Let’s face it, nothing beats a good weekend market. Whether you’re looking for good food, live music, exquisite local arts and crafts, or all of the above, you’ll find it at St. George’s Market. Built in 1890, it is one of Belfast’s oldest and most popular attractions.
There’s nothing I enjoy more on a Sunday morning than immersing myself in the hustle and bustle of the market stalls perusing through old vinyls or bric-a-brac, and deliberating over which of the various food vendors to visit for breakfast. From paella to pastries, the choices are vast, but when you’re in Belfast, sometimes there’s nothing to quite beat a local favourite…
Well, they do say breakfast should set you up for the rest of the day…
I’m a typical magpie when it comes to jewellery (the shinier the better) and so I swooped in on Ainduna Sea Glass without a moment’s hesitation. But really girls, can you blame me? Take a look and see for yourself…
Anne sources her sea glass from the Northern Irish coastline, which has been washed up and tumbled smooth by the ocean tide. She then uses wire and beads to fashion the glass into all kinds of one-of-a-kind jewellery and crafts. I love the bright colours of Ainduna Sea Glass, but it is the uniqueness and natural simplicity of her pieces which are the real selling point, in my opinion. The perfect gift to buy for friends and family (and then keep for yourself, obviously).
To art next, and a few stalls further along I stumbled upon local artist Stephen McLean, who is a regular seller at the weekend market. The majority of Stephen’s paintings depict the beautiful scenery from around Northern Ireland, from shipyards to coastlines. Stephen and his partner, Emma, are the owners of Top Floor Art, a small gallery in Saintfield, Co. Down dedicated to the promotion of local arts and crafts. Both artists are also happy to work on commission, when requested.
This watercolour of the SS Nomadic in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter was my favourite item of the day. I love the rawness of his work and for me, this little sketch really shows off his remarkable skill and passion for what he does. My parents are also great fans of Stephen’s work and own a few of his larger paintings, so luckily I to get to admire his work on a regular basis. If you’re heading to the market this weekend, this stall is definitely worth a visit.
St. George’s Market is one of Belfast’s hidden gems and promises a fantastic atmosphere to awaken those groggy Sunday morning senses. And for those of you who think I’m a little biased, don’t just take my word for it – it was recently voted the UK’s Best Large Indoor Market 2014 by the National Association of British Market Authorities.
Personally speaking, Sundays are my favourite time to visit in order to check out the local arts and crafts, but Friday and Saturday mornings are equally as popular amongst locals and visitors for fresh local produce and a friendly buzz.
Have you visited St. George’s yet, or do you have an equivalent in your town/city? I’m always keen to discover new places, so feel free to leave me some suggestions 🙂
Lots of Love, K.