10 vegan-friendly brunch stops for your Irish road trip

Finding the right spot to eat on your Irish journey can be difficult, but we’ve done the work for you with our list of ten vegan-friendly brunch stops.

10 vegan-friendly brunch stops for your Irish road trip

Researching vegan-friendly brunch stops for your Irish road trip is essential homework for all plant-powered travellers.

After all, you don’t want to be caught driving on an empty stomach! Lucky for you, there are more vegan restaurant options in Ireland than ever before – and we’ve compiled this list of ten of the best. Bon appetit!

10. Joe’s Café – surf and sandwiches

Joe's Cafe in Co. Clare is one of the best vegan-friendly brunch stops.
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Taking a break from the surf is worth it for this gem – Joe’s Café in Lahinch is one of our top picks for a vegan brunch for your Irish road trip.

Although it does serve meat, Joe’s has a range of vegetarian and vegan brunch options – and staff are happy to tweak any non-vegan dishes to suit plant-based folks insofar as possible. It’s even dog-friendly!

AddressMarine Parade, Dough, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland

9. Thyme Out – fresh, simple, and healthy vegan food

Thyme Out in Dingle, Kerry is one of the best vegan spots.
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One of the newer options on this list, vegetarian café Thyme Out is attracting plant-based revellers in their hoards and is one of the best vegan-friendly brunch stops for your Irish trip.

They serve up one of our favourite Buddha Bowls in the country – and are a filling and wholesome brunch stop for your Irish road trip.

Address1 Dykegate St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 YH01, Ireland

8. Cornucopia – the birthplace of Irish vegan food

Cornucopia is undoubtedly one of the best vegan-friendly brunch spots.

This vegetarian institution has been drawing crowds since long before the vegan diet went mainstream, and is one of our favourite vegan-friendly brunch stops for your Irish road trip.

A five-item hot breakfast washed down with a plant-based bakery goodie will have you full until dinner time – who says plant food can’t be hearty!

Address19-20 Wicklow St, Dublin, D02 FK27, Ireland

7. Bia & Brew – Taste Tramore highlight

Bia & Brew in Tramore, County Waterford.
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Beach resort town Tramore is having a bit of a foodie moment – and there’s no need for vegans to feel left out! One of our favourite brunch spots is Bia & Brew, the brainchild of chia seed producer Chia Bia.

This café is completely vegetarian, with plentiful vegan options – how does warm Apple Pie Porridge sound? Make like a local and get a Trá Roasters coffee-to-go for your stroll down the prom. Bliss!

AddressUnit 1, Riverstown Business Park, Tramore, Co. Waterford, X91 A6NT, Ireland

6. 143V – all plant-based menu with a huge variety

143V in Cork is one of the best vegan spots in Ireland.
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Whether you’re on the market for a heavy seitan bacon fry-up or a light avocado toast, plant-based café 143V is a one-stop-shop for all things vegan and delicious.

There’s something very relaxing about being able to order absolutely anything on the menu – although their southern burger tastes so realistic you won’t be able to believe it’s not chicken!

Address143 Lower Glanmire Rd, Tivoli, Cork, Ireland

5. The Underdog – vegan junk food treats

The Underdog in Limerick is perfect for vegan junk food treats.
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Peanut Butter and Apple Pancake Cake. Have you ever read a more beautiful arrangement of words than that?!

Wrap your lips around this culinary treat and many more at purely plant-based Limerick eatery The Underdog. What a way to start the day!

Address52 Thomas St, Limerick, V94 N6EX, Ireland

4. The Happy Pear – for vegan royalty

The Happy Pear is one of the best vegan-friendly brunch spots in Ireland.
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In Ireland, the Flynn twins are to vegan food as the Pope is to Catholicism. These enthusiastic chefs are the face of the plant-based movement, and their flagship Happy Pear store in Greystones has the crowds to prove it.

For bonus points, join the brothers for their daily sunrise swim before tucking into one of their brunch specials – or just have the food. We won’t judge!

AddressChurch Rd, Rathdown Lower, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

3. 387 Ormeau Road – classic grub with a vegan twist

387 Ormeau Road is one of Belfast and Ireland's best vegan spots.
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We’ll admit we had to do a double-take when we saw a very convincing looking sausage, rasher and egg bagel on the brunch menu at this vegan café – these guys are the king of plant-based substitutes.

Whether you’re on the market for something savoury or sweet, they have you covered – and it would be rude not to get a Crumbs Vegan Bakery cupcake to take-away after you’ve chowed down. No one likes a hungry driver!

Address387 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GP

2. Hidden City Café – one of the best vegan-friendly brunch stops in Ireland

The Hidden City Cafe in Derry City, Co. Derry.
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There are few brunch dishes more iconic than the classic BLT, and the good folks at Hidden City Café have only gone and made a vegan equivalent.

The VLT is the perfect vegan brunch option for your Irish road trip – but don’t be too quick getting back behind the driving seat. This place serves up homemade vegan doughnuts that might just induce a food coma…

Address2 London St, Derry BT48 6RQ

1. Sweet Beat – simply the best

Sweet Beat tops the list of our top ten vegan-friendly brunch stops in Ireland.
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Sweet Beat boasts an entirely plant-based menu and a massive cult following. After a temporary closure, Sweet Beat reopened their doors in February 2020 to fanfare, and Sligo’s vegan community breathed a sigh of relief while tucking into their spelt waffles.

This is absolutely our favourite vegan-friendly spot for brunch on your Irish road trip because, well, they simply can’t be Beat.

AddressBridge St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo, Ireland

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