There are three distinct categories of people when it comes to Christmas shopping; those who have everything bought, wrapped and ready to go by mid-September; those who will make a dash to their nearest 24-hr supermarket on Christmas Eve en-route home from the pub; and those who’ll join the throngs of shoppers on Dublin streets in search of presents, atmosphere, and some sustenance. If you're the latter, we've rounded up some places to head when you need to put down the bags, and pick up some food.
If you’re anywhere near Grafton Stre… Quarter, you’re a short stroll from Bread 41 and their lines and lines of cruffins, croissants, and other baked treats. The café offers lots of breakfast and lunch dishes, there’s pizza on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, brunch at the weekends, and they’ve recently started opening on Sundays. Pick up a few custaros to eat later when you’re trying to battle your way out of a packed car park to keep hanger at bay.
A popular spot because of the sheer amount of tasty food conveyed to your table for an exceptional price (€12 for the lunch deal or €20 for the entire menu), Lucky Tortoise is likely to be very busy across the majority of December, but it’s always worth sticking your head in to see if they have some space. You might get lucky.
Just off Camden Street, Sprezzatura has wine and beer on tap. Best of all, it’s seriously affordable with a selection of small plates, and all main course pastas are under a tenner. Ideal when you’ve just given the credit card a serious workout.
Mad Egg now has three locations to cover you northside and southside. If you’ve braved the madness of town, or Dundrum Town Centre, reward yourself with some free range fried chicken. There’s no reason quick eats shouldn't be heavy on taste.
New and already in demand, Allta is just around the corner from Grafton Street. Since opening in mid-November, they've been swamped with bookings, but space is kept for walk-ins so it’s worth trying your luck after an exhausting day pounding the pavement. If you do grab a table we recommend ordering everything. Sure it’s Christmas. (Read our Allta once over here)
Parnell Street is best known as a melting pot of Asian restaurants these days, and we love that, but 147 Deli remains a constant monument to the humble sandwich. Weekly specials, and a menu packed with regular favourites like the 147 Cheese Steak make it the perfect pitstop close to Henry Street.