15 Of The Best ‘Sun Trap’ Spots For Lunch in Dublin

With Ireland having one of the best summer’s on record, the nation is ensuring we are taking full advantage! This includes getting outdoors for some much needed vitamin D during the lunch hours at work.
Whilst getting out for a nice stroll or walk through the city is one way of doing it, sometimes it’s nice to just relax, unwind and chill out under the precious sunlight (while we still can). We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite ‘sun trap’ spots around Dublin city to help you catch some rays during your lunch break.

This is definitely one of those hidden gems we were nearly afraid to include in this list for fear of losing our own lunch spot. You’ll find Chez Max along Baggot Street where from the outside you would think it only houses in-door dining, which is of course, is not the case. Head downstairs and through the restaurant to stumble upon one of the best lunch-time sun traps the city has to offer. With French cuisine, an isolated setting and of course the sunny weather, you’ll feel like you’re on your holidays.

The only thing better than spending your lunchtime alfresco is spending it with stunning views such as the that from Angelina’s. Situated along the beautiful Dublin city canal, this tasty spot is your perfect getaway from the hustle & bustle of the office.

The Bernard Shaw has become increasingly popular for sunny spells, in particular for evening drinks. However, they also have a lunchtime menu as well as the renowned Big Blue Bus serving pizza. The beauty of this spot is that they are also connected to The Eatyard right next door, serving a number of food varieties including plenty of vegan options, so there really is something for everyone. The Bernard Shaw is open lunchtime daily however The Eat Yard is only open during lunch hours on Thursdays & Fridays.

You can’t beat lying out in the park when the sun is beaming, and one of our personal favourite spots is Merrion Square on a sunny Thursday afternoon. Every Thursday, you’ll find a mix of lunchtime markets offering all sorts from Korean burritos, Middle Eastern falafel, as well as good aul Irish beef burgers. The perfect spot for a team picnic or a bit of alone time to just flake and unwind.

For those looking for something a little fancier, House is your spot. Whilst the indoor interiors are simply stunning, when the weather is good you’ll want to find yourself out the back garden terrace surrounded by equally beautiful decor. Indulge in the perfect lunchtime salad, sandwich or small plate with plenty of choice, as well as plenty of cocktails for any boozy Friday “business” lunches.

When the sun comes out, you can be sure this place will be busy. Renowned for its sun trap, PYG is a very cool spot with great summertime vibes. It’ll be a difficult one to come here and resist a lunchtime cocktail but the food alone will be worth it.

Situated just beside The Jervis Shopping Centre, The Tram Café doesn’t have a lot of space inside the tram itself (although it is very cool), but it does have a nicely spacious courtyard area outside where you can bask in the sun. The menu is simple enough but it’s all you need for a good lunchtime feed; soups, sambos and salads.

Situated along Grand Canal Dock, anyone who dines here is guaranteed to have beautiful views, particularly on a sunny day. Herb Street does a really good lunch with plenty of options, these guys know how to stand out from the crowd and strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible, which is always a plus!

The perfect spot for those who enjoy sitting under the sun or alternatively for those who simply want to see the city under spotlight. Sophie’s is situated on the top floor of The Dean Hotel where you can sit out in their beautiful outdoor terrace or sit indoors but still enjoy the sunlight with their stunning views overlooking the city. The food is delicious, the decor devine and overall vibe is ideal for a lunchtime chill out.

A New York style restaurant / bar, Nolita is a really nice spot from day to night, however many people forget about this gem for their sun filled lunches. They have a beautiful outdoor terrace which opens just in time for lunch so be sure to give it a try.

Ahhh the Pavilion bar at Trinity, now this takes us back! Whilst it is best known for its cheap drinks, there’s nothing to stop you from wandering into the stunning grounds of Trinity for a sneaky picnic break in the sun.

Bailey is located just off the busy Grafton Street area, so this spot is ideal for anyone who enjoys people watching. With light bites, salads, sandwiches and sharing platters, there’s a little something for everyone, check out this restaurant for the feeling of being on holiday.

Another gem down by Grand Canal Dock, Il Valentino has equally beautiful views to Herb Street. This is a relaxed destination for Italian breads, pastries and puds to enjoy with a lunchtime coffee.

Whilst the menu is limited at The Jar, it’s for good reason. They serve one of the tastiest pizzas Dublin has to offer, the unbelievably delicious Base pizza. Sit out in their outdoor area, bask in the sun and enjoy your cheat day pizza.

And last but certainly not least, is Iveagh Gardens. One of the most stunning parks we have here in the city with a beautiful waterfall feature, water fountain and forestry. This is the perfect escape as you’re completely cut-off from the hustle & bustle of the city. Bring a packed lunch or pick something up in the abundance of cafés close-by.

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