In search of the best breakfast in Dublin? This guide will make your belly happy!
Dublin is home to its fair share of breakfast and brunch spots (check out our guide to the best brunch in Dublin!).
From full Irish breakfasts in authentic Irish pubs or healthy kicks in lively cafes, there’s something for everyone in our guide to the best breakfast in Dublin City and beyond below.
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The best breakfast in Dublin
- The Green Straw
- Lemon Jelly Café
- Metro Café
- The Vanilla Pod
- Two Boys Brew
- Beanhive Coffee
1. The Green Straw (Swords)
The first place in our guide is arguably one of the lesser-known places for breakfast in Dublin. Unless you live in/near Swords, that is! This is a local favourite and for good reason.
Green Straw is all about healthy, fresh and ridiculously tasty food. The organic veggies and fruits come from local suppliers and there are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options on the menu to choose from.
Try the chilli eggs or order their signature protein pancakes that are served with peanut butter sauce. The avocado egg toast and homemade brownies are also worth ordering.
Note from the editor: The protein pancakes from the Green Straw are knock-you-on-your-arse good. Honestly. You won’t find better anywhere in Dublin!
2. Lemon Jelly Café (the best Irish breakfast Dublin has to offer)
You’ll see the Lemon Jelly Cafe regularly top guides to the best Irish breakfast Dublin City has to offer, with many citing its full Irish breakfast as the best in the capital.
With both indoor and outdoor seating, this modern café in Dublin offers a wide range of breakfast foods ranging from their brekkie crepe with crispy bacon, eggs, and melted cheddar cheese to mouthwatering paninis, salads, and ciabattas.
The good news is that Lemon Jelly Café serves their version of a full Irish breakfast all day long, so there’s no need to whip yourself out of bed too early!
You’ll find Pog in Howth, on Tara Street and at Bachelors Walk. This café focuses on dishing up freshly made salads packed with fats, veggies, proteins, and greens.
They also prepare ‘on-trend’ breakfast delicacies such as protein pancakes, wraps, and acai bowls. Not to be missed is the café’s frozen yoghurt with both “nice” and “naughty” toppings.
The “nice” version comes with fruits and nuts, while the “naughty” option is served with guilty morning pleasures like marshmallows and chocolate drops.
Pog is one of the better known spots for breakfast in Dublin City Centre, so keep in mind that it can be busy in their Tara Street and Barchelors Walk locations in the mornings.
An Argentinian café in Portobello, Alma is one of the newest additions to the lively breakfast scene in the capital of Ireland (it’s also said to do some of the best brunch Dublin has to offer!).
Expect to find a seasonal menu with an Argentinian twist at this family-run joint. Whether you wish to try the signature Choripan Argento or go for peanut rayu and homemade salsa, everything you order at Alma will satisfy your taste buds.
If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend getting their chocolate granola bowl with lemon curd, fruit, coconut, and Greek yoghurt.
5. Tang (one of the best places for breakfast in Dublin, according to TripAdvisor)
Tang (Stephen’s Green and Lower Abbey Street) is another popular spot that tends to get featured in many guides to the best breakfast in Dublin and, again, for good reason.
On their breakfast menu, you will find everything from avocado eggs, flavoured yogurt, and porridge to Middle Eastern food delicacies like Shakshuka.
As for the interior, I like their floral arrangements and the comfortable wooden benches. Keep in mind that although Tang has two locations in Dublin, both of them are extremely popular and it’s recommended to arrive early to find a table.
Next up is Balfes. You’ll find this busy spot in the Westbury Mall and it’s arguably one of the fancier places for breakfast in Dublin in our guide.
If you’ve yet to visit, Balfes looks a bit like a mixture of a Parisian bistro and a trendy New York eatery. Their outdoor terrace with heaters and blankets looks spectacular and offers an ideal setting for breakfast with friends on the weekends.
From health-focused protein-packed breakfast dishes to classics like porridge, omelettes, and pancakes, their extensive breakfast menu offers something for everyone.
7. Metro Café
Metro Café is a perfect place for travellers looking for breakfast in Dublin city centre. Located in Dublin’s South William Street, this Parisian café serves breakfast and brunch all day long.
Signature dishes include the Breakfast Buttie, Metro Special, and Mighty Metro. Healthy eaters can order the Breakfast Booster (natural yogurt with a granola bar, dried cranberries, organic honey, and fresh berries).
The pancakes are also delicious, as well as their array of cakes and muffins. Metro Café’s outdoor seating area is a perfect destination for a lazy summer morning breakfast in Dublin.
8. Urbanity (best all day breakfast Dublin has to offer)
Located in a buzzy corner of Smithfield, Urbanity is a popular breakfast joint and a speciality café that offers an extensive all-day breakfast menu.
The roast butterbean hummus with toast, aniseed popcorn, and pickled cucumber is a big crowd-pleaser. I also liked their grilled garlicky halloumi with mixed leaves.
The café’s speciality coffee is roasted to perfection and you can even attend their coffee roasting sessions.
If you’re in search of the best all day breakfast Dublin has to offer, Urbanity is well worth travelling to!
9. The Vanilla Pod
Kicking back with breakfast at the Vanilla Pod is one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning. If I get up late, it’s not a problem, since this fabulous joint serves breakfast until 5 pm.
So, what’s so special about this place? Well, they serve delicious and reasonably priced gourmet breakfast food sources from local Irish suppliers.
The French toast with crispy smoked bacon is fried to perfection, while the buttermilk scones melt in your mouth. If you are into sweet stuff, don’t leave this place before trying their pancakes with berries.
10. Two Boys Brew
Located on the North Circular Road in Phibsborough, Two Boys Brew is a gorgeous little coffee shop run by Kevin Roche and Taurean Coughlan who lived in London and Melbourne before deciding to return home to Dublin.
Although this place is extremely popular with caffeine connoisseurs, it also offers one of the best breakfasts in Dublin (be prepared to wait for a seat, though!).
Whether you order their ricotta pancakes or try the freshly-baked scones, I guarantee you won’t leave this place disappointed. If spicy food is your jam, get the chilli eggs with sourdough and herb-infused chunks of feta.
11. Beanhive Coffee
Well-known for its spectacular coffee art, Beanhive cafe on Dawson Street often tops lists to the best Irish breakfast in Dublin.
If you have a quick glance up at the photo above, you’ll quickly see why! The sweet bakery treats are also amazing, as well as many of the vegan options that can be found on their menu.
Best breakfast Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally missed out on some other brilliant places for breakfast in Dublin City Centre and beyond in the guide above.
Have a place that you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments section below! Cheers!