If you’re anything like us, you run on coffee.
Getting that first dose of caffeine in the morning can be just what you need to get yourself in gear and launch into a hefty workload at full pelt.
If you drink that much coffee, you tend to become a bit of a connoisseur and you develop a real sensitivity to the bad stuff. When that happens, your average café chain just isn’t gonna cut it anymore.
Thankfully, Dublin food and drink culture is exploding right now and there’s no shortage of high quality coffee houses where you can pick up a rich cup of joe on your route to work every day. Wherever you live, you should be able to find one of these epic spots near you.
Kaph — Drury Street
Dublin cafés don’t come much cooler than this.
This independent coffeehouse is notable for its understated decor, fantastic playlist and coffee that’d wring a nod of approval from even the most snobbish of customers.
It’s also a great place to work remotely while nibbling on a delicious cake.
La Petit Café — Kildare Street
They really aren’t kidding with the name because this place is positively tiny, but it’s all the more charming for that.
The snug little establishment offers an array of delish hot beverages and sandwiches, with a huge front window that’s pointed directly at the Dáil, making it one of the most interesting people-watching spots in the city.
Just order yourself some hot coffee, grab one of the newspapers and watch the world roll by.
Network — Aungier Street
If you like to frequent cafés with a hefty dose of style, this is the one for you.
With Network’s baristas turning your morning coffee into a masterpiece of latte art and boasting an attractive industrial aesthetic, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in a gallery and not a coffeehouse.
It’s also dog-friendly, so that makes it even more appealing in our eyes.
Urbanity — Smithfield Square
If you find yourself in Smithfield, there’s no better place to work remotely. Especially since they make no secret of the wifi password, what with it being scrawled in huge letters on the wall, and there are power sockets at every table.
Not that it’s just a convenient place to work from. The small-batch roaster and speciality café was started by three friends with a passion for food who try to make as much of what they sell as possible, such as almond butter, granola, relishes and sweet treats.
If you develop a taste for their coffee you can even pick up a bag of ground beans to make at home.
Five Points — Harold’s Cross
If you’ve time to have a bite to eat with your morning caffeine hit, this is where you’re going.
There may not be a huge selection here, with only three dishes on their breakfast and lunch menus, but you still won’t have any problem finding something that will tickle your fancy.
Just try their wild garlic scrambled eggs with sourdough — you can thank us later.
Two Boys Brew — North Circular Road
This is kind of place you’d expect to find in San Francisco, not so much in Phibsboro.
The café is one long and bright room, with tables dotted around and a long communal bench. They try to keep their coffee exciting by hosting a new guest roaster every week.
There’s a great buzz, cool music and their eggs are to die for.
Love Supreme — Stoneybatter & Portobello
This Stoneybatter (and now Portobello) spot gets a lot of attention for its distinctive look, what with its bright white exterior and exposed brick interior, but that’s only part of is appeal.
Their rich coffee comes exclusively from Roasted Brown, which is just what you need to wash down their sumptuous cakes, cookies, pies and, our personal favourite, flaky sausage rolls.
Make it your mission to pay them a visit.
Laine, my love — Talbot Street
This brilliantly named café is hidden away under railway tracks, but it’s worth your while to go seek it out.
Located close to Connolly Station, the coffeehouse is a little oasis of calm amid the scurrying masses moving along the street.
These guys dispense high quality sandwiches, cakes and coffee for all weary Dubliners who stumble upon them.
The Orange Tree Bakery — Lower Rathmines Road
If there’s one thing better than the smell of freshly made coffee of the morning, it’s gotta be freshly baked treats.
At the OTB, you can start your day with an espresso, a chocolate eclair or one of the finest brownies in town.
For those mornings where you really need to treat yourself.
Coffee Angel – Trinity Street, Leinster Street South, Pembroke Street Lower, South Anne Street, Custom House Quay, Spencer Dock
This may be a chain, but it’s a chain we can get behind.
You can find Coffee Angel in several locations around Dublin yet they all somehow retain that feeling of being one of a kind in their ability to maintain the high standards set by the original.
Is there any better place to start your day? You’ll just have to try it and see…