Top 5 Dublin Breakfast and Brunch

Throughout the past years, we’ve eaten our way through the city one brunch at a time. That’s not an easy task with the ever-increasing number of brunch spots. But we made it. Below is our take on the five best breakfasts and brunches in Dublin. Happy brunching!

#1
Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard North on 135 Capel Street, Dublin 1 and Brother Hubbard South on 46 Harrington Street, Dublin 8
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Probably the best brunch in Dublin. Casual atmosphere, beautiful fresh food packed full of flavor, and pretty damn good filter coffee. I always go for the smashed avocado and chickpea spread on toasted sourdough, topped with poached eggs, harissa yogurt, dukkah, fresh radish with crispy dehydrated kale, and beetroot. Also, their sweet options are pretty legit. 

Brother Hubbard

#2
Bibi’s Café

14b Emorville Avenue, Dublin 8 
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Runner-up and another favorite of ours. Nestled in an old residential area, this tucked-away neighborhood café is a stunner and has long been a relaxed alternative to the more rowdy brunch places in the city center. I absolutely love their poached eggs – oh so good. There is usually a wait to get a table, but it’s well worth it – especially if you’re lucky to get a table outside.   ​

#3
Meet me in the morning

50 Pleasants Street, Dublin 8
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This small cozy place is located just off Camden Street serves excellent coffee and a fresh and simple breakfast. It’s difficult to imagine a better place to start the day. The menu changes regularly as dishes are based around local seasonal vegetables from the McNally farm. I highly recommend the poached eggs with greens, yogurt, and paprika oil. It doesn’t get much better than this. We have a friend who goes there at least once a week (yes, it’s really that good). Note they have a no laptop policy. Bring a good book and enjoy it if you’re on your own.

#4
​Hatch & Sons

15 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2
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In the basement right next to the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green, you’ll find Hatch & Sons. We love the warm and cozy rustic interior. They offer traditional Irish food from local suppliers, and food is served throughout the day. Try the double-baked eggs with brown soda bread, bacon, sausage, and roast tomato or the organic porridge with toasted seeds, milk, and honey. 

#5
White Friar Grill

16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
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We always bring out-of-town guests to the White Friar Grill. It has a great lively but laid-back atmosphere and a good casual brunch menu with a wide selection of ‘all things eggy’. Recently portions seem to be getting smaller, meanwhile, that leaves enough room to finish off with their waffles (with still is plenty enough for two).

The best brunch places draw busy crowds of hungry brunchers every weekend. And it can especially be difficult to get seating for a larger group. So if everything is booked you might want to consider heading to one of the following (places are good but not drooling good as our top five):

Other places to consider:

The Fumbally

8 Fumbally Lane, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8
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​Local, organic, healthy, and simple. Make sure to try the Fumbally eggs (scrambled eggs with olive oil, gubbeen cheese, garlic, and tomatoes on toasted brioche) and do taste some of their baked goods. 

Lorenzo’s

79-83 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
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On the weekends it gets rather busy and loud. It’s not a place to have a quiet brunch or to linger for hours (brunch sittings are 1 hour and 15 minutes). The brunch menu includes the usual suspects such as avocado on toast, eggs royale, brunch tacos, and much more.

Dillinger’s

​47 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
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​Dillinger’s is the perfect place to indulge in a hearty brunch. The menu includes Dillinger’s fry, brunch nachos, huevos rancheros, steak ‘n’ eggs, chicken & waffles as well as a few veggie dishes.

Angelina’s

55 Percy Place, Dublin 4
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Angelina’s is perfect for a big group brunch. All the brunch staples are here, from eggs, avocado toasts, and porridge to French toasts and buttermilk pancakes. Best of all is their terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. 

Sophie’s Bar and Restaurant, The Dean

​33 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
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Sophie’s is the sister restaurant to Angelina’s. Located on the top of the Dean hotel on Hartcourt Street, the restaurant has a great citywide view (if you’re lucky to get a table near the window). Good view but somewhat unexciting food.

Bow Lane

17 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
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​Head next door to the White Friar Grill’s sister restaurant Bow Lane. The interior is a tad more ‘trendier’ with a cooler clubbier vibe than the laid-back atmosphere at the White Friar Grill. Their menu is small and without the usual brunch dishes. Some of us prefer the White Friar Grill and consider it a deal-breaker when classic breakfast menu items such as scrambled eggs are missing. Others absolutely love Bow Lane’s “brunch goodies” & pick-me-up-drinks. They also serve brunch with bottomless bubbles and cocktails on the weekend.  

Do leave room to taste the mini donuts with Nutella and toasted marshmallows.

Stay

Dublin is one of our favorite cities and we can wait to come back for a visit after we moved abroad. And we think you should too.

Hotels in Dublin vary in quality, location, and price. We recommend staying anywhere in Dublin 2 close to Grafton Street and Stephen’s Green (central part south of River Liffey) or in Dublin 1 (stay close to the river).

Find the best hotels in Dublin 2 here.

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