Last updated on August 5th, 2022 at 09:20 pm
Dublin’s coffee culture has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years. Long gone are the days when you would be hard-pressed to find a flat white or a pour-over. The city is now home to some top notch cafes serving up fine gourmet coffee on a level to rival the brews on offer in the coffee capitals of the world like Melbourne, Vienna, and Seattle.
The cafes serving up the best coffee in Dublin are united in sourcing the best-quality beans, ensuring that the beans are roasted to perfection, and drawing on years of experience to pull the highest quality espresso shots that go into each coffee.
In this post we share the best coffee in Dublin.
Map of Cafes
The following map shows the location of every cafe highlighted in this post:
3fe is a veritable institution for coffee lovers in Dublin. The cafe and roastery business was established in 2009 by Colin Harmon when he left his job as a finance professional to pursue coffee perfection. 3fe stands for Third Floor Espresso, a nod to the 3rd floor apartment in which Colin experimented with blends that would later be served up to the coffee aficionados of Dublin.
Today, 3fe roast their own coffee in their roastery in Dublin and supply coffee to several cafes around the city. You can buy their delicious coffee in their two cafes (at Grand Canal Street Lower in the city centre and Sussex Terrace in Dublin 4) or online on the 3fe website, but our preferred way to partake is to sip a note perfect cup prepared by their expert baristas at the original cafe on Grand Canal Street Lower.
3fe also serve up a concise food menu with excellent sandwiches and sweet and savoury brunch items.
Location: 32 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin
The Bald Barista
If you order a coffee from The Bald Barista cafe, you just might have the pleasure of being served by the bald barista himself! Buzz Fendall, the lifelong coffee connoisseur and barista, often pulls the espresso shots at his cafe on Aungier Street. Hailing from New Zealand originally (the home of the flat white), Buzz prides himself on serving up quality coffee crafted just so to make the perfect cup every time. Don’t fret though if the man himself isn’t behind the counter – all of the baristas at The Bald Barista are friendly, attentive, and serve up a mean latte.
The cafe also offers a wide range of delicious pastries and cakes, as well as savoury items like quiches and sandwiches.
More information on The Bald Barista cafe can be found here.
Location: 68 Aungier Street, Dublin
Situated in the heart of the city on Drury Street, Kaph has become synonymous with good coffee since it opened in 2013. Kaph source their coffee beans from 3fe, and in fact the founder of Kaph, Christopher Keegan, trained as a barista at 3fe. The two-storey premises from which Kaph serve up their matcha lattes and flat whites used to be a clothes shop, and the cafe retains some of the shop’s originally features, which contributes to the chic, minimalist vibe of the cafe.
Kaph also offer a range of snacks to go with their coffees.
Location: 31 Drury Street, Dublin
Clement & Pekoe
Source: Clement & Pekoe
Clement & Pekoe are nothing short of obsessed about tea and coffee. The independent Irish coffee and tea purveyors operate out of two stores, their flagship cafe and retail store on South William Street in the city centre, and a second cafe on Blessington Street on the north side that also doubles as a kombucha processing facility and business operations hub.
There are no better people to go to than the staff at Clement & Pekoe for advice on coffee – the friendly staff will happily talk you through the coffee beans available and what roaster they came from when you order a cup, or recommend a bag of beans to take home yourself.
Clement & Pekoe also serve up a range of baked goods to go with your coffee, tea, or kombucha.
Location: 50 South William Street, Dublin
Source: Love Supreme
Situated in the north of the city in newly trendy Stoneybatter, Love Supreme is a pretty gem of a cafe adorned with hanging plants, exposed brick walls, and cool metal furniture. The interior isn’t the only thing to coo about though – they serve up excellent coffee from a variety of roasters, lovingly sourced from the best available, whether local to Dublin or from further afield.
Pair a cup of coffee with one of their gorgeous sausage rolls, or a pastry baked from scratch in-house.
Location: 57 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin
Two Boys Brew
Source: Two Boys Brew
The ‘two boys’ behind the Two Boys Brew moniker, Kevin Roche and Taurean Coughlan, have always had a passion for coffee. While working in Melbourne, they spent their weekends passing through endless cafes, brunch spots, and roasterys in the pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee. Having always dreamed of opening a cafe of their own, they took the plunge on moving back to Ireland in 2015 and set up Two Boys Brew, a gourmet coffee and food space in Phibsborough in North Dublin.
The Irish roastery Root and Branch Coffee Roasters supply the beans to the cafe, ensuring a steady supply of high-quality coffee. Two Boys Brew also offer an extensive brunch menu, including mouthwatering versions of brunch classics such as avocado toast, overnight oats, and pancakes. There is also a range of freshly baked scones, cakes, and pastries to enjoy.
Location: 375 North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Dublin
Two Fifty Square
Source: Two Fifty Square
Good coffee is at the heart of everything that Two Fifty Square do. Operating out of two locations and a roaster, the small cafe chain strive for nothing less than coffee perfection in every cup. Their first location in Rathmines serves up brunch food in addition to coffee, while a smaller location in Ranelagh focuses on takeaway coffee. The Two Fifty Square cafe and roastery in Terenure holds the operation in place, supplying quality, freshly roasted coffee beans to each location, as well as serving up coffee to the public.
Alongside the usual flat whites and espressos, Two Fifty Square also serve up such exotic coffee variants as Vietnamese iced coffee, affogato, and AeroPress coffee. If you’re passing through Rathmines or Ranelagh and need a caffeine hit, look no further than Two Fifty Square.
Location: 10 Williams Park, Rathmines, Dublin
If you’re looking for an espresso pulled by an award-winning barista, your best bet is Proper Order in Smithfield. Champion barista and owner Niall Wynne heads up the cafe, serving up coffee made with highly-vetted, quality coffee beans. In addition to the usual range of espresso based drinks, they also offer mind-blowingly good flavoured lattes made from real ingredients and spices, like their fresh pumpkin lattes.
Proper Order also sell a range of fine coffee from their website direct to the public.
More information on the Proper Order cafe, including opening hours, can be found here.
Location: 7 Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin
Network was a sleek and stylish addition to Aungier Street in the city centre when it first opened its doors in 2016. The sharp and minimalist interior draws the eye, and thankfully the coffee on offer is every bit as good as the design.
On top of the perfectly crafted coffee, the standard of latte art on show is incredible. In all spheres, Network’s attention to detail and commitment to quality shines through.
Location: 39 Aungier Street, Dublin
True to its name, Shoe Lane on Tara Street in the city centre ply their trade out of a former cobblers shop. Where cobblers once hunched over pairs of shoes with their tools, now Shoe Lane’s baristas craft expert espressos, flat whites, and pour overs. They also serve up a variety of iced coffees, as well as matcha, chai, and turmeric lattes. All of the coffee beans used are from a local gourmet coffee roaster, Full Circle.
To go with your coffee, Shoe Lane offer a selection of delicious cakes, pastries, sausage rolls, and toasties.
Alongside the Tara Street location, Shoe Lane have a second cafe in Dun Laoghaire.
Location: 7 Tara Street, Dublin