Research from commercial property agency Lambert Smith Hampton has revealed that the number of cafés in Belfast city and selected surrounding districts including the Lisburn Road, Ballyhackamore, the Lower Newtownards Road, Ormeau Road, Boucher Road and the Queen's Quarter rose from 79 in 2016 to 104 at the end of 2018.
According to findings by Lambert Smith Hampton senior research analyst Claire Cole for The Belfast Telegraph, there was an 80% rise in the number of cafés operated by local chains between the beginning of 2016 and the end of 2018, while growth among national and international chains such as Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero was slower at 22%.
Meanwhile, the number of independent cafés in the city rose by a quarter during the two year period to 34.
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