People are always always asking for recommendations of coffee shops and restaurants in Dublin – and I am like, I am an arts student, you think all I do is sit around and drink coffee?? Unreasonable. But to be honest, I have spent a considerable amount of time trying out the different places around, and I understand the pain of having to resort to a generic Starbucks or Costa just because you can’t haul yourself elsewhere (#firstworldproblems).
Anyway, here are my picks for coffee in close proximity to Trinity, and the city centre (the centre of the universe depending on who you ask…) – this is not my definitive list of great coffee shops in Dublin (this would most certainly include Brother Hubbards and 3FE) but where you can collapse between lectures, or grab a caffeine hit mid-shopping trip.
For awesome coffee…
This is a relatively new find for me – I read a review online in the last few weeks and then when wandering around with Ali the other day, we serendipitously passed by. I had a delicious flat white, and Alison had a matcha latte. She assured me that it was delicious, but matcha is something I just don’t understand the appeal of. The place is really cool – there is an upstairs for sitting, but we stayed downstairs and perched in the deep window sill. They also have a good selection of paleo treats including raspberry financiers which I’ll most definitely be back to try.
I discovered Coffee Angel when I moved into our apartment in the Docklands because Coffee Angel has a stall every weekday by the Sean O Casey bridge from early morning till lunchtime. There is almost always a stream of people popping out from the giant offices in the IFSC to get their fix. The shop/cafe on Anne’s Street is small but nice, and the coffee is, as always, delish.
For working hard/hardly working…
Cup is ideally located in the it is a stone’s throw from Trinners, but I’ve found it is usually not crammed. The coffee is lovely, there are sandwiches and cakes also on offer, and it is quiet enough that you’d be left alone. I’ve had breakfast there a few times, and the deal with pastries, coffee and orange juice is quite reasonable, and a big treat.
This is an obvious choice – the crepes are lovely if horrendously over-priced compared to France, and the coffee is well above your standard Insomnia/Starbucks fare. There is also outdoor seating which is a huge novelty in Dublin, and the seating inside is all communal benches, so this is one place you wouldn’t mind sitting on your ownio for ages, as you aren’t taking up a whole table.
Accents is a brilliant business idea in that it opens until 11pm monday-saturday – I can’t think why there are not more places like this, as we often want to meet up for a coffee after college/work. I had walked past this place for ages, and never investigated as the outside doesn’t really do itself justice, but my sister advised me to give it a try, so I popped in and had a lovely skinny latte on the comfy coaches downstairs.
Another fixture (lol) on Dawson Street, I discovered Fixx early in first year when we were searching for somewhere that our whole class (all 15) could go for coffee together. Fixx is big enough to join a few tables together and not annoy every single person in the café. Again the coffee is good, there is a large selection of cakes and pastries, and I’ve heard great things about the pancakes.
More cake please…
This is a funny sort of addition on this list because I really really don’t like the coffee in Avoca. However, the cake is pretty great, and the cafe upstairs is just lovely. The portions are ginormous, and there is very little nicer in life than whiling away an hour with a huge piece of lemon cake or a scone and jam, with a pot of tea.
This place is too cute – in the middle of the funky George’s Street Arcade (home to Om Diva and Yogism among others), it is a stall with some stools rather than a café, but with a fantastic selection of cupcakes and brownies (including lots of gluten-free options). The mall is always bustling, making it an interesting people-watching spot. A friend has highly recommended the sausage rolls – one to try if you can resist the temptation to lunch on cake!