Best People-Watching Coffee Shops in Dublin

Dublin’s coffee scene has exploded in the last few years with new specialty coffee shops popping up everywhere. There isn’t exactly a shortage of coffee spots in Dublin, and plenty of guides have been written to list the best in town. That said, there is also nothing better than a bit of people watching. Combine the two, and you get the best of both worlds. So read on for our take on where to drink the best coffee while spying on passers-by.


39 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Serving 3fe coffee Network is great for people watching if you snag one of the stools by the huge front window. They also have a good selection of pastries and own in-house sandwiches. 


​32 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin 2 and 7 Mews, Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4

3fe stands for ‘Third Floor Espresso’ dating back to the time when owner Colin Harmon started the business from his third-floor apartment. Today 3fe is a Dublin institution and easily one of the most popular coffee shops. Close to the headquarters of Google and Facebook, the shop at Grand Canal always has a buzzing atmosphere.   

Clement and Pekoe

50 South William Street, Dublin 2

This neighborhood café is located on bustling South William Street. They serve great coffee and have an impressive selection of loose leaf tea. Sit at the window or out front on the bench. 

Industry & Co

41 Drury Street, Dublin 2

​The in-store café is located inside the beautiful boutique on Drury Street. Great specialty coffee roasted locally by Irish roasters Roasted Brown. They have excellent options of freshly baked cakes and treats. Grab a stool by the window and enjoy. 

Fallon and Byrne

11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Head for the coffee shop in the corner of Fallon and Byrne on the ground floor. Have a cup of coffee and one of their delicious sandwiches. The window seat is the perfect spot for people-watching.


Liffey Street, Dublin 1, and various locations in Dublin

Good coffee and a vast selection of sandwiches and salads. Joe’s use beans from the Barn Berlin (one of the leading specialty coffee roasters in Europe). Go for the location at Arnotts Department store, grab a stool by the huge windows, and gaze upon the shopping masses.


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