When it comes to coffee, there can never be too many places to visit. The coffee scene in Derry is on the up, with numerous new places beginning to dot the city inside & outside of the walls. Whether you're after coffee stop during your cycle, coffee with your pups or simply want a cuppa in a quieter location, there's something out there for every coffee connoisseur.
We've put together a list of coffee spots that are off the beaten track, places that you won't find on your usual routes around the city centre but are definitely worth making the trip for.
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Taking the plunge during lockdown, local lady Stephanie converted a 1980s caravan into her dream of having a coffee business! You will find Offing off the beaten track, tucked away amongst the trees & beauty of nature out the line, just off Ballougry Rd. These guys serve speciality coffee from Fidela, locally made traybakes & other local goodies from their pretty blue trailer. You can catch them Thur-Sun. Perfect for walkers, dog lovers & cyclists.
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Slothy Coffee opened their doors during summer in the most picturesque & historical building. Located in Cumber House in Claudy, this coffee stop has breathed new life into an18th century house in the grounds of Claudy Country Park. You can walk right through the park & take a beautiful stroll before ending up at Slothy Coffee. A dog friendly cafe serving up locally baked goods, gourmet sausage rolls, coffee from Johnson's & pupuccino's in a super scenic location. (Fun fact: the owners kid loves Sloths, so the name originated from this & we love it)
GRAZE 2 U
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Graze 2 U is another success story to come out of lockdown. Starting their journey delivering graze boxes packed with locally sourced meats, cheeses, chutneys, crackers & more around the city. This soon led to the opening their very own store in Newbuildings (Epworth business park) where you can now grab a coffee that has been locally roasted in Lisburn, alongside shopping some of the best artisan foods to come out of Ireland.
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Grandes Coffee Truck is the story of two brothers turning their coffee biz dream into a reality & showing that a great coffee concept can be successful outside of the city centre. You will find the popular Grandes Coffee Truck located on the Northland Road in the lay by just outside of the old Foyle College making it easy to drive right in, park & get yourself a cup of Root & Branch coffee. Grandes became so popular they also opened a second location/venue on Spencer Road allowing you to sit in. A top spot to relax or open the laptop & work for a few hours.
10% off Mon-Fri with your Card
Just outside of your usual city centre route & located at number 45 Great James Street, you will find Eskimo Coffee with a bright blue bench outside & quirky interior inside. Design your own sandwich from their deli & wash it down with their delicious 100% Arabica coffee. An ideal location if you're taking a dander down through Brooke Park.
BRICK & FEATHER
10% off Mon-Fri with your Card
Another spot to visit on Great James Street, Brick & Feather is run by dog lovers, for dog lovers! Located down the little alleyway at No.42, this cafe has transformed an empty space into a dog loving abode. Serving freshly made food, locally made traybakes, delicious coffee as well as treats for your furry friends. The whole space is completely covered (so you don't need to worry about the rain) yet you can still enjoy the fresh air, surrounded by trees.
THE COTTAGE CRAFT GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP
FREE tea/americano with all mains Mon-Wed with your Card
Although technically located in the city centre, the fact this coffee shop is tucked away through the gates of the Craft Village gives it an 'off the beaten track' title. The Craft Village is a rare find in any city & this cafe is one of the special places inside it, located in the beautiful thatched cottage. The Cottage one of the few places in the city where you feel as if you're not in the city centre, but in the most characteristic setting surrounded by more quirky independent businesses. Indoor & outdoor seating available.
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A second coffee stop worth turning off & going through the Craft Village for is Ivy Gate. A family run business in a dainty floral venue, with both indoor & outdoor seating including two heated pods right outside the cafe. Serving a delicious breakfast / lunch menu as well as homemade treats & Morelli's Ice cream!
THE PICKLED DUCK CAFE OUT OF TOWN
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We're spoilt for choice when it comes to the Pickled Duck with not one, but two Cafe's to choose from. But for now we're going to talk about the cafe that's off the beaten track - The pickled Duck Cafe Out Of Town. Located on Greenhaw Road, this cafe serves the same great food as their city centre location including their renown sausage rolls & very own Legenderry Ding!
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