New food and drinks market opens in Portrush

Metropole Market – a new food and drinks market – has opened in the beautiful coastal town of Portrush.

New food and drinks market opens in Portrush.

Portrush is a beautiful coastal town along Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful north coast. A popular destination to visit for locals and tourists alike, Portrush offers the ultimate seaside experience with activities like surfing, coasteering, and beautiful coastal walks.

It has now added yet another string to its bow, with the opportunity to dine al fresco at the new Metropole Market that opened on the town’s Eglinton Street on Saturday (1 July).

Metropole Market – Portrush’s newest attraction

New food and drinks market opens in Portrush.
Credit: Instagram/ @metropolemarketportrush

Metropole Market’s idea is to bring the best street food and drinks – mostly from local, independent businesses – to the coastal town of Portrush. The first vendor confirmed was Jumón, an eponymous offshoot of the popular Asian-inspired restaurant in Belfast.

Mexican restaurant Cú will also open a pop-up at Metropole to go with their brick-and-mortar restaurant on Belfast’s Lisburn Road.

Meanwhile, Bodega Bagels will bring their Brooklyn-style bagels to the north coast. Another Asian-inspired vendor – Katsu Kitchen – and burger joint Baps complete the food line-up for Portrush’s new food market.

A popular watering hole among Belfast students, Filthy McNastys, will be on hand to provide much-needed refreshments in the form of beers and cocktails.

A spate of food markets in the north – following two successful markets in Belfast

This follows the success of other locations in Belfast.
Credit: Instagram/ @commonmarketbelfast

Metropole Market’s opening comes hot on the heels of the success of two similar markets in Belfast.

Common Market in the city’s Cathedral Quarter offers Mexican food from Al Pastor, Filipino fusion from Lasa, and fried chicken by Hey Chick!, among other vendors.

Meanwhile, Dublin Road’s Trademarket has fish and chips from the excellent Fin, pasta from Fat Sal’s, and, reinforcing Belfast’s love for Mexican food, burritos from Pipián. Trademarket is also home to clothing retailers Outside In and American Madness.

Trademarket and Portrush’s Metropole Market share a number of vendors, including Bodega Bagels, Baps, and Katsu Kitchen.

Portrush – one of the best towns on the north coast

It's the latest in a string of attractions in the coastal town.
Credit: Tourism Northern Ireland

Portrush has a well-earned reputation as one of the best coastal towns in Ireland. At about an hour’s drive from Derry and a little over an hour from Belfast, it is a popular place to visit for locals, particularly during the summer months.

Its stunning beaches are perfect for a relaxing coastal walk, while other exciting seaside activities are close to hand, such as surfing, coasteering, and wild swimming.

The Ramore Restaurants complex houses well-loved restaurants, including the Mermaid, Harbour Bistro, and Neptune & Prawn. The new Metropole Market will provide locals and visitors with a fantastic alternative, especially during the summer months.

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