There are two things that are certain in post-recession Dublin - astronomical rent and brunch. Good brunch was probably one of the best things to come out of the recession (hey low VAT rate, wuu2? We miss you, come back...) Even though there’s a brunch spot around every corner, most of them are boring AF - if we wanted scrambled eggs on toast we'd stay home and do an infinitely better job with our Scéal toast, peanut rayu, McNally peashoots - apologies, that's the hanger talking. Well, worry your hungover head no further, we've compiled our ultimate guide to the best brunch places in the city...
1. Two Pups
Two Pups came onto the scene as a pop up coffee shop back in 2015 and has been growing ever since (literally, they’ve had to expand the café for more space). When you ask anyone about where to go for brunch, Two Pups always come up. They have doggos, yoga above the cafe and French toast that's the stuff of legend.
2. The Fumbally
This place is utter madness at the weekend so expect long queues to order food, but it still manages to have a good buzz. Take the time to wait (agonizing over the menu will take time anyway) and then go and sit down with the paper. The Fumbally is almost like brunch school for Dublin with alumni going onto open their own cafés with a Fumbally spin on the menu. Bonus feature: the Saturday Market where millennials spend all of their disposable income. Totally worth it, it’s not like we’ll ever own houses.
Tang, which opened a second location on the northside last autumn, has bridged a business during the week, party during the weekend format. While midweek offers a speedy lunch service with their salads and flatbreads, their brunch menu offers an extended version of their breakfast menu, which really just means unlimited access to their granola dish, of which we are very big fans.
4. Meet Me In The Morning
Meet Me in the Morning is an idyllic café to go to on a sunny day (outside tables FTW) and has been changing the game in Dublin brunch since it opened in 2016. They added a takeaway coffee shop, ‘Reference Coffee’, next door last year, so there's now two reasons to head to Pleasants Street. The menu evolves every so often, but certain dishes like the ‘Eggs and Greens’ are staples for good reason.
Nestled in between the houses in Portobello is Bibi’s, Dublin 8’s secret-not-so-secret brunch spot. It’s pretty calm during the week but at the weekend, be prepared for a wait. They know their way around a plate of French toast and their Turkish eggs might be the best in the city.
6. The Seafood Café
Go for the build your own Bloody Mary station. Stay for the build your own Bloody Mary station. If you’re sick of standard Dublin brunch fare, try The Seafood Café, especially when you're in such a state from the night before that only an alcohol infused brunch can fix you. Ours is a plate of hot buttered crumpets with shrimp.
Alma exploded onto the scene in January of this year, and overnight became one of the most popular brunch spots in town, with the only downside being the queues to get in. With strong Argentinian influences on the menu and great service, they're already a solid member of the Dublin brunch club.
8. Brother Hubbard North
Brother Hubbard North is one of the OG brunch purveyors of Dublin, with locations on both sides of the river. They’ve kept their Middle-Eastern influence from the start but brunch is an eclectic mix with everything from cornbread and greens to French toast with chocolate truffle ganache, tahini-date caramel and sesame honeycomb.