New artisan bakeries in Ireland are cropping up all the time – and with so many on offer, it can be hard to know which ones to visit.
We’ve taken the stress out of a tough decision by trying many pastries across many counties and compiling a list of five of our favourites. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Here are the top five artisan bakeries in Ireland.
5. The Corner Bakery – family recipes served with a smile
We love the friendliness of Terenure’s The Corner Bakery. This venture started as a modest dream, with husband-and-wife team Cara Lloyd and David Brown at its helm. Lloyd and Brown bravely quit their day jobs to follow their passion for excellent bakes, and this courage certainly paid off – with the business now booming.
Although there is now a large staff team at this local bakery, it is still a small family business at heart – the recipes for the most basic cookies and tray-bakes remain the same as they were on opening day in 2005. Every self-respecting Terenure resident knows to order their birthday cake from The Corner Bakery – they come bespoke!
Address: 17 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6.
4. Cakeface – funky and Instagram-worthy bakes
Cakeface are a funky little bakery in the heart of Kilkenny City, where the sweet offerings are anything but ordinary. These aren’t merely cakes – they’re works of art, and as much thought goes into the physical design as the taste. Brightly coloured pastries with quirky flavours make this bakery an Instagram-foodie’s fantasy-land.
We aren’t surprised of course, because husband and wife team Rory and Laura Gannon spent years training in the finest patisseries in Paris and London before opening Cakeface, one of our favourite artisan bakeries in Ireland.
Address: 16 Irishtown, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny.
3. Seagull Bakery – the best bread you’ve ever tasted
When we first tasted the famous seaweed sourdough from Seagull Bakery, it was loaf at first bite. Everything we’ve tried in this artisan bakery has been absolutely delicious. Still, our personal favourite is the salted caramel square on a crushed oatmeal base. Simply decadent! Seagull’s sourdough baguettes are one of our favourite lazy Sunday morning snacks.
Situated in the heart of the bustling seaside village of Tramore, locals queue out the door in the mornings to have the first pick of the warm bread loaves – and the doors close as soon as stock is sold out, so get there promptly!
Address: 4 Broad Street, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
2. Bread 41 – morning, noon, and night snacks
For a long time now, we have been worshipping at the feet of Bread 41 for its sourdough bread and sweet goodies. Recently, they have also started serving sourdough pizza – and have a full brunch and lunch menu on offer. This means that technically, we could buy every single meal in Dublin’s Bread 41 if we wanted to – and that’s the kind of option we like to see in artisan bakeries in Ireland.
As if we couldn’t love them anymore, Bread 41 have recently spoken about their new zero food-waste ethos – this means finding creative ways to incorporate food that would have otherwise been wasted into their bakes. Coffee ground croissant, anyone?
Address: 41 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
1. Jaybees Bakery – the best of all artisan bakeries in Ireland
This one has an interesting backstory. A lot of people don’t realise that there is an Amish-Mennonite community in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. Members of the community have brought with them several traditions – including some of the finest recipes you will ever taste.
Jaybees Bakery is located in a modest petrol station on the main road towards Dunmore East – but those in the know will travel here especially to purchase their famous carrot cake. Also on the menu are scones, lemon drizzle cake, and banana bread to name but a few.
During the summer months, be sure to pick up a 99 ice-cream here, too – debatably the best cone in the nation! For their commitment to bringing baking back to scratch, this has to be the top pick of our favourite artisan bakeries in Ireland.
Address: Ballinakina, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.
So there you have it, five of the most mouth-watering artisan bakeries in Ireland. Which one will you go to first?