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AMPM, located in Upper Arthur Street, combines an intimate, unique, cutting edge ambience with stylish design and wholesome cuisine. The combination of sumptuous cuisine and friendly service make AMPM one of the best eateries in the city, especially seeing as they’ve also been voted the best ‘Fine Dining Restaurant in Belfast’!

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Nestled down the cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter is the Duke of York, home to Northern Ireland’s largest whisky selection! The Duke of York is a traditional Belfast bar, crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia and of course offering up a great pint of Guinness! Try to go Thursday-Sunday for some of the best live music around, you might even discover the next Snow Patrol, who played their first gig here!

The Crown Liquor Saloon is by far Belfast’s most famous bar, dating back to 1885 and is owned by the National Trust! The most eye-catching marvels in this joint are the Victorian wooden booths, which with their carved lions’ and gryphons’ heads, are a mixture of a church pew, confessional box and horse stall! Another unique feature is that there are bells on the booth walls, to summon service!

Located on the top floor of the Bullitt Hotel, is Babel, a rooftop bar, complete with a view to die for! Babel’s creative shrub cocktails use ingredients and garnishes inspired by it’s living walls, which contain over 300 plants. Taking inspiration from 1950’s design, the bar is complete with deep green and ocean blue plush velvet and leather interiors, with a retractable roof and a luxe corner VIP room.

Must See Sights

A relatively small city, Belfast is divided into quarters, each known for its own distinct character. You’ll probably spend most of your time in the Cathedral Quarter in the heart of the city, with streets filled with buzzing pubs, shops and top-notch restaurants. Further on you’ll find the Queen’s Quarter, home to the Botanical Gardens, Ulster Museum and Queen’s University.

To the east of the city on the other side of the river, you’ll find Titanic Quarter, named after the infamous ship built there. It’s now home to the Titanic Museum, the Odyssey Complex and of course Titanic Studios. If you’re a bit of a culture junkie, head to the Gaeltacht Quarter in the west of the city, to experience Irish language and culture.

Slightly further out of the city and worth the trip is Crumlin Road Gaol, a 19th-century jail, that once housed murderers suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners for over 150 years.

Now, as for how to end your trip with a bang? Well, that’s another blog post for another time!

8 of Europe’s Most Instagram Friendly Hotels

Accommodation, Travel |

What: This hotel promises an energetic alternative to the typical hotel experience! From the moment you enter the tech-laden lobby, it’s apparent that this hotel is aimed at 21st century hospitality for the Instagram generation.

The large, open-plan ground floor is zoned into work, play and eat areas with quirky Copenhagen themed features, like a mermaid mural and light fittings created from bike wheels! If you want to experience Copenhagen like the locals then grab one of the Moxy bikes!

Where: Sydhavns Pl. 2, 2450 København

The Alex, Dublin

What: In the heart of Georgian Dublin, housed in a former train station, The Alex has been an Instagrammers’ favourite since it opened its doors! Think natural light, gleaming light fittings, plush sofas and Anglepoise lamps – all mixed with 1920’s styling!

This hotel really honours its Irish heritage from herringbone throws from Foxford Woolen Mills, to food and drink sourced from only the best local Irish brands! One things for sure, at The Alex a good-looking Insta pic is guaranteed.

Where: 41-47 Fenian St, Dublin, D02 H678

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