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Need a Coffee Break?

By Visit Dublin

17th April 2020

Exploring a city like Dublin is always an exciting experience. Its unique and compact layout means you can easily move around by foot, taking in a whole host of delights in just one day. That said, there’s always time for a coffee break! Luckily, the capital is home to a wealth of cafés serving up tasty, top-quality tea, coffees and treats. Here’s how to make sure you work in a well-earned rest to your itinerary, no matter which part of Dublin you’re visiting…

Guinness Storehouse

After finding out how the Black Stuff is made, learning to pour the perfect pint, and taking in views from the Storehouse’s fantastic Gravity Bar, you’ll surely be ready for a tasty coffee.

Coffee shops near the Guinness Storehouse

  • Mannings Bakery, located in Dublin’s historic Liberties neighbourhood, serves up delicious confectionery baked fresh on the premises every morning.
  • Enjoy some of Dublin’s finest coffee – brewed by a team of experienced baristas – at LEGIT Coffee Co. on Meath Street, while chomping down on their famous homemade sausage rolls.
  • Two Pups on the antiques hub of Francis Street is a must-visit for speciality coffee, seasonal savoury food and homemade sweet treats.

Once you’ve enjoyed your fill, why not pop across the Liffey to Dublin’s Northside, where you’ll find plenty more fascinating attractions. History fans should check out the GPO (site of the 1916 Easter Rising) Glasnevin Cemetery, where some of the country’s key figures are buried, and the always compelling James Joyce Centre.

Jameson Distillery

After enjoying a fantastic guided tour of the Jameson Distillery Bow Street in the heart of Smithfield, be sure to go for a wander around this much beloved part of the city. A host of funky cafés have popped up there over the last few years…

Coffee shops near the Jameson Distillery

  • Third Space is a café and community hub, regularly hosting social events, live music and art exhibits. This artistic vibe is the perfect companion to a delicious cup of Brazilian brew.
  • A cafe and dance studio in one, Mind The Step offers coffee drinkers the chance to enjoy a class in anything from adult ballet to salsa. Expect tasty pastries from local bakers and a range of delicious teas and coffees.
  • Whipping up delicious gourmet sandwiches and bagels is a speciality at Cinnamon Café, all washed down with a generous helping of artisan coffee.

After your coffee break, be sure to continue exploring Smithfield; at the top of its square is the Cobblestone Pub, where you’ll usually find an Irish trad music session kicking off! The Phoenix Park is close by too – a stroll through this leafy green oasis is always enjoyable, keep an eye out for the many deer who call the park home.  

Book of Kells, Trinity College

The idyllic grounds of Trinity College are perfect for an afternoon stroll, while the ancient, vivid and colourful Book of Kells (housed in the college’s Old Library) is an absolute must-see. When you’ve finished exploring, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to nearby cafés.

Coffee shops near Trinity College

  • Fancy a healthy treat with that coffee? The team at Sprout on Dawson Street serve up yummy protein balls, date slices and dairy-free snacks. What’s more, the space is fitted with aromatically scented green herb walls, while potted plants sit on every table.
  • If you're near Stephen's Green, why not pop into The Well, a coffee shop, basement bar, and event space that's "artisanal, ephemeral and communal". Aside from oodles of nooks and crannies, the venue has a partnership with the award-winning Dublin Pizza Company, so be sure to try a margarita while you're there. 
  • The Parisian-inspired patisserie Hansel and Gretel Bakery on Clare Street certainly lives up to its name. Not quite built from gingerbread, but still dishing out some delectable baked treats, it’s the perfect place to stop for a coffee and fresh pastry.

Refreshed? You’re smack-bang in the centre of the city, meaning there’s plenty more to see. Nearby highlights include the Little Museum of Dublin — this charming space tells the colourful story of Dublin, from James Joyce to U2. Keep an eye out for the pretty Georgian architecture in this part of the city too.

That’s just a handful of highlights we recommend you visit. From the Antique Quarter in the Liberties to the contemporary tech hub of Dublin's Docklands, hidden gems are just waiting to be explored (with plenty more cafés dotted around the city, should you require a quick caffeine hit!).

No matter which part of the city you find yourself delving into, here are some barista highlights that you simply must try.

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