We've been getting requests for this one for a while, and as we're not members of the dog owner club, we thought we'd enlist Taurean Coughlan from Two Boys Brew/TAUR.ie, parent to Milo the beagle and Dublin coffee shop expert (and owner) to put it together for us.
There really is nothing better than finding a new place in the city to grab a coffee, a spot of brunch or to just hang out with your friends. With the proliferation of new places opening up in Dublin at the moment, it’s hard not to find somewhere you’ve never tried. But what happens when like us two boys, you get yourself a new puppy and you’re left wondering where can we go now? Since Milo’s arrival, it’s been great to have been welcomed into so many of the places we love to visit, with the little lady. Below is just a small selection of some of the places we like to hit up during our days off and whether your fury friend is small, big or gigantic – you can be rest assured you’ll all be looked after extremely well.
1. Two Boys Brew
Of course, she loves a trip to TBB to say hello to the team and chill while we grab a bite to eat. For the best part of putting down roots in Phibsborough, we have been dog friendly and it’s been great. We have so many customers who love to take their pup with them when going for a coffee or food and we love to see them!
2. Lilliput Stores
Living in Stoneybatter, the Lilliput Stores is a godsend to those who love their food in this part of the city. Early morning walks with Milo usually begin with a trip there to grab a coffee and a small treat sometimes. These guys use Ariosa Coffee who are a wonderful roastery based in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Their coffee packs a real punch and is just the thing needed before heading to the Phoenix Park for that long walk. As well a full deli offering, the store stocks everything from breads, cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables and the best olive oil and balsamic vinegar you’ll find.
3. The Fumbally
Milo sure likes to walk, so it’s not unusual for us to make our way over to the other side of the city most weekends. The Fumbally is a perfect spot for us to visit as it’s so big that you can grab yourself a space in the corner and be confident that you’re not going to annoy anyone too close to you. We like to grab some coffees and lunch while Milo takes a well-deserved nap on one of the comfy sofas. That nap mightn’t last long, so we enjoy it while we can.
4. Proper Order Coffee Co.
Proper Order Coffee Co. are just down the road from where we live in Smithfield so we visit them a few times a week. Milo’s been visiting Niall, Ali and the team there since she was tiny and it’s just a lovely place to relax during your morning coffee. They do a really nice selection of pastries and breads from Bread 41 throughout the week and don’t be surprised to see Milo nibbling away on a bit of a morning bun – she’s got a bit of a sweet tooth like her dads.
5. Two Pups Coffee
Milo and I have spent many a morning in Two Pups over the last year and it’s great to visit during the week with your dog. We usually grab a seat by the window where Milo does some people watching down Francis St. while I try and sneak a bite of their Avo Toast (with that insanely delicious garlic peanut butter). They serve great coffee from a range of top roasters and make sure to grab one of their brownies – they’re so good.
6. Love Supreme
Owners Ken and Katie have two gorgeous dogs of their own so naturally Love Supreme is a brilliant place for other dog owners. The team there are always lovely and they’ve got a great selection of sausage rolls, breakfast pies and cakes to tempt you while you order your coffee at the bar. Everything is made onsite and using the best quality ingredients available so definitely one to check out.
7. Meet Me In The Morning
We’ve been massive fans of MMIM since the beginning and with Reference Coffee now part of the mix, we’re so glad we’re still able to visit and bring Milo along. Brian, Kevin and their team have created a wonderful space that serves insanely delicious food and their coffee is kept varied and international meaning you get to try a new roaster during each visit most times.
8. The Belfry
I love The Belfry and thankfully it’s one of our locals. Since reopening, it’s become a real hotspot for locals and visitors alike who love the cosy space, its great drinks menu and the various food trucks that visit throughout the week. Whether its vegan burgers, pizza or falafel; you can grab yourself some food, a drink and relax with your fury friend in a really relaxing space.
9. 3fe (including Daniel)
When we moved back to Dublin from Melbourne, 3fe was one of our regular destinations as it really reminded us of our favourite Melbourne cafes. The coffee, the space and the wonderful hustle and bustle is everything we love so it’s amazing to be able to visit them with Milo. While we don’t get to visit them as much as we like these days, we do visit Daniel often where the team there look after Milo with treats so we can take a minute to really enjoy our coffees and pastries.
10. Ariosa (not Dublin but a short train ride away)
We love to bring Milo to Kevin’s family home just outside Drogheda as much as we can, where she gets to play with his brother's dog Alfie. Both of them run the legs off themselves, and once its nap time we’re in the car down the road to visit Ariosa for a coffee and a piece of cake. Having grown up in Drogheda, speciality coffee shops were few and far between, so it’s now amazing to have somewhere
like Ariosa right in the middle of town.
And….. The Fat Fox!
Since her first trip to meet Claire, Rob and Jack nearly a year ago, Milo’s visited The Fat Fox quite a bit - each time a little bigger. They’re all mad about dogs so it was a wonderful spot to bring her during our walks around the city as she was showered with cuddles and kisses. It was sad to see these guys having to close on Camden Row last year but be assured that they're working so hard to get those doors re-opened and will be back with a bang in a fantastic new location soon. We can’t wait!