Cake lovers went into a state of mourning last week with the news that the much-loved Antoinette's Bakery on Kevin Street was closing its doors. Its delicious gluten-free delights were some of the best in the capital ?(and their brownies were renowned across the city). Such closures serve as a reminder that we need to be supporting similar small, local businesses because the city would be a little?less bright without them and their skilled bakers. Below are four of our Dublin-based favourites. Go and grab something sweet this lunchtime. You'll be sacrificing pennies (and your diet) but will be rewarded?with cake, delicious cake.?
Il Valentino Bakery &?Cafe
This is the holy grail of pastry delicatessens. I remember an old ex-girlfriend of my brother (awkward) got a box of breakfast pastries'delivered to our house once, and not only did they stay fresh and crunchy until the following day but the pastry was perfectly golden brown, sweet (but not too sweet) and hella-buttery. You shouldn't have broken up with her, bro. Asides from delicious pastries Il Valentino, located at Grand Canal Dock, also sells a selection of freshly baked bread, bespoke cakes, and bespoke honey. Find out more here, or follow them here.
The Rolling Donut
Okay, forgive me, I know The Rolling Donut has been around quite a while (founded by Michael Quinlan - the original Irish donut connoisseur - in 1978), but only recently did I take a bite into spherical heaven (Nutella donut - do it.). The most iconic Rolling Donut kiosk is located on O'Connell street; where it has remained for the last 40 years. A third cafe recently opened on Bachelors Walk, opposite O'Connell Street bridge. To see their full selection of donuts click here, or follow them here.
Lolly And Cooks
Hidden in the back of The Georges Street Arcade, Lolly And Cooks is a gorgeous alternative for an afternoon, guilt-free snack. Healthy and clean eating is at the core of their baking mentality, so what they lack in fats and salts, they make up for in great taste and good, fresh ingredients. To see their full menu click here or follow them here.
Nestled in the urban neighbourhood of Stoneybatter, Love Supreme?is the new kids on the block for artisan pastry and dishes and bespoke coffee. This tiny little oasis offers is a great spot for a slow Saturday afternoon or a Sunday morning breakfast. Coffees are their speciality (serving beans from Denmark, Mexico, England, Vietnam, and Ireland), but their pastry collection is definitely on par. I recommend trying out these croissants: milk chocolate and rose salted or salted caramel and bee pollen. To find out more about Love Supreme click here, or follow them here.