Looking up coffee shops to visit on our recent road trip to Dingle, I wasn’t expecting to find much that would grab me. I had hoped to find a nice little café where we could go to rest the legs, but if I’m being completely honest, a specialty coffee shop right in Dingle Town was not what I was expecting to find. Not only that, I was definitely not expecting to find what I think may be my favourite coffee shop that I’ve visited in Ireland to date. There is something about this coffee shop – it is simply alive with an atmosphere that makes you want to stay there all day. More than once I have considered driving all the way back to Kerry just to visit this shop again! If you’re wondering where to get coffee in Dingle, you simply can’t miss Bean in Dingle.
Fonté café bar is located on Parliament Street in Dublin 2, steps away from City Hall, a short walk from Christchurch Cathedral, and right next to Temple Bar. With so many coffee shops around Dublin these days, it can be hard to stand out. But Fonté Coffee Roasters have carved out a space that is different to all the rest, with incredible coffee, a great atmosphere and their own secret garden. What makes this coffee shop even more unique is that the only other place you can visit a Fonté Coffee shop is across the Atlantic in Seattle. This is where Fonté Coffee Roasters started and they found their way to Dublin. How glad am I that they did!
Container Coffee is the newest addition to Thomas St, right in the heart of the Guinness Brewery and just steps away from the Guinness Storehouse. When I first saw this blue container pop up on Thomas Street along my bus route, I wasn’t sure exactly what it was going to be or who it was for, but I did know I wanted to visit. It’s a strange but clever concept and after much anticipation in the few weeks before I had the chance to visit, it did not disappoint.
Shoe Lane Coffee can be found on Tara Street, right next to the colourful, newly renovated Tara Building, and down the street from the Irish Times building. You can spot it by the simple sign sticking out from the side of the shop that says the word ‘coffee’. It’s a small coffee shop, but it’s got plenty of personality, good coffee, and friendly staff.
While it may seem like an unlikely place to find one of Dublin’s great specialty coffee shops, Joe’s Coffee can be found tucked in at the side of Arnotts Department Store next to the Liffey Street Upper entrance. It has an open plan design, so there are no doors separating the coffee shop from the rest of the store, yet once you step into the space that Joe’s Coffee have created, you no longer feel like you’re in Arnotts, rather you feel like you are somewhere else entirely. From the decor, to the music, to the general atmosphere, there is an authenticity to this coffee shop that you won’t find in other cafés located inside department stores or shopping centres.
This past weekend I had the chance to visit Coffeewerk + Press in Galway City while taking part in a mystery train tour to the West of Ireland. The tour was part of the official St Patrick’s Day Festival, organised by JJ Community. Our task was to go out into our mystery destination – which turned out to be Galway – and take as many pictures as we could. However, this is Ireland, and Irish weather pays no mind to your weekend plans. That’s why when on the search for some good coffee indoors, I was delighted to have come across Coffeewerk + Press.