Wondering where to grab the best breakfast in Dublin? You’ve landed in the right place!
After publishing a guide to the best places for brunch in Dublin last year, we received a crazy number of emails (103, to be exact…) about Dublin breakfast spots that we missed.
So, after doing some digging, a lot of eating, and from chatting to family and friends living in the capital, we’ve come up with the guide below.
It’s packed with highly-reviewed places where you’ll be treated to some of the best breakfast in Dublin, from quirky eats to a traditional Full Irish.
Where we think does the best breakfast in Dublin
The first section of our guide tackles our favourite places for breakfast Dublin has to offer, and there’s some fierce competition for the top spots.
Below, you’ll find quirky breakfast spots, some of which dish up the best brunch in Dublin, to old-school dive cafes that knock up a tasty full Irish.
1. Tang (Dawson + Abbey St.)
Tang is an absolute peach of a spot and they dish up brekkie exactly as it should be – tasty and whipped up using only the highest quality ingredients.
On their breakfast menu, you’ll find everything from buckwheat and banana pancakes to granola, mushrooms on toast and loads more.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, give the latkas and poached eggs a bash. This is a traditonal yiddish recipe made from potato, onion and carrot and served with poached eggs, garlic yogurt and chilli oil.
2. Lemon Jelly Café (Millennium Walkway)
You’ll see the Lemon Jelly Cafe arguably plates up the best Irish breakfast Dublin has to offer, and one glance at the photos above should give you an idea of what to expect.
With both indoor and outdoor seating, this modern café offers a wide range of breakfast treats, ranging from their brekkie crepe with crispy bacon, eggs, and melted cheddar cheese to mouthwatering paninis, salads, and ciabattas.
Lemon Jelly Café is also one of a handful of breakfast places in Dublin that serves a full Irish breakfast all day long, so there’s no need to whip yourself out of bed too early!
3. Alma (Portobello)
Ah, Alma. If you’ve read our guide to the best lunch in Dublin, you’ll have seen us rave about this beaut of a spot before.
I was here first in the summer and I went for the Smokey West Corkey Pancakes. They’re buttermilk pancakes that come topped with a blob of goat’s cheese cream, smoked salmon and two poached eggs.
I was here again last month and I gave the ‘Brekkie’ (roasted bacon, free range fried egg, roasted tomato, black pudding crumbs, grilled portobello mushrooms and Ballymaloe relish on Tartine organic ciabatta) a crack, and I’d happily eat it every morning of the week!
4. Two Boys Brew (Phibsborough)
Located on the North Circular Road in Phibsborough, Two Boys Brew is a gorgeous little coffee shop that’s reputed to brew up some of the best coffee in Dublin!
Although Two Boys Brew is extremely popular with caffeine connoisseurs, the also cook up one of the best breakfasts in Dublin (be prepared to wait for a seat, though!).
Whether you opt for their ricotta pancakes or the freshly-baked scones, I guarantee that you won’t leave this charming spot disappointed.
If spicy food is your jam, go for the chilli eggs with sourdough and herb-infused chunks of feta. This is one of the more popular spots for breakfast Dublin has to offer, so be prepared to wait.
5. Urbanity (Smithfield)
Urbanity is one of my favourite Dublin breakfast spots for a couple of reasons. The first is that it’s a gorgeous, bright and airy spot to chill in with a coffee.
The second is that (and I’m basing this on 4 visits over probably 3 years) the service is friendly and efficient, which sounds like it should be standard, but if you eat out in Dublin as often as I do, you’ll know this isn’t the case.
The 3rd is the all-day breakfast… it’s stupidly tasty. If you’re after something sweet, the raspberry and banana smoothie bowl is delish! Or, if you fancy something hearty, try the house flat bread with grilled halloumi, carrot and coriander hummus, tzatziki and more.
More of the best places for breakfast in Dublin (with rave reviews online)
Now that we have where we think does the best breakfast Dublin has to offer out of the way, it’s time for some more heavy hitters!
Each of the Dublin breakfast spots below have, at the time of writing, excellent reviews and are well worth dropping into!
1. Press Cafe (Beggar’s Bush)
You’ll find Press Cafe a stone’s throw from the Aviva Stadium, in Beggar’s Bush. This is one of the more reasonably priced places for breakfast Dublin has to offer.
For the grand sum of €8 you can wrap your noshers around the Press Breakfast Sambo, which contains a Toulouse sausage, a fried egg, crushed avocado and rocket leaves on a toasted muffin.
Or, for €9, you can give the Press Signature a lash. This is made up of toasted soda farls with crushed avocado and chorizo topped with two poached eggs.
2. WUFF (Smithfield)
You’ll have seen us raving about WUFF in our guide to the best restaurants in Dublin, and in many other Dublin food guides, come to think of it.
Located in Smithfield, WUFF is a cosy spot that’s racked up some serious reviews online over the years (currently 4.6/5 from 1,339 Google Reviews).
You’ll find everything from a full Irish breakfast and a vegetarian breakfast to eggs royale, bacon and sausage baps and a wide variety of pancakes on offer here.
3. One Society (Lower Gardiner Street)
Although it’s well-known by those that frequent the area around Lower Gardnier Street, One Society is still a bit of a hidden gem, and it’s only a 10-minute ramble from O’Connell Street.
Here, you can expect a lovely, bright setting, wholesome food, strong, speciality coffee and top-notch service to-boot!
There’s 8 different type of pancakes on the menu including the Hangover Stack: 2 Vanilla pancakes topped with ricotta cheese, crispy bacon, Tabasco sauce dripping in maple syrup.
However, on my last two visits I’ve gone for the Breakfast Bun (sausage, smoked bacon, smoked black pudding, sliced beef tomato with a gooey fried egg in a soft brioche bun drizzled in tomato ketchup, garlic mayo and HP sauce) and it was ridiculously good!
4. SLICE (Stoneybatter)
SLICE is another solid Dublin breakfast spot, and you’ll find it in the buzzy neighbourhood of Stoneybatter with a simple menu created with ingredients from small suppliers.
One the breakfast menu, you’ll find everything from their popular spiced Irish sausage scramble to some more simpler items, like scones and granola.
If you fancy something a bit sweeter, I’ve heard good things about their carrot and walnut pancakes made with spelt flour and almond milk and served with banana and citrus curd or with poached fruit.
Places dishing up the best full Irish breakfast Dublin has to offer
A ‘full Irish’ is hard to beat, especially if you’re about to head off for a day of exploring, or if you’ve spent far too long in one of the many pubs in Dublin the night before…
Below, you’ll find places knocking up some of the best full Irish breakfast in Dublin City Centre. Dive on in!
1. Beanhive Coffee (Dawson St.)
Well-known for its spectacular coffee art, Beanhive cafe on Dawson Street often tops guides to the best Irish breakfast in Dublin, and for good reason.
Here, the two big hitters on the menu are the Beanhive Vegan Breakfast (€12.50) and the Beanhive Super Breakfast (€12.50).
The latter comes with 2 bacon, 2 sausages, 1 fried egg, white pudding, hash browns, baked beans, mushrooms and a free drink and toast.
The vegan option comes with roasted sweet potato, roast veg and mushrooms grilled tomatoes, mixed nuts, baby leaves, beanhive vegan sauce.
2. Lovinspoon (Frederick St.)
Lovinspoon is a quirky cafe that lives up to its impressive reputation (rated as doing some of the best breakfast in Dublin on many review sites).
Although I haven’t been here personally, the reviews all seem to sing off the one hymn sheet: great service, better food and reasonable prices.
You’ll find it on Frederick Street, a 10-minute ramble from O’Connell Street and a 20-minute stroll from Croke Park. This is one of the best places for breakfast in Dublin if you fancy a hearty feed.
3. The Bakehouse (Bachelors Walk)
The Bakehouse is one of the more central Dublin breakfast spots in this guide, and you’ll find it finely plonked on both Bachelor’s Walk and in the CHQ Building on the quays.
According to their website they, ‘offer a special combination of Irish warmth and friendliness along with the very best quality homemade foods, baked goods and carefully chosen beverages’.
One their breakkie menu you’ll find everything from breakfast brioche and buttermilk pancakes to bacon butties and lots more.
4. Gallagher’s Boxty House (Temple Bar)
Gallagher’s Boxty House is known for dishing up some of the finest Irish food in Dublin, with particular emphasis on Boxty dishes.
If you’re not familiar with Boxty, it’s a traditional Irish potato pancake. The breakfast menu here is a beaut. If you’re after something reasonably light, the Boxty eggs Benedict, with toasted Boxty loaf, poached egg and hollandaise sauce are worth trying.
Or, if you’ve come with an appetite, try the boxy fry – it comes with sausage, Irish bacon, mushroom, baked tomato, black pudding, fried eggs and Boxty crisp.
Breakfast Dublin: What spots have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally missed out on some great places for breakfast in Dublin City in the guide above.
If you have a favourite Dublin breakfast spot that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments section below.
FAQs about the best breakfast in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where does the best breakfast in Dublin City?’ to ‘Which spot does the fluffiest pancakes?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What is the best breakfast in Dublin City?
In my opinion, you’ll get the best breakfast in Dublin from Alma, Lemon Jelly Café and Tang. However, each of the places above are worth visiting.
What places for breakfast in Dublin do good pancakes?
If you’re after pancakes, One Society (they have 8 different types!), WUFF and Press Cafe are worth checking out.