So what do you do when you’re out and about shopping in the city centre and you get hungry but want something nutritious or have a particular food allergy/diet yet all you can see around you are burger joints & the typical coffee house?
Well, when this happens there’s a few places I like to head to:
1) The Nutmeg (9 Lombard street-across from Dunnes)
First up is the local health food store, this small but lovely shop has all sorts of products and ingredients for the health food lover and also does speciality food such as vegan sandwiches, vegetable samosas, treats such as chocolate peanut butter balls, muffins, fifteens with most being gluten & dairy free. They also sell a few refrigerated products that you can take with you to eat on the go like coconut/soy yogurts and kefir.
This is also where I get my spelt pasta from, which I love!
|A candied beetroot from one of my favourite fruit & veg stalls|
If you’re needing something more substantial or have food allergies then there is a lovely “Check out my buns” stall that sells delicious allergy specific treats. My personal favourites are the choco peanut butter slices/balls or ginger & almond slices but it also boasts a variety of cookies, energy balls, courgette cake, berry oat slices and more! Again, the products are gluten, dairy & egg free or 2 out of the 3. Similar stands also sell a mix of savoury & sweet products specialising in being gluten free with food such as sausage rolls, brownies, scones etc.
|The choc salted caramel slice I got from C.O.M.B for my birthday!|
If you can eat wheat then there’s other options which can also be lovely as I personally struggle to find a good wholemeal scone/wheaten/soda bread anywhere else in town but some of the bread stands here sell them. The wholemeal soda bread goes great with organic butter & a poached egg <3
|C.O.M.B stall at the market|
|Wheatgrass shot from Zenergii|
5) Raw Food Rebellion (336 Lisburn Rd)
Lovely little place on the Lisburn road. This cafe is plant based, gluten free and suitable for vegans, it does a good variety of drinks, smoothies and mains, with tasty raw desserts and a selection of bliss/energy balls.
I highly recommend the chickpea salad or rebel black bean tacos, delish! Reasonably priced, with friendly staff. If you’re looking to sit in then try to choose off peak times as it gets quite popular around lunch time.
|Raw choc orange cheesecake & “mint aero” slice|
|Rebel black bean tacos & chickpea salad|