Just across the road from the Ulster Museum, Manus McConn’s unusual high-ceilinged room was originally the William Conor studio (1944-1959) and is bright with natural light from a lantern roof. The art theme is carried through to having original work always on show - there’s a permanent exhibition of Neill Shawcross’s bold and colourful work.
Open for breakfast and brunch, through coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and eventually dinner, this is Belfast restaurants a casual place with a distinctive style - light wood booths along the walls and a long refectory-style table down the centre.
Good coffee, home-baked scones, informal food such as warm chicken salad, hot panini with mozzarella, modern European dishes including lots of pastas, comfort food and classic dishes such as steak & Guinness pie are all worth dropping in for.
Popular with locals, this place is a real find for those visiting the Museum (especially on Sundays); the only downside is that background music is sometimes too loud, which can make it difficult to converse.