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Common Grounds

12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 6589
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good29%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (2 reviews)
“sandwiches” (7 reviews)
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wife and I popped in for coffee with a cinnamon scone, very tasty. Service was good and there is free Wi-fi. Only downside is finding a parking space 😕

Thank Henry M
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Located a street or two off the main shopping/dining street in Queens Quarter (Botanic Ave) this small cafe serves breakfast and lunch in an urban-rustic, laid back atmosphere. It's hours are not conducive to 9-5ers as it first opens at 10am (closing at 4pm). The...More

Thank backpacker31
Reviewed 13 October 2017

This café was so good I went back instead of trying a new place when I was in Belfast! They had a very nice sweet potato and coconut soup with bread for 4.95, and a yum bowl for 5.95. The yum bowl was vegetarian and...More

1  Thank Erin188569
Reviewed 29 August 2017

The Common Grounds Café is a very pleasant place to eat. It is relaxed, the food is good, service is good, and it is different as those who work there are unpaid. The Pancake stack , yes ,of course !!, with syrup, and bacon, was...More

1  Thank Mo_DaW171
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Great food, coffee and really nice staff. I had the Yum Bowl which was a vegetarian meal that as a meat eater I actually enjoyed which is rare indeed

1  Thank Wossad
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Met a friend for a bite to eat and friendly staff adapted menu choices just for me Great values / fair trade and volunteers Hit the spot on lots of levels

1  Thank Joanne B
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Love their yum yum bowl so much And their coffee has a heavenly touch The staff are warm hearted and gracious I want to sit forever in this oasis

1  Thank RhymeReviews
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Lots for the vegetarian and non vegetarian alike. A friendly rather bohemian feel about the place which has bare tables and school type chairs. The staff were very friendly and there was a buzz about he place even though it was Tuesday lunchtime. We were...More

Thank HughMc
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Title says it all, the sandwiches and food are decent as well. Nice chilled out place to meet for breakfast or get a bit of work done in a pinch, and fantastic that it's a social enterprise to boot.

2  Thank Anthony M
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Hubby and I In my favourite place in the world loving life This place gives you a break from daily strife The staff make you feel as if you are in a home from home A place to have a good laugh not a moan...More

2  Thank RhymeReviews
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zigganni b
27 July 2015|
Response from CommonGroundsCafe | Property representative |
Yes, we can offer take away food throughout the day.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$8
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
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
  • Neighbourhood: Queen's Quarter
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9032 6589
  • E-mail
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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