Words by Michelle Hanley & Beatrice De Franceschi
August 11th, 2017
Dublin’s coffee scene has come on leaps and bounds over the past decade. Thankfully, the city’s baristas have risen to the challenge of satisfying the needs of an increasingly coffee-conscious population and, in a few short years, have transformed the capital from a never-ending stream of cafés serving Nescafé to a collection of coffee houses that Sydney would be proud of, springing up in city centre neighbourhoods such as Portobello, Smithfield and Stoneybatter.
Our new national obsession with coffee doesn’t stop there though as artisan roasters such as Baobab, Anam, Two Spots, Red Roaster and Badger & Dodo, who carefully craft specialist coffee here in Ireland, are quenching the cravings of caffeine connoisseurs the world over — they’re that good.
So, without further ado, scroll down to see maven46’s selection of the best cafés in Dublin to get your coffee fix, whether you are just visiting this ‘Dirty Auld Town’ or up for finding your new favourite haunt…
Photography by: Beatrice De Franceschi
Styling and curation by: Beatrice De Franceschi & Michelle Hanley
An industrial shell with a Scandi design aesthetic, Urbanity stands out even in the modern setting of Smithfield. Opened by three friends at the start of 2016, their dedication to perfecting the details is evident by their modern menu and small batch roaster that stands proudly in the seating area. For a fresh and tasty start to the day, try their acai bowl, a blend of homemade granola and almond butter, fresh fruit, bee pollen topped with acai powder, cocoa nibs and edible flowers.
Address: The Glass House, House 11, Coke Ln, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Opening hours: Weekdays 7a.m.- 4p.m. Weekends 9a.m. – 4p.m.
Housed in the first concrete building in Ireland and former chocolate factory, this unassuming café serves up a decent brew and community connection all in one. Light flows in from the original mega-scale industrial windows into an open space dotted with mix-matched tables and a design shop. A hang-out for local artists, this building is also home to workshops and studios, a haven of artistic pursuits in the city.
Address: King’s Ireland, 26 King’s Inns St, Dublin 1
Opening hours: Weekdays 8a.m. – 4p.m., Saturdays 10a.m. – 4p.m, Closed Sundays.
Venture inside the Ziggy Stardust shrined door to an eclectic and welcoming nook complete with an unusual mix of indie magazines to flick through. A hit with the locals, Two Pups Coffee is the brainchild of Zoe Ewing and Kevin Douglas found in the heart of Dublin’s antique quarter. You will find beans from local roasters Cloud Picker Coffee and 3FE along with blends from The Barn in Berlin—stockist to many of the trendiest spots in the Grey City’s coffee scene. If the weather is uncharacteristically sunny, try the iced coffee which is refreshingly bitter.
Address: 74 Francis St, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8
Opening hours: Weekdays 8a.m.- 5p.m. Weekends 9.30a.m. – 4p.m.
If you are looking to while away a few hours it’s hard to find a nicer setting than this small neighbourhood coffee house. Relics of Aussie café culture decor such as macramé hanging planters line the exposed brick walls creating a zen-like feel. Each cup is brewed with expertise and loving devotion with a coffee selection that changes with the seasons. Be sure to grab a window seat if you are primed for people watching and get here early on the weekend as both this joint and its sister café in Portobello fill up quickly!
Address: 57 Manor St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
Opening hours: Weekdays 8a.m.- 6p.m. Weekends 10a.m. – 5p.m.
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