All the usual department stores and high street chains are located on High Street and Royal Avenue, and the smaller streets connecting them. This area is mostly for pedestrians. The Castlecourt Shopping Centre is located on Royal Avenue and is Northern Ireland’s largest shopping mall, with more than 70 different shops. The Lisburn Road shopping centre houses trendy designer boutiques. For more individual, arty shops, explore the Cathedral Quarter, as well as Bedford Street, Dublin Road and Donegall Pass (the latter and interesting mix of biker shops and antique markets) where you will find interesting design stores, antiques, gift shops and many other small Belfast outlets.

For arts and crafts, visit the Wicker Man in the Donegall Arcade. At the Workshops Collective at 1a Lawrence Street you can pick up paintings, sculpture, furniture and crafts directly from the artist. Saint George’s Market (access via Oxford Street) is the last surviving covered Victorian market in Belfast and has been newly restored, giving it a new lease of life. On Fridays the food market runs from 0700-1500 and sells fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and fish, as well as some miscellaneous items.