It had been way too long since Phill and I had visited St George’s Market in Belfast. It’s a must-visit indoor market right in the city centre for both local people and tourists. We headed over to the market last Sunday to soak up the Christmas atmosphere (we spotted Santa Claus) and get some fresh food…and cupcakes!
I was fed up of waking up every Sunday morning, having a skim through instagram, only to be met with streams of mouth watering cupcake images from St George’s Market regular Claire of Lily Pink Bakery. Last weekend was the final straw – when I spotted her Tunnock’s Teacakes cupcakes on show. Every Christmas I get a big box of Tunnock’s Teacakes (it barely lasts past Christmas) and so the thought of a cupcake version was too much to take. I headed straight to the Lily Pink Bakery stall (you’ll find Claire the baker there every Sunday) and promptly bought two Tunnock’s Teacake cupcakes, a Turtledove cupcake and her best-selling red velvet cupcake.
And we didn’t stop there. We visited the butchers and got loads of bacon and some eggs, then headed to the fruit and veg stall and got some fresh produce. I was very tempted to buy some handmade Christmas decorations but managed to resist. I also loved having a nosey at some of the vintage wares.
We spent almost two hours at the market, walking around, queuing for food and coffee, eating said food and coffee; and generally just enjoying all the hub-bub of the market. The place was packed out with people which was great to see. It’s definitely a wonderful way to spend a Sunday (it’s open from 10.30am) if you like to sample Northern Irish food produce and arts and crafts. I could happily go back again this weekend and stock up on more food and sweet treats.