05 November 2019

Festive dates around City Hall

I cannot believe it is November! I have absolutely no idea where 2019 has gone to - it has whizzed past in a flash. It's now the time of year where I am planning nights out for catch ups and celebrating the festive season. There's so much choice around Belfast but recently I have found myself more in and around the City Hall. I cannot wait to visit my top spots in November and December - and feel SO cute looking at the lights and tree! My top advice? Always plan ahead. All of the great restaurants book out so quickly especially the closer to Christmas and New Year so BOOK NOW!

Best for a day out with your Mum
Cafe Parisan has been a favourite of mine for a long time - plus the views of the City Hall are unbeatable! If you are out for a girly day with your mum, it's the perfect place to stop for lunch (or even better!) for afternoon tea. They are owned by the same company that own the Galgorm Hotel so their afternoon tea is really similar. Plus they have a special festive version!

Best for a family lunch
Feeding lots of people is always hard when there's varied tastes and dietary requirements. My go to for all occasions is Howard Street. It's a place I always go for business lunches, family dinners and even my Master's Graduation dinner. My favourite thing on the menu is their seafood pasta - literally my death row meal! 

Best for a girl's night out
It's been my favourite opening of 2019 (and now my regular place to hit!). Margot is the cutest basement bar with great cocktails as well as a stellar new food menu. The scallops and salt & chili chicken burger are to die for! It's super chic pub grub and the drinks menu matches. Try out their rose wine - one of my favourites! 

Best for a first date
Yugo holds a special place in my heart - mostly because I went with my friend to do a faux date before she went on a real date! It's a very intimate setting that's great for a first date - specially if you are sat up at the bar. Serving up Asian cuisine with an Irish twist, the mix of small and big plates makes it great for sharing! Their bao buns are an absolute treat!

Best for meat eaters
Ten Square Hotel has had a massive revamp (the Loft bar is INCREDIBLE! I recently hosted an event here and it was amazing). After the event, we went to eat in Josper's and it was beautiful. It's very modern and the food was fab. The steakhouse also does a fab Sunday Dinner option as well as catering for veggies & vegans alike. 

Please make sure to let me know if you take any of my recommendations by tweeting me at @GemmaLEBond