Best places for a coffee fix in Dublin
Dublin is for coffee lovers.
Whether you’re pottering around the shops on Grafton Street or visiting the whiskey distilleries of the Liberties, there are plenty of independent cafés where you can enjoy an expertly brewed cup.
So if you’re a flat white connoisseur or a cold brew aficionado, it’s easy to find your coffee fix in the city.
South City Centre
From the boutiques of Drury Street to the museums around Merrion Square, the city centre has plenty to keep you occupied. If you’re hopping from the National Gallery of Ireland to St Stephen’s Green and need to keep yourself energised, you’ll have your pick of coffee shops to choose from.
On South William Street, Clement and Pekoe is a place that takes its coffee (and tea) seriously. You’ll find a wide range of beans and blends behind the bar as well as a retail area stocked with high-end filters and accoutrements. The little bench at the front of the café is perfect for people watching too. Just around the corner at Kaph, the baristas whip up wickedly strong coffees for people on the go, who’ll often pick up a little sweet treat alongside their flat white.
In Temple Bar, Cocobrew serves coffee with a superfood edge, so you can expect to see drinks like their namesake brew blended with MCT oil and cacao butter as well as cold-pressed green juices. They also roast their own specialty coffee on site. On Pearse Street, Bread 41 has a legion of fans thanks not only to their homemade loaves and pastries but their excellent coffee from 3fe.
While the Liberties might be known for its distilleries, it’s also a neighbourhood filled with excellent coffee shops. In Two Pups Coffee, you’ll see friends gathered on street tables for a catch up over a cold brew, usually with a dog or two at their feet. Their brunch menu makes it a popular spot at the weekends.
Just around the corner from Teeling Distillery, Hen’s Teeth is an arty coffee spot that also sells vinyl and artwork, alongside small sharing dishes with an Asian flavour. The Fumbally has long been a community favourite, where locals hang out on long tables to enjoy a cappuccino while tapping away on their laptops. Their homemade slabs of focaccia are a lunchtime favourite, along with their creative salads.
On Thomas Street, you can’t miss Container Coffee. Set inside a bright blue shipping container in front of the distinctive St Patrick’s Tower, this spot is a great place to grab a coffee before heading to the Roe & Co Distillery or Guinness Storehouse.
O’Connell Street and around
Whether you’re popping into the shops on Henry Street or killing time before watching a play in the Gate Theatre, there are a surprising amount of indie coffee shops around O’Connell Street. 147 Deli is a café on Parnell Street that serves Illy coffee and an array of excellent sandwiches, with a weekly special that always draws a crowd at lunchtime.
On Middle Abbey Street, Vice Coffee works with roasters and suppliers from Ireland and around the world, so there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy. They also specialise in coffee-based cocktails and they serve three kinds of Irish Coffee, if you’re in the mood for something a little stronger.
There are a few branches of Brother Hubbard around the city, but their Capel Street café is the biggest. They roast their own beans on site and there are outdoor tables available, which are always popular on sunny days.
The Docklands is a neighbourhood that spans both the north and south side of the city but whichever side of the River Liffey you’re on, there are loads of places where you can grab a cup of coffee. 3fe is recognised as one of the finest coffee brands in Ireland, with their beans sold in the best cafés and shops all around the country. Their café on Grand Canal Street is the place to be if you want to try their new blends and the outdoor seats are great for an al fresco coffee break.
Just over the river from Epic The Irish Emigration Museum, As One is a bright and airy café with a sustainable ethos. All of their cups are compostable and the coffee is sourced from Cloud Picker, Dublin’s original micro roastery. There’s a similarly wholesome vibe in the nearby Nutbutter, where you can get a house-made mocha with plant-based milks.
Smithfield and Stoneybatter
There’s a strong neighbourhood feel to Smithfield and Stoneybatter, with plenty of cafés, vintage shops and pubs alongside attractions like the Jameson Distillery and the Phoenix Park. In Stoneybatter, you’ll always find people milling around Love Supreme, a coffee shop by day and wine bar by night. As well as directly traded coffee from Ferg, they’re renowned for their giant sausage rolls made with either pork, lamb or spinach for veggies.
In Smithfield, the friendly Third Space is a place where friends meet for a catch up, or before heading to the Lighthouse Cinema. Their beans are sourced from Dublin’s Imbibe Coffee and there’s a great community feel to the place.
Just around the corner, Proper Order is a tiny spot with a hatch for take away coffees. Known for their cool latte art and wide range of blends, it’s also home to the excellent pastries from No Messin’ Bakery, including the cult favourite Cardi B, a sticky cardamom bun that’s often sold out by lunchtime.
Fancy sipping a coffee in the sunshine or having an al fresco brunch? There are plenty of outdoor dining spots in Dublin.