We all know the struggle of trying to keep on a budget while being a tourist somewhere new. If we are being honest, Dublin is an expensive city and we can’t deny it. But the good thing about it is that the city has a lot to offer when we talk about good food at affordable prices, you just need to know the right places to go. If you are planning to visit the Irish capital soon, there are many options of traditional Irish food, international dishes, and great vegan and vegetarian restaurants to explore without compromising your finances. Here’s a list of 9 places to eat cheap in Dublin:
1. For amazing Mexican food: Boojum
You will love Boojum, a burrito bar with very well served plates and good prices if you love Mexican food. The restaurant is a local's favorite but is also great for anyone visiting the city and trying to keep on a budget. Serving traditional Mexican street food, you can choose between Fajitas, Burritos, Tacos, or Burritos Bowls, and choose the ingredients you want to make a perfect and very filling meal. The prices change depending on your choices, but it’s very unlikely that you will spend more than 15 euros for a complete meal that will keep you going for the rest of the day. Say you are a burrito fan: you can get a giant and delicious burrito for only €8.95. Happy days!
Where? Boojum has a lot of locations in Dublin, you can search for the one closest to you.
2. Umi Falafel with a full vegetarian menu
If you are looking for meat-free, delicious and affordable food in Dublin, try the amazing Umi Falafel, with options of Palestine Falafel or Lebanese Falafel in wraps for only €7. You can also try their amazing Falafel bites, Lentil Soups, and Haloumi Cheese Bread. They also have some meal deals, with a sandwich of your choice, spiced potato wedges, and a soft drink or tea for €11.
Where? They have many locations around Dublin, you can check them here.
3. Tradicional Irish Breakfast at Wuff
To try an authentic Irish Breakfast in Dublin the best place to go is the charming and family-run bistro Wuff, located in Stoneybatter, just 20 minutes walking from the city center. Their Full Irish Breakfast includes Free-range leak and pork sausage, Potato cake, Black and White pudding, bacon, baked beans, and eggs on toast for only €13. They also offer vegetarian options for the ones keeping a meat-free diet.
Where? 23 Benburb Street, Dublin 7
4. Bunsen for the best burger in Dublin
Bunsen is one of the best burger shops in Dublin, and that’s because the price and quality of the food are both very appealing. With many locations around the City Center, they offer hamburgers starting from €7,85 and french fries for less than €4,00. Their sweet potato fries and milkshakes are also amazing and definitely worth the try.
Where? You can check Bunsen’s locations around Dublin here.
5. Richmond for delicious brunch
Richmond is a Michelin indicated restaurant in Portobello, serving brunch with amazing prices every Sunday between 11:00AM-2.30PM. The options include Pancakes with crispy bacon and grilled corn and maple syrup for €12,50, Eggs Florentin with spinach, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce on sourdough toast for €12,00, and much more. It’s one of the best places in Dublin to go if you want to try delicious food for a very fair price. They also offer an Early Evening Menu available from 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm and you can choose between a two-course meal for €32,00 or a three-course meal for €38,00.
Where? 43 Richmond St South, Portobello, Dublin 2
6. McGuinness’ for vegan fast food
This is your favorite traditional takeaway shop, but make it vegan. McGuinness is a great choice for a late snack after leaving a pub or a club with your friends in Dublin City Center. They have a full vegan menu with all the options you would find in any fast food shop, but totally meat and dairy-free and serve regular food for those who fancy a real burger. The restaurant has been around for more than 18 years now offering Vegan Pizzas for €3,90 a slice, black bean burgers for €5,90, and other delicious combo meal options.
Where? 84 Camden Street Lower, Dublin Southside, Dublin 2
7. Sano pizza has generous portions with fair prices
This traditional pizzeria sells the most amazing pizzas with the best price in Dublin, a 12-inch pie for less than 12 euros. Their menu is very extensive and also includes vegan and vegetarian options. Sano is definitely a favorite among the locals and a great option if you want to try delicious food at friendly prices.
Where? Sano has two locations in Dublin: 2 Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, and 62 Ranelagh, Dublin 6, D06 T2W6
8. The Rolling Donut for coffee and treats
If you want to treat yourself to some nice coffee and donuts the best place to go in Dublin is the traditional Rolling Donut, with different locations around the city. They have more than 20 different flavors of donuts to choose from, and nice deals to combine them with your morning coffee for less than 8 euros.
Where? You can check all their locations here.
9. MASA for amazing tacos
This is a cool restaurant located very close to the famous St Stephen's Green and with very attractive prices. At MASA you can taste some of the best tacos to be found in Dublin, with fresh ingredients and well-sized portions. Kickoff with their Tortilla Chips with guacamole for €5,95, then you can order their traditional tacos that come in portions of two, great to share with friends so you can taste as many different flavors as possible, all for less than €10.
Where? 2–3 Drury Street, Dublin 2
Now all you have to do is decide which of these places you are going to visit first! Enjoy :)