Dublin map.jpg

All the Food, Guides, Features & News

What You Should Really Be Ordering In Dublin’s Favourite Bakeries

In the past few years, Dublin has seriously upped its bakery game, thanks in no small part to a group of entrepreneurial flour-obsessives who have moved us away from sub-par pastries and firmly into the house-made camp. While we all know the icon places to go, this is the ATF guide for what you need to get order while you’re there, because being Insta-famous doesn't mean it's the most delicious thing in the window.

Bread 41, Pearse Street

What you think you should get: Morning Buns and Cruffins

What you should actually get: Custardos

No surprise that we’ve put Bread 41 first on this list as it’s the place that comes to mind when most people think about fantastic Dublin bakeries, and for good reason. You’re probably all about the Cruffins and Morning Buns and we do love them but hear us out - lemon and vanilla flavoured pasteis de nata that you won’t have to brave Dublin Airport to get your hands on.

Scéal Bakery, Fumbally Stables

What you think you should get: Twice-Baked Almond Croissants

What you should actually get: Demerara Sugar Kouign Amann

Originating in Brittany, we’ve seen Kouign Amann pastries pop up in some Dublin bakeries over the last year or so, and we’re sad and amazed that they don’t get more love. Layers of buttery, sugary, laminated dough under a caramelised top should get top billing more often. Scéal describe theirs as “butter bombs”, and it's not hard to see why.

No Messin' Bakery, Smithfield

What you think you should get: Cardi B

What you should actually get: Hun Bun

We love a Cardi B - sticky, spicy deliciousness from No Messin' is never not on our list of things we could eat at any moment - but for something full of elegance (and decadence), we're all about the cream choux of a Hun Bun. Flavours change with the seasons, natch.

Il Valentino, Grand Canal Dock

What you think you should get: Raisin Danish

What you should actually get: Madelines

One of our favourite people-watching spots, Il Valentino is known for its long counter full of fresh pastries and colourful cakes, but we recommend going a little low-key for once, and getting your hands on their fresh Madelines. The shell-shaped sponge is light, sweet, and the perfect addition to a coffee when you want something, but not something OTT.

Strudel, Dún Laoghaire

What you think you should get: Fruit Brioche

What you should actually get: Babka

Walk into any Jewish bakery in New York and you’ll come out a babka convert. Sweet bread layers with chocolate or cinnamon, it’s comforting and very hard to stop eating. While Strudel doesn’t have their mini-babka every day, get there early on Friday or Saturday and you should be in luck.