If Dublin brings to mind late-night pints and classic pub meals, you wouldn’t be wrong. However, the Dublin dining scene is seriously diversifying right now and has delicious bites from morning to night.
Whether you want to perfect sausage roll or are searching for a colorful morning meal in a photo-worthy bistro, start your day off right with the 10 best breakfasts in Dublin.
The awning outside this local eatery on Capel Street declares, “This is the café you have been looking for.” The plant-filled independent café focuses on simple, pure food and takes pride in making everything from scratch. Breakfast and brunch are served seven days a week, with brunch available until nearly 4 pm. Dig into the lightly scrambled Turkish eggs menemen, with herbs and feta, or treat yourself to the signature French toast with white chocolate and coconut mascarpone. There is also a second location on Harrington Street.
Pog is proof that proper nutrition can taste great. The Instagrammable breakfast spot steps from O’Connell Bridge has a low-calorie menu that packs a serious punch, even though refined carbs and sugars are off-limit. Stop in for the signature protein pancakes and pick from the list of naughty and nice toppings, including almond butter, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, healthy nuts, and more. Brunch is available all day, so you can also get an avocado toast fix at any hour.
The name might be a dead giveaway, but this is the place to come to in Dublin for your daily bread. The loaves and rolls are just the beginning of the carb heaven that can be found each morning at Bread 41. Order a buttery almond croissant, or indulge in the homemade sausage roll with the perfect flaky pastry. The Bread Nation eatery doesn’t have any Wi-Fi or outlets, so you can savor your morning treat without any electronic distractions.
There is nothing quite like a full Irish breakfast when you find yourself on the Emerald Isle. O’Neill’s on Suffolk Street may be a pub, but its kitchen is no slouch and turns out one of the best classic breakfasts in the city. All of the ingredients are sourced from the best producers in Ireland to make the signature “Really Good” Full Irish breakfast. There are sausages, rashers (bacon), black and white pudding from an award-winning butcher in Co. Mayo, plus fried eggs and a Dublin potato pancake.
The Temple Bar area is best known for its nightlight, but it can also be the perfect place to start the day if you happen to wander by The Queen of Tarts. The collection of muffins and cakes are some of the best sweet baked goods in the city, but you can also find healthier options like the strawberry or banana Irish porridge. The savory breakfasts, including smoked Irish salmon and scrambled eggs, are also delicious.
From the menu to the furniture, everything at Herbstreet is designed to be sustainable. The eco-conscious café overlooks the water around the Quays and serves traditional breakfasts as well as healthy options to start the day. The pancakes are stellar, but for something different, try the Breakfast of Champions, which comes with cassava rosti, poached eggs, smoked salmon, avocado, and arugula. As a bonus: most of the offerings can also be made gluten-free, so ask if you have any special dietary requirements.
It can be hard to get a table at tiny Tang, but it is worth the wait for a taste of the impressive menu that is made on a single hot plate. The modern Middle Eastern-inspired twists on the morning meal are bright and fresh. The shakshuka (eggs poached in spicy harissa with red peppers) is unmissable. If you happen to pass by later in the day, grab a sandwich wrap to take away with a cup of their excellent coffee.
Bewley’s Café on busy Grafton Street is more of a Dublin institution than a simple restaurant. You will probably smell the freshly baked bread and hot-out-of-over muffins before you step through the door into the landmark café. The recently restored Bewley’s even offers tours of the interior. The eatery is famous for its coffee—which can now be found served all over Ireland—so be sure to order a cup. There are plenty of tasty hot dishes to enjoy in the morning, but this is the place to order a scone, preferably one the raspberry and white chocolate version served with Kerrygold butter, clotted cream, and a homemade berry compote.
Bright and cheery Alma in Portobello is a relative newcomer on the Dublin breakfast scene. The seasonal ingredients are sourced locally but the menu has an Argentinian twist. Stop in for the bestseller, Choripan Argento, which is Argentine chorizo and a fried egg on sourdough with chimichurri, salsa criolla, caramelized onions, and a spicy hit of sriracha.
Located on the sunny top level of the seven-floor Avoca department store on Suffolk Street, the Avoca Café is one of Dublin’s trendiest breakfast spots. The eatery offers rooftop views of the Irish capital, along with fresh morning meals. Power up with an Açaí bowl topped with chia seeds and goji berries, or opt for poached eggs on avocado toast.