One of Dublin’s newest cafés, Network on Aungier Street is a beautifully appointed spot serving coffee from the best Irish and international roasters, alongside a delicious range of pastries and baked goods. Owner Oliver Cruise recently gave up a job in accounting to open this enterprise opposite his former alma matter, the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has fitted it out with oak stools by up-and-coming Irish furniture designer Alan Meredith and given it a distinctive and fresh brand identity that has their coffee cups being Instagrammed with abandon.
Colin Harmon was another who left a 9-to-5 job to follow his caffeine-fuelled dreams. In 2008, he quit investment banking to work in a café, a decision that eventually brought him to his current position as one of the best independent coffee roasters in Ireland. As well as supplying many of the other cafés on this list, 3fE have a stand-alone outfit in Dublin’s Grand Canal Street, where they do a tasting menu of their best blends. The all-important coffee is accompanied by a tantalising brunch menu.
Since establishing Brother Hubbard café on Dublin’s Capel Street in 2012, James Boland and Garrett Fitzgerald’s Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired cooking has become so popular that they’ve just launched a cookbook sharing its best-loved recipes. Brother Hubbard’s understated storefront is stencilled with the simple phrase ‘This is the café you’ve been looking for’, and in many ways they’re right. The savoury menu is finished out with coffee from 3fE and their own freshly baked sweet treats, and their sister café – Sister Sadie on Harrington Street – is equally impressive.
Brother Hubbard, 153 Capel St, Dublin 1, Ireland +353 1 441 1112
Adding the list of fairly brand-new cafés in Dublin, Proper Order in Smithfield was founded by two award-winning baristas in early 2016. This pair have managed to stand out from the crowd by being a multi-roaster café – that is, using many different roasters from Ireland and abroad – giving the caffeine addicts of Smithfield an enviable array of choices for their morning latté. They also do a daily signature drink, experimenting with different flavours.
Close to Grafton Street, Kaph can be found in Dublin’s Creative Quarter on what is now one of the city’s trendiest retail streets – Drury Street. Run by husband and wife team Chris Keegan and Sarah Bargus – the latter was responsible for the interior’s much-lauded design – Kaph is one of those places that manages to successfully blend its trendiness with friendliness, making it a regular haunt for those that live, work and shop in this area.
☕️ Matte black shopfronts, fixies and plenty of MacBooks, it seems specialty coffee shops and their millennial clientele have taken Dublin by storm too. Although their single estate coffee is great, my favourite thing about @kaph_sc is their ever-changing window art. You can actually see their previous displays when checking out the geo-tag. — #RLMinDublin #coffeewithRLM
Last but definitely not least, The Fumbally was one of the first to bring a bit of European-style coffee culture to Dublin. Established in 2012, it remains totally unpretentious in spite of its status as a favourite amongst Dubliners, with countless rave reviews. Owners Aisling Rogerson and Luca D’Alfonso have approached their enterprise with a holistic ethic, focusing more on quality than quantity. Though many would appreciate another Fumbally on the other side of town, they have chosen to concentrate their energies on keeping the original great.