The specialty coffee scene in Dublin has exploded in recent years! In June 2016, the city hosted the world’s largest coffee event: World of Coffee. A major part of the three-day event is the World Barista Championships. 3FE and Coffee Angel are the forerunners of Dublin’s specialty coffee scene and are world-renown, but there are other shops worth a visit that aren’t as well-known (or packed with tourists). Here are 10 specialty coffee spots that should not be missed when you are in Dublin:
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Address: Network, 39 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, p. 00353 87 953 5518
Network is one of Dublin’s newest coffee shops and, in our opinion, one of the best places for coffee lovers in the city. The atmosphere of this place is very welcoming. The baristas greet you with a smile and provide an exceptional coffee experience using a variety of carefully selected beans from 3FE and Caravan Roastery. Their coffees range from pour overs to classic espresso-based drinks and are amazing. Network also serves fresh pastries.
Two Boys Brew
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
Address: Two Boys Brew, 375 North Circular Road, Dublin 7, p. n/a.
This spacious, beautifully designed coffee shop is so popular that it is hard to get seats during busy times of the day. But, trust us, their complex and flavorful brews are worth the wait! Step by step, they brewed their way into the hearts of coffee lovers in Dublin. Two Boys Brew is probably at the moment the top place for pour over coffee in the city. These guys offer coffee from 3FE and one artisanal guest roaster of the week. Their menu offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch including several vegetarian options.
Urbanity @ The Glass House
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
Address: Urbanity, The Glass House, 11 Coke Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7, p. 00353 1 874 7288
Urbanity is a coffee shop that also roasts its own line of beans. Their clear vision is to deliver consistently excellent cups of coffee by taking control of the roasting process. Besides coffee, they also serve a variety of various homemade culinary breakfast and lunch delights, including vegetarian options. The space is a combination of industrial elements and warm accents, creating an atmosphere that is casual and relaxed. Natural light floods into the front of the cafe from the large streetfacing window. Since opening its doors in February 2016, Urbanity has developed a growing, loyal following.
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Address: Kaph, 31 Drury Street, Dublin 2, p. 00353 1 613 9030
This small, modern, two-story coffee shop is located in Dublin’s creative quarter, just a few minutes away from Grafton Street. A steady and diverse stream of people of keeps this tiny treasure buzzing – and it’s easy to see why. Kaph not only serves excellent coffee, but it is also bastion of positive energy and art. The room upstairs is used to support local artists by showcasing their work.
Hours: Daily 10:00am-5:00pm
Address: Love Supreme, 57 Manor Street, Dublin 7, p. 00353 1 549 6489
Love Supreme is another small and charming coffee shop that has a relaxed and – at the same time – energetic vibe. It is located slightly off the beaten path in Dublin’s neighborhood of Stoneybatter, a 10 minute walk from the city center. Stoneybatter is a traditional working class area of Dublin that has developed into a buzzing city hub with many creative and inspiring shops. Love Supreme offers excellent drip and espresso based coffees. They source their beans from Roasted Brown, a local roastery.
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:00pm, Sat 9:30am-5:00pm.
Address: LEGIT COFFEE, 1 Meat Mart, Meath Street, Dublin 8, p. n/a
LEGIT is in the heart of a neighborhood with many small creative shops and tiny stalls. This new coffee shop truly celebrates the simple pleasure of enjoying delicious coffee and food within a unique and interesting space. LEGIT will win you over as soon as you step inside. Its atmosphere is elegant, warm, and cozy. At the same time, it’s modern, fresh and hip. The contrast that is created by all these different elements is pleasant and beautiful.
Last, but not least, the baristas are exceptionally friendly. Their house beans are from the Irish BAOBAB COFFEE ROASTERS, Celbridge. Every 4 weeks they feature a guest roaster. When we visited them, they had beans from Bonanza in Berlin, Germany. The menu offers breakfast and brunch including tasty vegetarian options.
Hours: Tue-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday Dinners 7:00pm 9:30pm
Address: The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8, p. 00353 1 529 8732
The Fumbally was launched in 2012 by two creative, curious, and passionate entrepreneurs after many years of traveling and exploring. This lovely community coffee shop is located in the vibrant and popular Dublin 8 neighborhood, the area where the Dublin Flea Market takes place on the last Sunday of every month. The Fumbally is also located close to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland.
They offer excellent coffee and locally sourced, organic vegetarian food in a large space with high ceilings, mismatched vintage furniture, long wooden tables, a piano and many books. The team is enthusiastic and always very welcoming. They never stop exploring. It is a pity that they are not open on Sundays and Mondays!
Hours: Daily 11:00am 6:00pm
Address: Vice, 54 Abbey Street Middle, Dublin 1, p. n/a
This exciting coffee bar is located in the heart of Dublin inside the Wigwam building. The venue is a coffee shop during the day and turns into bar and music club later on during the evening. There is a big outdoor rooftop and outdoor seating is available. The Vice team is dedicated to offer exceptional brews from the best Irish and International roasting companies, and they are doing an amazing job. The menu includes daily toasties and other snacks such as delicious doughnuts from the Dublin Doughnut Company. Speciality coffee shops in Ireland usually do not have the permission to serve alcohol. Vice is an exception. They won the award for best Irish coffee at the Irish Whiskey Awards.
Hours: Mo Fr 8:00am 5:00pm. Sat 10:00am 5:00pm. Sun closed
Address: Grantham, 8 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, p. n/a
This phenomenal coffee shop opened this year in January and has quickly become a favorite hangout spot for coffee lovers in Dublin. Even before we entered this place, we could see a barista through the window, displaying his latte art technique. They prepare their own specialty syrups in-house and surprise their guests with a different ‘epic latte’ every week. When we were there, they offered a Strawberry Malt latte. The menu also includes delicious sandwiches and pastries and a range of beautiful cold-pressed sisu juices. GRANTHAMS is an unfussed and uncluttered coffee shop with lovely interior.
TWO FIFTY SQUARE
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-6:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-6:00pm
Address: Two Fifty Square, Williams Park, Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin, p.
Phone: 00353 1 496 8336
This casual and exciting neighborhood coffee shop and roastery are inside a former industrial building that was once was a large scale commercial bakery. It’s a big, airy space with tall ceilings, big communal tables, and a small, cozy garden. The skyline of Melbourne is painted in black on the walls to pay homage to the city that inspired the owners to launch their specialty coffee project in Dublin. The team behind Two Fifty Square consistently offer expertly roasted coffee beans, various delicious brews, and classic espresso-based drinks. They prepare a vide variety of dishes as well, including vegetarian options.