Giro's Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 14 reviews )

Unit 9 Bruce House Little Victoria St, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 7JH

Volunteer-run café based in the Warzone Centre with aim to provide affordable food. Buffet style, first come first served, until food is gone. BYOB. The space is the 2nd floor. All vegan, pay what you like. Open Wed 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Buffet, Irish

14 Reviews

First Review by VeganDruid

Lefty Alrighty - Edit

Alright. As a former lefty, I always wanted to visit but was bamboozled by the erratic opening times and eventually gave up.
Tried again years later and was impressed despite the humble surroundings and clearly donated tableware. They offered Belfasts first vegan fry, years before "that" cafe, and it was well good.
Volunteer run and homely in aspect, these guys acted as sort of midwives of the now more vibrant veggie scene in Belfast.
Gone are the days of your options being limited to goats cheese Tartlet or mixed veg with sauce of just over a decade ago.

Ignore the the citizen smith stuff and go down for a decent, cheap meal but check the Facebook on the day you plan to go to make sure its open and not cancelled. Push through the double doors, its not abandoned dont worry and enjoy.
You will get "punx" milling about - one even brought in a burrito from boojum when I was there - who are only milling about for the craic and who aren't too friendly. Lighten up chums, and trust me the foods better than booj.

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-05

Pros: Keenly priced , Homely

Cons: SJW, black bloc nonsense :P

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nice hang out - Edit

The concept is a people's kitchen, with simple food. Don't expect fine dining but it's a good place to hang out for a bit and meet others. Friendly atmosphere.

Pros: cheap, good food

Cons: loud and noisy

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Volunteer run vegan cafe -cheap and cruelty free! - Edit

Weekly vegan volunteer run cafe featuring a variety of cuisines, from Mexican to Jamaican and everything in between. Sweet treats every week, cookies, cake, traybakes etc. A variety of teas available, plus coffee and a bring your own policy if you fancy a tipple with dinner! Informal friendly atmosphere, people are welcome to bring instruments and have a jam. Children also welcome, though the cafe is up a flight of stairs - volunteers can help with prams if needed! Open Wednesday evenings operating a pay what you like policy to remain inclusive for people of all budgets.
Updated from previous review on Thursday May 05, 2016

Pros: Value for money, Friendly atmosphere, Bring your own

Cons: Up a flight of stairs

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Finally found it! - Edit

On our 3rd visit to Belfast we finally tracked down Giro's, and we were not disappointed. Excellent initiative, kudos to the volunteers who make it happen.

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Gorgeous Giro's Grub - Edit

Giro's Cafe has been in existence for many years having been located in a few different buildings. However, it's currently within 'The Centre' (aka The Warzone Centre), Unit 9 Bruce House, Little Victoria Street, Belfast. This Vegan and Vegetarian Cafe is run completely by unpaid volunteers, hence the opening times can be irregular. However, those who run it do so with a love and passion for promoting the Vegan lifestyle and food served here is mouth-wateringly delicious.

I've visited Giro's on a couple of occasions to attend events run by 'Plant Based Living' the non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting healthy plant based diets. I was amazed by the food each time. On my first visit I sampled a warming, hearty winter stew served with crusty bread. My second visit (yesterday 26.01.2016) was for a cookery demonstration by chef Kim Close. The main theme of this demonstration being Vegan cheese. Kim showed us how to make our own cashew cheese from scratch which was surprisingly simple and startlingly delicious! Said 'cheese' was then flavoured and we tasted the resulting savoury cream cheese with garlic and sun dried tomatoes on crackers. Even unflavoured the cashew cheese was tangy and exquisite. Dessert was a fresh ginger, lime and blueberry cashew cheese cake! Everything was fresh, tasty and delectable and all attendees at the event were delighted. The food was polished off in no time!

At yesterday's Vegan Event I heard Giro's Café will next be open on Wednesday 24th February 2016 at 7pm. It's a relaxed, no need to book in advance and casual affair. Food will be a warming pot of something which will be decided closer to to the time and everyone's welcome. It's BYOB and in line with the Warzone Collectives DIY Anarchist roots you can re-arrange the tables to suit yourself and your dinning companions, bring a book and read, study, sketch, chat with friends or just chill and eat. Plus as Giro's is always on the lookout for volunteers you can also feel free to chip in and help out with the cooking or washing up if you so fancy it!

Food is exceptionally cheap for such high quality, being in the region of 50p for a coffee, £3 for a main and £1 for a cupcake. Unrivalled value in this day and age! The best way to keep track of Giro's Café opening hours and events is to like and follow their Facebook page.

Pros: Purely Vegan, Delicious food, Super relaxed atmosphere

Cons: Irregular opening hours, Cool, grungy, punk vibe might not suit all

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social club of friends - Edit

felt awkward and unwelcome. no one spoke to us even when we walked in and asked if we were in the right place. no one said bye when we said bye. good vegan food yes for only £3 that's great! but couldn't wait to leave

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We are still open!! - Edit

We are still open just only a Wednesday Evening now at 7pm. Don't be late because when the food is gone, its gone.

You can get you vegan meal for the great price of £3. Sure you couldn't beat that. The style/ theme changes ever week so you'll be in for a surprise.

Check out our vegan desserts for all of you's with a sweet tooth.

Feel free to ask the volunteers for the recipes. Or any questions about Belfast.

Its BYO, music feel free to bring your on music too. There'll be plenty of craic.

People are pretty friendly so just grab a seat and introduce yourself, there no need to be shy.

I am one of the volunteers so I'm bias, but I do love it.

Peace out

Pros: Delicious, wholesome food, Great Value for Money, Variety, changes ever week

Cons: When the food gone, its gone. Come early

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Does this place even exist? - Edit

I was in town for literally a few hours and trekked over in the hope of getting some good food but there was no sign of the Giro's cafe once I got to the location given on happy cow. This was at 3pm on a Thursday. Does this place even exist? Disappointing. Either you need to give better information here or at least have something visible on the street.

Cons: Hard to tell whether it exists or not

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WeeMonty 01 Oct 2014 - Hey Christopher

I sorry to hear you went to all that effort and you ended up hungry at the end of that. As it mentioned it is Volunteer Run. Currently the number of days have decreased to only on a Wednesday at 7pm. I have just started back volunteering here. I have sent in an update on the Cafe's opening hours and directions to get there to make it easier. I know the pain of searching for somewhere vegetarian to eat and have been unable to find it or it has shut down. I am going to try and keep up to date on the internet information from now on. Take care  

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An experiance to forget - Edit

If loud pounding slash metal music is your thing and you are on a budget then Giro's may suit but if not give it a miss.

We had great difficulty finding the place as there was no sign outside.

Up a dingy staircase, we passed through a double doors and into a large room which appeared to double as a music venue.

The only food on offer was a Vegan Fry while my husband went for the soup.

The thumping music, the plastic seats and table, and the T.V.P food made it an experiance to forget.

Pros: Budget

Cons: Hard to Find, Lacklustre Menu

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Hidden gem - Edit

Giro's is a cool hip and friendly rough and read joint run by some very friendly staff. Quite difficult to find but once in there the experience is organically friendly, the chef was even asking me questions as he was cooking. The food was lovely and the experience was what I would consider 'underground Belfast' like I was eating in a place that was a secret. Priced to make very little profit, highly recommended.

Pros: Staff, Food, Experience.

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Wonderful! - Edit

On holiday in Belfast we stumbled upon this wee place to get out of torrential rain! Had a delicious vegan Fry and bought cakes and potato bread to take away. They were exceptionally good. Can't wait for out next trip to NI.

Pros: Excellent food, Lovely staff, Mostly vegan

Cons: None

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Great food, great value and great people! - Edit

A 4 day stay in Belfast was made complete by finding this little gem. Being vegan, eating out offers very little choice and nutritional fulfillment, and it became clear after doing an internet search, that it was going to be difficult to find dedicated veggie/vegan establishments in the city of Belfast.

We stumbled upon Giro's - not very easily might I add (the only 'sign-posting' was the name sticky-taped onto the inner wall noticed through an open door of a building on little victoria street), and at first judged the fact that it was in a less than top-condition building... they had no menus and had been locked out so had to open up late, however...
The friendliness and dedication of the staff, and the quality of the wonderful, wholesome and value for money food blew me away.
All food was homemade, tasty, with a wide variety of options, and so so incredibly cheap, despite large portion sizes.
This place is run by volunteers - which makes it even more incredible and worthwhile visiting.

Thank you for a lovely and fulfilling visit Giro's! We will be back!

Pros: Brilliant vegan food, amazing value for money, friendlyvolunteers running the place

Cons: restricted opening hours, difficult to find

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Great cheap vegan food - Edit

Yummy yummy food! Tried this a while ago and keep coming back for more. Everything is vegan with the addition of adding something vegetarian. Each time ive been in-the food is getting better and better. The volunteer staff are lovely, very accommodating and talented chefs!! I would recommend this place to travelers looking for a cheap delicious meal or just to hang out and meet people. Although the room used is a venue hall and the cutlery doesn't match- the food and workers more than make up for it! Plus on Fridays they do a full vegan ulster fry! One of the best things to happen to Belfast in a long time! Couldn't recommend it more!!!!

Pros: FOOD, staff, price

Cons: None!

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Belfast goes vegan - Edit

Was so happy that a vegan cafe had finally opened in Belfast so had great expectations. First visit left me a bit indifferent. Was a pity that there were no main courses left when we arrived. Vegan burger was very nice though. Extremely reasonable price wise and volunteer staff were helpful. A few simple things to improve the cafe would be- put a sign up outside (friends couldn't find it); have soya milk and butter available.

Early days for this cafe so will try it again (and go earlier the next time). Hope the cafe goes on to bigger and better things as it is the only one of its kind in NI. We are so far behind the rest of the world.

Pros: Vegan, Staff, Price

Cons: Choice, Cold Room

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