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Wondering where the best coffee spots in Dublin City Centre are located? As with every major city, Dublin is filled with Starbucks, Caffe Neros, Costas and other popular coffee chains. However there is a huge selection of smaller coffee spots to get your caffeine fix from that stand out above those chain cafes. It can be difficult to navigate which coffee spots are worth checking out, so this list will provide a map of sorts for all the coffee lovers out there.
Check out our list of the best coffee spots in South Dublin here.
Kaph , Drury Street
With the overbearing presence of COVID-19 forcing Dublin into another lockdown, Kaph remains open with its gorgeous takeaway coffees. Located near the hip George’s Arcade, this coffee spot is the perfect place to get a rich Americano to wake you up before exploring Dublin City Centre further. Open Monday to Friday 8AM-6PM, Saturday 9AM-5PM and Sunday 11AM-6PM.
Coffeeangel, Leinster Street
This stunning cafe has several other locations all over the City Centre, including Anne Street, Trinity Street and Pembroke Street Lower. Popular with university students due to its close proximity to Trinity College, Coffeeangel lives up to its name. With a beautiful backstory that you can read about here, Coffeeangel has earned its place as one of the best coffee spots in Dublin City Centre. Sadly this location is closed on Saturdays and Sundays but is open 8AM-4PM Monday to Friday.
Steam, Fenian Street
Located just off Merrion Square, Steam is a spacious coffee spot in The Alex Hotel. It isn’t far from the National Art Gallery of Ireland, making it the perfect place to stop in for some java before exploring what cultural sights Dublin has to offer. Whether it’s an espresso or a cappuccino you’re craving, Steam will provide. For those morning commuters, Steam opens at 7AM during the week, but does close on weekends.
Tang, Dawson Street
This spot is quirky and provides an array of delicious food and coffee. Situated at the top of Dawson Street, there are constantly queues out the door for Tang. They pride themselves on their sustainably sourced food. Their produce comes from Ireland but their recipes are full of unique Middle-Eastern flavours. They also have a second location on Abbey Street. Tang opens at 8:30AM on weekdays, 10AM on Saturdays and 10:30AM on Sundays.
Beanhive, Dawson Street
If you’re a lover of latte art, Beanhive is a must-see. Known for their creative designs, this coffee spot has created a reputation for creating whatever design your heart desires on top of their coffee. Check out their Instagram if you want to see more of their cool concepts. Beanhive is just around the corner from shopping hub Grafton Street, making it a staple coffee spot in Dublin City Centre. It’s open 8AM-6PM weekdays, 8AM-6PM on Saturdays and 9AM-6PM on Sundays.
Bread 41, Pearse Street
Despite having limited opening hours (7AM-2PM during the week, 8AM-2PM on weekends) Bread 41 is a place you’re going to want to try. Their mission is to bring people together through good food and coffee, and they achieve this with their creative menu. Not far from the Pearse Street DART Station, Bread 41 is one of the best coffee spots in Dublin City Centre.
Brother Hubbard, Harrington Street
This coffee spot has two locations, one in the south of the City Centre on Harrington Street, and another on the northside, on Capel Street. Brother Hubbard’s coffee is rich and delectable and they provide outdoor seating with a gazebo for whatever the weather. They have a trendy food menu as well as fabulous selection of pastries. Brother Hubbard opens 8:30AM-3:30PM on weekdays and 10AM-4PM on weekends.
Gerard’s, Leeson Street
Coffee spot and deli Gerard’s is a fantastic place to stop for some sustenance. Whether you’re visiting Dublin City Centre, commuting to work or college, or simply exploring your county, Gerard’s provides a little something for everyone. It opens at 8AM and closes at 3PM and unfortunately remains closed on the weekend, so bear that in mind if you’re hoping to stop into this coffee shop.
Clement & Pekoe, South William Street
This City Centre coffee spot has two locations, one on South William Street, another on Blessington Street. Their mission is simple, to put forth their two favourite things for their customers, tea and coffee. You can read more about them on their website here. They open at 9AM and remain open until 6PM, Monday through to Saturday which is uncommon for coffee shops in Dublin. On Sundays they open at the later time of 11AM but close at 6PM like every other day.
Tiller + Grain, Frederick Street
Frederick Street provides a lovely ray of sunshine in the form of this coffee spot. Tiller + Grain, with its bright interior, is a place all coffee enthusiasts should visit, particularly if they’re in Dublin City Centre. It should be noted that they are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, but they open at 9AM Tuesday-Friday, closing at the slightly earlier hour of 3PM, so be sure to get in early if you need a pick-me-up.
Meet Me in the Morning, Pleasant Street
A spot that could potentially go unnoticed, Meet Me in the Morning is cosy and tucked away on Pleasant Street. It serves a creative menu for brunch and does a wonderful cup of joe, making it a coffee spot in Dublin City Centre you don’t want to sleep on. A location perfect for waking you up in the morning. It’s open every day from 8AM to 4PM, opening at the slightly later hour of 8:30AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Joe’s Coffee, Liffey Street
Starting up in 2011 by visiting famous London cafes, Joe’s Coffee has quickly established itself as one of the best coffee spots in Dublin City Centre. The coffee simply tastes richer than other blends – there is a specific taste to each Americano that is unlike anything you’ve had previously. Joe’s is open everyday between 10:30AM and 6PM in Arnotts Department store.
3FE, Grand Canal Street
This coffee spot at Grand Canal closes everyday at 4PM, opening at 8:30AM on weekdays and 9AM Saturday and Sunday. During pre-COVID times, 3fe offered classes in coffee brewing and also sells coffee and grinders on their website, which you can check out here. This is a location that does coffee right – their passion is clear. They also provide a lovely selection of food for breakfast or lunch purposes.
Póg, Bachelor’s Walk
Best known for their pancakes, Póg‘s two city centre locations (Bachelor’s Walk and Tara Street) also serve delicious coffee. The atmosphere is light and fun, and extremely Instagrammable. Póg means kiss in Irish, and the fresh pink interior of these cafes certainly fit in with that theme. The Tara Street venue is currently closed due to COVID restrictions, but Bachelor’s Walk is still doing takeaway. Open 10AM-5PM everyday.
KC Peaches, St Stephen’s Green
This popular lunch spot also draws in coffee enthusiasts. With four locations (St Stephen’s Green, Dame Street, Nassau Street and Pearse Street) KC Peaches makes a name for itself as one of the best lunch and coffee spots in Dublin City Centre. It should be noted each cafe has different opening hours. The Stephen’s Green location opens at 8AM and closes at 6PM Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM Saturday and 10AM-4PM Sunday.
If you think we’ve missed anywhere special, sound off in the comments below!