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Where to Eat and Drink in Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire has always been a bit of an anomaly – by its seaside location you would imagine a town teaming with fresh seafood restaurants and interesting eateries, but it's never really had the pull factor that neighbouring villages of Glasthule and Monkstown have. In recent years, however, there's been real investment in the area, and if you ignore the weirdly deserted shopping centre smack bang in the centre, the area is looking up. There’s a great choice of eateries to try on your next trip – throw in a walk on the pier and a root in one of many charity shops in the area and you have yourself the perfect day out.

Coffee

Kick off your day at Shoe Lane who are serving up the best coffee in Dun Laoghaire, as well as plenty of pastries and delicious sausage rolls. They've also just announced that they’re starting to accept re-usable cups again – more of this please!



Two Beans is another great spot for coffee in the area and they hold sustainability at the centre of their offering, only partnering with roasters who source their coffee directly from farmers and pay them fair and square. So you can feel extra virtuous as you sip your brew.



Breakfast

You’ll probably spot Strudel Artisan Bakery by the hungry looking queue forming outside from around 8am. One glance at their Instagram will make you understand how they won Bakery of the Year at the Independent Retail Awards, just one year after they opened in 2018. Get there early as they are known to sell out.



The newest addition to the area, Portobello native Bibi’s has opened a little outpost right on the seafront. They have tables outside and recently opened indoor dining too, and we can’t wait to see how this place develops over the next few months. It's a perfect place to grab a bite to eat and take a stroll down to the 40 Foot for a dip.



You may not come across The Cali Kitchen by chance as it's a little hidden away on the grounds of the Royal Marine hotel, but it's worth a trip for the most Instagrammable brunch around.



Lunch


Almost time for elevenses and we’re headed to Le Chocolat de Frèd, which is a little bit of France on our own doorstep. As you can deduce from the name, chocolate is their game (it's on tap, literally), but they also have a savoury galette menu for a light lunch.



Breakaway Coffee operates from an unassuming little hatch on York Road, but are dishing out lovely coffee and recently started sourcing toasties from Golden Brown which look verrrry gouda (sorry). Cakes are sourced from local favourite Rustic Honey, and it's the perfect spot to visit after a stroll down the West Pier.



Dinner

While Soup have expanded into Smithfield, their original Dun Laoghaire location will always have our hearts. They're serving up some of the best ramen in Dublin and their specials board is always full of