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The Bobbin Coffee Shop

  • About The Bobbin

    Belfast City Hall’s coffee shop, The Bobbin is located next to the visitor exhibition serving great coffee and delicious food.

    Whether it’s a freshly-baked treat and a coffee with friends, a delicious hot snacks or just picking up lunch on the go, The Bobbin caters to all tastes and preferences, using locally-sourced ingredients where possible.

    You can connect to Belfast Wi-Fi and enjoy free Wi-Fi along with your refreshments. 

  • Opening times

    The café is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm, covering all exhibition opening times including public holidays. 

    Day Times
    Monday to Friday 8.30am until 5pm
    Saturday and Sunday Closed

    View our holiday arrangements

    The front doors of City Hall are closed during the set up and operation of the Christmas Market. You can access The Bobbin at the rear entrance until early January 2022.

  • History of The Bobbin

    During a major refurbishment of City Hall in 2009 Belfast City Council sought the advice of its residents to name a new coffee shop. More than 1400 people voted in an online poll and the winning name was ‘The Bobbin’. The popular eatery is named after the city’s once-thriving linen industry, a catalyst for our industrial revolution in the 1820s. A bobbin is a spindle or cylinder on which yarn or thread is wound. Bobbins were also used on a larger scale in other industries such as ropemaking.

  • Social Enterprise Café

    The coffee shop is managed by Loaf Catering and Cafes (link opens in new window) providing training and work experience places for people with a learning disability, autism or Asperger’s. All profits go to parent organisation NOW Group (link opens in new window), a social enterprise supporting people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future.

    For more information or menus, contact

    A Braille menu is also available. Just ask a member of staff when visiting the Bobbin Coffee Shop.

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9050 2068

The Bobbin Coffee Shop, Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS,

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