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Insider’s Guide to Dublin Food & Drink

As it’s Paddy’s Day, I thought I would focus on my hometown of Dublin for a change!

And because I love food, I thought I’d put together some of my favourite food spots in Dublin, in case you are ever in town and feeling hungry.

I’ve selected my personal favourites along with some touristy recommendations. From coffee and brunch to dinner and drinks, I’ve got you covered!

O’Connell Bridge, Dublin

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Coffee in Dublin

I’m a major coffee junkie, so I’ve scoured the streets of Dublin for the best brew. This easily be a post on its own, but for now, here are my top coffee recommendations for Dublin, based on the merits of the coffee alone.


3f coffee

3fe has really, really good coffee. Its coffee has quite the hype around it, and some other coffee places use their coffee beans.

Expect hipster decor, small servings and excellent coffee craft.


32 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin 2

My favourite coffee spot in Glenelg, South Australia

Coffee Angel

Tried out the new Coffee Angel on Nassau Street. It was a very good coffee! #coffee #dublin

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I love Coffee Angel, the coffee never disappoints. Luckily, there are a few Coffee Angels around too. My favourite is on Leinster Street, which is right by Trinity College. Pop in for a coffee and your heart will thank you. Also, the cheesey scones are To. Die. For.

Coffee Angel

15 Leinster Street South, 27 Pembroke Street Lower,16 South Anne Street, Dublin 2

Hansel and Gretel

Morning perfection! 🙂 #autumn #coffee #love

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When I discovered Hansel and Gretel, I was ecstatic. The coffee is top notch, and it’s a pastry and bread lover’s dream. I used to go here before work every morning, and failed to resist the giant almond croissants on most days. They’re pretty much the size of my head and decadently make their brown paper bag translucent with buttery grease. Amazing.

Hansel & Gretel

Clement & Pekoe

This tiny little coffee joint is located on South William St, which runs parallel to Grafton Street. It’s very small, very cute, and very serious coffee. Be sure to try the gorgeous friands too.

Clement & Pekoe

50 South William Street, Dublin 2


Berlin bound and Butlers in hand 🙂 #berlin #airport #travel

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Butlers is an Irish gem. Butlers is a chocolate company, and their coffee shops provide creamy coffee that tastes chocolatey. If you go for a mocha, or my favourite, a white mocha, you will be sipping on the greatest flavour ever. They use what looks like melted chocolate by the ladle. Naughty, but oh so nice.

The best part? Each coffee you buy gets you one free chocolate of your choice. I recommend salted caramel or champagne truffle. 


Various locations in Dublin


I’ll stop with the coffee love now and move on to food!


Andersons creperie

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Located in Drumcondra, this spot isn’t in the city centre, but if you are staying nearby, it’s ideal. Located close to Croke Park, you can have your pick of savoury or sweet pancakes.

Andersons Creperie


Super Miss Sue

Oh, Super Miss Sue. I’ve been here for brunch twice, and couldn’t resist the crab and hasbrowns. Served with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, two thick and fluffy hashbrowns with a crispy coating are laden with a generous serving of crab.

The entire menu is fabulous, and comes with unlimited coffee, a rarity in Ireland.

Also not to be missed are the epic cocktails, because brunch is the perfect excuse for daytime drinking! The Bloody Mary hits the spot.


2–3 Drury Street, Dublin 2

San Lorenzos

I’m putting San Lorenzos on the list, even though I haven’t eaten their ‘brunch of champions’. The much hyped brunch has a creative selection of treats. Coco pops french toast. Lobster benedict (although last i checked this wasn’t actually on the menu, let’s hope it returns!) That’s all you need to know!

San Lorenzos

South Great George’s St, Dublin 2

Lunch in Dublin


Alchemy juice co Superfood salad

Alchemy is so healthy and so delicious, I love eating there. Pictured above is the superfood salad with a protein ball, organic chocolate and a cappuccino. Located on Grafton Street, the window seats give you a bird’s eye view of one of Dublin’s main shopping streets.

Alchemy Juice Co.

Alchemy Juice Co, Upstairs in BT2, Grafton Street, Dublin 2


Lovely sandwiches, salads and amazing cakes

Avoca Cafe’s

Various Locations

KC Peaches

Good coffee, lovely salad and breakfast bar. Beautiful pastries.

KC Peaches

28-29 Nassau Street; 54 Dame Street; 35-37 Stephen’s Green; Unit 10A Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse Street

Dublin 2

Afternoon Tea

The Shelbourne Hotel


The five star Shelbourne Hotel is the perfect setting for afternoon tea. 

The Shelbourne

27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Dublin Dinner

Taco Taco


Tostados, nachos, hoisin duck tacos, jerk chicken fajitas and more await at trendy Taco Taco. For Mexican food with a little something extra, head to Taco Taco.

Taco Taco 

13 Dame Court, Dublin 2

Super Miss Sue

Awesome brunch, amazing seafood. If you’re feeling indulgent, go for the seafood platter. Like an afternoon tea of seafood, this bad boy is awesome.


2–3 Drury Street, Dublin 2

Elephant and Castle


Ireland’s best chicken wings. This Dublin institution also has a NY branch. They don’t take reservations, so get there early, and wait for your table in the nearby Morgan hotel. Located in Temple Bar, this popular spot is easy to find.

Elephant & Castle


If you’re after some Japanese, Yamamori is where it’s at. With a varied menu and a number of locations, Yamamori delivers. Gyoza, sushi and the bento box are all winners.


Various Locations

Traditional Irish Food in Dublin



If you want to try some traditional Irish food, there are a number of places catering to this in Temple Bar. While the prices may be higher than you pay elsewhere, you will taste some old fashioned Irish grub.

I recently ended up in The Shack in Temple Bar, located opposite that iconic red bar, Temple Bar. The menu was varied and contained lots of “Irish” meals. I went for the mussels in apple cider, which were so good, and fish and chips.

Seafood chowder, stew and Guinness pie were all on the menu.

If you are in Ireland for a while, you should try fit in a carvery. Served in pubs during the day, the carvery is so tasty, like a Sunday roast, they normally come with a variety of potatoes and other vegetables.

The full Irish is another traditional Irish cuisine. Like the full English, the Irish breakfast is a tasty, meaty delight. The ultimate hangover cure, a plate of greasy goodness is very Irish.

Dublin Drinks

Market Bar

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Located in Dublin’s ‘creative quarter’ Market Bar’s high ceilings provide amazing acoustics and atmosphere in what was once an abattoir! Enjoy drinks and tapas.


14A Fade Street, Off South George’s Street, Dublin 2

Cafe en Seine

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Cafe en Seine is a vintage, opulent setting for drinks and food. With Jazz Brunch Sundays and proper cocktails, Cafe en Seine has all you need for a girls night or date night in Dublin.

40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


The Bernard Shaw

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One of my favourite places to have a drink! Picture an old-fashioned pub, with a large outdoor drinking area covered in street art, and with a double decker bus serving pizza, and you have The Bernard Shaw.

The Bernard Shaw

11-12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 2

Vintage Cocktail Club

The vintage cocktail specialists in cocktails with an air of secrecy. To enter, you have to knock on an un assuming door and are escorted inside. Cocktails are classic and authentic. The VCC only allows bookings for 90 minute slots.


15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Traditional Irish Pubs

The Palace

The Long Hall


Happy St Patrick’s Day! This post turned into a bit of a rush job, but I hope to come back and update it further!

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  • Reply
    Carol Colborn
    March 17, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I am not a coffee drinker but I will surely remember The Shack for those Guinness Pies!

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    March 17, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Might go to Dublin this summer, I’ll definitely keep this guide in mind,
    Thanks Christine!

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    Bernard Tan
    March 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Very interesting guide! would keep this in mind!

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    March 18, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    What an extensive list! I’m not a coffee or alcohol drinker, but the tacos and desserts looked sublime!
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    March 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Makes me crave for seafood – perfect for this coming holy week! 🙂 Wish to see Dublin and try these yummy dishes. 🙂

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    March 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I love intensive guides like this – All I need to do is bookmark this place for my visit to Dublin and I am pretty much set – No more research required 🙂
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      Christine Maguire
      March 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      So glad you found it useful Jo. I hope you enjoy Dublin 😄

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    Travelog with Jem
    March 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Hansel and Gretel would be my pick and Castles and Elephants for the chicken wings! Yo!
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    Castaway with Crystal
    March 21, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Oh man that food all looks so good. I can’t wait to go to Ireland to try this! Potatoes, potatoes, no potatoes!
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      Christine Maguire
      March 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Crystal! Haha, maybe I should add in some spud recommendations! 😄

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