Markets in Belfast

St George's brings the best produce to the centre of the city

Previously known as St George's Market, the City Food and Garden Market offers NI's largest selection of quality gourmet foods and fresh flowers.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, traders and farmers from all over Ulster came to sell their wares at markets in Belfast. Trade centred around Oxford Street, stretching as far as Stewart Street. Merchants mostly sold fruit and vegetables, meat and livestock, and grain and potatoes, but some also dealt in tobacco, oil, and even army and navy surplus. The largest market sold hay and straw.

St George’s Market was built during the 1890s by the city surveyor JC Bretland. Initially dwarfed by surrounding establishments, St George’s is now the only original market still in existence in Belfast. It was fully restored in 1999 in a £5 million project undertaken by Belfast City Council.

A new roof was added, the main building split into three markets, and a restaurant built above. Seven thousand people now attend the general market each week, while specialised markets are held at Christmas, Halloween and on St Patrick’s Day, often featuring live music. St George’s also hosts events such as the Ulster Motor Cycle Show.

© The Glenravel Local History Project

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