Dublin’s most mouth watering black stuff: 3 Cups of Coffee in Temple Bar.
Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street 7
The coffee shop in the Irish Film Institute, and during summertime especially on IFI’s terrace, offers a quiet and sophisticated nook in the heart of the busiest, trendiest and most touristy part of Dublin. Apart from a good cup of coffee, you can enjoy a juicy piece of brownie, or some more substantial food, such as fish & chips, in the dimly-lit restaurant. IFI also has a little bookshop for all-things-film, and just around the corner, you can also check out the latest photography exhibition at the Gallery of Photography. On Saturdays, a happy coffee shop monger can also enjoy some tasty oysters and beer at the local food market, just in front of IFI’s entrance at the Meeting House Square.
For me, the best thing about IFI coffee shop is its calm atmosphere: here you can really get into the local, Dublin bohemian atmosphere in the middle of Temple Bar’s touristy streams and the everlasting bachelor parties.
The Brick Alley Café, Essex Street
I do not only recommend the Brick Alley Café because its cosy atmosphere and good coffee, but rather for personal reasons. It was here, when I was on my way to Donegal a couple of years ago, that I started to really ponder upon the question what it would be like to live in Dublin. The next time I entered the coffee shop I had already been living in the city for a wee while and was suffering from a slight depression caused by the eternal drizzle of greyness from the sky. Luckily Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch offered just enough challenge for the idle afternoons, and the coffee warmed up the soul to the degree needed. You can scribble on your notebook sitting on the high stools by the window and listen to the local buskers entertaining the tourists on Temple Bar’s cobblestone streets. A coffee experience does not get much more Dubliner than this!
Roasted Brown, Filmbase, Curve Street
As the readers of Crumbs of Rain know, I did much research to find the best coffee shop in town to serve as my secondary office (oh well, who am I kidding, even a decent coffee shop beats your own kitchen corner and an overdose of instant coffee). And, I confess, it was you, Roasted Brown, who conquered my work-exhausted heart with your delicious cups of coffee and your brownies spiced up with sea salt!
Roasted Brown roasts coffee for some of the best coffee shops in Dublin, and it has often been chosen as the best coffee shop on the whole island. The space has an airy feel because of its super high ceiling, and the customers are typically enjoying their coffees in the blue glare of laptop screens: this is a communal workspace/coffee shop in the heart of Dublin. You just have to make the stairs to upstairs, and you can rest your Temple Bar weary feet sitting on a cosy leather sofa, sipping on best coffee in Dublin.
Enjoy Temple Bar!
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