Fancy a burrito, but not the walk down the hill to Botanic (or more importantly, the full-stomached walk back up again?)
Fear not: Acapulco at the Ashby will save you the trek. With tacos, salads, burrito boxes, chilli, chipotle chicken, shredded pork on offer, you’re spoiled for choice.
Excellent for a whistle-stop, grab’n’go breakfast, with fresh pastries and great coffee, or a longer lunch with home-made soup, sandwiches, paninis and pasta.
Krem’s outlets are located in the Peter Froggatt Centre, the foyer of the David Keir Building and at the ECIT building in the Titanic Quarter.
HOPE Café in the McClay Library provides a welcome respite from studying, serving delicious breakfast, lunch and all day snacks in a high-ceilinged, airy space.
Specials are served every day, and they also have a range of freshly prepared sandwiches and salads available to take away, for those on the go!
With branches in the Queen's Sport PEC, the Medical Biology Centre and the Union, Clements are, as they say themselves, ‘religious about coffee.’
They’re also generous with the portions – not for them thimblefuls of coffee or microscopic traybakes, which makes them a student favourite! A special mention must go to their gargantuan sausage rolls as well as their exceedingly comfortable chairs.
Just opened in the brand new School of Law atrium and open all day long, Junction is a fantastic space that takes over where Krem left off
Offering baked goods, breakfasts and brunch, the café also features an innovative self-service counter, so if the queue is long, your wait needn’t be!
Off campus - coffee
A home-grown venture inspired by the café culture of Copenhagen.
For those who are all about the coffee, the minimalist décor is pure Scandinavia. No frills, just flavour.
The Queen’s Quarter’s newest coffee shop, The Pocket is just across the road from the Lanyon Building.
They like to do things properly, and the intimate, immaculate confines of the Georgian building make it feel like an exclusive club. Every coffee and cake is prepared with a delicate attention to detail.
A pleasant surprise for visitors to the reinvigorated Crescent Arts Centre, a couple of minutes’ stroll away.
Sit in the bay window and watch life go by. Scan the walls for news of the latest concerts and classes that might take your fancy, and enjoy a sandwich as you look out over Lower Crescent and University Road.
If you’re ever just off the train at Botanic and in need of a premium coffee, look no further.
A coffee shop with the warm, low-lit atmosphere of a top restaurant, it’s also famous for providing Belfast with its only public piano, giving the city’s more confident pianists an opportunity to tinkle the ivories.
Off campus - food
Windrush Island Caribbean Cafe
A firm favourite with Queen's students.
Windrush (named after the Empire Windrush, the ship that brought the first West Indian migrants to the UK) introduces you to the wonderful, vibrant food of the Caribbean, and such specialities as curried goat and Bajan souse.
The French Village
Famous for their indulgent bun range – the caramel éclair is a particular delight.
However, as a bistro and not just a bakery, they have many more strings to their bow. Their lunch and evening menus contain a great range of local produce, and you can bring your own bottle.
Passionate about fresh healthy cuisine, Kurrito offer freshly made tacos, fajitas and burritos.
With a slant towards the Middle Eastern end of the taste spectrum, their food is as refreshing as their friendly service.
So popular they built two – one in Botanic, one in Stranmillis.
Hearty fare such as burgers, lasagne, bolognese, chicken goujons and sandwiches for reasonable prices. There’s not much they don’t do – but the Ulster Fry is especially popular.