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.