The topic of which is the best bakery in Dublin tends to fire up a fine bit of debate online.
And rightly so. A good bakery is hard to beat, especially if you’re fond of beautifully made bread, stunning pastries and lip-smackingly good cakes.
The Dublin bakery scene has had a bit of a revolution in recent years, with a handful of innovative new bakeries stirring up the pot, as you’ll discover below.
Our favourite bakeries in Dublin
The first section of our guide is packed with what we think are the best bakeries in Dublin. These are places that one or more of the team have visited, and loved.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from Bread Naturally and the Green Door to a bakery in Dublin that people travel far and wide to get to.
1. Bread Naturally (Clontarf)
Whether you’re looking for a white or brown baguette for lunchtime sandwiches, a crusty loaf of sourdough to go with a hearty Irish stew, or a morning pain au chocolat or almond croissant for your breakfast, Bread Naturally is your go-to bakery in Clontarf.
This Dublin bakery is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, and they do sell out of favourites like their triple chocolate brownies, and tomato and fennel Foccacia, so it’s best to be there first thing in the morning!
2. Green Door Bakery (Stoneybatter)
With freshly baked loaves, rolls and buns, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a run-of-the-mill bakery. But, step inside and you’ll discover the heart and soul of this bakery is its tempting treats.
Cakes of every description; fruit cakes, chocolate cakes, carrot cakes, apple cakes, every imaginable slice and pastry known to man. This is regarded as the best bakery in Dublin by many for good reason.
3. Strudel (Dun Laoghaire)
Head just off the high street of George’s Street Upper, and you’ll find Dun Laoghaire’s most cherished bakers of sourdough breads and pastries – Strudel. With an eye-pleasing display of white, wholemeal, and seeded sourdough loaves all at eye level, it’s easy to let your mind listen to your stomach’s desire.
But, look around the shop and you’ll discover a treasure trove of pastries, like traditional buttery croissants, pistachio or almond croissants, Danishes, pecan and maple twists, pain au chocolat or pain aux raisins, just to name a few.
4. Camerino Bakery
Cross over the River Liffey at Grattan Bridge, and head up to the second block and you’ll find Camerino Bakery on the western side of the street. Bread, cakes, tray bakes and freshly ground coffee all await your arrival whether it’s for breakfast or for lunch.
More than just a bakery with bread, Camerino also offers up lunchtime goodies to keep you fuelled as you explore the city. Choose from sandwiches like Honey Baked Ham, or a Vegetarian sandwich with a hot drink to go.
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5. Bread 41
Located not far from Trinity College, Bread 41 on Pearse Street is arguably the most popular bakery in Dublin, and it’s a fine bet for baked goods, a light bite, or an afternoon treat when in the area!
The bakery offers a huge range of portable goodies, with sandwiches, pizzas, pastries, cakes and tray-bakes, muffins, and novelty breads, there is something for every occasion and level of hunger.
More bakeries for sampling some of the best cakes in Dublin
Now that we have what we think are the best bakeries in Dublin out of the way, it’s time to see what else the capital has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from Hansel and Gretel Bakery and Gaillot et Gray to The Orange Tree and more.
1. Hansel and Gretel Bakery & Patisserie
Its convenient location is all the invitation you need if you’re over near Merrion Square, or visiting the Oscar Wilde Memorial, no further excuse is required for stopping by this bakery! Just try not to get lost in their forest of delicious baked goods.
Whether you’re looking for a sandwich or filled baguettes while you’re on the run, or a special afternoon treat to enjoy with your coffee.
Hansel and Gretel’s array of muffins, slices, loaves of bread, and pastries are sure to please. Open Monday-Friday, from 8am-3pm, closed on weekends.
2. The Orange Tree Bakery (Rathmines)
Just south of the Grand Canal, and near the Leinster Cricket Club, The Orange Tree Bakery will be your new favourite bakery in the south of Dublin.
Especially if you like brownies, that is, with everything from the traditional brownie to kinder Bueno, Oreo, Nutella and much more on offer.
Don’t worry if brownies aren’t your thing, there are dozens of other slices, muffins, bars, cakes, pastries, cookies, and of course coffee too!
3. Gaillot et Gray
On the south and western edge of Portobello is where you’ll find this bakery and its highly recommended pizzas. With a distinctly French air to their aesthetic and their menu (the pizzas are served with gooey and melted Emmental cheese, not mozzarella), Gaillot et Gray are sure to please.
Pizza’s aside, do try their croissants, pain au chocolat, and pain aux raisin, and ham and cheese croissant for a delicious breakfast.
They also serve exceptional sandwiches, soups, and coffees throughout the day. Cold drinks are also available.
4. Il Valentino Bakery & Cafe
Take a sip of their Arabica blend of coffee and enjoy it with one of their equally delicious fresh pastries; croissants, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisin, cannoli, or fruity Danish pastries.
Breakfast never tasted so good. Also available is their wide selection of loaves; white, spelt, wholemeal, rye & honey, to name but a few.
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5. The Bakery Temple Bar
Not ‘small’ by any means, this bakery regularly bakes just about every conceivable delight you can think of. It’s situated on the northwestern edge of the ever-popular Temple Bar, not far from the Liffey.
From their range of made to order sandwiches, rolls, wraps and bagels, through to the mouth-watering array of muffins, Danish pastries, slices, and tray bakes, there’s bound to be something that will tempt you.
It’s also worth noting that they do delicious hot drinks, and warming soups, and have amazing mince pies available in the festive season leading up to Christmas and New Years.
The best pastries in Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant bakeries in Dublin from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best bakeries in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where does the best cakes in Dublin?’ to ‘Which bakeries in Dublin do the best bread?’.
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 bakery in Dublin?
So, this’ll be subjective but, for me, the best bakeries in Dublin are Bread Naturally (Clontarf), Strudel (Dun Laoghaire) and Green Door Bakery (Stoneybatter).
What bakery in Dublin does the best bread?
Again, this’ll be subjective, but Camerino Bakery, Bread 41, Gaillot et Gray and The Bakery Temple Bar are great options.