Best Coffee Shops in Dublin City Centre

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Best coffee in Dublin

Dublin has seen a surge in speciality coffee shops over the last few years, with cool new independents opening up across the city and neighbourhoods. The city centre is home to some of the best coffee shops in Dublin, serving top-notch coffee. The coffee shops offer cosy spaces to relax in and tasty treats to accompany your cuppa.

Best coffee shops in Dublin

If you’re looking for the best cafés in Dublin to get your caffeine fix, read on for our guide to brilliant coffee shops in the heart of the city.

Kaph

One of Dublin’s most popular coffee shops, Kaph on Drury Street, is known for its expertly made coffee served in a stripped-back, design-focused space. The baristas really know their beans here and take coffee seriously as both an art and a science.

There’s nearly always a line at Kaph, but it’s worth the short wait. The coffee (like the decor) is cool and minimalist in style, made with care and attention to detail. As well as black coffees, they also do specialities like beetroot and apple coffee.

Two Boys Brew

Tucked away on Phibsborough’s North Circular Road, Two Boys Brew brings a slice of Melbourne coffee culture to Dublin. After living down under and growing their shared passion for coffee, the two boys returned home to set up this cosy café focusing on filter coffee excellence.

As well as superb single origin filter coffee, Two Boys Brew uses ingredients from local and organic producers to create sandwiches, savoury scones, and sweet treats.

Vice Coffee Inc

For superb coffee in the heart of Dublin, stop by Vice Coffee Inc. inside the trendy Wigwam bar on Middle Abbey Street. Along with wine, beer, and cocktails, Wigwam is home to one of the best coffee shops in the city centre.

The baristas at Vice are passionate about sourcing and roasting speciality beans to create rich, aromatic cups of coffee with the perfect crema. As well as expertly made espresso, Vice has a strong line-up of Irish coffees topped with Kilbeggan whiskey.

The Morning

Previously known as Meet Me in the Morning, this cafe opened a new space adjacent to their hatch and converted it into a two-seater spot out front – arguably the best sun trap in Dublin!

Now simply referred to as ‘The Morning’, this coffee shop on Pleasants Street is a firm favourite with Dublin’s coffee lovers for its sophisticated, balanced, and perfectly brewed cups of coffee. As a multi-roaster speciality cafe, the team works with carefully selected roasters from across Ireland and beyond.

Bear Market Coffee

With seven locations across Dublin, including a roastery in a former church in Stillorgan, Bear Market Coffee has to feature among the city’s top coffee spots. Husband and wife founders, Stephen and Ruth, bring their creative flair to the design of each café.

But style alone won’t get you far in the world of coffee – the team at Bear Market are also completely dedicated to sourcing and roasting speciality coffee sustainably. Their single origin beans are exceptional, changing seasonally along with their guest espresso option.

Fumbally Café

Tucked away off Clanbrassil Street in the heart of Dublin 8, you’ll find one of the best loved local cafés in Dublin. The Fumbally Café brings a slice of Berlin to the Liberties with its effortlessly cool warehouse vibes and focus on community and sustainability.

Everything they serve is made carefully in-house using ethically and locally sourced ingredients where possible. Their café menu ranges from hearty vegan brunches to falafel wraps and salads. On Saturday evenings, the warehouse space turns into a sociable pop-up restaurant hosting guest chefs. There’s also a grocer here stocking local specialities like kimchi and natural wine.

Proper Order

On Newmarket Square in Smithfield, Proper Order is an outstanding spot for speciality coffee from experts. Not only do they serve Ireland’s best coffee, but the team behind Proper Order includes Irish Barista Champion Colin Harmon.

With its minimalist decor and pared-back menu from No Messin’ Bakery, the focus here is very much on world-class coffee excellence. All their beans are carefully sourced and roasted on-site for an unbeatable flavour and aroma in every cup.

The Tram Cafe

For a truly unique experience while grabbing coffee in Dublin, make your way to the colourful converted tram perched on the edge of Wolfe Tone Park. After discovering this historic Dublin tram in an abandoned state, owner Dave Fitzpatrick reimagined it as an eccentric city café.

Now it’s a quirky northside favourite serving delicious coffee and sweet treats to loyal locals. Sitting inside the wooden clad interior with its retro tram fit feels like you’ve stepped back in time to early 20th-century Dublin. Alternatively, nab an outside spot to watch the world go by.

Indigo and Cloth

Behind an inconspicuous doorway on Essex Street, superb coffee awaits. Indigo & Cloth first made its name as a contemporary men’s style store before branching out into speciality coffee, women’s fashion and homeware.

Head through the door marked “A Kind of Guise” to discover their laidback café below street level, serving coffee from Belfast roasters Bailies. The white walls and marble countertops give Indigo & Cloth café a clean, minimal Scandinavian feel that stands out from the pubs at Temple Bar.

Bewley’s Café

No guide to Dublin’s cafés would be complete without the iconic Bewley’s on Grafton Street. A city centre institution since 1927, Bewley’s oozes old-world charm with its ornate cobwebbed ceilings, stained glass windows, and marble counters.

While it’s very much on the tourist trail, Bewley’s hasn’t lost its ability to brew an excellent cup of coffee. Sipping rich aromatic coffee beside the gasoline lamps of this historic jewel of Victorian architecture is an essential Dublin experience. Go classic with a pot of loose leaf tea or try Bewley’s luxuriously wicked Opera Gateaux alongside your latte.

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