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Common Grounds

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12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 6589
08:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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

Thank Wossad
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

Thank Joanne B
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
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
Cheadle, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
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 a party of four and one had a sandwich, another poached eggs on toast, another... More 

Thank HughMc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

1 Thank Anthony M
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
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 Loved my yum yum bowl Made my tummy feel full as a troll Hubby loved... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It's no lie I'm a serial attendee at CG, but last week I got a cinnamon scone and it was just delightful. It's so nice to go in summer when the place is that bit more chilled and you can sit outside.

Thank Rachel H
Lambeg, null, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Great location and a really nice atmosphere. Good food and service. Would go here regularly and would recommend it to anyone

Thank Maeve M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The menu choices are great - lots for vegetarians and lots of gorgeous cakes/ tray bakes. Coffee is excellent too. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

Thank jkts2016
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Came here after a visit to the botanical gardens. It's very close and a wonderful location with friendly staff and the food is not only very tasty but also really affordable. We had a burrito and the yum bowl and liked it very much. Special recommendation for vegetarians!

Thank Hakan C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$8
Cafe, International, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
08:30 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?