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

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.

close up of an Ulster fry from Maggie Mays café


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!


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.


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!


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