Best Places in Dublin to Get Sweets and a Caffeine Fix

Two things that people tend to take very seriously are their coffees and their desserts. Luckily, the Dublin coffee scene has really taken off in the last few years, particularly with the arrival of 3FE, and now you don't have to look far for an americano or a filter coffee that doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste. Whether you're a coffee fanatic who likes to know exactly where things are roasted and what kind of mouthfeel to expect then there are plenty of coffee shops in this list who will be more than thrilled to help you learn more about what you're putting in your mouth or simply inform your already extensive knowledge about what roast is on that day.

What better to compliment your coffee than a sweet treat? Cafés know that people are looking to enjoy a package deal a lot of the time and, as a result, many of these establishments such as The Queen of Tarts are dedicated to creating the most sumptuous and decadent cakes, tarts, cookies, brownies and other dessert items to make your mouth water. All of these establishments are also very well priced and many of them also sell great lunchtime food as well so you'll have all the more reason to head in to sample their wares.



The Bald Barista is self-named coffee fanatic Buzz Fendall's venture on Aungier Street. His mission is to bring great coffee to Dublin using the 'Fixx' blend which has been developed in conjunction with Caf� de Cuba. Many hail this...  Read More



Nestled in between Camden Street and Pleasants Place, The Cake Caf� is one of Dublin's hidden gems. Every aspect of this building has been thought through from the solar paneling that powers the caf� to their ethical coffee and,...  Read More



Looking over the Wall of Fame in Temple Bar, Roasted Brown is the go-to coffee shop in the tourist mecca. Starting off as a travelling van this speciality coffee vendor is now located on the first floor of Filmbase, Dublin's filmmaker resource...  Read More

Queen of Tarts


The Queen of Tarts is so good they have two venues one in the heart of Temple Bar on Cow's Lane and the original branch on Dame Street. Sisters Regina and Yvonne Fallon took their experience working as pastry chefs in New York and opened a haven...  Read More



Vice Coffee is definitely one of the most relaxed cafés you can go to in Dublin's city centre. Founded in January 2013, Vice is dedicated to bringing its customers a variety of coffees from across the world, regularly dealing with roasters like...  Read More



Kaph is located right in the centre of Dublin's southside shopping district, sandwiched in between lots of independent boutiques, vegetarian cafés and chocolatiers. Its interior is minimalist and artsy - you'll often see illustrations on...  Read More

The Fumbally
Photo courtesy of Emily Carson


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

Phoenix Park and quays
Photo courtesy of Slice


Slice is a recent addition to the ever-expanding repertoire of northside suburb Stoneybatter. A sister-cafe to the Cake Cafe , Slice is a small but perfectly formed little neighbourhood cafe that caters for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. As...  Read More



3FE is the head honcho of coffee in Dublin at the moment and it's easy to see why. The supply wholesale coffee to many of the city's best caf�s and restaurants and have a café on Lower Grand Canal Street. They approach coffee in a...  Read More



Brother Hubbard is a recent addition to trendy Capel Street and they're setting the bar high. Coffee and tea is sourced from two of the best Dublin suppliers, 3FE and Wall and Keogh and their homemade drinks including orange and lemon barley...  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