A Hop, Skip and a Lunch.
Belfast may be many things, infamous and notorious spring to mind, but it’s our little corner of the world. Although we will never admit to there being any part of the city better than the Lisburn Road. (shameless plugging), we have been known to venture occasionally to the hubbub of the city centre.
For those ladies who love to lunch, there is no better starting off point than the delightful Patisserie Mimi for a touch of the continental. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious macaroon (we highly recommend the sea salted caramel) while refueling for more shopping and lunching.
If macaroons aren’t your thing, Patisserie Mimi has a selection of other goodies to drool over; freshly baked bread, gateaux, and pretty little pastries as well as homemade jam, and a fine selection of teas.
While Mimi’s doesn’t do take away coffees (typically Parisian – never enjoy tasty delights on the hoof) you can always pop next door to The National where the coffee is just as good and the décor (and clientele) rather appealing.
The National Grand Café Bar is one of those places where school chair chic and scrubbed down tables reign and don’t forget to look up! Boasting the largest beer garden in the city and an extensive cocktail menu, it makes the perfect spot for a rendezvous with friends.
For a break from shopping or gallery hopping, enjoy the cheese and charcuterie platter with Parma prosciutto, coppa ham, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Pecorino. Yum! Although, don’t expect any Shiraz. A Merlot will just have to do.
Find both Patisserie Mimi and The National Grand Café Bar on High Street, Belfast.