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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 - 5pm
    Saturday and Sunday Closed

    View our holiday arrangements.

  • 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 thebobbin@nowgroup.org

    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.

thebobbin@nowgroup.org

028 9050 2068

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

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