Where to Eat and Drink in the Creative Quarter


There’s been a few recent changes to the Creative Quarter, some sad, some exciting, so we’ve refreshed our guide to the area....

The Creative Quarter is the quarter you want to be in. The other three quarters? Well, we won’t even mention them. So clear your next day off and prepare for a day of great food, blissfully aimless shopping and too much coffee. Here’s how we would spend it... (and in case you're not sure where we're talking about, here's a map too)

Morning...

Start off in the Pepperpot Café in the Powerscourt Centre for breakfast. Whilst we’re big fans of their famous pear and bacon sandwich (it’s worth the hype), their scrambled eggs are also spot on.

Afterwards, poke your head into homeware shop Article, before walking down South William St to Clement & Pekoe for coffee. The bench outside is one of the best places for people-watching in the city, if you can nab a spot. If it's too cold for that there's plenty of indoor seats too.

Lunchtime...

Head to Industry & Co. on Drury Street for Ottolenghi-style meats and salads, and have a browse around the shop afterwards. Earlier this year they started opening on Friday and Saturday evenings - details on that here - and while they've stopped for the while we hear they're due to start up again soon.

If the weather is good, Blazing Salads is a great spot for a takeaway salad to bring to Stephen's Green. Alternatively, sit down with your salad in Sprout on Exchequer Street (below) who grow their own greens on their farm in Kildare.

Get your afternoon coffee fix from Kaph on Drury Street, one of our favourite cafés in town. The seating upstairs is a nice place to get some work done but be warned, it can be packed. If you’re still feeling peckish, go for the quintessential pint and toastie in Grogan's. It’s nothing fancy but it hits the spot.

Around the corner on Stephen Street Lower you'll find Sisu Izakaya where you can get yourself a great value bento box or some artfully decorated sushi to keep you going through your day of wandering, boozing and eating.

During the day...

Go to the Irish Design Shop, the Secret Book and Record Store or do a day course in Cook’s Academy. Have a stroll around Asia Market on Drury St and walk through George’s Street Arcade.

Have a browse around upmarket grocer Fallon and Byrne and try to nab some of their truffle brie. They also do €1 corkage on any bottle from their wine cellar to drink in on Mondays and Tuesdays.