Dubliners like tea. In fact, Irish people are the second biggest consumers of tea in the world (the Turks are in first place). But Coffee culture is taking over and more people drink coffee than don’t these days. So where do people go for good coffee in Dublin? Which businesses compete for the prize of Dublin’s best cafe?
Starbucks is popular, of course. I have no love for the big café chains but the Irish have taken it to heart. The Irish are Europe’s biggest fans of the Seattle Coffee chain but there are plenty of other places to get a delicious coffee in Dublin. Here are the Top 10 Best coffee shops Dublin (in my humble opinion).
Wildly subjective Arguments, humorous comments, Coffee-snob hysteria, and trash talk are welcomed.
Dublin’s Best Coffee Shops
1. Fallon & Byrne
This Dublin city centre gem would probably not be on most people’s top ten lists. But that’s a shame. I don’t know why a bustling, lively place, with excellent produce all around, fantastic smells, and with a superb location isn’t more highly ranked. Oh, and their coffee is excellent! (Check out their coffee brands in-house, like this new one here). Do your exotic product grocery shopping afterwards and grab a glass of wine once you’ve paid (it’s not cheap) to calm your nerves.
Location: 11 -17 Exchequer Street, Dublin
2. Bear Market Coffee
A new addition to the Bar Market Coffee chain of speciality cafes, this George’s Street branch is ubercool. With some delicious decor, smooth-angled coffee machines, hipster seats, and a ton of different brews, this is one of the best places to grab a coffee in the city.
Card payments only so don’t think you can get rid of that spare change on a quick espresso.
Location: 11 -17 Exchequer Street, Dublin
3. Butler’s Chocolate Café
It might be a chain, but it’s our chain! Yes, Butler’s Chocolate Café in an institution, almost. Their mantra of bringing ‘a little happiness to the world one chocolate at a time’ is working, in my case anyway. Not only do you get a great cup of Joe served by local super-friendly home-made Brazilian/Polish baristas, but you are rewarded with a little blob of cocoa heaven for being such a good person. The dark brown and gold interior is so posh!
Location: 3 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
4. Anderson’s Food Hall & Cafe
To get to Anderson’s Food Hall is a bit of an out-of-the-way trek, and a trek to the north-side so it shouldn’t work. We Northsiders don’t drink coffee and it’s too far/dangerous/uncool/unreachable for the rest of Dublin. But if you don’t make it to this little oasis you are denying yourself really tasty food (They make some mean lunches) and a delicious cup of coffee. Almost 100% hipster-free zone. They also do concerts.
Location: 3 The Rise, Whitehall, Dublin 9 (Open every day)
5. The Bald Barista
Buzz the Bald Barista is a bit of a character and hails from New Zealand, which he says has a coffee culture second to none. He’s managed to open up several stores in a few years. Does that make it a chain? Each store still has a small coffee shop vibe and although Buzz, the owner/barista/entertainment can’t be present in all stores at the same time he’s organized a tight-running ship that serves excellently prepared Fixx brand cups of Joe.
Location: 68 Aungier St, Dublin 2
CocoBrew Coffee & Superfoods started in 2015 and is a popular spot with the health-conscious consumers in Dublin. The cafe offers smoothies, superfoods, chicken salads, vegetarian salads, sourdough toast, and protein pancakes as well as the usual range of cappuccino, Americano, mocha, latte, and flat white drinks
Owned by a CrossFit coach, CocoBrew offers the beverage of choice of the CrossFit community, Bulletproof coffee. Bulletproof is a blend of coffee, grass-fed unsalted butter and MCT oil (usually in the form of coconut oil). CocoBrew uses cacao butter. Sounds horrible but I assure you it’s a great way to start your day. It’s also very tasty (I love it).
As one of the few places in Dublin that offer Bulletproof coffee, expect to find lots of very strong and fit people slurping on weird-looking beverages inside.
Location: 5 Bedford Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
7. 3FE (Third Floor Espresso)
This is probably the most obvious choice for a top ten list as it’s generally regarded as one of the barometers of how the Irish coffee scene is going. Champion Barista and owner Colin Harmon‘s ethos of “make nice coffee, be nice to people and they’ll probably come back” is a simple idea, but one that most businesses should heed. The coffee in 3FE is perfectly prepared, the shop’s location suits the coffee-fueled techies in nearby ‘Silicon Docks’, and they are nice to you.
Coffee blends described as “Honeydew melon, brown sugar, red grape” are just some of the interesting
Location: 32 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin 2.
8. Queen of Tarts
A little gem in the sloping Cow street in Temple Bar is Queen of Tarts where you can indulge in chocolate fudge cake and enjoy a traffic-free terrace seat while sipping your cup of choice.
Location: Cows Lane, Dame Street, Dublin 2
9. Lemon Jelly
I always loved Lemon Jelly for the friendly staff. The coffee here is also superb and it’s a very relaxed, spacious place to enjoy a cup. They mostly offer crepes, which I’m not a fan of (in general) but you can also get a full Irish for breakfast,
Location: Millennium Walkway, North City, Dublin 1
10. Brother Hubbard
It’s hard to open twitter or facebook and not see something about Brother Hubbard. Can this place do no wrong? Well yes, the addition to the original cafe in the form of a prefab-school canteen-Ikea showroom next door isn’t much to sing about. However, the original cafe is excellent. The food is top notch and the coffee is one of the best around. Another excellent option to the north side and a boost to the up and coming Capel street area. It may be the best cafe in Dublin. Recommended!
Location: 153 Capel St., Dublin 1
11. Coffee Angel
Ok, that makes 11 in the top 10 cafes in Dublin. But I’m all about adding value. Here’s an extra 10%:
What started as a coffee cart in Howth in 2004 has turned into a 5-store empire in Dublin. Owned by Karl Purdy, recognized as one of the founders of the new coffee appreciation wave in Ireland, Coffee Angel is one of those places where you know you won’t be disappointed. The SAS (South Anne Street) location is the one I’ve known the longest and is still one of the best places in central Dublin to get your caffeine fix.
Maximum serving size is 12oz. This is a mandate from the owner so you know you’re in a coffee fanatics den. The café is all minimal and clean lines but there’s a certain warmth to it. The tall chairs mixed with normal height seating creates a feeling of space. I love the bench outside where you feel like you’re the only customer and have the world to yourself to watch as politicians, tourists, and Dublin hipsters pass by. Coffee Angel also offers
The shops offer Guatemalan and Ethiopian beans as well as some tasty Colombian decaffeinated brews for people that want to keep their caffeine jitters under control.
Location: 16 South Anne Street, Dublin 2
Trying all ten cafés in the same day is recommended only under medical supervision! 😀
Coffee fans, if you’re looking for a great way to learn about the world’s most consumed drink, pretend you’re a barista for a day, drink copious amounts of freshly made brews, and bore your friends about how you are now a certified coffee tech, join a coffee tasting and brewing workshop in Dublin.
These fine establishments offer regular coffee tasting courses and classes:
- 3FE is the place in Dubin to learn how to make coffee
- Dublin Barista School – Learn how to be a barista.
- The Taste runs regular special offers to some of the coffee tasting courses in the city
- The Fat Fox offers workshops on coffee
whethere’s enough interest.
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