Belfast Telegraph

Lunch isn't for wimps: Caffe Nero, Fountain Street, Belfast

By Anne Madden

This city centre coffee house is a popular place for lunch and more importantly watching the world go by.

Occupying a prime location on the corner of Fountain Centre, Caffe Nero's covered terrace is often more busy than inside. It's not just a popular choice for smokers but as a busy thoroughfare, it's a fantastic people-watching spot. And, depending on your taste, you might be entertained (or irritated) by one of the many buskers that hold court nearby. So if you've got the luxury of a full-hour lunch it's worth a visit. On a recent lunch trip we opted to sit indoors, which is very spacious, and found some comfortable leather armchairs by the window. At peak times, service can be slow even though all the food is pre-packed from the fridge. I had what is described as their most popular panini - tomato, basil and mozzarella - and my friend had their vegetable soup. Both were delicious and filling. There is also a great selection of treats which are hard to avoid at the counter, from carrot cake and muffins, to the tempting chocolate pralines at just 20p beside the 'till. Taking advantage of the window view, we decided to sit on for some coffees. For connoisseurs, this is the place to go - good strong espressos with a perfect hazelnut brown 'crema' on top. The ideal way to finish lunch and refuel for the afternoon grind.