Places to Eat in Derry // Vegan Options in the Walled City

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When planning this trip, I was met with a pretty resounding “You’ll starve in Ireland as a vegan.” As I started researching though, I found a decent amount of options throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, especially in the bigger cities. Dublin ended up being super vegan-friendly and even has a vegan food tour and Belfast was surprisingly vegan-friendly as well and this was only the beginning of the trip. One of the things I wasn’t too sure about though was places to eat in Derry. On the surface it did, in fact, look like I might starve but then I ended up having more food to try than stomachs to eat them. So, let the record show…Derry is vegan-friendly.

Places to Eat in Derry


Hidden City Cafe

PLACES TO EAT IN DERRY

PLACES TO EAT IN DERRY

Hidden City Cafe had opened literally days before we arrived in Derry which may have been why I never saw anything about them when I was searching for food options. They weren’t well known in the local vegan community yet and they weren’t on HappyCow. They were truly…a hidden cafe. I’m so glad I found them though because they are definitely a hidden gem.

Hidden City Cafe is about 95% vegan and specializes in healthy, clean food that supports fair trade, organic and local growers and producers. They’re located in the heart of town and the cafe is very cozy and would make the perfect spot to hang out and get some work done.

We had just eaten breakfast at our lovely B&B but we really wanted to check this place out so we got a few sandwiches and cupcakes to go. Later on, when we stopped along the way to Donegal, we had a little picnic and it was so amazing.

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They also have a few specialty items for sale in the shop – most of them being specialty vegan items.

PLACES TO EAT IN DERRY

PLACES TO EAT IN DERRY

PLACES TO EAT IN DERRY

PLACES TO EAT IN DERRY

PLACES TO EAT IN DERRY

ESSENTIAL INFO
Hours // M-S 8-5:30 (closed Sundays)
Address //3-5 London Street, Derry, Northern Ireland BT486RQ
Website // Facebook


St Jude Eatery (located within The Yellow Yard)

PLACES TO EAT IN DERRY

We, sadly, couldn’t make it into St Jude Eatery because their hours just didn’t line up with our schedule. However, our B&B did have a few of their baked goods waiting for us when we arrived. So, I can say I’ve had some of their food and it was very good. St Jude Eatery is the only 100% vegan/vegetarian spot in Derry and is located within The Yellow Yard which is a bit of an eclectic shop as you can see from their sign here.

St Jude Eatery is also the only pay it forward/pending coffee and food service in Derry which allows vegan and vegetarians who may be short of money to eat and drink for free in a safe and welcoming environment.

DERRY ACCOMMODATION

ESSENTIAL INFO
Hours // Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:30
Address // Palace Street, Derry
Website // Facebook


Ann-Marie’s Vegan Cakery

Ann-Marie’s Vegan Cakery is who provides the baked goods, mostly cupcakes, to Hidden City Cafe. Ann-Marie runs her bakery out of her home but you can pick up her goodies from Hidden City Cafe or special order through her directly. I’ve been following her Facebook page and not only do her cupcakes take outstanding but she has made some really cute and creative things.

places to eat in derry

ESSENTIAL INFO
Website // Facebook


Browns Bonds Hill

Browns is where we ate the night we arrived in Derry. It is a fine dining establishment on the opposite side of the river – only a short 10-minute walk from the walls.  The food is absolutely exceptional and the service is great. This is an amazing option for vegans as they have an entire, separate vegan and vegetarian menu. You can read my full review of Browns here.

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BROWNS DERRY

BROWNS DERRY

ESSENTIAL INFO
Hours // T, W, Th 12-3; 5:30-9 // F, S 12-3; 5-10 // Su 12-3
Address //1 Bonds HillDerry BT47 6DW, Northern Ireland
Website // brownsrestaurant.com
Reviews // mine + Tripadvisor


Bridge B&B

While our B&B didn’t advertise catering to vegans and we weren’t even expecting a vegan breakfast, I soon realized they would go above and beyond for anyone’s needs. I would highly recommend staying at Bridge B&B on your stay in Derry and make sure to let them know you’re vegan – I’m sure Ursula would whip you up a lovely traditional Irish breakfast with a vegan twist.

DERRY ACCOMMODATION

DERRY ACCOMMODATION

ESSENTIAL INFO
Address //3 Dacre TerraceDerry BT48 6JU, Northern Ireland
Website // www.bridgebnb.com
Reviews // mine and Tripadvisor


What to Pack

Raincoat (yep, it’s not just something people say – it can rain at any moment!)
Travel Umbrella (while I didn’t bring an umbrella and was too stubborn to buy one, I’d recommend it)
Pacsafe Cross Body Purse (I love my Pacsafe products and would highly recommend using them when traveling)
Comfortable Shoes (my feet tend to hurt pretty easily and these are the best shoes I’ve had in a while for walking a lot)

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places to eat in derry
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1 Comment

  1. Ernesto

    November 5, 2017 at 3:36 AM

    Cedar A taste of Lebanon – very unusually these days, the restaurant doesn’t sell alcohol and this was an immediate negative on the night. However, the service was excellent and the lady a credit to the business. The food however was merely average, with the ‘hot’ meze only lukewarm. Very small portions.

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