In recent years, Dubliners haven’t been able to get enough of brunch. New places are popping up everywhere, and with all this choice, the only downside is trying to agree on where to go.
Whether you are looking to relax with your dog, spend time with the family or drink unlimited mimosas and play on arcade machines with friends, there’s a brunch spot for you in Dublin. Here, you’ll find cafés serving a whole host of dishes, from Turkish-style menemen and Coco Pops french toast to classics like avocado and eggs on sourdough.
The Middle Eastern-inspired Brother Hubbard is a Dublin institution. However, things were much different in 2012 when James Boland and Garrett Fitzgerald opened the café, with customers reportedly disappointed at the lack of traditional Irish breakfast. Now the pair have published a popular cookbook, and both the spacious Chapel Street café and the cosier Brother Hubbard South are busy seven days a week. Both branches have a minimalist Nordic look and a stencilled sign reading, “This is the café you’ve been looking for” on the entrance. For something savoury, the Turkish eggs menemen, lightly scrambled with fenugreek roast peppers, are particularly satisfying. Alternatively, if you’re after something sweet, there is a hearty selection of freshly baked goods; the vegan caramel slice with date and tahini is a highlight.
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Try Meet Me in the Morning’s french toast with a spiced plum compote | Courtesy of Meet Me in the Morning
This minimalist café named after a Bob Dylan song opened in 2016, and has been winning over Dublin’s hipsters ever since. The wall is filled with creative Polaroids and houseplants run wild. It’s open weekdays from 8am and weekends from 9am; at weekends you can get fresh home-made donuts. On a Sunday there is a distinctly sociable vibe; it feels as if this has become the place for young Dubliners to meet. During the week it’s quieter, so you can enjoy your coffee and read by the window. Whichever day you go, be sure to try the hash with beetroot, poached eggs and halloumi. It’s all sourced from local farms – even the halloumi is Irish.
This camp dive bar in Smithfield offers Dublin’s best bottomless brunch, served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30am. Whether you’re having a big party or you just want to play Street Fighter to a background of lively music, this is a great place to come. Owner Donal Cahill told Culture Trip, “We try to offer something a bit different to the usual, and focus on making the experience a bit more raunchy, with sexy food and cocktails.” If you can’t decide what to drink, unlimited mimosas for €18.50 is a safe bet. To eat, try the wood-fired sourdough flatbread, either with vegan options or eggs benedict, florentine or El Gringo (eggs benedict with a Mexican twist). This is undoubtedly the funnest adults-only brunch in Dublin, with plenty of quirks to have you coming back.
It may not have the weather, but Hanover Quay has Dublin’s answer to LA clean living with Nutbutter. The carefully curated eatery has a bright interior and colourful tiles, so you can sit in one of the swinging wicker baskets and forget about the rain. It attracts a young professional crowd, mainly because of its prime location in the tech hub known as Silicon Docks, but is surprisingly affordable. The positive attitude to guilt-free eating promotes vegan and healthy food as default, but has also gained flexitarian and carnivore fans by giving patrons the option to supplement items with ethically sourced meat. The signature cacao and hazelnut spread (Nutbutter) on toast with banana, bee pollen and maple syrup is a favourite. But the stars of the show are the açaí and granola bowls, which come in a selection of colourful options.
For a brunch with the whole family, Farmer Browns has it all: welcoming staff, ample seating and a crowd-pleasing menu. Sisters Finnuala and Grace, who own the place, grew up in a B&B and have brought that homely hospitality with them to the Bath Avenue café. It’s a relaxed, child-friendly space, with charming interior flourishes such as home-made pink bunting and plenty of space for prams. Whether you go for The Starvin’ Marvin – a humongous plate of poached eggs with smoked bacon, pork and leek sausage, potato dippers and toast – or something lighter, it’s all guaranteed to be excellent. The healthy option is avocado and feta smash with pomegranate and quinoa. Absolutely delicious.
Two Pups is Dublin slang for cheeky upstarts, but the Francis Street café has also gained a reputation for being the most dog-friendly one in Dublin. If you like dog spotting while you brunch, this is the place to go. The natural lighting and plethora of adorable animal guests makes it popular on Instagram, but it’s really all about the food; Two Pups’ menu changes regularly with the seasons, and the café works closely with the local McNally Farm to source fresh produce. Regular light staples include home-made granola and avocado on sourdough toast with peanut butter and chilli. After brunch, be sure to check out some of the vintage shops nearby. Frances Street is known locally as Antique Mile.
Choose from a variety of sweet and savoury brunch dishes at 3fe | Courtesy of 3fe
In 2008, having found it impossible to find a satisfactory coffee in Dublin, Colin Harmon walked out on his lucrative job as an investment banker to become a barista. Within a year he was winning awards at the World Barista Championships and travelling the world to taste coffee. He founded 3fe out of his third-floor apartment and quickly built up a loyal following. When the brunch phenomena hit Dublin, 3fe became the go-to roaster for many of the city’s brunch spots. Coffee continues to be the most important thing on the menu, but the food served in this industrial-style Grand Canal Street café from 9am on weekends is delicious in its own right. Try the pancakes with lemon curd, lemon-whipped mascarpone and meringue. Make sure you ask Colin to recommend you a coffee.
Passers-by may wonder if the weekend queue for San Lorenzo’s is worth it, but the self-proclaimed Brunch of Champions does live up to its promise. This sleek New York-style diner serves traditional American brunch from 10am every day, with a few quirky additions such as Coco Pops french toast and brunch tacos. Despite that queue outside, you won’t be waiting long, because weekend brunches take just over an hour, and service comes at lightning speed. If you’re not one to wait or rush your brunch, visit on a weekday, when the timings are more leisurely. San Lorenzo’s also has a solid selection of cocktails if you want to make it a boozy brunch.
You’d be forgiven for walking past Platform 61 and not knowing what you’d missed. This underground eatery, tucked away on South William Street, is inspired by New York’s Track 61, a secret underground passageway for VIPs that was built in 1913 and is thought to still be in use. Platform 61 opened in 2015, but is a little-known Dublin gem. Down the steps to the entrance you’ll see the words “Better being underground”, a phrase attributed to Andy Warhol, who famously hosted his underground party in Track 61. The brunch itself is perfect if you want to feel exclusive without flashing the cash. The café serves classics such as avocado on toast and huevos rancheros, and you can add bottomless mimosas if you want to make it a boozy one. Platform 61 is open from Tuesday to Sunday, but phone ahead to check it isn’t booked for a private event.