During a quick weekend trip to Dublin, Andrew and I were at it again getting to know the city in the best way we know how: through its coffee. Having never visited Ireland’s capital, we quickly found out that the growing trend of coffee culture mixed in with one of the youngest populations in Europe has meant that there is certainly no shortage of great cafes in Dublin. So without further ado, here is our Dublin Coffee Guide!
We started our weekend with a Saturday morning coffee at Kaph. Located in the heart of Dublin and touted by some as the best coffee shop in Dublin, Kaph was serving up coffee from local Dublin roaster 3fe. I ordered a coconut flat white while Andrew had a regular flat white and both coffees signalled a great start to our trip. All of their coffees on the menu were double shot and where applicable, served with organic milk. They also have coconut and almond milk alternatives. One of their specialties however, is their matcha latte, which we saw a few people order.
Despite visiting on Saturday morning at around 11am, the café had a moderate line of sit in and takeaway customers, and we were able to find quite a few tables upstairs. While their menu is limited to drinks only, they do have some snacks and baked goods from Paleo Man Foods. Wifi is available, however Kaph has followed the trend of cafes with a “no laptop on the weekend” policy. That makes this café a great place to hide from the cold, enjoy a good book and sip on your coffee.
Price: Flat White €3.20, Almond/Coconut milk €0.50 extra
31 Drury Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
Monday-Saturday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Clement and Pekoe
Located on the street parallel to Kaph lies Clement and Pekoe, who specialise in both coffee and tea. They have carefully sourced a wide selection of coffee beans from some of Europe’s most well-known roasters including The Barn (Berlin) and Climpson & Sons (London), as well as local Irish roasters Baobab (Celbridge) and Upside (Dublin). If you’re not feeling like a caffeine hit, they also have an impressive range of over 50 specialty teas to choose from.
I had a an oat milk flat white and Andrew ordered a long black. Andrew’s was happy with his coffee, noting nice flavours from the Climpson & Sons beans they were serving. My oat flat white came in a ‘mug’ style cup which was much larger and ‘milkier’ than the standard 150ml flat white size I’ve become accustomed to. The baristas were friendly and kind enough to make me a new flat white (with less milk this time) at no extra charge and all faith was restored. Lesson learned – if in doubt, check the cup size of your desired coffee before ordering!
Like Kaph, Wifi is available during the week there’s a no laptop policy on the weekends. We had heard mix reviews on using the café as a workspace, but from our observation the café has plenty of seats and there are some individual desk style tables at the back which seems to encourage laptop users during the weekday. Oat and almond milk are available.
Price: Double Espresso €3.00, Flat White €3.20, Oat milk €0.30 extra.
50 South William St, Dublin 2
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Brother Hubbard South
Voted the Best Breakfast in Ireland, Brother Hubbard was a café that we just could not miss on our maiden visit to Dublin. We dropped into their South branch (formerly known as Sister Sadie) at around 3:00pm for a late lunch ( and coffee of course!) The café wasn’t overly busy and we were able to find a table for two. There’s a covered outdoor seating area out the front of the café, however it was a little bit too cold for us so we opted for inside.
For food, I couldn’t resist ordering the Brother Hubbard Avo & Eggs which included smashed avocado, two oozy poached eggs, sourdough toast with chickpea spread topped with the middle eastern flavours of dukkah and harissa yoghurt. Andrew ordered the Marvelous Mushroom Special which featured roasted mushrooms and a fried egg on sourdough, complimented with mushy pea and mint ricotta, chilli flakes, crispy leaks and salad. He enjoyed it so much that he was still talking about it the next day!
For coffee, I ordered an oat flat white and it couldn’t be faulted. A mix of their house blended beans served at the right temperature made for a great afternoon coffee. All of their coffees are double shot, and they have oat and soy milk available.
The staff were really friendly, and in combination with great food, it’s no wonder that Brother Hubbard consistently ranks highly amongst locals and tourists. Wifi not available.
Price: Flat white €3.10, Oat Milk €0.20 extra
46 Harrington Street, Dublin 8
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Just a few blocks away from Brother Hubbard, down a residential street lies Love Supreme. We made a stop there after our late lunch and we were glad that we did – Andrew said that it was his favourite coffee from the whole trip and I have to agree with him. Andrew ordered a long black, and the coffee was simply fantastic and full of flavour. The beans on the day we visited were Red Brick from Square Mile Coffee Roasters in London, but they also use Koppi beans from Sweden.
The café is beautifully designed, with large glass windows, wood benches, bar stools and greenery compliment. While wifi is available, due to the café layout and limited seating I would say that the café is suited better for coffee stop with a friend rather than a long laptop session.
Besides their coffee, Love Supreme is also well-known for their house baked pies, sausage rolls, cakes and cookies. We didn’t have a chance to try anything as we were too full from lunch but if you are up for a snack then we would highly recommend it! As well as great coffee, the barista was really friendly too. Since it was close to closing time when we arrived, the café was fairly quiet and he took the time to give us some recommendations on his favourite cafes to visit in Dublin. It’s safe to say that if Andrew and lived in the area then there’s no doubt that this would be our daily coffee stop on the way into work.
Price: Long Black – €2.80
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Meet Me In The Morning
The barista from Love Supreme recommended this café and after finding out that they had won Best Café in Dublin 2017, we knew we had a pay it a visit. Located in a semi-residential area, the café is hard to miss as it takes up two shop lots. On the left is the main café and kitchen, with two levels of seating and on the right is a coffee bar. We arrived around 1pm on a Sunday for lunch, and while the downstairs section of the café was full, we were promptly seated by the friendly staff at a cosy table upstairs by the window.
For lunch, I ordered the fritters – a pancake made from cabbage and sprouts topped with poached eggs and salad. I really enjoyed the flavours (extra points for the perfectly poached eggs!) and it was reminiscent of okonomiyaki in Japan! I also opted to replace the blood pudding for fried halloumi which wasn’t a problem for the kitchen. Andrew ordered the potato and beetroot hash, which was a popular dish. If you love pan roasted potatoes, eggs and fried halloumi then this is the dish for you! It was a rather simple dish but so delicious.
For coffee, Andrew ordered an oat milk cortado and although at first sight it appeared slightly watery, the coffee turned out to be fruity and smooth. We weren’t sure if that’s how they serve their cortados or if it was just the barista on the day, but the best way to describe the coffee was that it was similar to a single shot of coffee, with a dash of hot water and a dash of milk on top. Regardless of this, the coffee was a winner and a great coffee to finish off our weekend in Dublin.
The beans they use are constantly rotating but it’s clear that they know their coffee, featuring roasters such as Colonna and Smalls, Gardelli and La Cabra to name a few. They also had an excellent selection of baked treats, with their donuts and cakes attracting a lot of attention.
This café is best suited to weekend brunch go-ers and with a few larger tables around, it easily suits groups of up to 6 people. Wifi not available.
Price: Cortado €2.90, Oat Milk €0.30 extra