In this article I will tell you about the best coffee shops in Dublin. When people think of Dublin the first thing that comes to mind is U2 and the Temple Bar district. Other things that might be mentioned are pots of gold, Guiness and obviously that amazing accent they have over there. But coffee? No, the word coffee doesn’t come up very often I think. If I can help it, the word coffee will definitely make it’s appearance in that list. Dublin has an amazing coffee scene that is supported by great roasters such as Baillies Coffee roasters, Roasted Brown, Full Circle and Craft Coffee to name a few. In this list I will tell you about the best coffee shops that I have visted when I was in dublin. This list is far from complete, so if your favourite spot is not on the list, please add it in the comments. The list is not written in alphabetical order, the first spot is my favourite hotspot.
Joe’s Coffee has several locations but I have visited the one in the Arnotts Department Store. Joe’s doesn’t look like much when your enter the shop through the department store but there is more than meets the eye. The manager of the shop knows a lot about coffee and also brews a mean Kalita with any coffee you give her. The coffee they serve is provided by The Barn Berlin and is a guaranteed success in your cup. Not only are the Barista’s and the coffee great, the shop sells a lot of equipment, including my favourite travel brand Cafflano. Don’t be a stranger and hit yourself up with some expertise and great coffee once you’re around.
Arnotts Department store
12 Henry St
North City, Dublin, Ireland
Mon to Fri: 09:30 – 19:00
Sat: 09:00 – 19:00
Sun: 11:00 – 1900
Vice Coffee Inc.:
Only one street away from Joe’s you will find an iconic coffee shop called Vice Coffee Inc. Vice is a hybrid coffee shop and bar that hosted the 2016 Aeropress World Championships. As you enter the venue you immediately notice that this is not just a coffee shop. Tables are aligned along the walls and at the far end a podium is waiting for it’s next artist to perform on. The staff is friendly and will inform you about all the coffee they have on sale and which one’s they’re serving. When I was there they had Baillies Coffee Roasters and Square Mile, not too bad huh?
Bring your own coffee cup and you’ll get a discount when you order a take-away.
Vice Coffee Inc. has amazing espresso but I recommend trying their Aeropress brew on any of the filter coffees they have. It is truly fantastic!
54 middle abbey street
North City, Dublin, Ireland
Mon to Sun: 11:00 – 19:00
Shoe Lane Coffee:
Shoe Lane Coffee is not a big place at first sight. A small shop that leads straight up to the counter where people order their coffee. A few spots at the shop, front and alongside the wall, will provide a few seats to those who are not in a hurry. If you look carefully though, you will find a stairs that leads up to the first floor where there is room for more seating. When I drank coffee at Shoe Lane Coffee I was stunned at the amount of people walking in. After drinking the coffee there, I wasn’t so surprised any more. Shoe Lane Coffee offers everything you want in a coffee shop: spots to sit down and chat, a quick service for those who want take away and great coffee for everybody. Be it a filter coffee on the Hario, a perfect Cappuccino or a shot of espresso; it is all worth the try. Are you looking for some equipment, tea or for coffee to take home? On the shelves there is a myriad of choices so take a look. Shoe Lane Coffee is a must visit in Dublin.
Tara street 7
Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland.
Mon to Fri: 06:30 to 18:30
Sat: 08:00 to 18:00
I am taking you to the street where you will find Tamp and Stitch and Indigo and Cloth. Unfortunately Indigo and Cloth was closed for renovation but Tamp and Stitch was open for business. From all that I have heard in Dublin, Indigo and Cloth is a spot you should definitely visit.
Tamp en Stitch:
Tamp and Stitch (in the Temple Bar district) is a hybrid coffee shop just like Vice Coffee Inc. The only difference is that you will not find artists performing in this shop, you will go there to drink coffee and shop for clothes. Tamp and Stitch is a unique shop that is a mix of a coffee shop, clothing store and a small living room. When entering you are greeted with a big smile by the owner and before you know it, you are rummaging through the clothes while holding a perfect Cappuccino or Aeropress brew. The coffee served is from Dublin’s famous roaster: 3FE Coffee. No matter where you look, there is always something new to discover in this small coffee shop. The Aeropress recipe is created by a former Aeropress Champion and is light on the taste. The espresso is rich, full of flavour and does great on a Cappuccino. If you want something else, a small boutique for example, and good coffee Tamp and Stitch is the place to go.
Unit 3, Scarlet Row, Essex Street West,
Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Mon to Fri: 10:00 – 18:00
Sat: 11:00 – 18:00
Sun: 12:00 – 17:00
Fumbally is a place where coffee meets food and the owners did a great job at that. When you enter Fumbally the soft chatter of the guests, and the aroma’s of the food that is served, makes you feel right at home. The share-table-concept is the way to go for busy and crowded places like this. Everybody is open for that stranger who wants to sit at their table and fun conversations pop up out of nowhere. Families, student and workers all meet up here. The coffee they serve is from Baillies and besides a great espresso or latte based drink, there is the option for a Batch Brew filter. Normally I am not a fan of Batch Brew but this was nothing short of great.
Fumbally serves everybody and offers something for everyone as well: Vega, soup, salad, breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are looking for a spot to eat and have great coffee at the same time, you definitely are in the right place here.
Fumbally lane 8
Merchants Quay, Dublin, Ireland
Tue to Fri: 08:00 to 17:00
Sat: 10:00 to 17:00
2 Pups is a shop that everybody in Dublin has heard of. This small, cosy but crowded coffee shop sits just outside of St Patricks Cathedral but in a way is just as beautiful. 2 Pups offers two filter coffees and two espresso roasts. Both are excellently roasted and the staff can and will explain all you need to know about them. Do not be surprised if the line reaches to the front door; it seems that everybody wants a shot of java here. Besides coffee, 2 Pups offers a modest menu with food that is served as if straight out of a instagram post. Prices are reasonable, service is great and coffee even better.
74 Francis street,
Merchants Quay, Dublin, Ireland
Mon to Fri: 08:00 – 16:00
Sat to Sun: 08:30 – 16:00
First Draft Coffee:
Ger o’Donohoe is a well known name in the Irish coffee scene and he happens to be the owner of First Draft Coffee. Being one of the godfathers of the coffee scene, expectations for the coffee served here is high, very high. Rest assured because I tihnk the best espresso is served right here. First Draft Coffee serves Roasted Brown coffee; a roastery that offers coffee that is expertly roasted and has great flavours and aroma’s as well.
First Draft Coffee is a small shop that offers coffee and wine. The glass shop front let’s in all the light you need and the interior is cozy and warm. I haven’t tasted any of the wines that Ger sells, but if they are half a good as the espresso served, you cant go wrong on that either. So if you are looking for the best espresso in Dublin, go to this place!
34 Lennox Street
Portbello, Dublin, Ireland
Mon to Fri: 08:00 – 15:00
Sat to Sun: 09:00 – 15:00
Obviously this is not a complete list of coffee shops and the ones that I want to visit next time are listed below. Have you visited on of the spots below? Let me know what you think of them in the comments.
Coffee Angel HQ