Must-see shopping in Northern Ireland

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    Designerie

    This nonprofit social enterprise sells handcrafted ceramics, soaps, art and textiles by some 60 Irish designer makers. There are some fine pieces to be…

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    Unique Artshop

    At Ulster University, this dynamic artshop sells pieces by students, alumni and other local designer makers, including graphics and prints, sculptures,…

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    Space Craft

    This shop and exhibition space displays the work of more than 40 local designers and artists. High-quality pieces include ceramics, artwork, cushions,…

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    Studio Souk

    With three floors filled with pieces by local artists and designers, Souk is the perfect place to pick up Belfast-themed items including pottery, printed…

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    Smart Swag

    Run by local artists and designers, Smart Swag sells original and unusual pieces such as jewellery made from vinyl records, upcycled furniture, screen…

  • No Alibis Bookstore

    Specialising in crime fiction (and even appearing in print in Colin Bateman's Mystery Man series), this small, independent bookshop run by friendly and…

  • Friend at Hand

    This whiskey museum and shop has more than 200 different whiskeys for sale as well as displays of old whiskey paraphernalia and 600 bottles from the…

  • Craft Village

    A handful of craft shops sell Derry crystal, handwoven cloth, ceramics, jewellery and other local craft items in this renovated courtyard. One of the best…

  • Steensons

    This city-centre showroom sells a range of stylish, contemporary, handmade jewellery in silver, gold and platinum, from the Steensons workshop in Glenarm,…

  • Slemish Market Garden

    At the Ecos Nature Park, this food shop sells organic and biodynamic produce from the on-site gardens and local farms. Pick up seasonal fruit and fresh…

  • Co Couture

    This small subterranean shop has won prizes for its hand-crafted chocolates made using raise trade (a step up from fair trade) chocolate from Madagascar…

  • Victoria Square

    This modern shopping mall is set around a soaring atrium topped by a vast glass dome, with a viewing platform. It's filled with upmarket chains, including…

  • Books Paper Scissors

    Bright and welcoming independent bookstore with a good selection of fiction and non-fiction, including Irish literature and children's books. Staff are…

  • Bella & Bear

    Attached to the excellent Reids Florist, this small, family-run homewares store sells beautiful ornaments, vases, greetings cards and fun gifts like…

  • Gallery 1608

    Some of Ireland's top artists are represented at this small gallery that's packed full with paintings, photography, ceramics and sculptures. The…

  • Buttermarket

    The restored buildings in the old marketplace house an appealing variety of craft shops and studios selling paintings, ceramics and jewellery, and Rebecca…

  • Matchetts Music

    Acoustic instruments, from guitars and mandolins to penny whistles and bodhráns (hand-held goatskin drums), fill the shelves here, along with books of…

  • Fresh Garbage

    Easily recognised by the gaggle of Goths hovering outside the door, this place has been around for decades but remains a cult favourite for hippie and…

  • Wicker Man

    In addition to offering knitting and crochet classes, arty Wicker Man sells a wide range of contemporary Irish crafts and gifts, including silver…

  • Steensons

    Watch craftspeople at work at Steensons, the designer jewellery workshop that produced the jewellery worn in Game of Thrones. Pieces are also available to…