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close up of an Ulster fry from Maggie Mays café

Eating at Queen's: The best places to eat in and around the university

2/03/2017

Peter Moor

Peter Moor
Student blogger, BA English and Linguistics

Having now been at Queen's for 6 months, I feel that I'm pretty well placed to give you an insight into some of the many excellent culinary establishments in and around the university.

Junction

This is a great cafe on campus, perfect for a quick coffee between tutorials or a tasty lunch between lectures. My favourite has to be the Thai Green Curry but this term, a special mention must be given to breakfasts: every Friday you can get a breakfast for just a quid. My choice? Definitely the bacon bap!

Boojum

I came to Northern Ireland in September as a Boojum virgin - how so very pitiful. For those of you yet to experience the splendour of a Boojum you haven't lived. If you go (which you must!), I recommend the Burrito bowl - everything that goes into a burrito without the constraints of a tortilla!

A burrito bowl from Boojum   Chicken tacos from Boojum

The mighty burrito bowl - and the less impressive soft-shelled tacos (at least that's my opinion)

I can guarantee that a Boojum means only a sandwich is needed for dinner! When my sister visited she had soft shelled tacos - a choice I certainly didn't approve of! Apparently Kurrito is good as well - basically a curried Boojum if that's your sort of thing.

Maggie Mays

The perfect home cooked food cafe. I am a bit of a bore and have the stew nearly every time I go. A bowl of Northern Irish beef stew is a warming bowl of goodness with a bit of veg - an uncommon thing in a typical student diet! Another must is a Maggie Mays Ulster Fry complete with types of bread unknown to the English eye.

An Ulster fry from Maggie Mays Café  A bowl of irish stew from Maggie Mays café

Two locations, hearty portions and decent prices; no wonder Maggie Mays is a must for students!

They also list their stew and fry as 'Perfect Hangover Cures' so head there if the previous night was a bit heavy! Tip - if you don't have much time then the café on Botanic Avenue always has a smaller queue than the one nearer the uni.

Avoca

food from the Avoca café

Not your traditional student eatery but certainly worth a visit as a one-off treat

This is the place to go when your parents come over and they are the ones paying. I had this luxury a few months ago and it certainly provided a veritable feast for a student whose Tesco shop is predominantly made up of garlic bread! My recommendation - the paté served on a slab of fresh wheaten bread.

Build a Burger

A burger and chips from build-a-burger

A fiver goes a long way at Build a Burger

This is a relatively new find of mine but is one of my favourites. Every weekday, there's a lunch deal where you get a burger and chips for just a shiny new fiver! You can literally put anything in the burger including apple....though any fruit that isn't a tomato shouldn't go in a burger in my opinion!

Falafel

A falafel wrap from Falafel café

Eating falafel in Falafel; what else would I order?

Also a new find but very popular with my vegan friend. As the name suggests it serves falafel. For those of you not accustomed with this veggie delight, Wikipedia calls it a deep-fried patty made of ground chickpeas. It may sound a bit weird but take my word for it the falafel wrap isn't just for the herbivores of this world!

Peter Moor

English with Linguistics | 1st year | Huddersfield, England

I am 19 year old Yorkshire lad, born and bred but now studying English with Linguistics at Queen's. I decided to come to over to Northern Ireland after many holidays visiting family across the country. I am part of the university politics society and the debating society. This semester I'm also doing a French language course - wish me luck! I'm a keen swimmer which is certainly needed when this country has so much good food to offer!

Peter Moor

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