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Common Grounds

12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 6589
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“tray bakes” (2 reviews)
“soup” (2 reviews)
Cafe, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I loved common grounds, it was my favourite lunch spot and great when I had visitors. Alas it has closed :( see their Facebook site if you need confirmation.

Thank Belfastgirl23
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Cool environment for lunch time and afternoon. Fresh and tasty food. Relaxing place where you are not forced no leave your placed if you want to stay and use your computer or read a book

Thank hdelacampa
Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Today I had the best coffee I’ve ever tasted and if that wasn’t enough, the staff of common grounds were all the most wonderful people who will go out of their way to ensure you have the best possible experience while you visit. It is...More

Thank Maeve M
Reviewed 18 February 2018

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 7 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
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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
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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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