A Guide On Shipping Parcels To Australia


Shipping parcels to a destination such as Australia can seem like a daunting and complicated process.

The thought of sending a parcel to a destination such as Australia can seem like an all-too-overwhelming process. Here at NI Parcels, we know a thing or two about shipping all kinds of parcels across the globe. Whether you’re a small business in need of an international shipping solution, or whether you’re simply sending a one-off parcel to a loved one on the other side of the world. We’re here to shed a bit of light on shipping to Australia to make the whole process much more digestible.

Although it certainly doesn’t have to be as daunting and as complicated as it appears on the surface, when sending a parcel to Australia there are a number of things worth knowing before you even start comparing international courier quotes.

Here’s the essential things you need to know before shipping to Australia:

Why Ship To Australia?

There are a number of reasons why businesses or individuals may want to ship parcels to Australia. As a small business, you might be aiming to expand your services internationally, and as such, find yourself researching the best shipping solution to fit your needs. On the other hand, you may have a loved one residing in the Land Down Under and perhaps wish to send them a touch of home in a thoughtful care-package. The possibilities are endless – however, regardless of what your reason might be, it’s essential to do your research before going ahead with it.

Australian Customs Information

When importing goods into Australia, you are legally required to complete and attach a customs invoice to your shipment. Whether you’re sending business samples, gifts or personal effects; if your shipment is not accompanied by a customs invoice, it will not make it past your local country border, and you may have to pay hefty return charges to get it back (unless you’re sending only documents).

What is a customs invoice and what is it used for?

A customs invoice is used by the destination country’s Customs authorities to access and inspect the imported goods, and to levy any duties or taxes that they may deem applicable to the goods being imported into their country. It is important to understand that it is not the courier who is applying additional charges, is it the Customs authorities. When shipping to Australia, you must comply with this.

Sending goods temporarily into Australia?

If you know that the goods you are importing into Australia will leave again within 12 months, this is referred to a a ‘Temporary Import’. It is unlikely that you will have to pay any duty and tax on this type of shipment, however, there are strict conditions in place for these shipments. If you do not tell Customs when the goods leave Australia, then you will likely have to pay the duty and tax that would have been payable when you first imported them into Australia. Be sure to research this!

Shipping Gifts To Australia

Thinking of sending a thoughtful gift to a loved one residing in Australia? When shipping to Australia, gifts are their own entity, and are not classed as personal effects. Therefore, any and all gifts imported into Australia go through normal Customs clearance. Unfortunately, there is no duty or tax concession for sending gifts to Australia; this means that, regardless, your recipient will have to pay duties and taxes in order to clear the goods through Customs. This is a regulation imposed by the Australian Customs authorities and is not subject to dispute in any case.

Shipping Personal Effects To Australia

Any and all luggage shipments imported into Australia are considered to be unaccompanied personal effects and, in certain circumstances, may be subject to duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) – however, you may be exempt from duty and tax on your personal effects shipment if you:

  • Personally owned and used the goods for at least 12 months before shipping to Australia
  • Have arrived or intend to arrive in Australia
  • Are a permanent resident (returning to Australia) or are a first time migrant from a place outside Australia taking up permanent residency

Goods that can be declared as personal effects and which can be exempt from duty and tax usually include; personal clothing, furniture, rugs, books and bicycles.

When completing your customs declaration, it is important to do so properly and clearly. In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects, you will be required to accurately describe each item included in the package. For example, if it is a shipment consisting of personal clothing, you would declare this as: “5 x t-shirts, 2 x pairs of jeans, 3 x dresses” etc, as opposed to “10 x clothing”.

Personal belongings that do not qualify for exemption:

  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Parts for cars, motorcycles or other vehicles
  • Goods you intend to sell (commercial goods)
  • Goods you have purchased from overseas while you are in Australia (including internet purchases)
  • Goods which were bequeathed to you

Although NI Parcels does not specifically specialise in shipping personal effects, there are many reputable companies offering convenient luggage shipping services to Australia, including My Baggage, who offer door to door luggage shipping.

Prohibited Goods, Restricted Goods and Packaging

For security, quarantine and customs reasons, there are certain items which may be prohibited or restricted from importing into Australia. It is very important to note that some restricted items can still be sent, however, they may require your recipient to obtain a permit or import license in advance for customs clearance. This will require some in-depth research to avoid disappointment further down the line.

It is important to be aware that any shipments containing any restricted items such as foodstuffs or wooden products may result in the shipment having to be cleared by Australian quarantine, which can result in delays and potential additional charges.

As a general rule, you can be sure that the following items are prohibited:

  • Aerosols
  • Animal Products
  • Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Hazardous Goods
  • Liquids
  • Medicines
  • Passports and other confidential personal documentation
  • Perishable Foods
  • Plants

It is also worth noting that import allowances, security and customs processes differ all over the world. As such, it is strongly recommended that you do your own personal research into what may be prohibited in your destination country before getting ready to send your parcel. Australia goes to great lengths to protect its stunning natural environment and habitats from harmful diseases; this means that many products, goods and even some packaging materials are prohibited.

To avoid any major issues, avoid the following packaging materials:

  • Egg cartons
  • Wooden boxes*
  • Cardboard boxes that have been used to hold fruit, vegetables or meat
  • Straw material
  • Dried plant material

*It is important to note that all wooden boxes, crates or pallets must be fumigated and also be accompanied by a fumigation certificate for entry into Australia.

What type of packaging can be used?

As is standard with all parcels, it is advised to invest in new, sturdy, double-walled (or even triple-walled) cardboard boxes as they are most durable and suitable for transporting all different types of items. If you are sending any fragile or delicate items, it is recommended to use internal packaging to protect them during transit. You can use a range of materials such as bubble wrap, foam or newspapers.

Hopefully our handy guide gives you some further insight into shipping parcels to Australia. If you have any questions about the process or wish to enquire about shipping parcels to Australia with NI Parcels, give us a shout or find out more below!

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How To Send A Parcel Via Courier Service

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Need to send a parcel?

If you don’t send parcels regularly, needing to send one might seem like a bit of a head-scratch. Where do you even start? Especially if you’re sending it halfway across the world; the whole thing can really seem like a rather complicated process.

Don’t panic. At NI Parcels, we happen to be rather experienced in shipping parcels (the hint is in the name). As such, we’re here to share our expert advice about sending a parcel via a courier service. We will take you through every step so that you know exactly what you have to do to send a parcel anywhere in the world!

Step 1: Package it up!

First thing’s first; you’re going to need to package up whatever it is you’re planning to send. No reputable courier service will take items without packaging – it poses too great of a risk to not only your item, but to every other item being transported.

When we send a parcel with a courier, we all like to imagine that our item is very carefully carried by one person from A-B. The truth is that your item will be transported through a courier network; it will first be sorted by a machine and then placed into a van with tens (or even hundreds) of other heavy and large parcels and driven to its destination. Of course, if you’re sending your parcel with a reputable courier (like our providers) any damage to your item in transit is very unlikely.

However, it can happen on very rare occasions and for that reason, you’ll want to ensure you’ve done everything humanly possible to protect your item.

The way you package your item will, of course, depend on the item itself. For example, if you’re planning to send documents, paintings, or bigger items such as electricals; you will need to package all of these in different ways.

That said, a general rule of thumb is to make sure your item is packaged properly and as securely as possible. Use sturdy materials; a double-walled cardboard box is less likely to collapse or tear. You might also want to add some internal packaging, such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts to give your items some extra cushioning.

You’re also going to want to have a read over your courier service’s prohibited and non-compensation items list to ensure what you are sending can be carried and whether it can be covered in the rare event of loss or damage.

Step 2: Measure your parcel!

Many, if not all, courier services will require you to provide the details of your parcel, such as the weight and dimensions, at the point of booking. These details are required as it is how the price of your shipment is actually determined.

You’re going to want to ensure that these details are as accurate as possible, as you don’t want to end up paying more for the shipment that what you actually need to. Similarly, you don’t want to pay too little, then receive a hefty oversized charge later down the line. It will also help to prevent any delays or complications.

Step 3: Book your shipment!

Now that you have your parcel ready, it’s time to book your shipment. You can either go directly to a courier company to avail of their courier services, or you can save yourself a pretty penny by booking through a third party such as NI Parcels.

When you book with NI Parcels instead of going directly to the courier company, you can save yourself up to 80% on the cost of your courier service. That’s because we’ve negotiated fantastic low rates with our network of reputable couriers; which means you still receive the same high-quality service, but for a fraction of the price.

What’s more, booking with NI Parcels is easy peasy. There’s no complicated sign up process, all you need to get started is a valid email address. Our online booking system is straightforward and only takes a few short moments to complete.

Step 4: Print and attach your shipping labels!

When you book a courier service, you’ll be sent some shipping labels that you’ll need to print and attach to your item. At NI Parcels, we email these labels through to you.

If you’re sending parcels internationally…

Bear in mind that if you are sending parcels internationally, such as to the USA, Australia or otherwise, there may be additional forms that you’ll need to fill out to send with your item. That’s because, with international shipping, you are technically exporting goods, which means it can be a more complex process and requires careful thought and, most importantly of all, some research on your part.

When you’re sending a parcel outside of the EU, you’ll need to fill out a customs invoice. This is a document that travels with your parcel and contains information about the items inside your parcel. The invoice is required for customs clearance – to put it bluntly, your shipment cannot and will not leave the country without one.

When you book an international shipment with NI Parcels, we provide these customs documents to you, along with some advice on how to fill them out. However, again, it is entirely your responsibility to do some research on this and to fill out these forms correctly as no courier is directly associated with customs.

Step 5: Sit back and relax!

That’s it – the courier takes care of everything from here! You can simply sit back and relax whilst your shipment is collected and delivered to its destination.

When you book a handy courier service with NI Parcels, there’s no need to leave your items off at a drop-off point, and no need to venture out to collect them when they arrive. We offer a fully door-to-door service for your convenience.

As well, we provide full online parcel tracking so that you can monitor the progress of your shipment every single step of the way. You’ll be notified when your shipment is out for delivery, so you’ll know exactly when to expect it.

If you happen to have any questions or concerns along the way, NI Parcels dedicated customer support team will be happy to help with any query you might have.

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NI Parcels launches Pallet Services

NI Parcels specialises in transporting parcels for business and personal users, however, more recently we have been getting asked about large shipments. It can often get very expensive to send large items via a courier company, so this is why we have launched our new Pallet Service called “Pallet Anywhere“.

Currently, you can send pallets within the UK and Ireland with Pallet Anywhere with more routes been added soon. We have some fantastic rates to send in and out of Northern Ireland. You will not find better rates to send half and full pallets to Northern Ireland.

You get many features with Pallet Anywhere, just like NI Parcels Parcels, such as;

  • Low cost pallet deliveries to, from and throughout Northern Ireland.
  • Convenient door to door pallet collection and delivery.
  • Full online tracking information.
  • Fast transit times.
  • £50 free compensation cover per shipment.
  • Unrivalled customer support via phone, email and live chat.

With Pallet Anywhere, you can book your pallet delivery online within minutes. Pallet-Wraps-300x211Our online booking system is available 24/7 and is super easy to use for your convenience. To get started, simply get a quote.

Just as with NI Parcels, Pallet Anywhere has a handy pay-as-you-go system, which means there’s no rate cards or price lists. All pallets sent with us are priced individually based on their size and weight, we offer both half and full pallets to ensure that you receive the very best value for your money every single time. To get a quick quote all you need to do is enter you postcode (if within the UK) and country to send sending to.

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NI Parcels Christmas 2016 – Send By Dates And Contact Information


Need to send a parcel this Christmas?

In this post, you can find everything you need to know about sending a parcel with NI Parcels this Christmas. Including information on our Christmas send by dates, as well as our office Christmas closing dates and contact details for our couriers, should you need them.

How To Book A Courier Service With NI Parcels

Whether you run a small business and are in need of a reliable shipping solution, or you’re an individual sending a package to a loved one – anyone can send a parcel with NI Parcels this Christmas.

BoxesBooking your courier service with us is easy. Simply start by getting a quote on our homepage. We’ll compare quotes from leading courier companies to give you the lowest prices and fastest delivery times for your shipment. All you have to do is select the option that best suits your needs.

After that, we’ll collect your parcel and deliver it straight to where it needs to go. We provide a convenient door to door parcel delivery service, as well as full online parcel tracking.

International Parcel Delivery This Christmas

Need to send a parcel abroad this Christmas? With NI Parcels, you have the option to send parcels within Northern Ireland, to ROI, mainland UK and worldwide! If you’d like to send a parcel abroad this December, you can read our information on international Christmas deliveries.

NI Parcels Christmas Send By Dates

Below you can find our recommended send by dates for this holiday period. If you would like your parcel to arrive in time for Christmas, we recommend sending on or before the following dates listed. You may still place a booking after these dates, however, we cannot guarantee that it will arrive before the big day.

Next day services – 19th December

48 hr/2 day services – 16th December

2-3 day services – 15th December

International – 12th December

Express 12.00 service – 22nd December

Each of our couriers has their own individual cut-off dates. You can find more information on their respective websites. Parcelforce.com, DPD.co.uk, Captaincourier.co.uk, Cityairexpress.com.

Please note that we recommend allowing 1 extra day than normal during December due to high volumes of shipments, and also to consider any adverse weather conditions. Deliveries will take place until 23rd December.

NI Parcels Christmas Closing Dates

Below you will find all of the information regarding our opening hours during the holiday period. You can also see on which days collections and deliveries will be taking place.



PLEASE NOTE: You can still place a booking on our website on ANY of these dates. Our online booking system is available 24/7.


NI Parcels Contact Information

You can contact our office directly from 9am-6pm on any of the days we are open, as listed above. However, if you need to get in touch when our offices are closed over the holiday period, please find direct contact details for our couriers below:

NI Parcels Express/Economy: Please call 0844 248 0844 and have your Collection Request number ready. You can find this number by logging into ‘My Orders’ and selecting ‘track’.

Parcelforce: Click this link and use your postcode to find the number for your local depot. You’ll need to have your tracking number ready. This can be found in your emails from NI Parcels, and also by logging into ‘My Orders’. It begins with two letters, followed by seven numbers.

DPD: Click here to find the number for your local depot. You’ll need your CR 101 reference number ready. This can be found by logging into your account and clicking ‘track’.

City Air Express: Please call 028 9078 1878 and provide your reference number, which begins with NIP and can be found in your emails or by logging into your account.

Captain Courier: Please call 028 9043 9333 and provide your address details.

Low Cost Parcel Delivery This Christmas

NI Parcels can help you save both time and money this Christmas.

NI Parcels is a pay-as-you-go service, and all shipments are priced individually based on their weights and dimensions, which means that you’ll always receive the very best value for your money.

Booking your parcel delivery with NI Parcels is up to 80% cheaper than booking with the courier directly. Get a quote today to see how much you could save.

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We hope you’ve had a great 2016. Thank you so much for using NI Parcels, and we hope we can help you with your parcel deliveries again in 2017. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at NI Parcels!

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Business Profile: Carbon Cleaning NI


This month we are profiling local business and our new neighbours, Carbon Cleaning NI.

Carbon Cleaning NI is Northern Ireland’s official mobile engine Carbon Cleaning Service Technicians for UK Carbon Cleaning™, the world’s longest serving and most experienced Hydrogen Engine Carbon Cleaning service.

So what is Carbon Cleaning?

Carbon builds up in an engine as the result of unburnt fuel, this can reduce performance, economy and can shorten the life of an engine. Carbon cleaning removes this carbon using hydrogen.

How does it work?

Using our unique hydrogen powered engine carbon clean machine, we will remove nearly all carbon build-up from your engine. In just 30 minutes, your engine will run like new.


Having spent many years in development CarbonCleaning™ are the originators of hydrogen-powered engine carbon cleaning. Our unique advanced technology, including the ‘non chemical’ based solution, pumps and pulses hydrogen through the air intake system burning away the carbon deposits that prevent your engine from running smoothly.

The Engine Carbon Cleaning machine has a remarkable cleaning capacity. With this advanced technology, developed over several years, hydrogen is pulsed through the air intake pipes, burning off up to 75% of the carbon deposits that prevent your engine from running smoothly.

You can check them out on their website or on Carbon Cleaning NI‘s Facebook Page.

We have had a few of our cars carbon cleaned and it has worked very well, all the best with Carbon Cleaning NI guys!

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All You Need to Know To Dominate Social Media

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Are you looking to improve your marketing with social media? Here is an overview of the key strategies you should embrace as soon as possible.

Yes, you can boost your marketing result by building up a reputation online. But to get the best returns, you shouldn’t ask “How does social media help?” but rather “What can my brand offer to its followers?”

Establish authority

If you seriously want to improve on your marketing with social media, your core strategy must be to establish authority in your field or niche. All your interactions across all of your social media channels should be geared towards this end.

You want to make your readers feel like you’re the most reliable, dynamic and interesting source of information out there. Once you follow this road, you will be surprised at how much better you will sell. If there’s a secret to online sales, it’s to give on trying to push sales and just focus on teaching what you know.

Read: 4 Benefits of Social Media Marketing For Small Businesses

Telegraphic posting

Writing for social media is unlike writing for a blog or traditional media. Here, most of your readers will be people skimming their feed looking for something interesting. Every time you write a post, you must think of ways to make it magnetic on a glance.

To achieve this, you will have to hone the art of telegraphic writing, to break through the short attention spans of your potential audience. Do not assume people will bother to read a highly inspired but extensive piece of writing you pull out of the blue – they likely won’t. But if you publish that content in your blog and tease virtual passers-by into reading it… that’s another story.

Pictures and Videos

While it’s wise to mix up your posts and publish text only updates mixed with image only, videos, gifs and every combination in between – you should know that images have a huge potential to draw attention.

For this reason, you should put a lot of effort into sourcing compelling pictures related to your niche, as these have higher potential for attracting attention than plain text. Usually, you will get best results by combining a compelling few sentence with an alluring image.

Analyse performance

So you want to boost your marketing result? Then you must get in the habit of continually scrutinizing your past efforts. Facebook and other social media websites avail a powerful suite of analytics tools that give you detailed information regarding everything you have posted in the past and how people responded to each post.

By continually reviewing this information, you will get access to powerful insights that will help you fine tune your campaigns and keep posting more of what your readers like.

Keep conversation going

If you’re still not sure how does social media help your business, then you’re either not doing it or you’re not doing it right. You should think of your social media channels not as an opportunity to sell, but as an opportunity to keep a conversation going with your audience while building up prospects who are interested in your message. To achieve this kind of positioning, no comment should go unanswered, even if it’s something as simple as “thanks for chiming in!”.

Understand social media rankings

Many business owners still get a little confused over the elusive meaning of “going viral”, when it’s actually a straightforward process. When a piece of information has “gone viral”, it simply means that it proved to be highly engaging from the moment it was published: most people who saw that post commented on it, liked it and shared it. This signals the social network that post in particular must be interesting, so the algorithms automatically spread it further.

Now, you can’t possibly expect all your posts to go viral. But by understanding how the process works, you can implement strategies to boost how far your content goes. In simple terms, it’s all about getting your content interacted with. The higher the rate of interactions over the number of views, the more a piece of content will spread. So anything you can do to get people to write comments, hit the “like”buttons or share a piece of content, the better your prospects of social media success.

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7 Things To Remember When Shipping Heavy Or Large Items

Tips For Shipping Heavy & Large Items

Are you in need of a courier to ship a large or heavy item?

At NI Parcels, we specialise in shipping parcels of all shapes and sizes, but we are particularly competitive when it comes to shipping larger or heavier items over 5kg. So (not to toot our own horn or anything) we just happen to know a thing or two about shipping large and heavy items all across the globe.

Whether you’re a small business or an individual, if you need to send an item that is larger or bulkier than normal, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure that your item arrives at its destination quickly and safely.

7 Things To Remember When Shipping Large Or Heavy Items

1. Be accurate.

Sending larger and heavier items will be inevitably more costly, so the last thing you want is to face any unpleasant extra charges. That’s why it’s so important to be as accurate as possible when booking your large parcel deliver with the courier. If the item is even slightly over-sized or overweight than what you originally described, you may face these charges or the courier could return the package back to the sender.

2. Secure packaging.

As with an item of any size, it’s important to consider the many stages of transit that the item will go through on its journey to the destination. The reality is that the item will be sorted by machines, before being transported alongside dozens of other packages.

At NI Parcels, we always urge our customers to package their items in strong, double-walled cardboard boxes – this is particularly important for large or heavy items. A double-walled cardboard box is sturdy and durable, and much less likely to collapse, tear or open under pressure.

3. Compensation cover.

Whether your item is big or small, it’s always a good idea to ensure it is protected from damage or loss. Otherwise, you may not be eligible for a refund or be able to claim anything back at all. Compensation cover should always be considered when shipping large or heavy items.

Although damage is a rare occurrence when you choose to ship your item with a reputable courier, many couriers will offer compensation cover for that extra peace of mind. At NI Parcels, we offer £50 free compensation cover on every single shipment, which you can increase up to the value of £500 for a small additional fee during the booking process.

Before taking out compensation cover, always be sure to read through the courier’s list of prohibited and no-compensation items to ensure that your parcel contents will be protected.

4. Online tracking.

Having full access to online tracking will allow you to monitor the progress of your shipment as it makes its way to its destination – so it’s always a good idea to send your large parcel with a reputable courier that provides this feature.

At NI Parcels, we provide full online parcel tracking on every single one of our shipments. If you notice any red flags that give a cause for concern, our dedicated customer service team is always ready and willing to help.

5. Courier restrictions.

Whether or not you can send a large or heavy item will of course depend on the courier that you choose. Some couriers may have size and weight restrictions set in place for particular services, so it’s highly important to do some research on this to be sure you’re booking your shipment correctly.

6. Courier comparison.

Be sure to keep an open mind when shopping around for your chosen courier. Do some research and find out which company offers the lowest price and best value for the size of item you are sending.

At NI Parcels, we do all of the hard work for you. We provide a courier comparison service which allows you to view a list of the lowest prices and fastest delivery times from our network of reliable couriers. Booking through a courier comparison website such as NI Parcels can be up to 80% cheaper than booking with the courier directly!

7. Door to door services.

When shipping a large or heavy parcel, the very last thing you’re going to want to do is have to try and shift it anywhere. Avoid the hassle by using a door to door service than can collect the parcel directly from you and deliver it straight to its destination.

Using our network of reliable couriers, we at NI Parcels offer a door to door service to ensure our customers receive the best convenience.

So those are our expert tips for sending large and heavy items. If you have any questions about sending parcels with NI Parcels, give us a shout or find out more below!

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11 Amazing Belfast Food Places To Follow On Instagram

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Belfast has a pretty impressive dining scene…

Ranked amongst the world’s greatest, Belfast‘s dining scene is one that is constantly thriving and becoming increasingly more sophisticated with each passing day. The bustling city offers fine dining, brasseries, bistros, local pubs and some of the best coffee shops around.

Instagram gives restaurants and cafes the opportunity to showcase their worldly grub to the hungry eyes of the public through aesthetically pleasing imagery that speaks for itself.

We thought it would be a great idea to show our appreciation for our favourite Belfast food places on Instagram.

Sorry not sorry for how hungry you’ll be at the end of this post…

1. Baker Street

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Located at 20-22 Belmont Road, Belfast BT4 2AN this modern, family friendly bar and grill will win the hearts of anyone who steps foot into its beautifully decorated interior.

Find Baker Street on Instagram @bakerstreetbelfast.

2. Bootleggers

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Located at 46 Church Lane, Belfast BT1 4QN this rustic, comfy bar serves up original cocktails and some of the best gourmet burgers in town. Their Instagram feed is sure to have your mouth watering.

Find Bootleggers on Instagram @bootleggersbelfast.

3. Boojum

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Located at 19-27 Chichester Street and 67-69 Botanic Avenue, Boojum is an award-winning Belfast favourite. This casual Mexican burrito bar is one of the most popular food joints in town, and for good reason.

Find Boojum on Instagram @boojummex.

4. Bubbacue

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Located at 12 Callender Street, Belfast BT7 1JR, founded in 2012, this recently re-vamped American barbecue joint is another city centre favourite. Serving freshly smoked meat sandwiches on a daily basis and showcasing it all on Instagram, this is one aesthetically pleasing feed that will get your tummy rumbling.

Find Bubbacue on Instagram @bubbacue.

5. Established Coffee

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Located at 54 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LB this Cathedral Quarter coffee shop is the perfect stop for the finest coffee in Belfast, as well as the tastiest breakfast and lunch options. Their Instagram beautifully showcases the finest choices on the menu.

Find Established Coffee on Instagram @establishedcoffee.

6. Belfast Baking Company

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Located in Titanic Quarter, this irresistible artisan bakery is something to admire. Their Instagram feed gives a glimpse into the pure talent that goes into producing some of the finest patisserie selections the city has to offer.

Find Belfast Baking Company on Instagram @belfastbakingcompany.

7. Black Bear Cafe

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Located at 17 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AF, offers gourmet coffees and speciality dishes, including vegan and vegetarian dishes and baked goods. Their bright and aesthetically pleasing imagery will win the heart of any food fanatic.

Find Black Bear Cafe on Instagram @blackbearcafebelfast.

8. Slims Healthy Kitchen

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Situated in various locations across Belfast, including 20-22 Belmont Road, Slims Healthy Kitchen aims to bring a healthier (and tastier) alternative to fast food. Their Instagram feed is full of delicious food shots, as well as fun behind the scenes snippets.

Find Slims Healthy Kitchen on Instagram @slimshk.

9. Maggie Mays Cafe

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Located in Botanic Avenue and Stranmillis, Maggie Mays is a firm favourite amongst students in Belfast. This quirky, homely cafe serves the best kind of home cooking from early morning breakfasts, lunches, as well as a dinner menu. Just looking at their Instagram feed could cure your hangover.

Find Maggie Mays on Instagram @maggiemayscafe.

10. Town Square

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Located at 45 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1HZ, this modern all-day dining joint offers something a little bit different in Belfast. Their Instagram feed is full of sleek, professional images that will win the heart of any Instagram lover.

Find Town Square on Instagram @townsquarebelfast.

11. Coppi

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Located at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, Coppi is an Italian-inspired restaurant in the heart of the city centre. They are at the top of their game when it comes to showcasing their delicious menu on Instagram.

Find Coppi on Instagram @coppibelfast.

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Northern Ireland’s 14 Greatest Sports Stars

NI's Greatest Sports Stars

With the Euros in full swing, we’re cheering on the Green and White Army as loud as we can…

National pride is at its peak, so we thought it would be a great idea to keep the patriotism going by taking a look at some of Northern Ireland‘s most notable sportspeople.

Here are a few of the top names. And if you have any more suggestions, be sure to let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Rory McIlroy

Ah Wee Mac. This talented golfer has made us proud on many an occasion, as a four-time major champion  – three of which he won under the age of 25.

Darren Clarke

Another amazing golfer on the list is Dungannon‘s own Darren Clarke. During his career, Clarke has won 22 tournaments worldwide, including the 2011 Open. He has also won two World Golf Championship events, defeating Tiger Woods in 2000.

Dame Mary Peters

Lisburn dwelling Dame Mary Peters is a Northern Irish legend, and most famously the gold medal winner in the womens pentathlon in the 1972 Olympic games in Munich.

Barry McGuigan

The Clones Cyclone is without doubt Northern Ireland‘s most famous and respected professional boxer and has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall Of Fame and the International Boxing Hall Of Fame for his achievements. At the height of his career in the 80’s venues such as the King’s Hall would be packed to the brim with fans travelling from everywhere to see him fight.


George Best

Probably the most famous NI sportsperson on the list is George Best – we even have an airport named after him! The professional footballer is known as one of the greatest in history, playing for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with Manchester United and was named European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.

Alex Higgins

Belfast born Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins is one of the most iconic snooker players of all time. He was known as the people’s champion and is one of only ten players in history to complete snooker’s ‘Triple Crown’, winning the World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters.

Paddy Barnes

Another much loved local figure is boxer Paddy Barnes. Paddy has won two gold medals at the Commonwealth games (2010 and 2014) and two Olympic bronze medals in his career; the first in 2008 and the second in 2012. He also has the great honor of bearing the Flag of Ireland Tricolor at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Joey Dunlop

Hailing from Ballymoney, the great Joey Dunlop was a world championship motorcyclist. He was regarded as a true working class hero and a legend in his field; being named as the fifth greatest motorcycling icon ever in 2005, by Motorcycling News. He was recognised with an MBE for his sporting achievements and also an OBE for his incredibly charity work for children in Romanian orphanages. Joey sadly died in Estonia during a race in 2000.

Pat Jennings

Newry raised Pat Jennings is a talented goalkeeper, playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and the Northern Ireland team during his career. He had an incredible international footballing career, snapping 22 years. He played 119 games for Northern Ireland and made over 1,000 top level appearances in total.  He won the FA Cup in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973, and the UEFA Cup in 1972

AP McCoy

Former horse racing jockey, AP McCoy recorded his first winner in 1992 at the age of just 17. He went on to ride a record of 4,358 winners and was a champion jockey 20 consecutive times – every year of his professional career.

Eddie Irvine

From County Down, Eddie Irvine is one the the most famous racing drivers with an outstanding career. In 1999, he has an incredible season, taking four victories and finished runner up in the Formula One World Driver’s Championship.

Carl Frampton

Another respected ‘People’s Champ’ on the list is Belfast boxer Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton. Carl is a former unified WBA Super-weight and IBF Super-bantamweight champion with a loyal local following behind him.

David Healy

David Healy is a Northern Irish former footballer and the current manager of Linfield. He is the all-time leading scorer for the NI team, with 36 goals and is also the joint goal-scoring record holder of the UEFA European Championship, with 13 goals. During his professional career he played for a number of clubs including Manchester United, Preston, Leeds United, Fulham and Rangers to name just a few.

Graeme McDowell

In Northern Ireland, we’re certainly not short of talented golfers. Graeme McDowell is one of those top names. Most well known for winning the 2010 Open he has also won ten events on the European Tour and three on the PGA Tour. He represented Ireland at the World Cup and has been a member of the European Ryder Cup team three times.

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