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A step forward for Belfast City Centre
Victoria Square (Belfast)
Member Name: tiaw
Victoria Square (Belfast)
Advantages: Impressive looking, wide variety
Disadvantages: Cold and expensive
Victoria Square opened to some critisism a number of years ago. The main gripe? "Why is it outdoors?", people said! Of course, it's not exactly outdoors - as the entire complex is covered over by a roof, but it isn't a conventional mall with an entrance and an exit. No, it's just open to walk through at pretty much anytime.
This has led to other people, including reviewers, calling it a "wind tunnel". While it is not that bad in my opinion, it does suffer from the problem of being cold and windy during Northern Ireland's bleaker days - and because of the climate in these parts - that is sadly all too often.
Besides the climatic considerations, Victoria Square is home to a plethora of shops and to a lesser extent restaurants and cafes.
The prices are notoriously high, and this puts many people off. In truth though, it's probably not too much worse than a regular high street. People just have the perception that it is higher - although of course, in some cases it is!
Other than plenty of (expensive) shops, there are a range of entertainment options. Coffee shops, restaurants and fast food joints exist on the upper floors.
Meanwhile there are plenty of lifts and esculators for relatively easy access.
The actual layout itself can be a little confusing. Figuring out how to get places isn't easy for a first (or even second) time visitor.
There is also a cinema, and a lookout point at the top - from where you are supposed to be able to see all the way over Belfast (although this is usually obscured by the bright blue neon lights that border the glass.
Overall it's an interesting new addition to Belfast City Centre. I don't personally visit it too much, but if I was taking a visitor shopping, it would definitely be my first choice.
Summary: Belfast moves into the 21st century - finally!
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