5 Dublin City spots for a decent coffee

Whether it’s an espresso to kick-start your day, a latte to go with your lunch or a mocha to cap an evening meal, Dublin is a veritable Mecca for coffee lovers. You just have to know where to look. DublinObserver.com shows you five of our favourites:

Havana Cafe

Hidden as it is upstairs in the Decent Cigar Emporium on Grafton Street, the Havana Café is one of the very best ‘secret’ coffee spots in the capital. Not only does it serve a mean espresso, the prices are among the lowest in Dublin (and definitely on Grafton Street). How cheap, you ask? How does a single euro for an espresso sound?

Cobblers  Cafe

Keep this one quiet, it’s long been a favourite haunt of people just looking to get away from it all. Cobblers serve good coffee, good salads and good pizza. All in a nice building just off Leeson Street with plenty of seating room inside and outside. You’ll get plenty of office types in here, but if that doesn’t bother you then Cobblers is well worth going to. Just watch out for the potholes on the way.

3rd Floor Espresso

Home to Ireland’s champion barista Colin Harmon, 3rd Floor Espresso (as reviewed on Sour Grapes) is another place seemingly handcrafted for espresso junkies.  Located on the ground floor of the Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street. The only place that puts the Havana Cafe espresso in the shade.

Milk & Honey

The artist formerly known as Darwin’s. Happily, Milk & Honey has retained the same excellent standards in coffee. M & H do a nice Mocha in particular, although coffee must be combined with a hearty lunch.

Cafe ToGo

To go, or Togo? Does it matter? This cafe is all about the location. Just beside Bewley’s on Grafton Street, there is a lane. Go down that lane. Right beside Powerscourt on the other side of the lane is this cafe. Get a  Latte and a (Nom, Nom) Mars Bar Square.

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6 Comments for “5 Dublin City spots for a decent coffee”

  1. May I also be so bold as to suggest La Corte in The Epicurean Food Hall on Abbey Street..

    i know I know, the atmosphere is typical food hall, but the coffee is divine and the Barista is just a darling.

    They also have a really good afternoon deal coffee and a cake 3 euro, not to be sneezed at

  2. Hiya

    A request: not all of us know the old names, so a few more directions may help in our quests for perfection. Thanks.

    Please consider adding Inna’s in Milltown (along from the Spar) she does a lovely range of coffees – and treats if you need to add to nirvana.

    The mosque in Clonskea also does a mean coffee (plus very decent lunch, for best part of f*** all).

  3. Thanks for the feedback Mark, I’ll put in some maps now.

    I’m dying to have lunch in that mosque now. We’ll have to do a ‘5 more places to have coffee in Dublin’ soon with all these suggestions.

  4. I suggest Cafe Cagligostro as well. It is Italian Cafe on Blooms Lane, Dublin 1. Great coffee, nice croissants and prices like in Madrid or Rome – cheap 😉

  5. May I also suggest a little coffee kiosk in Ranelagh. Nicks Coffee Co who make an exceptional cup of sweet espresso.

  6. +1 for Nick’s in Ranelagh. Near SuperQuinn. Order a Double macchiato for 1.50, and then go next door and browse the Ranelagh Local Market…

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