With more than 750 pubs to choose from, Dublin is better known for its nights than its mornings. Live music, serious pints, and great conversation can keep going into the wee hours. But as day breaks, the city gets busy readying for brunch.
The late morning meal is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to pass a lazy weekend in Dublin. In the Irish capital, brunch means mates, indulgent menus, and (more often than not) a cocktail or two on the side.
Whether you’re in the mood for a cold pressed juice to detox, or more interested in roast with all the fixings, here are the best brunches in Dublin:
Coffee on the side: 3fe (32 Grand Canal Street Lower) has gained notoriety around the world for its excellent house roasted coffee. But the roaster handles more than just beans, and is the best place in town for brunch if you’re serious about caffeine. Many of the dishes come with a coffee twist, like the French toast served with orange syrup, chocolate whip, and espresso butter.
New classics: While everyone craves a full Irish now and again, the Winding Stair bistro (40 Ormond Quay Lower) offers a chic update on classic dishes. Choose from gourmet sausages or poached eggs on wild greens while looking out over the River Liffey. The understated chic cafe sits above a bookstore and offers a calm start to the day after a big night out.
For the late riser: Missed the morning? No problem. The Sunday dinner at Brookwood Dublin (141 Baggot Street Lower) starts at 1 pm and there’s no shame is ordering a roast for brunch. The classy restaurant knows its meat, and the perfectly cooked roast comes with all the fixings.
Veggie lover: Not into meat in the morning? Or ever? Cornucopia (19/20 Wicklow Street) offers a contemporary menu that caters to any and all dietary restrictions. Gluten free or vegan, but still full of flavour, the brunch menu will satisfy carnivorous friends as well. Jump start your morning with a cold pressed juice and a ginger shot, then move onto scrambled tofu and homemade vegan sausage.
The Brunch of Champions: If you only have time for one brunch, make it the Brunch of Champions at San Lorenzo’s (73-83 South Great George’s Street). Leave the crossword puzzle at home because the weekend brunch spot is one of the most popular in town. (Possibly because the Bellinis can be ordered by the pitcher rather than the glass). The brunch is so well known that you are forewarned that you only have the table for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Make the most of the timed experience by going big and ordering the signature breakfast with butcher’s sausage, black pudding, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, duck fat home fries and 2 fried eggs.
Sweet start: For a sugar fix first thing in the morning, grab a table and a cuppa at the Queen of Tarts (Dame Street). The bakery’s drool worthy cakes, pies and tarts make it hard to choose just one. In addition to sweets, the Queen of Tarts has savoury quiches and omelettes during the weekend brunch.
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