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All 757 Belfast Restaurants

Common Grounds

12-24 University Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland (City Centre)
+44 28 9032 6589
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Ranked #113 of 757 Restaurants in Belfast
Price range: $5 - $9
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: Eclectic
Neighborhood: City Centre
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Description: Non for profit cafe and community hub based in the Holylands area of South Belfast. We serve award winning Fairtrade coffee, hearty lunches, daily soups, stews and curries along with delicious deserts. Cinnamon Scones are renowned locally while our Yumm Bowl and Falafel Burger are hugely popular. We offer many home made and locally sourced products, along with a wide and varied range of vegetarian options. Trading ethical is a cornerstone of what we do, while all our profits are given away to support humanitarian projects in the developing world.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Nestled away at the side of City Church, in the leafy University area of Belfast, Common Grounds is a good find. It's clean and modern outift staffed with polite friendly folk. The menu has a different feel from most cafes in Belfast. There's a good vegetarian selection, which I although I'm not veggie, which makes a welcome change from the... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It might seem like an exaggeration, but Common Grounds is genuinely my favourite place to go for coffee in the city - I love the friendly staff, quirky and cosy decor, art displays, yummy food and excellent coffee. The frittata, zucchini cake and peanut butter traybake are all must-tries, and the fresh soups and sandwiches are always excellent. My favourite... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I love everything about this place! For ages I'd gone but never ventured much beyond a coffee, that was a mistake! The food here is unreal! A perfect lunch spot, good coffee, great vibes about the place, staff are great fun. Great for some space on your own or for a meeting. All non - profit and ethically run as... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My friend and I have been going here for about three years now. It seldom disappoints. The staff are friendly, and the menu varied. Often there is interesting artwork on the walls for sale. If the weather is good, it's lovely to sit outside in their small but attractive garden.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Five of us called in here today on the recommendation of my nephew who is a student at Queen's university. It was very humid outside but cool inside, which was just what we needed. Nice menu choices, cakes looked good (including zucchini cake). We had bagels with cream cheese, chicken and chilli panini, scone and coffees total £20 (delicious and... More

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Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

super little not for profit café Beautiful food and lovely service . I especially liked the zucchini cake . The re is also a board were you can buy a surprise coffee for a friend or someone in need , This was a lovely touch.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I have never visited common grounds before, so this was my first visit and it was terrible. Upon arrival me and my boyfriend walked in to see around 6 staff just standing around the counter area, so we just took it upon ourself to take a seat, sat there for around 15 minutes, note that the cafe was not busy... More

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CommonGroundsCafe, Manager at Common Grounds, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I'm very sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. We will endeavour to ensure this type of incident does not happen again. If you'd like to speak further about this please don't hesitate to contact me on manager@commongrounds.co.uk - I'd be more than happy to speak with you and would... More

Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Popular, friendly community cafe that serves reasonably priced good quality beverages and snacks. What's not to like!

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CommonGroundsCafe, Manager at Common Grounds, responded to this review

Thanks Tim, glad you like us! More

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

used to go here every Tuesday night because they had salsa dancing classes in the adjoining church, it's a fun, lively, buzzing cafe in the heart of the Holylands, great place to sit and do some people watching or just to chill with a nice cappucinno.

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CommonGroundsCafe, Manager at Common Grounds, responded to this review

Hope you're not missing the salsa too much, why not try out Common Threads on a tuesday night instead? It's a sewing group for all skill levels, everyone welcome. More

Belfast, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

We totally agree with the review by dancehotsalsa. My wife and I have loved Common Grounds and its food, atmosphere, staff and ethics for many years now. But the menu has become a bit stale. A revamp is definately required. This does not mean chucking out the favourites like potato cakes or the yummy rustic sandwiches though! Lets face it... More

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CommonGroundsCafe, Manager at Common Grounds, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review Nick! We've just updated the menu so hopefully will see you in the cafe soon, try the new homemade granola, you'll love it! More

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Additional Information about Common Grounds

Address: 12-24 University Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9032 6589
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast>  > City Centre
Open Hours:
Monday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 9
Cuisine: Eclectic

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