This guide to the best breakfast in Dublin only contains places that we’ve been to 3+ times and that have been consistently excellent.
Although it’s packed with a mix of diners, quirky spots and curb-side-cafes, they all have one thing in common – we’ve found each of their breakfasts to be 10/10 over multiple visits.
You’ll find places to grab a hearty full-Irish at any time of the day, funky restaurants dishing up creative concoctions and Dublin breakfast spots that have stood the test of time. Enjoy!
The best breakfast in Dublin
Regardless of whether you’re after pancakes, French toast or a big fry up, you’re rarely far from a decent spot for an early-morning feed in the capital.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from Lemon Jelly and the brilliant Beanhive to some of the more unique places for breakfast Dublin has to offer.
1. Lemon Jelly Café (Millennium Walkway)
Lemon Jelly Cafe (on the Millennium Walkway) dishes up, in my opinion, the best Irish breakfast Dublin City Centre has to offer!
There’s a wide range of breakfast treats on-the-go, ranging from their brekkie crepe (with crispy bacon, eggs, and melted cheese) to mouthwatering brekkie bagels and omelettes.
There’s also eggs every way imaginable, French toast (with syrup and fruit) the full Irish, a veggie brekkie (eggs, hash browns, beans and avo) and more!
Lemon Jelly Café is also one of a handful of breakfast places in Dublin that serves an all-day full Irish breakfast!
Why this is our go-to: With indoor seating for 72 and outdoor seating for 60, it’s rare you won’t find a spot to plonk yourself here!
2. Alma (Portobello)
Here, Argentine flavours and local Irish produce collide to create a menu that has my belly rumbling just thinking about it…
If you’re after something sweet, give the Dulce de Leche Pancakes (buttermilk pancakes smothered in Dulce de Leche, brandy, and orange mascarpone) a lash.
If you’re after something savoury, Alma’s Turkish Eggs (oven roasted cauliflower, dill Tzatziki , two poached eggs, sumac chilli butter and toasted quinoa on sourdough) are hard to bate!
A handy tip: Alma is one of the more popular Dublin breakfast spots. It’s also one of the few where you can reserve a seat online, so book before you go!
3. Queen of Tarts (Temple Bar)
Dishing up some of the best breakfast in Dublin City for over 25 years Queen of Tarts on Cow’s Lane has stood the test of time.
It was set-up by Regina and Yvonne Fallon, accomplished pastry chefs who earned their stripes in the kitchens of NYC!
On the breakfast menu, you’ll find everything from a warming Irish porridge (with strawberry, cream, toasted almonds/banana and boyne valley honey) to a hearty full Irish.
There’s also the smoked salmon option (with free-range scrambled eggs, homemade brown soda bread and mixed greens), a veggie breakfast, an assortment of cakes and plenty more!
Why we’re fans: Aside from the food being consistently good, this Dublin breakfast institution has an outdoor seating space that’s great for people watching!
4. Two Boys Brew (Phibsborough)
One of the menu highlights is the sausage and beans (tomato and pumpkin baked beans on toasted sourdough with pork sausage, free range soft poached egg).
They also do some very tasty chilli eggs (chilli and sweet pepper soft scrambled eggs on sourdough with herb infused feta chunks and pickled red chillis).
There’s also an avo mash, a healthy overnight oats option, coconut and hazelnut granola and plenty more.
Worth queuing for: Two Boys Brew is very popular, so either rock up for when it opens or be prepared to wait a while.
5. Urbanity (Smithfield)
Smithfield’s Urbanity is another of the breakfast places in Dublin that has held its place in this guide (which has undergone 4 iterations) for over 3 years.
Urbanity source, roast, and brew the highest quality coffee possible and this ethos extends to their menu, which has been created using locally sourced, fresh ingredients that are whipped into delicious dishes!
There’s plenty to like on the breakfast menu here, but the smoothie bowl (blueberry, banana, maple and fig granola and hazelnut butter) and the organic scrambled eggs (with buttered greens and chives served on sourdough with optional bacon) are the stand-outs.
Why we keep going back: We first started nipping into Urbanity in 2018. Since then, we’ve been at least 7 times and have never left saying anything less than ‘That was class!’
6. Tang (Multiple Locations)
With locations on Dawson St., Abbey St. and Cumberland Place, you’re rarely far from some of the best breakfast in Dublin at Tang!
Tang is the embodiment of sustainable dining – they place a great emphasis on local sourcing, ethical food choices, organic produce and the use of ethically raised meat (read more about their philosophy).
Their breakfast menu is small and simple (always a good sign) with less than 7 options, the winner of which, for us, are the buckwheat pancakes (made with buckwheat and banana and served with yogurt, fruit, toasted nuts and nut butter).
There’s also some shakshouka (eggs baked in tomato, harissa and red peppers), some mushrooms on toast, and a simple eggs on toast option.
Our two cents: If you’re looking for a tasty, healthy breakfast in Dublin City, Tang is well worth considering!
7. One Society (Lower Gardiner St.)
With over 4.6/5 from 1,000+ reviews on Google at the time of typing, One Society has firmly established itself as the creator of some of the best breakfast Dublin has to offer!
Located on Lower Gardiner St., a 10-minute ramble from O’Connell Street, One Society boasts a bright setting, wholesome food, strong, speciality coffee and top-notch service to-boot!
The breakfast highlight, in our opinion, is the breakfast bun with roasties! It comes with sausage, bacon, black pudding, tomato and fried egg all slapped in a brioche bun!
If you fancy something sweet, there are 8 different types of pancakes, including the ‘Hangover Stack’ (2 vanilla pancakes with ricotta cheese, bacon, tabasco and maple syrup).
If you’re driving: There’s a handy Q-Park less than a 5-minute walk away (here on maps)!
8. Slice (Stoneybatter)
Home to some of the tastiest healthy breakfast in Dublin, you’ll find a mix of sweet and savoury options on the menu at Slice.
For the more adventurous among us, there’s the pea and avocado rayu (smashed avo and pea guac, poached eggs, lime pickled red onions and sourdough).
There’s also their sausage scramble (eggs, spiced sausage, guac, creme fraiche and sourdough), buttermilk pancakes with poached fruited, caramel and nuts.
Handy for groups: If there are 4 or more of you, give them a call and they’ll take a booking!
9. Murphy’s Bistro (Bachelors Walk)
One of the newest additions to our guide to the best breakfast Dublin has to offer is Murphy’s Bistro, centrally located on Bachelors Walk.
Boasting a cosy interior, great food and a pleasant atmosphere (based on our last two visits midweek in 2023), there’s a lot to like about Murphy’s.
Menu wise, there’s the old reliables, like the full Irish (well priced at €11.50 given its location) and the veggie breakfast option.
However, there’s also a very tasty Turkish breakfast (fried eggs, chorizo, cheese, croquettes) and a ‘Menemen’ (eggs, tomato, green peppers and tzatziki served on sourdough), too.
Why we like it: Given its location, you’d expect painful prices, but that isn’t the case. This is one of the few Dublin breakfast spots delivering value for money!
10. Wuff (Smithfield)
If you, like me, are a fan of simplicity, the bacon and sausage bap (served on brioche bun with sweetly spiced tomato relish) is a solid option.
If you’re sitting in, there’s everything from a full Irish (complete with Clonakilty pudding!) and a mix of crepe pancakes to eggs Florentine, Benedict and more.
It’s also one of the few spots for breakfast in Dublin where you can order for collection (if you know any other good spots that offer this, let us know in the comments)!
Reserve a spot: Although it’s walk-ins only at the weekend, you can book breakfast and brunch Tuesday – Friday
11. Beanhive Coffee (Dawson St.)
Beanhive Coffee on Dawson St. is another spot dishing up some of the best Irish breakfast in Dublin City.
This family-owned favourite has an award-winning barista on-site (Fan) and it’s thanks to them that Beanhive has racked up a reputation for great coffee (and even better latte art!).
There’s a simple all-day breakfast here – the Irish breakfast (2 bacon, 2 sausage, a fried egg, beans and bread) and the super breakfast (the same as the Irish brekkie but with added pudding, hash browns and mushrooms).
There’s also a vegetarian breakfast (eggs, roast veg, beans and hash browns) and a vegan breakfast option (sweet potato, mushrooms, peppers, hash browns and more), too.
Consistently good since 2013: New Dublin breakfast spots open every week, but not many stand the test of time. Since opening in 2013, they’ve racked up a 4.6/5 review score from 1,950+ reviews on Google at the time of typing
12. La Pausa Caffe (Blessington St.)
One of the more unique spots for breakfast in Dublin is the very funky La Pausa Caffe on Blessington St., near Temple St.
When you walk through its doors you’ll be greeted by a quirky interior (with beautiful mosaic tiles, murals on the ceiling and distinctive features throughout).
The brekkie sandwiches are hard to beat here, with wraps, rolls and sambos packed with sausages, bacon, eggs and Ballymaloe Relish.
There’s also veggie options, a full Irish, omelettes and a hape of brunch options, including eggs Benedict, a tofu scramble and lots more.
Why we’re onto our 4th visit: I first stumbled upon this place on a visit to the nearby Hugh Lane Gallery and it was the business. I’ve now been for breakfast (twice) and brunch/lunch and the food was top-notch each time.
13. Joy of Chá (Temple Bar)
Whipping up some of the best breakfast Dublin has to offer since 2006, Temple Bar’s Joy of Chá is a long-standing favourite of locals and tourists alike!
For those of you that are late to rise, there’s an all-day breakfast on-the-go at the Joy of Chá that has racked up rave reviews over the years.
If a full-Irish doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s a full American (pancakes with syrup, eggs and bacon) and a simple salmon and egg bagel for the health conscious among us!
There’s also artisan sausages and eggs on toast, a hearty loaded brekkie nachos, some egg and avo toast and plenty more.
One of the best value Dublin breakfast spots: At the time of typing, their Irish breakfast comes in at €9.50!
FAQs about the best breakfast Dublin has to offer
Since publishing the first version of this guide many years ago, we’ve been asked everything from ‘Where does the best fry in Dublin?’ to ‘Where’s the cheapest?’.
Below, you’ll find the most FAQs. If you have any favourite Dublin breakfast spots that we’ve missed, let us know in the comments!
Where does the best breakfast in Dublin City?
In our opinion, the best breakfast in Dublin City can be found at Lemon Jelly Café on the Millennium Walkway (their brekkie crepe is great!) and Alma in Portobello.
Where does the best Irish breakfast in Dublin?
Few Dublin breakfast spots compare to Lemon Jelly Café (they do an all-day full Irish) and One Society on Lower Gardiner St. when it comes to a full Irish.
Where does a healthy breakfast in Dublin?
Tang (Dawson St., Abbey St. and Cumberland Place) does some of the best breakfast in Dublin if you’re after something clean. There is buckwheat pancakes, shakshouka and a tasty and simple eggs on toast option.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.