Breakfast and Brunch Options to Satisfy Every Palate in Ireland's Capital

For some people breakfast is a meal they'd rather skip, whereas for some it is the driving force of their day. Whether you like to start your day with a cooked breakfast, fresh fruit and granola or french toast with all the extras there is a plethora of great choices in terms of breakfast and brunch for all tastes. If you're looking for a picturesque, waterside venue then head down to Herb Street on the docklands. If you're looking for a hearty start to the day that includes a lot of meat then look no further than Whitefriar Grill or Coppinger Row. Both are located in the heart of the city and offer a brunch that is bound to leave you stuffed.

If you're looking for even more vegetarian options then take a trip to The Fumbally in Dublin 8, which has large tables for bigger groups, or Brother Hubbard on nearby Capel Street who specialise in Middle-Eastern inspired dishes. If you're planning on catching a rugby match in the afternoon then popping into Farmer Brown's for their Irish fry-cum-salad is the right way to set yourself up for the day. 



San Lorenzo's in one of the city's premiere Italian spots that isn't relying on the homely, rustic style that is the usual hallmark of Italian restaurants. The aim is modern cuisine that fuses classic Italian ingredients with a New York style of...  Read More

The Fumbally
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The Fumbally found its home in a large space that fell victim to the bust of the Celtic Tiger and had been left empty since its construction. What's come from that is a caf� and restaurant that is more reminiscent of continental Europe in...  Read More



The Whitefriar Grill is definitely the right port of call who like their brunch to include lots of meat. These portions are serious and the staff seem serious about curing your hangover as well, with plenty of cocktails and 'pick me up' options...  Read More

Herb Street
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This café has the perfect setting to blow away the cobwebs, situated in the heart of Dublin's 'Silicon Docks'. Herb Street caters to the myriad of beautiful, modern apartment blocks and trendy tech offices that line the mouth of the Grand Canal...  Read More



Brunch in Coppinger Row is truly aimed at those wanting to dive straight into a hearty meal early on. The menu is mouth watering and diverse, from your usual fare of Eggs Florentine to a mixed grill with lamb chops and Merguez sausage or salt...  Read More



Brother Hubbard has gone from a small restaurant to a brunch behemoth in Dublin. Within a few short years they've opened an adjoining takeaway café in the form of 'Little Brother' and a sister café in Portobello called 'Sister Sadie'. By...  Read More



Tucked away in a residential area in Portobello, you'll have to look closely to find Bibi's but you will be more than rewarded once you do. This is a top class breakfast, brunch and lunch spot that boasts an ever changing and innovative menu....  Read More

Southside suburbs
Farmer Brown's
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Situated in the leafy suburb of Ballsbridge, Farmer Brown's is a local restaurant specialising in simple Irish/American cuisine. Run by sisters Grace and Finnuala, Farmer Brown's is usually inundated with salivating customers at the weekends and...  Read More

Phoenix Park and quays
Photo courtesy of Slice


Slice is a recent addition to the ever-expanding repertoire of northside suburb Stoneybatter. A sister-café to the Cake Café just off Camden Street, Slice is a small but perfectly formed little neighbourhood cafe that caters for breakfasts,...  Read More

Southside suburbs
Forest Avenue
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Forest Avenue's brunch experience has really caught the imagination of Dubliners, who have been raving about the 5-course brunch menu since it came on the scene. Forest Avenue is best known for being a high-end dining experience just over the...  Read More


Meet Emily Carson

Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily