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Common Grounds

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12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 6589
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's no lie I'm a serial attendee at CG, but last week I got a cinnamon scone and it was just delightful. It's so nice to go in summer when the place is that bit more chilled and you can sit outside.

Thank Rachel H
Lambeg, null, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great location and a really nice atmosphere. Good food and service. Would go here regularly and would recommend it to anyone

Thank Maeve M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The menu choices are great - lots for vegetarians and lots of gorgeous cakes/ tray bakes. Coffee is excellent too. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

Thank jkts2016
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Came here after a visit to the botanical gardens. It's very close and a wonderful location with friendly staff and the food is not only very tasty but also really affordable. We had a burrito and the yum bowl and liked it very much. Special recommendation for vegetarians!

Thank Hakan C
Columbia, Missouri
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644 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

A cafe of long standing near Queen's, Common Grounds is a wonderful place for a cup of coffee or a light meal. Friendly and engaging wait staff, a welcoming air, free wifi, a varied clientele, and a generally wonderfully relaxed atmosphere makes this a great place to spend some time.

Thank LMOverby
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

I am certain that it would be for dinner, too.... I love this place. I always visit, at least once, when I am in Belfast. Breakfast is great. and I also enjoy the hot pot.

Thank Todd H
Holywood, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

In truth this review relates to many visits. The ethos of this establishment and the quality and consistency of their food and their service make this an immediate, first option, when I think of a coffee or a snack or just some quiet 'down time'. A recent review got it spot on when they called it " A cafe with... More 

Thank Gawbo
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Such a relaxed and unpretentious vibe. I love their heart for the local community of South Belfast and they truly are a hub for events and gatherings. But they also give many opportunities to volunteer for the many asylum seekers in Belfast. They are simply brilliant!

Thank Bruceage
Devizes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Despite the riotous behaviour nearby on St Patrick's Day the afternoon before, this was a welcome lunch spot with colleagues from Queen's after some hard work that morning. My stew was fab, my colleague loved his salad and Dom loved his vegey pot. Definitely a place to cone to again when I am next in Belfast.

Thank Matthew C
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

They serve the best scrambled eggs I've had in a long time. They mix in chorizo and serve them with tomato salsa, delicious. Coffee is decent too.

Thank Joshua L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $8
Cafe, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast>  > Queen's Quarter
  • Neighborhood: Queen's Quarter
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9032 6589
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 Mexican Burrito 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 that affect us globally.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?