In recent years, speciality coffee has taken center-stage in Dublin. Once upon a time, the height of coffee-cool was the likes of Insomnia and Starbucks.
Nowadays though, there are new kids on the block who have not only revolutionised the quality of coffee but have also added a heightened sense of “cool” to the concept.
For all of you coffee addicts out there, rest assured, Dublin is booming with quality brews. And more so, they’re great places to hang out, read a book and people watch.
Here are the five coolest coffee shops in Dublin!
5 – Network – a favourite of locals and students
Open since the Summer of 2016, this cool Dublin coffee shop is located on Aungier Street, in the student area of Dublin, alongside some of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants.
Simple in style, this contemporary coffee shop is a favourite of Dublin locals and students of nearby Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) who want their caffeine-fix with no-frills first thing in the morning.
This place hosts a handful of tables as well as some hearty brunch dishes which would rival any of the other nearby spots.
Address: 39 Aungier St, Dublin 2
4 – Kaph – for for speciality coffee
This spot in Dublin has been a reigning “cool” contender for speciality coffee shops since its inception in 2013.
Completely independent, this contemporary coffee hangout is located in Drury Street in the heart of Dublin’s “Creative Quarter”.
Small in size and always buzzing, Kaph offers two floors of snug speciality vibes with fresh brews on rotation.
Whether you’re paleo or dairy-free, there are tonnes of alternatives to suit all types of dietary needs.
And, if you’re lucky enough to snag the bench out front on a sunny day in Dublin, you’ll have a perfect people-watching perch to accompany your coffee of choice.
Address: 31 Drury St, Dublin 2
3. 3fe – minimalist and trendy
3fe is the brainchild of Dubliner, Colin Harmon. This is the man who arguably changed the face of the Dublin coffee scene, heralding a new chapter for brew-loving boys and girls.
The first of his 3fe speciality coffee shops opened in December 2009 and in the last decade, the brand has become synonymous with cool coffee in Dublin.
Today, there are three 3fe coffee shops based in and around Dublin city, and with tenacity and purpose, we can hope to see those numbers expand.
The vibe in 3fe is minimalist and trendy with an emphasis on quality beans. If you’re new to Dublin, do yourself a favour and check this local’s favourite out – you can thank us later.
Address: various locations
2. Clement & Pekoe – for a buzzing atmosphere
Located on South William Street, in the heart of a buzzing Dublin quarter is Clement & Pekoe.
This coffee shop is favoured by the cool and trendy crowds of Dublin’s budding coffee scene – without the pretention, of course.
Forever buzzing, you’ll be hard pushed to find somewhere to sit on the weekends or at lunchtime, but don’t let that stop you from trying out some of the best brews Dublin has to offer.
A small selection of sweet and savoury treats (from gluten-free to dairy-free) are on hand, too, to accompany your drink of choice.
This is also a killer spot for people-watching in Dublin, if you’re lucky enough to snag a space on the wooden bench out the front, that is.
Address: 50 South William St, Dublin 2
1. Shoe Lane – our favourite
This small in size bohemian Dublin coffee shop is located on Tara Street, only moments walk from the Tara Street DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) station.
Offering speciality brews (and milk-alternatives), a selection of light bites, sweet treats, savoury snacks, breakfast delights and salad boxes, this makes for an ideal pit-stop en route to work or at lunchtime.
There are a handful of tables across two floors, and coffee aside, Shoe Lane offers laid-back ambience, sterling service and a top playlist that’ll make you want to stay for just one more cup.
Its window seating area is also another prime people-watching spot in the capital of Dublin city. On top of that, even though this place isn’t massive in size, they’ll always be happy for guests to sit around and read a book or do a spot of work.
Address: 7 Tara St, Dublin 2, D02 Y662