looking for an antique, a gift for a loved one or simply keen to
find out the quality of arts and crafts in Belfast, you’ll
find plenty to keep you occupied and help you to part with your
money at some of the best markets in the area.
Lisburn Road Variety Market [map],
Lisburn Road, is an indoor market that makes a nice change from
the bright lights and high fashion of Lisburn Road.
Variety really is the order of the day here and you’ll be
able to haggle for a number of bargains, including fresh fruit and
veg, books, cycles, and a range of oddities that might just become
antiques one day - if they aren’t already. There is wheelchair
access and you can grab a quick bite to eat while you browse at
one of the independent coffee shops and bakeries.
The Lisburn Variety Market is open 11.30am-6:00pm Monday to Saturday.
For a real treat head out of town on a Wednesday between 9:00am
and 2:00pm to the seaside and pay a visit to The Bangor Open
Market Square off Main Street, Bangor.
Bangor Open Market is one of the biggest and best in Northern Ireland.
You’ll find a mammoth selection of bargains in Market Square,
including jewellery, sports goods, clothing, footwear, underwear
and sweets galore. This is also a good place to pick up vintage
and retro clothing. Get there early though as coaches full of bargain
hunters descend on this area from across Northern Ireland and Ireland.
They say the early bird catches the worm and at St George’s
May Street, the early bird also has the chance to catch thousands
of bargains, if he or she can make it down there by 5.30am when
the trading begins.
Everyone else will be relieved to hear that St George’s Market
remains open until 1pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
so that you can sleep in and still try to bag a bargain.
This long established market in Belfast, sells a staggering array
of the freshest and cheapest produce in the city. There’s
also a number of themed events where you can pick up something special
for your parties at Christmas, on Halloween and St Patrick’s
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