Dublin is full of great cafes, doing great brunches. But do you wake up on the weekend with a blank as to where to go? Here’s a round up of some tried & tested cafes scattered around the city dishing up brilliant brunch & excellent coffee.
Two Boys Brew, 375 North Circular Road, Dublin 7
Uber stylish neighbourhood cafe fusing style and functionality, they have managed to nail the modern brunch classics and can handle the crowds that follow. Think coconut granola, avo mash with beetroot hummus & feta, ricotta hotcakes, the Brew Brekkie, Creole Chicken Burger. Then there’s ‘The Counter’ awash with homemade temptations – the peanut butter cookie sandwich gets me everytime. House coffee is Root & Branch, Belfast’s current roasters du jour made anyway you like and bonus – they also have weekend bubbles on the menu. The secret is well out about Two Boys Brew so you will find a queue here most weekend mornings, but order a coffee and wait it out while you flick through their perfectly curated magazine & cookbook library scattered around the place. Follow them here.
Granthams, 5/6 Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 8
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The latest outpost of Aungier Street Granthams, this Camden Market cafe has more of a food focus. The belly-warming brunch menu features a host of elevated old school favourites – Jerusalem eggs, maple-cured bacon sandwich, fried bread pudding with bacon, Ballycotton smoked salmon bagel, black pudding brioche bap. It’s the sort of menu that will have a table divided – in the best way. Brick walls, big bright windows, spacious seating and mimosas on the menu make it the perfect place to kick back on the weekend. They also stock & serve the brilliant Dark Arts Coffee, which will keep the coffee lovers happy. Give Granthams a follow here.
Five Points, 288a Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W
A 3FE offshoot, Five Points is much more than just outstanding coffee. There may well be a weekend wait, but it’s worth it for cafe food with high aspirations, still the vibe remains relaxed. There’s a smoked bacon rarebit with soft fried egg that will ease the hardest hangovers, Turkish eggs with seasonal greens and always a twist on the classic American sweet/savoury brunch dish – most recently Brioche French toast with date caramel, banana, smoked bacon and nut butter. The ever changing creative drinks menu includes all your regular coffees (with their own dairy free milk option available made with rice & hazelnut milk), Iced White – espresso, milk & cardamom syrup, Hazelnut Mountain hot chocolate, Green Beards juice and seasonal homemade sodas. Follow Five Points here.
Two Pups, 74 Francis St, Dublin 8
This buzzy Francis Street cafe brims with laid-back charm, quirky decor and warm welcomes. The coffee station is constantly on the go knocking out near perfect flat whites to the passing Francis Street antique shoppers. Brunch options are scribbled on a chalkboard – wild mushrooms, basil & sorrel pesto, poached eggs & hazelnut or spiced maple banana, peanut cream & candied peanut porridge, anyone? And you may as well order a Gubbeen chorizo savoury scone while you wait. This is the perfect place to start a day of pottering with the Dublin 8 surrounds matching the eclectic cafe perfectly. Throw two pups a bone and follow them here.
Fia, 155B Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6
A small, casual neighbourhood space pumping out an excellently sourced seasonal brunch menu to critical acclaim since opening in 2016. In keeping with the theme the menu is small too, but you’ll find everything you need. Their Gubbeen Toastie has become a classic and you’ll find it served with all manner of moreish condiments depending on the time of the year – recently it was burnt apple sauce. Their eggs and greens is another dish that’s evolved with them, with small changes each season it seems to get better and better. Suppliers are key, with vegetables from McNally’s farm and bread and pasties (when they are available) from covetable Sceal Bakery. Coffee comes from local suppliers Roasted Brown. You can find Fia here.
Meet Me In The Morning, 50 Pleasants St, Dublin 8
Roasted sunchoke, blue potatoes and sea buckthorn doughnuts are just a few of the delights featured on Meet Me In The Morning’s eclectic menu where dishes focus on being local, seasonal and foraged. The brunch plates zing with colour in contrast to the white, chic, Kinfolk-y interiors. Think Toonsbridge Halloumi with crown prince pumpkin purée, crunchy rosa radish pickles, golden carrot pickles & poached eggs. Or Eggs & Greens with garlic yoghurt & rustic bread. And did I mention the doughnuts? Fresh baked everyday ,the fillings, which are often foraged from local parks vary from aforementioned sea buckthorn to blood orange, damsons, elderberries and cinnamon spiced cheesecake. I defy you not to order one and wash it down with a perfectly made La Cabra coffee. You can follow Meet Me in the Morning here.
Storyboard, Clancy Quay, Islandbridge, Dublin 8
The beauty of breakfast here is that it has everything you want, but (thankfully) it looks and tastes different to the carbon-copy brunch list you can find at most cafes. Eggs & Toast are served on Le Levain sourdough with miso buttered greens & house fermented hot sauce. No overnight oats here, instead try the exotic black rice porridge with date caramel, toasted coconut, crystalised ginger & blood orange. Grab an excellent coffee and head off to one of the many less explored parts of the city with the Phoenix Park, Memorial Gardens and Kilmainham all a stone’s throw away from this super bright and airy little spot. Find them here.
Main photo cred: Christian Cayabyab @xiano.inc