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7 ways to take a bite out of Belfast’s best bars and restaurants

From black cabs and buzzing bars to live lounges and Michelin stars – Belfast is Lonely Planet’s top destination of 2018.

And here's seven ways to get to know the city through its amazing food and drink.

1. Kick off your Belfast experience and stay ‘off the eaten track’ with Taste and Tour.

The Belfast Bites offering is a 3.5-hour guided walk throughout the city, discovering some of the best traditional food available.

Pair an Ulster Fry with a Belfast Brew beer and visit a 120-year-old deli, before tasting renowned seafood, award-winning local cheese and home-grown artisan cider.

The enthusiastic foodie guides will ensure you get a real flavour of Belfast produce and will even teach you to pull the perfect pint in a traditional pub. Just make sure to leave room for more delicious food on this culinary adventure.

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2. Once you have completed your tour, head to St George’s Market, one of Belfast’s oldest attractions.

This market has been awarded numerous regional and national titles for its fresh, local produce and bustling atmosphere.

The assorted mix from Friday to Sunday attracts thousands of visitors each week. Friday’s variety market hosts over 240 stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables and the leading retail fish market in Ireland. On a Saturday experience city food and design, as a fusion of tempting foods from around the globe are served next to stalls exhibiting handmade crafts, pottery, glass and metalwork.

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The Sunday market offers local craftspeople the opportunity to display their talents. Throughout the weekend there is a soundtrack of live music from local artists. Browse through the market and experience the flair that the city has to offer. The market also makes a great venue for a hearty breakfast.

3. Dine at one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Belfast - Eipic is housed in an elegant Howard Street dining room and holds a Michelin star.

Local produce takes high precedence, as does seasonality, with a menu that changes weekly. The chefs use the finest ingredients to produce quality, delicate dishes that are perfectly presented. Enjoy a gastronomic experience to remember in the most chic of surroundings.

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4. Following your meal, head to the Sunflower Public House, a hidden gem in the city centre.

This simple corner pub is free from gimmicks, on a site which has been home to a public house for over 100 years. It is instantly recognisable by the security cage on the door, a relic of days gone by and a small example of how the city has evolved. Music is part of its core, with weekly sessions in the bar producing the sounds of traditional tunes.

Take to a cosy booth to enjoy locally brewed ale from Hilden and chat with locals who exemplify the rich tapestry of Belfast life.

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5. The quirky Made in Belfast restaurant focuses on seasonal produce that is locally sourced, organic and sustainable.

Made in Belfast has three venues in the city centre, two at the Cathedral Quarter and one by the City Hall. All serve quality and wholesome food, in welcoming rustic settings that are full of antiques and character.

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6. Just steps away from the historic City Hall, the boutique Ten Square Hotel offers a variety of award winning luxury bedrooms as well as a fantastic restaurant and the Loft, its new rooftop bar.

Ten Square Hotel is within a landmark Grade One listed building, featuring a blend of contemporary and colonial finishes to complement the first-class service.

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7. Situated on Botanic Avenue in the heart of the Queen’s Quarter, the Belfast Empire is the heartbeat of the city’s live music scene.

Enjoy great music from home-grown talent as well as the weekly Comedy Club. The Belfast Empire is a converted church that boasts a diverse range of entertainment every night of the week.

For more of the best bites to be found in Belfast, visit www.discovernorthernireland.com.

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