Best Places to Enjoy Pancakes in Belfast

Best Places to enjoy pancakes in Belfast

Updated On: May 15, 2024 by   Ciaran ConnollyCiaran Connolly

As Pancake Tuesday or Strove Day fast takes place on 5 March, we thought we would share some of the best places to enjoy delicious pancakes in Belfast. If you don’t fancy making your own, it’s always nice to go out and treat yourself.

Don’t worry—there are also plenty of places that serve healthy pancakes that taste just as nice if you’re on a health kick. But first, let’s tell you more about Pancake Day’s history.

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Stack of pancakes with cinnamon and fruit slices

The History of Pancake Day

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, usually occurs roughly 47 days before Easter Sunday, between 3 February and 9 March. This Year, it falls on 5 March 2019.

The traditional feast day dates back to the Anglo–Saxon Era before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter have often been a traditional time of fasting.

The name Shrove comes from an old English word ‘Shrive’ meaning going to confession to say sorry for the wrong things you did. A bell would be rung to call people to confessions, which happened to be called the ‘Pancake Bell’.

This then led to Pancake Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday, a traditional day on which people could indulge in the remaining rich and fatty foods before fasting until Easter. Pancakes were thought of as the perfect way to use up these ingredients.

Traditionally, pancakes have often been thin, flat cakes made of batter fried in a pan, usually served with lemon juice and caster sugar. The four main ingredients used for pancakes offer different symbols: eggs—creation; Flour—the staff of Life; Salt—Wholeness; and Milk—purity.

Nowadays, there is no shortage of different pancake flavours and an endless list of toppings and sauces that accompany them, making them irresistible!

Where to Enjoy Pancakes in Belfast?

There are some great restaurants and cafes in Belfast where you can try some of the best pancakes in Ireland!

It doesn’t even have to be Pancake Tuesday for you to have pancakes; pancakes are perfect any time of year! So, let’s get on to our list of the best places to enjoy pancakes in Belfast!

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Traditional pancakes with powdered sugar and strawberry on top

Tony & Jens, Lisburn Road

First up on our guide to the best pancakes in Belfast is Tony and Jens, located on Lisburn Road. This restaurant specialises in creating healthy but very tasty food, and its pancakes are just amazing.

The best part is that these pancakes are entirely guilt-free, making them even more appealing. They are loaded with fibre, protein, and all-natural fats—pretty much the opposite of a ‘real pancake’ but just as enjoyable, we promise!

Their banana Nutella and Banoffee Pancakes are two of their best-selling items and are mouth-watering. Also, every month, Tony and Jens create a new speciality pancake for you to try, so it’s well worth visiting any time of the year.

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Pancakes with syrup and slices of fruit on top

Slims Healthy Kitchen, Lisburn Road

Next, head to Slims Kitchen in Belfast to enjoy more healthy but completely guilt-free pancakes. They move away from the traditional pancakes of eggs, milk, and flour and offer unique pancakes with sweet potatoes as the main ingredient.

Don’t knock it before you try it, as these may be healthier but just as yummy. Slims Kitchen also offers a variety of toppings, including dairy-free cashews, blueberries, cream, and coconut.

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26 West, Kennedy Centre

Located in the west of the city is 26 West, which offers some truly amazing pancake options on its menu. This restaurant hosts an all-American theme to help celebrate Pancake Day with some pretty irresistible pancakes.

You can choose from strawberry pancakes, double blueberry pancakes, double chocolate chip pancakes, or raspberry white chocolate chips. They just sound incredible, and I’m sure they taste just as good. If you want to go to a place that goes all out on Pancake Day, 26 West won’t let you down.

Paper Cup, Titanic Quarter

Another great place that serves an unbelievable pancake stack is Paper Cups in the Titanic Quarter. You can try their delicious pancake stack, which comes with honeycomb ice cream, Nutella toffee sauce, and a Malteser drizzle.

If that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what else will! This sounds like the ultimate pancake, so try this pancake on Tuesday. What’s also to love about this café is that it offers gorgeous views of the Titanic Quarter.

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Maggie Mays, Botanic Avenue

One of our favourite places for food in Belfast is Maggie Mays, which has pretty good pancake stacks.

Their pancake stack includes three traditional pancakes, which can be fried, toasted, or buttered and come with maple syrup. You can also choose two fillings: bacon, egg, mushroom, sausage, or beans. These sound like delicious pancakes, so you better get down and try them!

Maggie Mays also offers all-day breakfasts, artisan coffees, custom-made milkshakes and some of the best sweet treats in Belfast.

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Traditional pancakes with syrup and chocolate chips

Harlem Café, Bedford Street

Last up on our guide to the best places to enjoy pancakes in Belfast is Harlem Café. The famous red velvet pancake stake on their breakfast menu is a foodie lover’s dream. It is irresistible and comes with many great toppings.

Harlem Café is a worthwhile visit, whether you are visiting for the amazing pancakes or not. The place offers a relaxed dining experience and unique surroundings.

Conclusion

In Belfast, the pancake scene is as diverse as it is delicious, with eateries catering to every taste and preference. Whether you prefer your pancakes stacked high with syrup and berries or loaded with savoury fillings like bacon and cheese, you will surely find a pancake to satisfy your cravings in this vibrant city. So why not treat yourself to a stack of fluffy delights at one of Belfast’s best pancake spots? Your taste buds will thank you.

We hope this guide will help you fulfil all your pancake dreams in Belfast! If you have any other recommendations for places to enjoy pancakes in Belfast, be sure to let us know!

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