Lucinda O’Sullivan: Shopped up an appetite? Recharge or relax at my pick of the top city pit-stops across the country

Whether it’s a family outing, meet-up with pals or Christmas shopping stop-off, one always needs some festive fortification to complete the experience

Oysters served at The Westbury

Lucinda O'Sullivan

ASTOPIA Eat in or take out at this cyberpunk-themed Asian cuisine mocktail bar on Aungier Street, from a menu (€4.99-€23.99) that includes Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean grub like bao buns, gyoza, Taiwanese crunch wraps, mini hotpots, and ‘space’ bags. There’s also plenty for vegans.

​DAVY BYRNE’S Dublin’s legendary Joycean pub is really special at Christmas. Along with their all-day menu, they also do posh sambos (€12-€20) with the option of a half portion of soup for €3 from 12-5pm. Try their prawn cocktail (€17) followed by a beef and Guinness pie (€23.50) or their fab seafood platter for two (€82). Yes, of course there’s also a roast turkey and ham dinner (€22) with stuffing, Brussels sprouts, fondant potatoes and gravy, not to mention a turkey and ham club sandwich (€17) with cranberry sauce on sourdough.