A Very Derry Christmas

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A Very Derry Christmas

Local recommendations from the Airporter team


A city that has truly transformed over the past decade, our hometown has never looked better! But as the old saying goes “faraway hills are green”; do we really appreciate everything on offer on our own doorstep? As Christmas approaches we decided to round up our favourite eateries, night time hot spots, shops and of course the best coffee around. What’s better than the festive, friendly buzz that surrounds Derry this time of year- you wouldn’t get it anywhere else!

Whether you’re a native or a visitor, there’s something for everyone in the Airporter team’s local recommendations:


Our local experts

Left to right: Willie, Pamela, Lisa, Kathy, Gemma, Jennifer and Carla.

Willie from AirporterPamela of AirporterLisa from AirporterKathy AirporterGemma of Airporter DerryJennifer from the AirporterCarla from the Airporter





▹ Walled City Brewery

A family-run Craft Brewery & Eatery located in Ebrington Square, The Walled City Brewery offers local, authentic and flavoursome batches of artisan beer and food.

Gemma & Jennifer’s favourite


▹ The Sooty Olive

In the heart of the Waterside, the intimate, yet buzzing ambiance in The Sooty Olive is perfect for every occasion. High quality, locally sourced food at affordable prices.

Willie and Lisa’s favourite


▹ Brown’s

With restaurants in the city and Waterside, Browns offers contemporary fine dine food in cosy & fashionable surroundings.

Pamela’s favourite


▹ The Exchange

Family friendly, fine dining in a social environment, The Exchange delivers high quality dishes and wine selection right next to the city centre.

Carla’s favourite


▹ Quaywest

Whether you’re looking for an intimate or social setting, vibrant gastro pub, Quaywest offers the perfect mix. With a wide range of fusion European dishes, you’re sure to find something you love on the menu!

Kathy’s favourite






▹ The Guildhall Taphouse

A traditional bar with a modern twist, The Guildhall Taphouse boasts a cosy setting with rustic wood beams and dreamy fairy lights. They have a great selection of both local and international craft beers, not forgetting delicious cocktails for the ladies!

A favourite of Gemma


▹ Blackbird

Old fashioned dark wooden tables, leather chairs, booths and a buzzing ambiance, The Blackbird was an instant hit from the moment it opened last year. Whether it’s cocktails, beers or street food you’re interested in, this quirky pub hosts the perfect mix of a modern-day bar with a traditional pub feel.

Lisa, Pamela, Carla & Willie’s choice


▹ Peadar O’ Donnell’s

It’s doesn’t get more Irish than this, the home of live traditional and folk music in Derry. You’re guaranteed craic and a friendly face in Peadars, evident in the vast number of tourists it attracts every year.

Kathy’s favourite


▹ Walled City Brewery

A second mention for the Walled City Brewery! This hot spot is famous for their uniquely local, flavoursome craft beers. And if you’re not a beer lover, they also run a Gin Supper Club – yum!

Jennifer’s favourite






▹ Argento

All things jewellery, watches and fashion, you’ll get all the latest brands including Oliva Burton, Cluse and Pandora – what more could a girl want!

Gemma loves


▹ The Yellow Yard

A hidden gem located just off the Derry walls, The Yellow Yard is a quirky establishment full of nick-nacks you won’t find anywhere else. Set aside a couple of hours to browse through everything they have to offer!

Gemma loves


▹ Bella Mia

Whether you’re after a classic piece or on trend outfit, Bella Mia offer a broad range of both homegrown and international brand names. You’ll find clothing, jewellery, watches, accessories and bags here!

Lisa loves


▹ Pippa Boutique

If you’re looking for an eye-catching outfit to stand out from the popular high street stores, Pippa boutique is worth a visit. They stock numerous ladieswear brands including French Connection, Lavish Alice, ChiChi and Forever Unique. Keep an eye on their gorgeous one-off handbags and accessories too!

Pamela loves


▹ The Gift Box

A friendly, family run shop, you’ll find the perfect gift or souvenir for every occasion. Conveniently located on Shipquay street, The Gift Box stock ranges from handbags, crystal, novelty wall hangings & pens, Celtic jewellery and cosy knitwear.

Carla loves


▹ Above and Beyond the Warehouse

Selling everything from local crafts, knitwear, home wear, unique gifts and local artisan foods, Above and Beyond the Warehouse is worth a visit from tourists and locals! Its location is special too – housed in one of Derry’s listed buildings, right beside the Guildhall.

Jennifer loves


▹ Foyleside Shopping Centre

With over 50 stores and convenient parking, Foyleside Shopping Centre is home to some of the largest retailers as well 12 places to grab some food. Keep an eye out for their regular fashion shows, performers and kiddie’s events too.

Airporter’s favourite Foyleside shops: H&M, Schuh & Next





▹ The Coffee Tree

A warm and cosy atmosphere, cheerful staff and a bowl of wholesome homemade soup. Not forgetting the delightful baked treats on offer to accompany a strong cup of coffee!

Gemma’s pick


▹ The Hatter Express

Mouth-watering doughnuts and festive flavoured coffees, The Hatter Christmas drinks menu will get you into the Christmas spirit. They serve handy takeaway soups too, offering a different flavour every week!

Lisa’s pick


▹ Primrose on the Quay

With 2 family operated bistro coffee shops in the city, the Primrose team pride themselves in delivering the finest local produce and home baking straight from the oven. Primrose on the quay is perfectly situated on the river’s edge, a tranquil setting to relax and enjoy a coffee.

Pamela and Jennifer’s pick


▹ The Limeleaf Café

The Limeleaf Café located along the river Foyle is modern, cool and relaxed. Besides their simple, tasty food and top-notch coffee, you’ll get the ultimate “Christmas in a cup” festive coffee over the festive period.

Carla’s pick


▹ The Pickled Duck

A vibrant café overlooking the Guildhall, The Pickled Duck serve up homemade sweet and savoury scones and delicious cheesecake to accompany your coffee of choice.

Kathy’s pick