WHERE TO START THE DAY OFF RIGHT IN DUBLIN
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the Irish know how to do it right. Check out our recommendations for getting breakfast without breaking the budget.
Just steps beyond the clubbing street of Harcourt, Goose on the Loose will provide you with a delicious and cheap breakfast. Build-your-own omelets the size of your plate begin at €6 and Irish breakfasts starting at €7. The space is tiny, just 6 or so tables and the barista doubles as the waitress so make sure to get here early to score yourself a table! This no frills cafe has no wifi so if you are looking for a place to catch up on emails or social media, this is not your place.
This amazing locally sourced cafe is situated inside the Rediscovery Centre (yes the same one we work with to provide incredible opportunities). All ingredients are fresh and seasonal and prices are affordable. It's a bit of a haul to get out to Ballymun but the trip is worth the effort. Not only will you get an incredible meal but you can visit the Centre's shop filled with refurbished items made on site and from local artists.
This cute little cafe is found inside the beautiful Powerscourt Centre, a historical mansion refurbished into a shopping centre, just outside of Temple Bar. Their rotating menu is a mix of updated Irish classics and modern breakfast and lunch fare. The prices are reasonable, roughly €10 a person and they have a nice tea selection. All pastries and breads are made in house and they have a variety of delicious cakes too! Even if you aren't looking for breakfast, Powerscourt Centre is absolutely worth the visit.
If you are looking for the place to get a traditional Irish breakfast look no further than Lovin Spoon. You can get the "Regular" breakfast for less than €7 which is a ton of food, enough to make you question what comes with the "Large" breakfast. The small space is filled with locals coming in for breakfast and lunch. Check them out for their soup of the day as well which comes with their homemade brown bread! Seriously, make the trip to this wonderful little restaurant. Do note that again, this cafe does not have wifi so you'll just have to enjoy the company of you and your happy, full stomach.
If you are looking for a killer cup of coffee and a healthy breakfast that will blow your socks off, Network Cafe is your place. It's just a short walk from Saint Stevens Green and Grafton St, a step away from all the bustling tourists. The space is bright and packed during high peak hours (before work during the week and after the hangover on Sat/Sun) so if you are looking for a place to get some work done I'd advise getting here a little early or a little late. They sell a variety of fresh baked pastries and croissants if you're not looking for a big meal. But honestly, the food is just too good and too beautiful to pass up.
Most places say that they are they "best coffee in __". I am on the bandwagon that Nick's Coffee is absolutely the best coffee in Dublin. It's a bit of a hike from city centre but if you are looking for a delicious cup of joe, the adventure to Ranelagh is worth the visit. Plus you get to explore the trendy neighborhood in Dublin 6. There is no real seating since the cafe is ran out of a bus, but during the summer months you will get to enjoy the covered patio!
Looking for a a delicious pastry, cookie or cup of coffee? Stop by Peacock Green and grab yourself something quick to eat! Looking for a place to sit down and get some work done? This little cafe is full of character and space to sit down to enjoy the afternoon. Stop on over on your way to the Guinesse Storehouse for some people watching and fresh baked goods.