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Common Grounds

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Queen's Quarter
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12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 6589
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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6 restaurant reviews
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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642 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 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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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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164 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

Myself and a friend thought we would try this cafe after reading reviews online. It didn't disappoint. Everything a cafe should be, has a great friendly and Cosy atmosphere. The coffee was decent too and the homemade snickers bar was delicious. Great ethical cause which we only realised when we arrived, this made the experience feel even better! It's tucked... More 

Thank Foodmiles
Dublin, Ireland
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199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Lovely coffee shop to relax in. The staff are extremely friendly and service is great. Coffee is tasty and they also serve a wide range of flavoured teas. The cakes look delicious and I'm sorry I didn't indulge. Their couches are ideal if you want to set up to study or work for the afternoon. Cute little spot to visit.

Thank JenandNeil365

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?