis dotted around the cafe.
The menu here is an all-day affair and it boasts everything from a vegan stew and poached egg and avocado to rhubarb and custard French toast to much more.
This is also one of the only dog friendly spots for brunch in Belfast City Centre (there’s a “Puppy Plates” menu packed with treats your pooch will love!).
4. Made in Belfast
Made In Belfast, as the name suggests, is a celebration of the stunning produce that’s grown and reared around Northern Ireland’s capital. You’ll find it tucked away near Belfast City Hall (there’s one in the Cathedral Quarter, too).
This is one of the funkier places for brunch in Belfast, with everything from crispy fried feta fig, honey and pecan salad to local rarebit and everything in-between up for grabs,
According to their website, the company ethos is, ‘Money goes into the food so the design concept they wanted was suited to scouring skips and second hand shops with a little bit of Ikea here and there’.
Other popular spots for brunch in Belfast (with great reviews online)
Now that we have what we think is the best brunch in Belfast out of the way, it’s time to see what else the city has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everything from cafes and swanky restaurants to a handful of hidden gems to feast your eyes on.
1. Established Coffee
You’ll find Established Coffee finely located in the buzzy Cathedral Quarte where their menu is bursting with funky flavours.
Visitors here can expect everything from poached eggs on sourdough with black pudding, crispy artichoke and fried egg to some TASTY home-made chocolate milk with cinnamon and brown sugar French toast.
If you read our guide to the best coffee in Belfast, you’ll know that the brews here pack a punch, so why not get one to go and head off on one of the many walks in Belfast!?
Related read: Check out our guide to the best coffee shops in Belfast in 2021 where you can grab a top-notch caffeine fix.
2. Maggie Mays Belfast Cafe
Maggie’s is one of our favourite places to eat in Belfast… especially after a long night spent working through the various pubs with live Irish music in Belfast.
Maggie Mays is a relaxed, no-frills spot and it’s arguably one of the more iconic places for brunch Belfast has to offer!
The menu here is packed with comfort dishes, with everything from sweet treats and a big aul Belfast stew on offer.
3. No.1 Belfast
If you like to choose where you eat based off reviews, then No.1 Belfast really is, eh, number 1… At the time of typing, they’ve racked up an impressive 4.9/5 on Google.
If you nip in here, try the sourdough with eggs, bacon, chilly oil, and avocado – it’s a fat little slice of perfection!
If you fancy something a little bit different, the spicy nachos are also the business. There’s also everything from homemade granola to Moroccan cake.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best vegan restaurants in Belfast in 2021 (there’s plenty to choose from).
4. The Pocket
This is another spot to try for those of you looking for the more quirkier spots for brunch Belfast has to offer.
Although you can still grab all of ‘the usuals’, like poached eggs and frys, there’s also a very tasty pea pesto avocado and a delish sunshine Buddha bowl.
You’ll find the Pocket right across from the Queen’s University Belfast, is one of the most popular breakfast eateries in the city. Instead of a classic breakfast menu, the restaurant decided to get a bit more creative with their dishes.
The Chorizo Brunch (Toasted Bara Bakehouse sourdough toast stacked with a poached egg, chorizo, sun-dried tomato sauce, halloumi, crispy kale, finished with Greek yoghurt, homemade pickles, chilli oil and Dukkah) also packs a punch!
5. Belvedere Cafe Restaurant
Belvedere Cafe Restaurant is one of those places that knock breakfast, brunch and dinner (give the steak a bash!) out of the park.
Towering pancake stacks (with bacon and maple syrup, of course!), an enormous Ulster Fry and sourdough with beetroot, egg, bacon, and avocado are just some of the dishes you’ll find here.
If you’ve a sweet tooth, the Terry’s chocolate cake is worth wrapping your mouth around! This is one of our favourite cafes in Belfast for a reason!
6. Conor Belfast
Conor Belfast is one of several places for brunch in Belfast City that’s as popular with tourists as it is with locals.
The Big Breakfast from Conor is a popular option and includes the usual fare (eggs, sausage, mushrooms, tomato, and bacon) plus a soda and potato bread.
If you fancy something funky, the Fried Halloumi served with Asian slaw & onion chutney is insanely good (as are the crab cakes served with beetroot jam).There’s usually lunch specials, so make sure to ask when you sit down!
Related read: Check out our guide to the best Sunday lunch in Belfast in 2021 (with something to tickle most tastebuds)
7. District Belfast
District is another solid option for brunch in Belfast. On the menu here you’ll find a mix of breakfast options and brunch bangers.
There’s everything from the old-reliables, like avocado on toast and creamy porridge, to brunch faves like poached eggs on sourdough much more.
If you fancy grabbing something to take with you, the scones and chocolate bites for here are worth a bash (especially if you’re heading off to climb Black Mountain!).
Our favourite places for Bottomless Brunch In Belfast
The final section of our guide tackles the best spots for bottomless brunch in Belfast, and there’s some tough competition.
Now, a disclaimer: it’s worth ringing up any of the places below to double check bottomless brunch is still running, as some of the menus we’ve found online are pretty dated!
1. House Belfast
House Belfast is a charming hotel in the centre of Belfast and without a doubt one of the most popular brunch spots in the city. At an additional cost of £20 per person, your brunch will be topped with unlimited bubbly (prices may change).
Expect to find a delicious brunch food menu with favourites such as the house burger, house veg stack, and French toast.
The extensive list of bottomless drinks includes everything from strawberry daiquiri and Rossini to mimosa, prosecco, and Bellini’s. Bottomless brunch at House Belfast is definitely the cheapest bottomless brunch option on our list.
2. Malmaison Liquid Brunch (back autumn 2021)
Located close to the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Malmaison is a lovely boutique hotel with tastefully decorated rooms and suites.
The good news is that you don’t have to stay at the hotel to enjoy the spectacular bottomless brunch which they call “the liquid brunch.
Served on Saturdays between 12 and 3 pm for £24.95 a person, the bottomless brunch at the Malmaison Hotel includes options like full English breakfast, eggs Benedict, and burgers and unlimited Heineken or prosecco.
Update: We called Malmaison (info here) recently to check if this is still running, and it turns out that it isn’t, but we were told they expected it to return ‘in fall’.
3. Babel at the Bullitt Hotel (update: no longer running)
If you wish to enjoy a boozy brunch with a million dollar view, make your way to the Babel rooftop bar and restaurant at the Bullitt Hotel in Belfast.
Every Sunday between 12 and 4 pm, this exclusive rooftop venue hosts a bottomless brunch event that includes everything from tasty foods and bottomless drinks to a live vinyl DJ set – entertainment.
What’s on the food menu? Make sure to try the fluffy pancakes topped with fresh fruit or go for the maple bacon French toast.
On the bottomless drinks menu, expect to find a bottomless supply of quirky and innovative cocktails like Frozen Margarita, Mojito Highball, and Summer Negroni.
4. Revolucion De Cuba
No list of brunch spots in Belfast would be complete without mentioning the Revolucion De Cuba. Located in the heart of Belfast, this vibrant venue boasts a beautiful décor and offers booze weekend brunch with a mouthwatering food and drinks menu.
Whether you wish to enjoy classic brunch dishes or try local Cuban food delicacies, everything you order at Revolucion De Cuba is extremely tasty. 2 hours of bottomless drinks includes prosecco. Strawberry daiquiris, and other cocktails.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best afternoon tea in Belfast in 2021 (with something for most budgets)
5. Tipsy Tea at the River Rooms
Nestled on the banks of the River Lagan, the River Rooms is a fabulous venue spread across 3 floors. It’s a great place to meet with friends in the evening and enjoy artisan cocktails.
On Sundays, the venue hosts its signature Tipsy Tea event for just £20pps. Enjoy gourmet sandwiches and sweet treats alongside bottomless drinks including cocktails and prosecco.
Brunch Belfast: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places for brunch in Belfast in the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best brunch Belfast has to offer
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what is the best Sunday brunch in Belfast to which brunch spot is the fanciest.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What is the best brunch in Belfast?
In our opinion, you’ll get some of the best brunch in Belfast from Made in Belfast, The Lamppost Café, District Belfast, Panama Belfast and General Merchants.
Where does bottomless brunch in Belfast?
Although you’ll need to check with them in advance, the likes of House, Malmaison and Revolucion De Cuba used to offer bottomless brunch in Belfast, so check in advance.