Top 5 best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast

In recent years, eating out in the morning has become just as, if not more, common than dining out at dinner time. Thus, if you’re looking for a great breakfast in the Northern Irish capital, read on.

Here are the top 5 best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast.

There is no better way to start a weekend than dining out for breakfast or brunch. Today, we are sharing the best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast.

With savoury delights like an Ulster Fry or Eggs Benedict, sweet options such as pancakes or waffles, or even healthy kickstarters like porridge, granola, or avocado on toast, Belfast is a breakfast-lovers delight.

So, if you’re looking for somewhere great to start your day off right, read on.

5. The Pocket – for a delicious start to the day

The Pocket is one of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast.
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Kicking off our list of best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast is The Pocket, which is one of the best coffee shops in Belfast.

The Pocket has two locations in the city – one beside Victoria Square Shopping Centre and the other beside Queen’s University.

The one beside Queen’s is quite small, so get here early if you want to get a seat. Alternatively, head to the city centre café as there are plenty of seats in these spacious premises.

Serving up great coffee to accompany their delicious food, The Pocket is recognisable by its exposed brick interiors that make you feel like you’ve stepped inside a quirky café in uptown New York.

The options for a great breakfast are endless, with offerings like their chorizo brunch, green eggs on toast, lavender French toast, just to name a few.

Address: 68 Upper Church Ln, Belfast BT1 4LG

4. Maggie Mays – for breakfast on a budget

Maggie Mays is the ultimate student hub.
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Maggie Mays is your go-to spot for breakfast on a budget. This student favourite offers up delicious and generous plates that won’t break the bank.

The perfect hangover cure after a night out in one of Belfast’s best pubs, you can get yourself a full Ulster Fry for just around £5.

We also recommend trying out one of their delicious milkshakes that come in various crazy flavours and can be made using almost any chocolate bar or sweet of your choice.

Don’t worry if you’re vegan, vegetarian, or have any dietary requirements, however, as they cater for all. You can even get your very own vegan Ulster Fry!

Maggie Mays can be found in three locations throughout the city – Botanic Avenue, Malone Road, and Castle Street. Thus, you’ll never be far away from a great bite to eat.

Address: 2 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 5BN

3. Established Coffee – best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast

Established Coffee is one of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast.
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Established Coffee in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is a minimalist dream.

Known for their freshly roasted coffee and menu items that focus on local ingredients, breakfast this bright and airy space is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

With a constantly changing menu, you’ll want to keep coming back to try their new offerings every month.

Staple menu items include sourdough toast with avocado and eggs how you like them. For something sweet, opt for the house-made granola or honey coconut porridge complete with toppings of your choice.

Address: 54 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LB

2. Output Espresso – for candyfloss pancakes

Output Espresso has one of the most creative menus in all of Belfast.
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Located on the bustling Lisburn Road, Output Espresso is the perfect place to start your day off right.

With a range of breakfast options for everyone, including vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this trendy spot.

Recognisable for its colourful blank and pink aesthetic, bright neon signs, and hanging plants in abundance, the modern design here truly adds to the experience.

Choose from sweet or savoury fluffy pancakes, Duck Benny, vegan street food, and more for the perfect breakfast in Belfast.

Address: 479 Lisburn Rd, Belfast BT9 7EZ

1. General Merchants – a city favourite

General Merchants  is one of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast.
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Topping our list of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Belfast is General Merchants.

You can find this laidback café at four locations throughout the city – Ormeau Road, Upper Newtownards Road, Stranmillis Road, and Forestside. No matter where you find yourself, you’ll be close enough to pop in for a quick coffee and bite to eat.

Serving up delicious brunches that are renowned across the city, you’ll want to keep coming back to try something new off their extensive menu.

There is something for everyone; from their famous Eggs Benny to their delicious açai bowls, spicy Huevos Rotos to the renowned General breakfast, you’re sure to feel satisfied. Plus, most menu items can be adjusted to suit all dietary requirements.

Address: 361 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GL

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