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Our Favourite Southside City Grocers

There’s never been a better selection of independent and specialist food stores in Dublin, with somewhere to satisfy almost any culinary craving, curiosity or cookbook you may own. In part two of our favourite grocers series, here's our pick of the new and old on the Southside of the city that we love a good potter around (i.e. spending far more money than planned).

Lennox Street Grocer

This sibling-run, super friendly Lennox Street Grocer on leafy Lennox Street has become an institution in Portobello. Their products - everything from oils and vinegars to antipasti and wine - is thoughtfully chosen, with plenty of support for local makers. Sandwiches from Greenville Deli are available during the week, along with an ever-changing selection of seasonal quiche and tart specials that always make us swoon when we see them on Instagram. Pastries are delivered daily from Bread 41 (the Morning Buns sell out on the regular so act fast) and are best enjoyed on the bench outside with a cup of Moyee Coffee.

Hero Product: Revolution Ragu. The Upcycle Farm uses nutrient-rich leftover coffee grinds from Lennox Street Grocer to grow the oyster mushrooms that they transform into this tasty vegan sauce.

Brindle Coffee & Wine, Portobello

This quirky little store is a joy to browse, and only a few doors up from Lennox Street Grocer. As well as boasting an excellent wine selection, Brindle stock all sorts of fun merch to load up on (we love the ‘I heart Portobello’ tote bags). There’s dips, pestos, pâtés and pastes aplenty here, many of which are made in-house - be sure to leave with some of their olive tapenade and red onion marmalade. The deck chairs outside are a coveted spot to catch up with friends over a cup of Roasted Brown coffee, and our absolute favourite discovery is their Mixtape Series - a box of wines delivered to your home along with a cheesy Spotify playlist to pair them with.

Hero Product: Brindle Chai Syrup - add some to your baking, tea or a cocktail.

Evergreen, Wexford Street

A pocket of calm on busy Wexford Street, a colourful array of locally-grown fresh fruit and veg welcome you into Evergreen, from donut peaches to organic mushrooms of all shapes and sizes. There are shelves upon shelves of spices and herbs to look through with everything from vegan feta cheese to gourmet preserves in this small but homely space. Coffee comes courtesy of McCabes and there are sweet treats like custard tarts at the counter.

Hero Product: Nirvana Hazelnut Butter - seriously smooth with a hint of vanilla, this nut butter is gorgeous on a piece of sourdough toast. We also love the trippy branding by illustrator Ross Carvill.

A Taste Of Spain, Camden Street

A Taste Of Spain, which also has a branch on Capel Street, is the go-to for all the delicious things that make Spain a food destination - wine, Iberian chorizo, olives, Manchego cheese, paella mix - but it also caters to Spanish people living in Ireland, stocking the snacks, biscuits, breakfast cereals and even some beauty products that they may be missing from home. The wine selection is first rate, and they also put together beautiful, bespoke foodie hampers that make thoughtful gifts. Their ‘New Mum’ hamper in particular is a lovely idea.

Hero Product: Their Bravas Sauce. You can also pick up traditional ceramic tapas bowls here to serve your patatas in.