Wherever you live, there's sure to be a neighbourhood café nearby that holds a special place in your heart.
Sometimes living in a small country your only go-to places are in town, but there are tonnes of hidden gems outside of the city. These great urban cafes have been serving delicious food under the radar for years, so read on for some of our favourite cafés outside of Dublin city centre.
1. The Farmhouse Café & Bakery, Longmile Road
A favourite here at F&W, The Farmhouse Café and Bakery was recently voted ‘Café of the Year’ by the McKenna's Guide. Situated off the Longmile road, this spot is a gem in the Dublin café scene. Owner Susan O’Sullivan creates her menus using seasonal produce that has been grown in her own garden in Enfield, as well as using Gloucester Old Spot Pigs for bacon and sausages. The Farmhouse Café also bake batch loaves daily, which are used in their fantastic sandwiches.
2. Strudel Artisan Bakery, Dun Laoghaire
Originally known as Ciara’s Bites, Strudel Artisan Bakery began with owner Ciara selling her baked goods at local markets until she found a permanent home in Dun Laoghaire last year for her delicious pastries. If you follow Ciara on Instagram you will see that the café sells out most days, so go early to get the goods! They are known for their light and flaky Hungarian Strudel, which is a dessert that requires delicate hands and masterful skills for a perfect finish. The bakery also stocks a variety of other pastries each day which are made from their homemade puff pastry. A visit here and a Teddy's ice-cream after would be our ideal day out.
3. Ebb & Flow, Clontarf
A coffee from here and a walk around Clontarf will set you right after a long weekend. Owners Fiona Fitzgerald and David Smyth opened up Ebb & Flow during the recession, but it has now succeeded in becoming one of Clontarf's hottest spots, The coffee in Ebb & Flow now comes from Full Circle Roasters and the shop's expert baristas always make sure your drink is perfect.
4. Fable + Stey, Blackrock
This new addition to Newtown Park Avenue is worth definitely worth a visit. The décor is as beautiful as the food, with pink marble tables and a stunning wood coffee area. Owners Alan Wall and Derek Foley have built up incredible relationships with suppliers so that each place they own has their own individual flair about them. Their other two great neighbour spots Fia in Rathgar and Little Frieda's in Deansgrange which serve up delicious dishes made with great ingredients.
5. East Village, Clondalkin
Located in the heart of Clondalkin Village, owners Jonny and Emma Bar decided to open up their own café when Jonny left his office job after 14 years. Having taken the dive into the hospitality industry, the couple is determined to produce great quality food with delicious ingredients.
6. Overends Restaurant Airfield, Dundrum
One of the best spots in Dublin to bring all the family, there is something for everyone at Overends Restaurant Airfield, which is situated on a 40-acre urban farm just a 15-minute walk from Dundrum Town Centre. The kitchen works with organically grown crops from the farm to create their daily dishes, as well as using milk from their Jersey cow herd. If you get a chance to walk around the farm you will see the gardeners and farmers working hard, harvesting crops or milking the cows.
7. Dockyard No. 8, Bray
Every summer, Bray is packed with families enjoying the summer fair activities, especially the Airshow. In recent years, the food scene in Bray has been revived with this coastal town now home to some of the coolest spots for food. Dockyard No. 8 is one of these new trendy spots, where you can sip on your coffee while looking out on on the Bray harbour. Dockyard No. 8 is also a dog-friendly spot, so you can refuel after a long walk on Bray prom with great food, coffee and a lovely atmosphere.
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This right here will be on our specials board all weekend 9-4.30pm! Sweet potato, chilli & smoked bacon fritters with poached eggs, chilli & coriander yoghurt topped with sweet potato crisps come on down and let us know what you think #dockyardno8 #brunch #delish #chefspecial
8. Urbun Café, Cabinteely
Urbun Café has been serving the local community with amazing food and coffee since 2011. The team's ambition was to bring together great food in an industrially styled cafe in the heart of Cabinteely, which we can tell you they have achieved. Once you walk in, you are greeted with bold concrete walls and floors alongside benches and bags of coffee beans. If you have ever been to a café in Brooklyn, this spot will remind you of the trendy coffee shops in that area.
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This is an oldie but a goodie from @justaddattitude taken when we just opened. We sourced our tiles and timber for the tables from a salvage yard in Dublin and all our kitchen equipment at the time was second-hand. The cafe certainly has a more lived-in feel these days! #cafedesign #cafeinterior
What are your favourite local spots? Let us know in the comments below.