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How to enjoy the perfect shopping trip in Belfast this Christmas

Belfast’s Christmas Market has arrived and the Christmas lights have been switched on, so now is the perfect time to visit the city’s shops in search of the perfect presents for friends and family.

A Christmas shopping trip to the city should start with a visit to the Belfast Christmas Market. Purchase gifts from all over the world including thoughtful personalised gifts, handmade jewellery and a wide range of festive arts and crafts from now until 23 December.

Treat yourself to some delicious food along the way with Dutch pancakes and Bratwurst among the most popular offerings.

Nearby is Victoria Square, a plush shopping village with over 60 stores, including a four-storey House of Fraser, an Apple Store and many designer names: Michael Kors, Reiss, Tommy Hilfiger, Coast and Karen Millen to name a few.

For a special day out, dine in the Ivory Restaurant and afterwards take the elevator up to the glass dome for a 360° panoramic view of Belfast.

When you’re ready to drop after you’ve shopped, rest in comfort at the 5* Culloden Estate and Spa. The 12 acre palatial site is located ten minutes from Belfast City Centre and offers the highest level of personal service.

Stay in one of the 105 exquisitely decorated rooms before relaxing in the luxury spa which features a marble eucalyptus steam room as well as a wide choice of reviving, rejuvenating and soothing treatments.

If your day of shopping has worked up your appetite, visit the hotel’s award-winning Mitre Restaurant. Enjoy modern Irish cuisine featuring the freshest local produce with a side of stunning views of Belfast Lough.

After your meal, you can warm up with a glass of wine beside the log fire lit in the nearby Cultra Inn.

After a good night’s sleep in the Culloden, visit Belfast’s Lisburn Road, where independent designer fashion and homeware boutiques are interspersed with coffee shops and restaurants.

Shop at Jo JoMamanBebe, Bedeck,Maven, Oliver Bonas,Velvet Boutique, Real, ModaShoes, and Hugo Thomas. Then relax with great food and drinks at Deane and Decano, The Albany, The Chelsea or Shu.

Other nearby attractions

Ox

It’s all industrial lighting, salvaged seating and an open kitchen at the Michelin starred Ox on Belfast’s Oxford Street. The bare brick whitewashed walls are intentionally devoid of decoration, as the real artwork is presented on each plate. With an enthusiastic approach to seasonality, OX’s modern Irish cuisine uses the best locally sourced ingredients, and each dish leaving the kitchen is designed so every element on the plate has an integral role in showcasing them. A carefully compiled wine list features local microbreweries and exciting wine makers.

The MAC

Treat your eyes to a feast of modern art at one of Europe’s leading art centres, situated in the heart of Belfast. Currently on show is the first solo presentation in Ireland by Chinese artist Cheng Ran. This epic showcase features film work based on three real life stories of adventure, exploration and the pursuit of enigma.

North Down Coastal Path

Wrap up warm and explore beautiful coastline and scenic parkland along the North Down Coastal Path which can be access in Cultra, five minutes away from the Culloden Estate and Spa. Spot historic relics and flora and fauna which are found in abundance, including the grey seals which can be spotted offshore.

For more shopping or short break inspiration, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com

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