We're all aware of the importance of decent coffee, and one of the most challenging factors of the Covid crisis has been trying to fill the gap that has been left by the closure of our favourite coffee shops. However, slowly but surely there does appear to be some light at the end of this seemingly unending tunnel. With some clarification now afoot, a few of our favourite cafés have reopened their doors to satisfy the needs of the coffee craving public. Needless to say, all the (un)usual social distancing protocols apply.
Two Boys Brew, Phibsboro
Two Boys Brew has officially reopened this morning with breakfast, brunch, lunch and drinks to go, as well as all the baked treats and new products from Irish producers, like Ballymakenny Farm potatoes and Belview eggs. They're also selling their own granola, and have a new click and collect service on their website. They're hoping to introduce delivery soon too. Order in advance or when you get there, from Wednesday - Sunday, 08:00 - 15:30 with the kitchen closing at 15:00.
In Portobello, Alma (those of the dulce de leche pancakes fame) reopened this week for take away coffee and cafes. There is also food collection and delivery, and yes the famous pancakes are on the menu - praise the Lord. Open Tuesday to Sunday 09:00 - 15:00.
Saba, Baggot Street
On the south side of the city, Saba on Baggot Street have opened a coffee hatch with McCabe’s Coffee from Wicklow and fresh Bread 41 pastries daily. You will find them from Wednesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 13:00.
On James’s Street in Dublin 8, Groundstate Coffee have reopened their doors daily from 09:30 to 14:30. Along with great coffee there's Firehouse Bakery bread, sandwiches, French toast to go and lots of treats to take away.
Honey Honey, Portmarnock
In Portmarnock, Honey Honey are open for business with coffee to go. There's also sandwiches, salads and treats to take away, but we're running there for the Bailies coffee - ideally with ice and a side of sunshine. Open from 08:00 - 14:00, Monday to Friday.
Happy Out, Bull Island
If you happen to be taking your daily constitutional on Bull Island, Happy Out is as perfect a stop off as you can imagine. The coffee comes by way of Roasted Brown and the toasties have something of a legendary following. Open from 10:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday.
Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street
On Exchequer Street, Fallon & Byrne have coffee to go until 19:00 daily. The coffee is from 3fe so you know it’s going to tick the right boxes, and with town so quiet the queues are likely to be manageable.
3fe Five Points, Harold's Cross
3fe Five Points are open daily in Harolds Cross from 09:00 to 16:00 serving excellent 3fe coffee (obviously) and a selection of the good stuff they've become associated with.
Clement & Pekoe, Blessington Street & South William Street
On Dublin’s Blessington Street Clement & Pekoe are not just all about the tea, with coffee beans to take home from some unusual roasters including Climpson & Sons in London, Imbibe and Upside in Dublin, La Cabra in Aahrus and The Barn in Berlin. There are also two house espressos, filter coffees and kombucha available daily. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 14:00. They're also looking into opening the South William Street branch so keep an eye on their social channels.
With Roasted Brown Coffee to go, Fia in Rathgar are open Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 15:00. They have limited sandwiches and cakes available for takeaway, and you can expect them to go fast.
Velvet Café, Portmarnock
As of yesterday, Velvet Café have reopened their doors in Portmarnock with coffee and cake for all - featuring some of the best shortcrust pastry in town. Ours is a frangipane or a pear and almond tart, but the brownies are excellent too and the selection changes daily. Open from 10:00 - 15:30.
Cinnamon, Ranelagh & Monkstown
Both branches of Cinnamon reopened this week for take away coffee and goodies. There's a reduced food menu also available for collection, including their ever popular coronation chicken. Open daily from 12:00 until 21:00.
In both Leeson Street and Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Gerard’s Deli has opened up shop again with 3fe coffee and sausage rolls galore. Open from 08:00 – 14:30.
Marlowe & Co, Dublin 8
Neighbourhood grocery and coffee shop Marlowe & Co. in Dublin 8 are open from 08:00 - 13:00 with Ariosa coffee, Tartine pastries and everything you might need for an al fresco lunch later on.
In Islandbridge Storyboard have reopened from 10:00 - 14:00 Thursday - Sunday, selling takeaway coffee & cake, as well as bread, eggs, their own sauces, cheeses, cured meats and vegetables from McNally Farm.
Cloud Café, North Strand
North Strand favourite Cloud Café are serving coffee, sandwiches, excellent cake and their famous power bowls to go. You can order in advance by calling them or face the queue when you get there. If it's sunny take your breakfast/lunch to Fairview Park and get a much needed dose of Vitamin D. Check their Instagram account for the menu.