Ballyhackamore is home to a plethora of restaurants, cafes, fast-food eateries and bars, all of which are extremely accessible to residents of the area, and beyond. This contributes massively to Ballyhackamore's thriving business scene. Ballyhackamore has a combination of Indian, Chinese, Italian and English cuisine, including the highly reputed Mandarin City Chinese restaurant, Il Pirata Italian restaurant and the recently refurbished and rebranded Neill's Hill.
Throughout the coming years business developments in Ballyhackamore have grown rapidly. For examples there has been cafes, opticians, gyms, barber shops/hair salons, pet shops, travel agents and restaurants opened. There is a quality bus service that regularly travels to and from the City Centre through one of Belfast's main arterial routes. This is ideal for businessmen/women during the week but also extremely handy for a day-out shopping in the town.
There is no shortage of local schools, both primary and secondary to the residents of Ballyhackamore. Nearby, there are some of Northern Ireland's leading primary, grammar and secondary schools.
Just off Ballyhackamore is the iconic Cyprus Avenue, which played host to legendary Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. Van Morrison famously wrote the song 'Cyprus Avenue' in 1968 and in August 2015 celebrated his 70th birthday in style, setting up stage at the end of Cyprus Avenue and playing two exclusive concerts for both the residents of Cyprus Avenue and special guests from all over the world. In the opposite direction, the Stormont Estate is a short five to ten-minute walk away from Ballyhackamore. Throughout Stormont there is a children's play park open to the public 7 days a week, a coffee shop, the parliament buildings, two football/rugby pitches, a cricket square, 3G football pitches and a gymnasium.