For an authentic blast of Belfast life make your way to the renovated St. George's Market, an enormous indoor market on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. When it opened in the 1890s, this historic market sold butter, eggs, poultry, and fruit. In those days Belfast was known as the "City of Seven Smells": these came from such fixtures as gasworks, slaughterhouses, and soap factories. Today the market is a vibrant place with 150 traders selling everything from apples
to zippers and antiques to shark meat. The Friday Variety Market starts at 6 am and runs until 2 pm; the Saturday City Food and Garden Market is from 9–3, and the Sunday Food, Craft and Antique market is 10–4. Salivating foodies love the treats at Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory stall, with its fudge and flavored sweets, as well as the organically grown produce throughout the market. At Piece of Cake Bakery, you can choose from 25 terrific breads, including rye, spelt, olive, walnut, and banana, or sample the delicious baklava or white sourdough with seaweed dulce. Next door is S.D. Bell's coffee stand; the company is older than the market, as it was set up in 1887 and has been brewing nonstop ever since.
May St., Belfast, BT1 3NQ, Northern Ireland