Those familiar with the Emerald Isle will know that the country is best known for its oodles of history and countless bars. But in the past decade or two, a new trend has started, that of excellent cafés. Here’s your guide to some of the very best coffee shops in Dublin for whether you’re in search of great brew, a bite to eat, or simply want to find somewhere to curl up with a good book!
Cracked Nut, 71 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, Ireland
Somewhere along Camden Street, you’ll find what is easily one of the best coffee shops in Dublin. Though on the pricier side of things (the cheapest drink is €3), and not far from the hauntingly beautiful ruins of St Kevin’s Church (which are free to visit, though thanks to their outdoor nature, are best seen on a sunny day), the Cracked Nut serves all things delicious.
The Fumbally, 8 Fumbally Ln, Merchants Quay, Dublin, Ireland
Opened in 2012, the Fumbally is open from Tuesday through to Saturday and has a permanent menu, as well as an ever-changing selection of specials- guaranteeing that no two visits will ever be the same! Double shots are served as standard and you’ll find all manner of speciality coffees offered up here.
Peacock Green & Co., Lord Edward St Lord Edward St, Dublin 2, D02 Y278, Ireland
Overlooking the ever-present and expansive Christ Church Cathedral (which is one of those must-see Dublin attractions you must visit on any trip to the city), Peacock Green & Co. is all about French-inspired cuisine set against a backdrop of Rococo chic decor. The cute café specialises in loose green leaf tea and once there, you’ll find that it also serves one of the best matcha lattés you’ll find anywhere in Dublin…
Proper Order Coffee Co., 7 Haymarket, Arran Quay, Dublin 7, Ireland
With a name like that, you know that you’re in for some good coffee if you head to the Proper Order café! Opened in January 2016, the coffee shop is located in the Haymarket area of the city, an area best known for its nearby breweries. A visit to Proper Coffee can easily be combined with a trip to the nearby National Leprechaun Museum, or to see the naturally preserved mummies of Saint Michan’s Church.
Queen of Tarts Café & Patisserie, Cork Hill, Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
The rather aptly named coffee shop and chic café now operates in two locations, which are located barely a hundred metres from one another. Opened by sisters Regina and Yvonne Fallon, who originally trained as pastry chefs in New York City, Queen of Tarts has been in business since 1998. Since then, the coffee shop has produced all kinds of incredible delicacies and is a must-visit for any sweet tooth in Dublin!
Meet Me in the Morning, 50 Pleasants St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 8, Ireland
Not only does ‘Meet Me in the Morning’ have a great name (anyone else can’t get much done before their first coffee of the day?), but it’s also named for the 1975 Bob Dylan song of the same name. Open every day of the week, ensuring its always there to get your coffee fix, the café is best visited for breakfast or brunch.
Lolly and Cooks, Unit 1, The Marker, Forbes St, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland
With several locations throughout the city (including along the Grand Canal, on Drury Street, and on Merrion Street), the Dublin based bakery is a family run business established in 2008. Today Lolly and Cooks specialises in sweet and savoury, and even make a great hotpot- perfect for warming yourself up on a rainy or cold day!
Love Supreme, 57 Manor St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, Ireland
Best known for its home and freshly baked cakes, Love Supreme is a great place to sit down, relax, work, or simply hang out with friends. Opened for coffee and cakes every day of the week, the café is also dog-friendly meaning you can bring your favourite canine friend along with you. If you’re a meat eater, then their sausage rolls are said to be some of the best in the city.
Brick Alley Café, 25 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 W560, Ireland
Situated in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, right next to Temple Bar itself (a must-see on any trip to Dublin), the Brick Alley Café simply couldn’t be in a more convenient location! Open ’til late on a daily basis, Brick Alley Café is perfect for grabbing a quick bite to eat in between some sightseeing, the paninis and hot drinks are both tasty and reasonably priced.
Kaph, 31 Drury St, Dublin 2, Ireland
I’ve seen this independent coffee shop raved about across Social Media, including Instagram, and so I just knew it had to make it onto this list of the best coffee shops in Dublin! Just make sure you head there earlier in the day if you want to get a good seat- places fill up fast, esepcially if you’re planning to visit Dublin on the weekend!
The Winding Stair, 40 Lower Ormond Quay, North City, Dublin 1, D01 R9Y5, Ireland
Best known for being the site of a fantastic new and vintage bookshop lying alongside the River Liffey, the Winding Stair is also home to an excellent café serving plenty of local produce. Easily one of the best secret spots in Dublin, as well as one of the best coffee shops in Dublin, you can even browse the books while enjoying your coffee and cake. Win, win!
Dollard & Co. Food Hall and Deli, 2-5 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 PK72, Ireland
Though not strictly ‘just’ a Dublin coffee shop, Dollard & Co food hall more than deserves its place on this list of the best cafés in Dublin thanks to the sheer number of delicious treats on offer, not to mention the friendly atmosphere once you wander inside the former printworks.
Located alongside the River Liffey in the Temple Bar district of the city, this food court is the ultimate foodie destination, offering deli counters, speciality supermarket produce, and even a pizza counter where you can purchase delicious pies by the slice! Open every day of the week, the deli sells a variety of speciality coffees and even has plenty of seating where you can enjoy your piping hot drink.
Wolf+Spoon, 10A Aungier St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Well-reviewed and well worth a visit during your time in the Irish capital, especially if you’re in search of some of the best indoor activities in Dublin, Wolf & Spoon is as quirky as its name would suggest. Serving some particularly delicious breakfast foods (including a traditional Irish breakfast), you can’t go wrong by at least popping in to drink a coffee or two with friends.
Le Petit Cafe, St Pappin Rd, Ballygall, Dublin, Ireland
French-themed and ever-so-cute, Le Petit Café serves delicious coffee and can be found directly across from the Archaeology Museum of Ireland. Selling all manner of fresh sandwiches, pastries, and more, you can opt to take away your selection or instead sit instore and sip on your café in the few tables and chairs available. If the weather is particularly nice and it’s not raining in Dublin, then you can even take your coffee and pastry selection to the little café outside the front door.
Tang, 23C Dawson St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Well reviewed and offering fantastic prices, Tang can be found close to the National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology. As well as offering all kinds of teas, cold beverages, and speciality coffees, this Dublin café also boasts a menu including fluffy pancakes and healthy smoothies.
The Stage Door Cafe, 11 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
The Stage Doors claims to serve ‘the best breakfast in Dublin’ and I’m pleased to report that they’re probably not wrong! Located in the Temple Bar district of the city, and not far away from Temple Bar pub itself, this coffee shop is open every day of the week. And while you can always just pop in for a coffee, a full Irish breakfast is also available for those in search of a heartier meal!