On our recent trip to Ireland, we ended up doing a little coffee and cafe crawl while we were in Dublin. With a little research, and the advise of our expat friends now living in Dublin, and the locals, we found a great modern coffee and food scene with a healthy dose of Irish and European tradition. Here is an overview of Dublin cafes we visited and loved. The first day in Dublin, after our overnight flight from Toronto, our friends took us to Phoenix Park, to introduce us to the Emerald Isle and combat the jet lag. Phoenix Park is a must-see if you go to Dublin. There are funky mythical-looking trees, views of the Dublin mountains, trails to walk or run, the epic Pope's Cross, a zoo, gardens, and yes, even a castle. The moody skies soon gave way to a gentle rain and we stumbled into the Phoenix Cafe, and were delightfully surprised by superbly delicious quiche and a bright thoughtful space, to go along with our comforting tea.
Our first day of solo exploring in Dublin, we made our first stop at Kaph, a coffee joint in the Creative Quarter, serving up coffee from local roaster 3fe. Along with the quality coffee, and bright, clean space, the baristas were welcoming and friendly and gave us lots of great advise on restaurants to try. We sat in the front window seat and coincidentally met a fellow Kansas-citian spending her summer in Dublin! She recognized our yankee accents.
After coffees at Kaph, we wandered through the Dublin streets, ducked into St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then wound through some residential streets to find The Fumbally, which was recommended by our barista at Kaph, and praised by our new friend from KC. The Fumbally was one of our favorites. Worn wood, colored tiles, a mix of kitshcy and natural knick knacks, and the large declaration in favor of our beloved baked gluten surround you as you dine. We went for lunch and enjoyed the fresh, delectable, internationally inspired cuisine in the bustling, quirky ambiance. Many tables are communal, shared with other parties, which we found to be common in Ireland, and nice!
On our way to the National Gallery, we made a caffeine pit stop at local Dublin coffee shop, Coffee Angel. They have a few locations around the city, the decor is sleek and modern, but warm, and they sell all the pour-over coffee nerd supplies that you typically see in American coffee joints. We grabbed a couple excellent flat whites and devoured a freshly baked scone served with butter and jam of course.
Near a corner of St. Stephen's Green and tucked at the end of a street lined with Georgian row houses is the Royal Hibernian Academy building, which houses a tiny scandanavian design shop, RHA art gallery, and Coppa Cafe. We strolled around the gallery and then enjoyed a late lunch. Coppa is a cheerful space serving up healthy Italian inspired bistro food, baked goods, espresso drinks, and wine. We partook of fresh sandwiches, salads, tea, and ginger beer, and loved it all, including the view of the Georgian doors from their floor to ceiling front windows.
North of the River Liffey, in Smithfield Square is Third Space, a busy coffee, breakfast, and lunch spot for local businessmen, construction workers, stay-at-home mums, and neighbors. I loved their pea and mint soup, traditional Irish brown bread, and the pretty and delicious apple raspberry juice.
The guys at 3fe probably roast the best coffee in Dublin. Their cafe is a modern corner and one of the few places in Dublin who serve up pour over brews. They also keep a bit o the traditional european tradition by offering scrumptious scones with jam and a selection of fresh salads and sandwiches.
Walking up to The Twisted Pepper, you'll see young Dubs having a pint and a smoke on the patio, and the last thing you expect to find inside this funky hipster pub is an incredible coffee bar, but there you have it. Don't let the taps deter you, order what is possibly the city's best flat white at the bar. I really want to try and recreate the recipe for their Plain Jane, an award-winning Irish coffee.
Considered Cafe is a charming space in the Creative Quarter. This spot is filled with a lovely, detailed (and affordable!) line of home goods for your kitchen and dining space designed by Helen James and sold by none other than The Dunnes Store, ubiquitous Irish department store. Seating consists of one large farm house style table providing shared space to sit and eat or sip your tea, and a long bar with stools in the light-drenched front window. The pretty home goods neatly hanging and stacked on shelves around you, intimate seating, natural light, and earthy fireplace make you feel like you are in someone's rustically beautiful kitchen. The carrot soup and coconut cake is scrumptious.
Right across the street from Considered Cafe is chic industrial modern interior design shop, Industry. They have a newly opened in-store cafe with gorgeous mosaic tile floors and creamy white marble countertop. I was too full from my lunch to order anything, so I just drooled over the aesthetics and baked goods.
After watching an elderly priest peek out to polish the brass plates on the old wooden door to the private quarters of Christ Church cathedral, we ducked into whimsical tea and coffee focused cafe, Peacock Green. We perused the selection of loose leaf teas in large glass apothecary jars, made our choices, and went upstairs. We sat on cushions at a little round table and enjoyed the hodge lodge of vintage art in varying gold gilt frames adorning the green painted and wallpapered walls. And again with the amazing patterned tile floors!