So you’ve arrived in Dublin, and are all set to take in the many sights and sounds of our fair city. But what’s that we hear – a tummy rumble? To make sure you’re set for a day of exploring, may we suggest a delicious late morning / afternoon brunch first? Combining our two favourite meals, with the added bonus of a lie-in (you’re on holiday after all!), there’s no better way to start your day in Dublin. To that end, we’ve carefully selected six of our favourite brunch spots around the city, and teamed them with a nearby Dublin attraction. Enjoy!
26 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 @JunosCafe
A funky New York-style diner on the red Luas line (hop off at Heuston), Juno’s Café offers a tasty weekend brunch menu that won’t break the bank. From classics like Eggs Benedict and Florentine to hunger-busters like the Full Irish and – how could we resist – the Chip Buttie, all tastes are catered for!
While you’re there, check out… the Phoenix Park
Juno’s is located right beside Phoenix Park, a 1,750-acre leafy oasis that also happens to be one of the largest walled gardens in Europe. Though just minutes from the city-centre, you’ll enjoy a slice of urban solace as you take in the park’s array of flowers, trees, and even wild deer who freely roam its green fields. Also located in the park is Áras an Úachtaráin (the President’s residence) and Dublin Zoo.
Dux & Co.
51 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 @DuxandCo
If it’s warm and homely you’re after, look no further than Dux & Co. Conveniently located on the River Liffey in the heart of the city, this restaurant (which offers BYOB dining in the evenings) feels more like a friend’s cosy front-room, with pretty floral wallpapers and vintage plates and cutlery. Brunch is a tasty affair, with locally-sourced quirky offerings like Spanish Scramble and the Farmer’s Plate.
While you’re there, check out… The Ha’Penny Bridge
From its location on the quays, Dux looks out onto the iconic Ha’Penny Bridge; a cast-iron structure dating back to 1816. Though its official title is the ‘Liffey Bridge’, it’s more commonly known as the Ha’Penny Bridge, since back in the day, punters used to pay a half-penny to cross it!
Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8
Visiting Dublin on a budget, but don’t want to miss out on all it has to offer? Be sure to make your way to Fumbally, a co-op located in Dublin’s antique quarter. Offering locally-sourced, organic produce in a warm, open-plan environment, the restaurant’s delicious Fumbally Eggs will set you back just €5.
While you’re there, check out… St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Adjacent to Fumbally is the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral; Ireland’s largest church. Founded in 1191, a Dean holds office at St. Patrick’s, the most famous of which was Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift, who presided there from 1713 to 1745.
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
If you’re feeling decadent and fancy brunch in a luxurious setting, look no further than The Larder. One of many delicious spots on Parliament Street, this boutique restaurant offers a variety of dishes, the best (arguably) of which is their amazing Hot Pan - sautéed diced potato, pancetta and wild mushroom topped with poached eggs and served with multi-cereal bread – yum.
While you’re there, check out… City Hall
Standing majestically at the top of Parliament Street, you’ll find Dublin’s City Hall. A civic building completed in 1779, local merchants would meet here to discuss trade and business. Fans of neo-classical architecture will love this majestic structure, which features a central entrance hall, and large dome supported by 12 massive and ornate columns.
Corner Note Café
1 Coliemore Road, Dalkey @CornerNoteCafe
Fancy a bite by the seaside? Why not hop on a southbound dart from the city-centre, and in just 25 minutes you’ll find yourself in the idyllic town of Dalkey. There, we suggest you pause for brunch at the Corner Note Café, a charming bistro offering mouth-watering maritime dishes like Salmon Benedict and Seafood Chowder (hey, when in Rome!).
While you’re there, check out… Coliemore Harbour
Dalkey is one of the most beautiful locations in Dublin, and after brunch why not take a stroll down to Coliemore Harbour; a picturesque spot that during the Middle Ages was the main harbour for the city.
4 Main Street, Howth Village @TheHouseHowth
On the other side of the city (just 30 mins on the Dart), you’ll find the equally beautiful village of Howth. Rugged and hilly, we recommend a hearty brunch before you start exploring! Award-winning café, restaurant and bar The House is one of our favourite spots, and their brunch menu features gems like Garlicky Portobello Mushrooms, Crab Fettuccine and Panfried Hake.
While you’re there, check out… Howth Head
Get your hiking boots on; the peninsula of Howth Head is no mean feat to conquer! It’s worth it though, the breath-taking view of the bay from the cliffs always justifies the climb. Fun fact – Howth Head was originally an island, but is now joined to the mainland by a very narrow strip of land. However, should you fancy an island adventure, boat trips regularly run from Howth to nearby Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island.