Coleraine is a beautiful little town at the heart of the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland and is full of so many hidden gems. The town is a jump and a hop away from many wonderful attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Ballintoy Harbour and Royal Portrush Golf Club; which hosted the 148th Open from 14-21 July 2019. We invite you to discover things to do in Coleraine that are off the beaten track!
We’re proud to say that Coleraine is a town where the vast majority of businesses are family run independents, plus, exploring the side streets for the amazing plethora of small businesses is definitely worth it.
For us at INFUSE, we are honoured to be part of the remarkable tribe of small businesses that the town has to offer. Last year we were named as one of the Top 100 small businesses in the UK in 2018 (by Small Business Saturday UK). Therefore, coming together to support and celebrate fellow independents is incredibly important to us and we love to sing and shout about what Coleraine has to offer.
So, if you’re looking for unique things to do when visiting the Causeway Coast, then Coleraine is a must stop. We’ll take you on a journey to discover the best foodie and shopping destinations in town, but you won’t find any of these on the main high street, so when you visit you can be proud to support local.
Things to do in Coleraine:
INFUSE Artisan Tea Bar
As the first Tea Bar in Northern Ireland INFUSE specialises in all things tea, serving over 60 different kinds of loose leaf tea, all to exacting brew standards. Run by Áine & Duncan, the Tea Bar was recently voted the people’s favourite coffee house with Retail NI and the Irish News. Along with epic teas, you’ll also find great filtered coffee and hot chocolate made from real chocolate (you can even try taking it to the next level by infusing with tea – earl grey is a popular choice).
The food menu is based around the fluffiest waffles, all made to order, where you can find both savoury and sweet options. You’ll also find a few sweet treats, but make sure to ask if there’s any of the secret menu desserts available too. The Tea Bar launched in August in 2017 and runs tea tasting evenings and dessert club once a month.
Upstairs, you’ll find the INFUSE Wellness treatment room, offering a number of wellness therapies that are tailored to your needs, including Deep Tissue Massage, Facial Massage, Herbal Medicine and Reflexology.
Call in-store to discover the zen of the Tea Bar, explore the world or tea and book yourself in for a treatment.
Lost & Found
Lost & Found love coffee. They are an independent brew bar run by Dave, Emily and their highly trained staff. L&F are meticulous in their sourcing and brewing of the best speciality coffees and take the time to brew each and every coffee to an impeccable standard, from weighing, to time and temperature control. Founded in 2014, the dream was to create a community space with great coffee and fresh, simple and tasty food.
Lost & Found have very recently opened their second location on the North Coast too.
Enjoy good vibes, great coffee and food in-store.
The Belfry Deli
The Belfry Deli has been open in Coleraine since November 1990. The deli is the ideal location to pick up great quality local foodie gifts. They stock a fine selection of cheese, dry cured bacon, condiments, preserves, herbs and spices, as well as hampers and cheese baskets. Paul and his team of friendly staff also make lunch-time a hit with their superb range of freshly filled baguettes, sandwiches, wraps and much more.
Visit the Belfry Deli to pick up some great foodie gifts and a fab lunch to go.
Whoosh was launched in Coleraine by Thana and her wonderful team in Feb 2013. They offer a great alternative to fast food, cooking a fresh selection of Thai & Vietnamese street food on site everyday. Their street food is all about fresh, healthy, spontaneous and delicious fast food served in a casual setting, it is also ideal as food on-the-go. Sit in or take-out.
Visit Thana and her team in-store for an amazing Thai & Vietnamese foodie experience.
Things to do in Coleraine:
BTS CONCEPT STORE
BTS CONCEPT STORE is an interiors + lifestyle store based on the beautiful Causeway Coast. It offers a carefully curated selection of homeware, gifts and accessories inspired by the muted tones and textures of the coast. BTS stands for ‘by the sea’ – Tracy celebrates simple coastal living with a Nordic twist – bringing the colours of the outdoors in. Launched in 2014, originally as a pop-up, Tracy decided to make things permanent and has been trading on Queen Street in Coleraine ever since.
Earlier this year, Tracy and her wonderful team renovated and moved to larger premises just beside the original store. The store now offers a wider range of furniture, lighting and interiors products, with Tracy and team on hand to help you make the right decisions for you and your home. Website launching soon, find BTS on TROUVA, or follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Call in-store to discover coastal living with a Nordic twist.
Daisy Mae Boutique
Daisy Mae Boutique is run by the lovely Marianne and Nicky and is a wonderful vintage inspired ladies’ boutique in Coleraine. They stock many quirky and different brands including a large range of irregular choice shoes. If you want something a little bit different, Daisy Mae is your place to visit.
Check out their website or visit in-store!
Ecology Art Project
Ecology Art Project is a newly opened author gallery by husband and wife duo, Lu & Alex Szweda, launched in July 2019. The gallery is a collection of bespoke pro-ecological/post-civilisation sculpture, lighting, photography, poetry, paintings and drawings. Lu is a contemporary artist, poet and photographer.
Each item has been inspired by the magnificence of the Causeway Coast, high consciousness and awareness of destruction caused by humans. Life drawing and painting available on site and soon the duo intend to organise poetry readings, visual art and photography exhibitions and even have plans to host events that will bring a little spark into the town after 5pm.
With the sale of hand-crafted souvenirs and donations Lu & Alex support the WDC (whale and dolphin conservation) charity and Survival Protection (protection of endangered indigenous tribes), both leading global organisations fighting to preserve life on this planet, as there is no planet B.
The duo sincerely invite people from all walks of life to support/participate in their mission.
Follow Lu & Alex on Instagram or Facebook and call into the gallery, for a chat, a cup of tea and be inspired by an entirely different experience.
Equinox a small, colourful outfit on Society Street in Coleraine with only 2 members of staff; Rachel and Laoiseach. They sell incense, essential oils, fair trade gifts, jewellery, body jewellery, clothing and crystals. Equinox is often referred to as ‘that wee hippy shop’ by their local lovelies and is a fabulous new age/ethnic establishment full of quirky little gifts.
The staff like to curate items that can’t necessarily be found in other shops. Many products are hand crafted, both locally and further afield, with the joy of fair trade meaning everyone gets paid and treated the way they should. This is value is very important to Equinox and their customers.
At Equinox their favourite way to interact with you is face to face, call into the shop and say hello to them. If you can’t make it in, you can call them on 02870344423, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram.
No. 6 Queens Street
No. 6 Queen Street, formerly known as No. 4 Queen Street, is a craft shop that originally opened in July 2014 and moved to new and bigger premises in June 2019. In the beginning, it was set up by a group of four artists and crafters, specifically to sell high quality Art and Crafts from Northern Ireland. Over 50% of the work displayed and sold is created within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and they have a total of 74 artists and crafters at present.
No. 6 love to encourage new and young artists/crafters, offering advice when requested. Giving a platform to get started. They are a non-profit business (not a charity) enabling them to contribute to the local economy by paying rent and rates, with all sales contributing a commission to enable this.
Discover the unique crafts of the local area by calling in-store.
Stable Lane Boutique
Stable Lane Boutique is a ladies’ fashion boutique based in Coleraine, on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. It was launched in August 2017 by mother-daughter duo Barbara and Jayne. Stable Lane aim to bring a fresh approach to ladies’ fashion for women of all ages, at a reasonable price point. Barbara and Jayne offer the latest trends in women’s fashion with a collection of unique clothes by vibrant fashion designers from around the world, all whilst providing great customer service and a one to one service.
To view the collections, call in store or visit their website.
If you love old bookstores, then this little gem will be paradise for you. The Bookstore specialises in used books, collectable toys, and retro gaming. James stocks everything from Shakespeare to Haynes manuals, Star Wars to Barbie, Atari to XBOX; you just never know what you’ll find. Definitely worth a trip off the beaten track.
Call in-store to discover this hidden gem.
The Real Health Store
The Real Health Store has been trading in Coleraine since 1995. Run by Ivor and his team. They aim to help provide natural and holistic health choices to the local community. Stocking of a large range of high-quality products from supplements and herbal remedies, they were also the first A. Vogel specialist store in Northern Ireland.
Furthermore, the store is a great asset for all your dry store goods like organic seeds and raw honey, to more specialist dietary foods, with gluten, wheat and dairy free options. Ivor’s own background is in Nutritional Medicine and the store is a focal point where the local community can ask advice and learn about the products and nutritional information they require for healthy living.
Call in-store to discover the vast array of holistic and lifestyle products available.