- The Fumbally – Finding a café that I can set up shop in for a couple of hours is, at times a difficult task. Many of them are quite busy throughout the day and don’t have a lot of seating options. The Fumbally is quite a popular spot but I am usually able to find a place to settle in for a while, as their seating is communal. Everything on their menu is incredibly fresh and they use local and organic products whenever possible. They have both daily specials and permanent breakfast and lunch menus. Whether you’re looking for your caffeine fix for the day (they have great coffee too by the way) or something that is both nutritious and delicious, The Fumbally is not to be missed. Check out their menu here http://thefumbally.ie/food/current-menu/.
2. Taste Food Co – The staff here are very friendly and they have excellent coffee and a diverse menu. This was the first place I had breakfast after arriving in Dublin and they made me feel right at home. I had the smashed avocado on poached eggs (one of my favourites) and it did not disappoint. I’ve been back several times since and have always had a positive experience. They also have a lunch and dinner menu as well as a fabulous array of desserts made in-house daily by their pastry chefs.
3. The Bagel Bar – Bagels aren’t as much of a big deal over here as they are back home. The Bagel Bar is great because they have a wonderful selection of bagels ranging from your basic bagel and cream cheese to the ‘Beef Philly’ bagel and everything in between. They also have wraps, sandwiches, salads and an array of desserts if you’re so inclined. Prices are very reasonable, leaving you feeling satisfied without breaking the bank. Great place to stop in before a day of exploring in the city.
4. Brother Hubbard – Middle Eastern inspired menu, excellent coffee and friendly staff – what more can you ask for? Brother Hubbard has two locations: Dublin North: 153 Capel Street, Dublin 1 & Dublin South: 46 Harrington Street, Dublin 8. If you’re looking for something light or if you’re in the mood for Sunday brunch, this is the place. They even have an evening menu from Wednesday to Saturday where you can build your own meal choosing from individual plates. You can also select from their set menu; take a look on their website here https://brotherhubbard.ie/evenings. I will definitely be back to give it a try.
5. Brick Alley Cafe – Located in touristy Temple Bar area, the Brick Alley Cafe is a great place to take a break from sightseeing. Most places in this part of the city are quite expensive and usually quite busy. The Brick Alley Cafe is a breath of fresh air in that prices are reasonable and the food is tasty. The staff is also quite friendly which is a bonus.
6. Kaph – This trendy café is my go-to spot when I want to get some work done. It’s a busy place but they have extra seating upstairs so I’m usually able to find a spot. They have great coffee and an array of treats if you have a sweet tooth. It’s a great spot to catch up with friends or get lost in a great book. Bonus: they play great music (Queens of the Stone Age, The Smiths & Kurt Vile to name a few).
7. Queen Of Tarts – Located on Cow’s Lane, this café and tearoom serves the most exquisite desserts. I tried the lemon meringue tart and it was absolutely delicious – not too bitter and the meringue melted in my mouth. I am also in love with their vintage teacups (I have a collection of them back in Canada). If you’re not into sweets, they also have savoury items to choose from such as soups, sandwiches and salads. Love this little gem!
8. Cracked Nut – Both healthy and delicious, the Cracked Nut is a real gem. In addition to having excellent coffee, they serve a variety of gorgeous breakfast items including pastries, granola, porridge and french toast. Sandwiches, soups and salads are on offer at lunch – perfect if you’re busy at work but need a nutritious and filling meal to keep you going. They even have a catering service and offer an array of platters, fruit and the like.