Whether you’ve woken up too late for breakfast or you’re in need of a pit-stop between seeing the sights, these five Dublin brunch spots will get you back on your feet and ready to take on the Irish capital in no time.
“Just off the top of Camden street (possibly familiar from the night before), you’ll find Brother Hubbard South Café ready to revive you with healthy juices, teas and hearty homemade dishes.
Brunchy favourites include sweet Baklava French Toast, smoked Atlantic salmon with a side of sourdough slathered in home-made hummus and Turkish Eggs Menamin – scrambled eggs with spinach and roasted peppers.
There’s good news for your pocket too – all dishes hit in and around the €10 mark. If the sun is shining, grab one of the tables on the terrace outside.
Tip: Eating on the go? Take away the spicy slow-roasted pulled pork on sourdough. It was recently named Dublin’s best sandwich.”
Sister Sadie, 46 Harrington Street, Dublin 8, +353 1 441 6596, Brother Hubbard South, Mon-Fri 7.45am -4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4.30pm.
Recommended by Fiona.
“Located on Sussex Terrace by Dublin’s Grand Canal, Forest Avenue takes the concept of brunch to the next level, with a brunch tasting menu all for €24 per person. It’s a large, clean and bright space.
When I say clean, I’m talking about a minimalist warehouse feel – white walls, walnut tables…an open and airy kitchen. There are five courses included in the tasting menu.
While these vary from season to season, you can expect things like filter coffee and fresh homemade pastry to start, spiced granola with fruit and pumpkin seeds, beef hash and fried egg, roast chicken with asparagus and wild mushrooms and of course dessert, which in my case was rhubarb and coconut cream.
Dishes are colourful and beautifully presented, as is Forest Avenue’s prosecco rose cocktail which I highly recommend. The perfect spot to try something different on a Sunday afternoon.”
Forest Avenue, 8 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4. +353 1 6678337, forestavenuerestaurant.ie. Wed- Sat 12pm-9.30pm, Brunch Sundays 12pm – 2.30pm.
Recommended by Emma from TravelStyleFood
“Nestled deep in a street of beautiful houses in Dublin’s Portobello area, Bibi’s Cafe is a true neighbourhood treasure. Bibi’s started out as a small cafe attached to Dolls boutique (both owned by the Lenihan sisters) but has since expanded to keep up with demand.
Now diners can have brunch either in the original small cafe or amongst the trendy clothing in Dolls. And trust me, it’s always buzzing at the weekend.
The menu changes regularly, but I always choose the Turkish eggs, served with toast, natural yogurt and warming spiced butter (€8.95). It’s simply comfort in a bowl.
Tip: Be prepared to wait for a table. The buzz about Bibi’s is 100% justified.”
Bibi’s Cafe, 14b Emorville Avenue, Dublin 8, +353 1 454 7421, Bibi's, Mon – Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
Recommended by Joanne from Stitch and Bear
“This cafe in Harold’s Cross may have a hard, masculine name but the decor inside is rustic, contrasting an old world charm with some granny chic.
There’s a smattering of floral chintz in the vintage seats and net curtains on the windows but that’s offset by the tattooed staff and contemporary brunch fare on offer.
Tempt your sweet tooth with their daily, freshly baked cakes (carrot cake in particular is a winner) or coax your inner child with a peanut and jelly sandwich or a Kinder Bueno milkshake, the latter completely unique to here.
For the more serious Brunch muncher, the Brick House Grill (€9.95) is an exercise in a full-on, full Irish, refueling while those with guilty consciences can opt for the homemade granola or toasted salmon bagel instead.
If the weather is nice try and nab a table in their almost-secret sun trap terrace out the back and if planning a return trip, their mini-library is worth a gander and possibly a book borrow. Brunching in The Brick House captures that perfect Urban Village vibe.”
The Brick House, 228a Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6w. 01 5587780 Mon-Fri (closed Tues) 8.30am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. https://www.facebook.com/thebrickhouse4
Recommended by Ciaran from The Prowlster
“Sometimes you get restaurants that have a ‘moment‘. A few months or more where everyone wants to eat there and there are queues to get in – but after a while, like the emperor with no clothes, everyone realises that the food doesn’t actually have an awful lot of substance.
San Lorenzo’s is not one of those places. Yes it’s trendy, yes it’s packed all the time, and yes it even has a signature #brunchofchampions hashtag – but it fully lives up to its own hype.
The brunch menu is an example to brunch menus everywhere; clever, simple, and with enough on it to cause some serious choice-anxiety (and keep you coming back for more).
If you’re a fan of a little indulgent sweetness their various takes on French Toast will blow you away (the coco pops one is laughably good), and if you prefer the savoury stuff you’ll honestly be in your element whatever you choose.
These guys really know their way round an egg. This is the sort of brunch that it’s worth having a cocktail with, and you’ll be glad to know that the team have nailed those too. The gin-based Boris Karloff is a firm favourite.”
San Lorenzo’s, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2. +353 (1) 478 9383 Mon-Fri 12:30pm-3pm, Sat 10:30am-3pm & Sun 10:30am-4pm. http://www.sanlorenzos.ie/
Recommended by Dee
Featured image credit: San Lorenzo’s by Juliana Scodeler
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- Fiona Hilliard