Best Brunch In Dublin

By Ellie Smith

11 months ago

Where to kick off a weekend in the Irish capital


Dublin is renowned for its nightlife – but where to recover after an evening in the town? At one of the city’s many brunch hotspots of course. The Irish city has a thriving food and drink scene, with an ever-growing collection of exciting chefs and buzzy restaurants – many of which serve a standout breakfast. Whether you’re after a hangover-curing classic Irish fry-up, a nourishing smoothie bowl or a bottomless cocktails shindig, here’s where to go for the best brunch in Dublin.

Best Brunch In Dublin

Angelina’s

 

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For brunch with a touch of glam, head to Angelina’s, an Italian-inspired eatery perched on the banks of the Grand Canal near Baggot Street. Every weekend stylish diners flock to its leather booths for big plates of avocado and poached eggs on sourdough, vanilla buttermilk pancakes, and waffles topped with chicken and maple syrup. Nursing a hangover? The brunch pizza is your cure, piled high with Italian sausage, pancetta, black pudding and parmesan. Pair with mimosas and Bloody Marys for a lively start to your weekend.

55 Percy Pl, Dublin, D04 X0C1, Ireland, angelinas.ie

Sophie’s At The Dean

 

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See Dublin from a new vantage point at Sophie’s, the rooftop restaurant perched at the top of The Dean hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the city and allow light to flood into the dining room, with a menu that blends the cuisines of New York and Ireland. Brunch-wise, tuck into classics like French toast with crispy bacon and Canadian maple syrup, a Full Irish breakfast, and homemade granola with yoghurt, alongside more lunch-style dishes like chicken burgers and pizzas. Despite its rooftop location, this is a relaxed spot with an informal feel – perfect for whiling away the hours on a weekend afternoon.

33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, Ireland, sophies.ie

Thundercut Alley

If you’re after a free-flowing brunch in Dublin, Thundercut Alley in Smithfield is sure to bring the party vibes. The retro-style, Mexican-inspired spot is famous for its bottomless offering, which allows diners to add unlimited cocktails to their meal for 90 minutes. Soak up all the booze with a hearty brunch dish, such as the El Gringo: eggs, hollandaise, soft chorizo, mixed peppers and jalapenos; or the loaded nachos, which come with a choice of chicken, pork or vegetables. 

Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland, thundercutalley.ie

Queen of Tarts

 

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After training as pastry chefs in New York in the ‘90s, sisters Regina and Yvonne Fallon returned to Ireland to establish their own food and drink venture. They opened Queen of Tarts in 1998, a homely cafe and patisserie serving breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and of course plenty of sweet treats. Everything is baked and prepared fresh on-site using top-quality ingredients, with the brunch offering including omelettes, sandwiches, tarts and French toast. It’s near-impossible to resist having a brunch pudding here too. 

Cow’s Ln, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland, queenoftarts.ie

Two Boys Brew

 

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After being inspired by the coffee culture in Melbourne, Kevin Roche and Taurean Coughlan returned to Ireland and decided to open their own cafe. The result is Two Boys Brew, a coffee and food space in Phibsborough. Visit on a weekend to try the stellar brunch: dishes on offer include baked ricotta and blueberry hotcakes, chilli eggs on sourdough, and a Cajun fried chicken burger. Coffee is taken seriously here, so expect only the best – alongside summer lemonade, fresh juices and mimosas.

375 N Circular Rd, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, D07 FWY1, Ireland, twoboysbrew.ie 

Cleaver East

 

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Irish ingredients are paired with East Asian flavours at Cleaver East, a lively restaurant located within the heart of Temple Bar. It’s another big destination for bottomless brunch, with a special offering available on weekends which includes free-flowing bellinis and mimosas. On the food side, diners can enjoy hearty brunch fare with a twist: tempura hake with curry aioli, for instance, and spiced potato rosti with poached eggs. Add sides of parmesan and truffle fries or patatas bravas with confit chorizo for an extra dose of carbs. 

6 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 HT44, Ireland, cleavereast.ie

Alma

 

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An Argentinian family-run cafe on the South Circular Road, Alma translates as soul in Spanish – but it also stands for the initials of its four founding daughters: Anabella, Luciana, Macarena and Agustina. The family bring the flavours of their hometown to the menu, giving classic brunch fare a unique twist. Buttermilk pancakes, for instance, are topped with goat’s cheese cream, West Cork smoked salmon, poached eggs and fennel. There’s also Argentinian-style sausage served on organic sourdough with chimichurri, and pea and mint hummus on toast, served with portobello mushrooms and house pickles. Finish on a sweet note with one of the irresistible cakes or brownies.

12 S Circular Rd, Portobello, Dublin 8, D08 XTN5, Ireland, alma.ie

Brother Hubbard

After quitting their jobs, travelling the world and completing a cookery course at Ballymaloe, culinary duo Garrett Fitzgerald and James Boland opened a cafe in Dublin, Brother Hubbard. Their mission was clear: to serve ‘simple, pure and interesting food, made entirely from scratch’ – beginning by serving just cakes and coffee, but going on to add a lunch and a brunch menu. There are now three locations across the city, all serving fresh, homemade dishes alongside top-notch coffee. Head to the Capel St or Harrington St outposts for a Middle Eastern-inspired brunch: think pulled pork croque madame, eggs menemen (scrambled eggs on toasted bread topped with feta yoghurt and salsa). Feeling sweet-toothed? Order one of the mouth-watering cinnamon and walnut scrolls, or go all out with the burnt orange blossom cheesecake.

Various locations, brotherhubbard.ie