Set on the Southside of Dublin city, Dún Laoghaire is a charming little seaside town. Packed with shops, entertainment venues and stunning scenery, there are lots of things to do.
If looking for somewhere new to venture to, Dún Laoghaire is an ideal spot to spend a Saturday or Sunday, wandering the village, walking the piers and indulging in a little weekend brunch.
The weekdays are great too, and with most people at work, you won’t have to wait for a table or avoid the best spots, at the fear of a long wait.
These are the top 5 places to grab breakfast or brunch when in Dún Laoghaire.
5. Harrys Cafe Bar
Harrys Cafe Bar is a local staple located on Upper George’s Street. With a healthy hoard of weekend wanderers in pursuit of a champ’s breakfast, Harrys is the place to be.
Its extensive breakfast and brunch menu offers a little something for everyone, whether it is the super delicious (and super indulgent) pancake stack, scrumptious breakfast sandwich, Norwegian eggs (think eggs benedict with salmon) or classic Irish breakfast.
The décor adopts a traditional café style with bench seating, high ceilings, tonnes of natural lights and super friendly local staff always up for a chat!
4. Gourmet Food Parlour
Set in the heart of Dún Laoghaire, only moments from the pier is the ultra stylish eatery, Gourmet Food Parlour.
Boasting contemporary style with a laid-back local kind of vibe, this is the perfect place for a family brunch or catch up with old friends.
A creative menu of huevos rancheros, poached eggs with pancetta, buttermilk chicken benedict or spicy baked eggs keeps guests guessing, and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets are also well catered for.
If looking to sauce things up, add bottomless prosecco to your visit and don’t forget to hit up the dessert corner.
Address: Unit 3, Harbour Square,, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
3. White Tea Cafe
This rustic little café is the perfect place to grab breakfast or brunch and watch the world go by. With its charming doll-house tearoom atmosphere, all you’ll want to do is munch of home-baked delights over cups of tea, served in Victorian-style cups.
White Tea Café is known for epic sandwiches – with the duck being the most popular by a mile – as well as offering soup and sambo combos for only €10…not too shabby!
Try out the dessert bar too which offers an array of home baked treats as well as a great selection of gluten free options! Note: the brownie may just change your life, it’s that good.
Address: 102 George’s Street Upper, Dún Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 NW29, Ireland
2. Giddy Goose Café
This spot is a restaurant/sandwich shop located in Dún Laoghaire, serving up some of the finest breakfast and brunch dishes in the locale.
Masters of all things fresh – be it homemade scones, brownies, bread or pastries – you’ll come in once, before making it your favourite little indulgence.
Top dishes for breakfast or brunch include the eggs benedict, granola and berry breakfast pots, the mouth-watering brioche French toast or the full Irish breakfast, suitably named “The Big Goose”.
Often busy on the weekend with throngs of families and people playing catch-up with old friends, this is certainly one of the most popular places to have breakfast or brunch in Dún Laoghaire.
Address: 139 George’s Street Lower, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland
1. Café du Journal
Welcome to Café du Journal, one of the most characterful and charming places to spend your weekend reading the paper or a book, chinwagging with friends or catching up with the family.
Set just outside of the village of Dún Laoghaire in Monkstown, this is the perfect café to get breakfast and brunch, a little away from the masses. The book-lined walls, cosy living room atmosphere, sterling service are of course all reasons to return time and again. Yet, it is the food that keeps its customers so darn keen; dishes such as the baked eggs, full Irish breakfast and the eggs royale are all worth a try.
Biggest brownie points are awarded for customer service. Not only does the cosy little café have outdoor seating, but when it’s sunny they provide sun hats and sunscreen and when its cold they provide blankets. They also have an awesome dog-friendly policy meaning even your furry four-legged friends are invited!
Address: 17A Monkstown Cres, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, A94 XT32, Ireland