Whether you are traveling to Dublin for business or pleasure, you will find plenty of tasty foods to enjoy in the area. Here are some of the best places to sample traditional Irish cuisine.
Founded by two sisters, Bibi has become a culinary mecca in Dublin. The cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and brunch, as well as supper clubs and other special events. Located on Clanbrassil Street in the heart of Portobello, the cafe is one of the city’s most loved little restaurants. The menu is filled with a wide range of fresh, homemade ingredients and features a constantly changing menu.
A brunch menu is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 4:30. It features classic brunch dishes such as Eggs Benedict, as well as a range of wildcards, including French toast and pancakes. During the week, the cafe is open from 9am to 5pm.
The cafe is also known for its desserts. Featuring local ingredients, the menu includes a selection of savory classics and sweet treats. The cafe also serves a selection of smoothies and healthy cocktails.
Bibi’s is a popular brunch spot, and the brunch menu changes regularly. Some brunch favorites include a protein hit omelet, a breakfast bowl with bacon and eggs, and a pancake dish with bacon, maple pork belly and maple syrup. You can also try the avocado toast, which comes with a steak in an omelet.
The cafe serves a range of desserts, including soft stem ginger ice cream and rhubarb cheesecake. It also offers a variety of coffee. The cafe also hosts a number of supper clubs and other events, including a weekly vegan brunch.
Founded in 1870, Bretzel Bakery is one of the oldest bakeries in Dublin. In addition to its delicious breads and pastries, it also produces a variety of confectionery. Located in Lennox Street, Portobello, it also has a small café. It is a great place to enjoy a latte or cappuccino while watching the world go by.
Bretzel’s signature product is its Pain de Maison Boule, a large round sourdough loaf that is naturally fermented. The bread is a healthy alternative to sliced pans, which are made in a chemically accelerated process. The breed’s name is also a mouthful, but the nitty gritty is that the bread is baked on site.
Bretzel Bakery is one of the oldest bakeries in Dublin, but its reputation for quality bread has only grown in recent years. Originally, the bakery targeted the Jewish community of Dublin, but nowadays it also caters to a variety of commercial clients. In 2013, Bretzel opened a larger facility in Harold’s Cross, which also houses a cafe. It has also won several accolades, including gold in the prestigious Blas na hEireann food awards. In 2017, the bakery won the prestigious Supreme Champion award for its Pain de Maison Boule, which is the largest sourdough loaf in the country.
The best part of Bretzel is that the company is family owned and operated, which means you can trust that you are getting a fresh product. In addition to its breads and pastries, Bretzel also sells to restaurants, hotels, and direct customers.
Located in the heart of Dublin’s fabled Temple Bar district, this street-food establishment does a good job of ticking all the boxes for the urban gourmand. With an alluring menu of sweet and savory palette, and a plethora of espresso based treats, there’s something for everybody. This place has got to be one of the most innovative e-tailers to hit the city, and the quality of their coffee is unsurpassed. With their menu of the day specials, you can get an upscale breakfast if you’re feeling peckish or opt for a classic crepe, and a cup of coffee or two if you’re in the mood for something a bit more grown up. This establishment also makes a mean mojito and has an in-house wine shop if you’re looking to splurge a bit.
As with any foodie institution, there’s a waiting list, and while you’re there, you’re bound to leave feeling sated and a little tipsy. In addition to their menu, you can also sign up for their newsletter to receive special offers and other discounts.
Located in the heart of Rathmines, this is one of the few restaurants in Dublin to offer authentic Middle Eastern food. The menu features a smattering of dishes like falafel and samosa, as well as a few tamer choices for the more timid. The restaurant also has a full bar, and it’s well worth a visit for a drink in the company of some swoon-worthy food.
The best way to go about it is to book a table and leave it to the staff. As you can see, it’s a small place, but a good time is always guaranteed. If you’re in the mood for something a little more adventurous, they offer a tad more exotic, like the aforementioned samba, which is a fried puff pastry filled with meat. It’s a tad on the pricey side, but a delicious evening is well worth it.
A short stroll down the street is a restaurant that’s been around for more than a century. The decor is a mix of vintage and contemporary, and the menu is no slouch, either. The food isn’t cheap, but it’s well worth it, and the staff is a pleasure to be around. The best part is, you can’t help but feel like you’re dining in a friend’s kitchen. Probably not the best way to spend a date, but hey, that’s life.
The best time to go is during the evening rush hour, when the place is at its most bustling. If you can’t make it during the day, the restaurant offers delivery.
Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the Ely Wine Bar has been around since the mid-1960’s. It has been reinvented as a modern, contemporary, and classy wine bar, while the kitchen still operates as a fine dining restaurant. Touted as the best wine bar in the country, Ely sucks it out a slew of top notch food and wine. Ely also has a number of themed nights a la carte. The most popular nights are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the aforementioned Sunday brunch being the unofficial bedrock of the operation. Ely is also home to a number of special-occasionoccasion dinners. Having been a frequent visitor to the city, I can attest to the fact that a large proportion of Ely’s clientele are foreigners from afar. Whether you’re in the market for a date night, a post-work do, or a pre-date brunch, Ely’s got your back. This is a wine bar, you can truly feel proud of. Whether you’re a wine lover or just looking to splurge on a finely honed bottle, Ely is the place to be.
Trinity College Library
Located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College is Ireland’s most prominent academic institution. As a result, the college attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually.
The Trinity College Library is the largest library in Ireland and one of the world’s greatest libraries. Its collection is extensive and includes over 6 million printed volumes and a rich variety of manuscripts. The library also houses a vast collection of maps and journals.
The Trinity College Long Room is the main chamber of the library and contains over 200,000 of the college’s oldest books. It is 65 meters long and has a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The room originally had a flat ceiling, but the ceiling was raised to accommodate an upper gallery in 1860.
Trinity College is also home to one of Ireland’s most famous manuscripts: the Book of Kells. This 9th century manuscript is an ornately-decorated copy of four Gospels. The book is written in Latin and includes Celtic symbols and Christian iconography. It is a UNESCO Memory of the World item.
The Book of Kells is displayed in Trinity College’s Long Room. The exhibition, titled Turning Darkness into Light, details the history of the manuscript, including the construction process. Visitors can also view images of the pages of the Book of Kells. The exhibition is open from May through September.
The Book of Kells exhibit is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs EUR12.