There are the old reliables in town for grabbing a coffee (Balfes, Clement & Pekoe, Butlers) but we are always on the hunt for somewhere new to get our morning fix. Here are the ones to try when planning your next catch up over coffee.
THE CREATIVE HAVEN
Arran Street East Studio
Gorgeous stoneware brand Arran Street East recently opened a coffee space in store. Coffee buffs will be happy to hear the coffee served is from Dublin roasters Twofifty Square, and if you’re sitting in you can enjoy your order in Arran Street East’s gorgeous mugs. If you’re peckish, check out their stock of sweet treats from Opera Patisserie. Located on the crossroads on Little Green Street in Dublin 7, coffee is served between 8am and 3pm Monday to Saturday.
Markets born and reared. Get your coffee to sit-in in cups we made ourselves and watch the ballet of a market morning unfold, or grab and go (reusable cups strongly encouraged - and get 20c off your coffee ??). Open from 8am at the crossroads of Little Green Street, Arran Street East, and Mary’s Lane, between Capel Street and Church Street.
THE FOODIE’S GO-TO
Clanbrassil Coffee Shop
Anyone who considers themselves in any way in the know about food will have heard about the buzziest restaurant in Dublin right now, Clanbrassil House. Their ‘bit on the side’ is Clanbrassil Coffee Shop, a small takeaway spot with a handful of seats but so much to offer in terms of excellent coffee and delicious breakfast and lunch options. Just like Clanbrassil House, the food menu is inventive and comforting, for example the kimchi and cheese toastie. How have we not put that genius combo together before?! This spot is also open from 7.30am which will suit any early birds and is a handy place for a pitstop if you are en route into town.
THE PICTURE PERFECT TAKEAWAY
This little takeaway coffee counter is situated next door to big sister Meet Me In The Morning café on Pleasants Street. If you’re trying to be more active, then suggest a walk and talk meeting, picking up your coffee here before taking a stroll along the canal. Also if you like to brew your own, they stock Gardelli, La Cabra and Bailies coffee in the shop. They use Down2Earth Materials compostable cups too, which look great and are environmentally friendly.
OUR BEST KEPT SECRET
It kills us to share this secret for fear it affects our chances of getting a table, but the Irish Country Magazine team’s go-to for delicious coffee is the Farmhouse Café on the Long Mile Road. Not quite as new as the others on the list, this is an absolute gem we couldn’t not mention as their coffee powers us through every midday slump. Located on the outskirts of the city with plenty of parking, it is a handy point for meeting someone who doesn’t want to trek all the way into town, or if you want to fuel up before hitting the road. Their coffee is deliciously moreish, and you can choose between compostable takeaway cups or sit in and enjoy your Americano in gorgeous vintage china instead. Don’t get us started on how good the grub is either — it simply has to be experienced. There’s so much to choose from, with divine brownies, gorgeous salads and the heartiest sandwiches you’ve ever seen. You really couldn’t dream it up.
By Róisín Healy
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