Based around the simple idea of sharing a meal with someone you love, The Fumbally is Dublin’s off-the-beaten-track masterpiece. Stepping inside visitors are immersed in a busy world of cool chaos where high ceilings and an open space play background to an authentically cool collection of eclectic furniture and friendly faces. The menu at The Fumbally is inspired by simple ingredients with an emphasis on ethical sourcing. Headed up by owners Aisling Rogerson and Luca D’Alfonso, the restaurant is consistent in its offering of fresh takes on a core choice of dishes from salad plates and soups to falafel wraps and eggs on toast. We adore the falafel. Haphazardly cool and ultra hipster, the team make everything on site - even their fermented drinks which after a good night out in Dublin will be sure to boost you back to life. Try the shot of probiotic fermented cabbage and ginger juice if you’re feeling brave.
- Best for anyway brunch or Saturdays sent hanging with friends over a long and lazy afternoon. Also Wednesday night supper from 7-9pm, served after yoga at The Fumbally Stables next door -
Two Boys Brew
Two Boys Brew is the brainchild of Kevin Roche and Taurean Coughlan. Set in the heart of Phibsborough (swiftly becoming know as HIPSborough), Dublin 7, it is one of those Alice in Wonderland places where all your brunch dreams come to life. Having lived in Melbourne for over four years, and travelled the world, Roche and Coughlan bring a wealth of knowledge in terms of the coffee scene and avo-toast side of life. It's dangerously delightful; a destination spot that makes you wish you lived close by so as to visit on the daily. Everything on the menu is sourced here in Ireland yet infused with influences from the duos globe-trotting travels. Roast Peach & Apricot Toast is a weekday-morning favourite while the TBB Coconut Granola or Avo Mash make any weekend an enchanted thing to dream about from Monday to Friday. Along with and contributing to being one of the best brunches in Dublin is the cawfeeee situation at TBB, supplied by Root and Branch Coffee Roasters from Belfast. It's just got to be sipped to be believed.
Keep a lookout too for the boys' cute little puppy Milo, she's a heartbreaker on Instagram. And please note, it's best to arrive early on the weekends as you're sure to be met with a long line of other devoted TTB fans waiting to get their weekend fix.
- Best for any day, anytime, any mood, any any. It's divine -
Situated in the heart of Dublin 8, Bibi’s is a snug neighbourhood café that both delights and captivates those from near and far. Serving breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, the café is a project of love created by chef Maisha Lenehan and her brother Geoff. Returning lovers of Bibi’s are always in for a surprise with regular modifications being made to the menu - which means too that there’s always a draw for locals to become returning lovers too. No matter the time you choose, Bibi’s never fails in bringing to life the best of the best with produce from both Ireland and abroad. The space is bright and beautifully snuggled among the red-bricked terrace house of Portobello and frankly put, it’s an absolute must visit.
- Best for lazy but utterly chic weekend brunch before a long stroll on the canal -
Way off the beaten track but completely worth the trek, Union 8 is the ultimate New York style neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Kilmainham, just a short walk from IMMA and Kilmainham Goal. The interiors, as designed by Jean Feeney merge all the good parts of New York, balancing rich accents in the locally salvaged furnishings against harsher exposed brick walls and natural surfaces. The menu lends itself to a modern take on age old Irish specialities such as mussels or cured duck breast to start, followed by roast halibut or beef cheek burger. The salted caramel hot chocolate fondant with honeycomb ice-cream is absolutely not to be missed for afters and if you’re up for a cheeky cocktail the Union8 itself is the perfect topping to a perfect experience.
- Best for low-key but fabulous weekend brunch after having just explored the beautiful grounds of the nearby Kilmainham Gaol and IMMA -
Less is more is definitely a thing right now and Conor Higgins, owner of this wondrous pizza joint in Stoneybatter, one of Dublin’s most up-and-coming neighbourhoods, sure knows a thing or two about the trending philosophy. Focusing on Neopolitan-style pizzas during the days and evenings mid week, Cotto attracts a cool crowd with nothing but deliciousness in mind. Weekend brunch is a whole other level with dishes such as the gourmet sausage sandwiche and the infamous eggs Shakshouka it’s utterly mouth-watering from the get-go; our recommendations come in the form of the ‘Nduja pizza - ‘nduja, mozzarella, roasted red pepper and red onion if you're there for the pizza and most definitely the eggs shakshouka (as previously mentioned) for brunch; while a side of the sweet potato wedges with spiced seeds and yoghurt on a weekday might just make your sides burst they are simply ground-breaking.
- Best for hangover brunch on a Sunday followed by a movie at Dublin’s indie movie theatre, The Lighthouse, close by -
Perhaps Dublin’s most adaptable destination, Bagots Hutton is a take on the age old classic of a New York style cafe with a unique modern twist. Perfect for just about any social engagement, whether it’s double dating or romantic (and sometimes champagne-y) Sunday Jazz brunches with your love, or perhaps even a relaxing mid-week lunch, this new location is just a stone’s throw from the city centre with views of the River Liffey right on it’s doorstep. Bagots Hutton is an experience in understanding the importance of all things Italian, with it’s sophisticated but fun interiors playing home to a most delectable menu. A dining experience here is built around an extensive offering of wines and includes tapas style dishes that are perfect for sharing in groups or devouring all by yourself. Infamous for it’s Sunday Jazz brunch, a stroll through the city to reach this wonderful little gem is worth every step.
- Best for Sunday Jazz brunch - it’s like stepping back in time -
A favourite spot for yogis, Little Bird is a heavenly escape when looking to spend a little time reflecting amid the hustle and bustle of city life. The friendly staff at Little Bird are infamously good-natured and ready to make your experience warm and memorable. Whether there for yoga or not (the classes are some of our favourites in Dublin) the menu is full of homemade deliciousness that is both super healthy and exceptionally delicious. Think ‘avo on toast’ but with an array of interesting toppings of spices and seasonings. The salads are what you’d expect from a hotspot on Venice Beach in Cali and the tartines are what dreams are made of. While there is no requirement to get your downward dog on, Little Bird hits the spot every time.
- Best for weekday brunch after getting your zen on at a Little Bird yoga class -
Recognised as Beyonce and Jay Z’s favourite place to dine when they’re in town, it’s no wonder this city hotspot is forever on people’s bucket list. The space is vibrant and fun with a buzzing atmosphere that captivates from the start. Known for their top-quality take on Mediterranean plates and outrageously fabulous cocktail list, a trip here is to dive into a fresh and seasonal encounter where stylish eats meet distinctive drinks. Nestled just off South William Street, right in the heart of the city it’s an experience to sit outside at Coppinger Row, all wrapped up in the blankets provided as you watch the world go by.
- Best for a Bloody-Mary influenced brunches. Note that there are no reservations for parties less than six -