(Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK)
Belfast is a shopper's paradise and has many hundreds of independently owned stores selling unusual goods. There are also a number of specialist shops in Belfast, including jewellers, art galleries, craft shops, toy shops, antiques shops, gift shops and there are also countless clothes shops in Belfast, providing the perfect place for some serious fashion shopping.
Most shops in Belfast open seven days a week, throughout the year, opening at around 09:00 until 18:00 or later. On Sunday, Belfast shopping opening hours are generally shorter than the rest of the week and most shops stay open later on Thursday.
High Street Shops and Department Stores
Belfast is typical of many large cities in the United Kingdom and is full of many shops, pedestrianised streets, shopping malls and large chain department stores, all located in and around Belfast city centre. The main shopping areas in Belfast are at Donegall Place, the Royal Avenue, Bedford Road, Dublin Road and the Fountain area, where there are many clothes shops, department stores, cafés and food stores. Parking in central Belfast is simple and there are a number of well-signposted car parks and parking areas. There are also several large car parks on the outskirts of Belfast, with regular buses stopping at Belfast's impressive City Hall.
More unusual Belfast shops can be found in Bedford Street, Dublin Road and Donegall Pass, where you will find interesting design stores, antiques, gift shops and many other small Belfast outlets. Department stores in central Belfast include Debenhams, Waterstones, Marks and Spencer, BHS and many other popular high-street names.
Belfast has many excellent shopping centres and Belfast's Castlecourt Shopping Centre is one of the most popular places to shop in central Belfast. This large shopping mall is located of the Royal Avenue and is the latest in shopping experiences in Belfast, with more than 70 different shops and a high-vaulted glass roof.