If you love coffee Dublin is the best place to be! Ireland’s capital has a big coffee scene and fantastic cafes around the city for you to explore. To avoid the chances of ruining your day with a lousy cup of coffee, here’s a complete guide to our favorite specialty coffee shops in Dublin, and inside tips on what you should try in each one:
1. Alma - Portobello
Alma is an Argentine-owned cafe on the south side of Dublin, serving one of the best brunches and coffees in town! This small but charming restaurant is very popular with locals. so if you want to visit, we advise booking it a few days ahead. There’s nothing like sitting on their outdoor tables and doing some people-watching in the heart of Portobello, one of the pretties areas of Dublin. You can also grab a coffee to go and take a stroll around the area and the beautiful Grand Canal.
Coffee wise the most popular (and our favorite) thing on the menu is the Dulce de Leche Latte, which you can try hot or cold.
Where? 12 South Circular Road, Portobello, Dublin 📍
2. Vice Coffe Inc - Dublin 2
This is one of Dublin’s most famous coffee shops since 2013, serving a mix of Irish roasters in well-prepared espressos and pour-overs. If you love specialty coffee, it is worth trying. Their baristas are always helpful in explaining the different beans they have on their menu and suggesting drinks to try. Vice is located in the heart of Dublin city, just across the street from the famous Arnott’s, and 15 minutes walking from our Gardiner House Hostel.
There’s no way you will get a bad cup of coffee visiting Vice, but if you enjoy iced drinks our suggestion is for you to try the Vietnamese Iced Latte, with a hint of condensed milk.
Where? 54 Middle Abbey St, North City, Dublin 📍
3. 3fe coffee
3fe has five shops around Dublin, and a roaster of its own, sourcing and preparing all its beans to be served at the highest quality. It is definitely Dubliners' favorite coffee brand, and where a bad cup of coffee does not exist. You can try any of their lovely beverages at Grand Canal St, Sussex Terrace, Harold's Cross Rd, and 33 Ranelagh, all within Dublin City. They have a brunch menu in their Harold’s Cross shop, as well as a great outdoor garden.
Where? Grand Canal St | Sussex Terrace | Harold's Cross Rd | 33 Ranelagh 📍
4. Soren & Son - The Liberties
This independent coffee shop in the Liberties area has everything: great sourced coffee beans roasted locally, a beautiful Scandinavian-inspired decoration, and fresh pastries and cakes. It’s located close to the famous St Patrick Cathedral and a great option to stop by if you are touring around that part of Dublin and loves good coffee. They always have more than one option for espressos and pour-overs, so you can ask for suggestions on what to try from one of their skilled baristas.
Soren & Son’s flat white is something else, prepared with two shots of espresso in an 8oz cup. If you want to make it even better, try it with oat milk. The shop has also recently added Acai bowls to its menu, served with dry berries and granola.
Where? 2 Dean St, The Liberties, Dublin 8 📍
5. Brother Hubbard
With different shops in North and South Dublin, Brother Hubbard is famous not only for its amazing coffee but also for its food. Open since 2012, they have now expanded their business to three different shops around the city, where you can sit for a full brunch, or grab a takeaway coffee. Brother Hubbard’s single-origin beans are provided by Farmhand coffee, run by their former head barista, Peter, and roasted on-site at their shop on Capel Street.
If you enjoy filter coffees, Brother Hubbard’s pour-over is amazing and prepared in specialty coffee style. They are always changing the beans, so make sure you ask what are they using at the moment. In case you love it just too much and want to bring it home with you, they also have bean bags available to purchase.
Where? 153 CapeL Street, Dublin 1 📍
All coffee shops in our list are located close to Dublin’s city center and are easily accessible by foot or public transport. Now all you have to do is choose which one you gonna try first :)