Our Favourite Brunch Spots in Dublin

pic from Instagram @fia_cafe

pic from Instagram @fia_cafe

I doubt you’ll find a list of the best brunch spots in Dublin that doesn't include Fia in Ranelagh. It’s a small spot with a small menu but don’t let that put you off. There are plenty of extras to add in if you so choose! Their eggs and greens are famous, head on out to the suburbs and try yourself. If you have to queue I promise it will be worth the wait and remember hunger is good sauce!

155b, Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6, D06 R924

 

 

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pic from Instagram @angelinasdublin

 

 

Angelinas

Angelina's is a favourite brunch spot for Dubliners which sits on the banks of the Grand Canal. They have an extensive menu coupled with cosy, cushy seating and sophisticated interiors. On a nice day sit on the terrace overlooking one of Ireland’s most famous poet’s, Patrick Kavanagh, favourite spot, the canal. Afterwards walk down the canal and see Kavanagh’s statue commemorated on a “canal-bank seat for the passer-by”.

55 Percy Place, Dublin 4

 

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pic from Instagram @robertasdublin

 

 

Robertas

In the heart of Temple Bar sits Robertas, a fairly new establishment that has very rightfully climbed to the top of the Dublin dining scene. Prepare to be wowed at the glass ceiling towering over their bar. The light, bright, airy atmosphere is exactly the tonic needed for a Sunday morning brunch.

1 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

pic from Instagram @brother_hubbard_south

pic from Instagram @brother_hubbard_south

 

 

 

 

Brother Hubbard

With two locations in Dublin (North & South) and their own cookbook it’s easy to see why Brother Hubbard may do the best brunch in Dublin. The North cafe is located in the heart of Dublin City Centre while South is on the fringes of the city tucked away in the leafy suburb of Portobello. I frequently have dreams about their Spiced Pork Rarebit open sandwich!! In their own words “This is the café you’ve been looking for.”

 

 

46 Harrington St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 8 & 153 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1

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pic from Instagram @dillingersdublin @terrymcdonagh

 

 

 

 

Dillingers

Outside the city in one of Dublin’s gorgeous neighbourhoods, Ranelagh, sits Dillinger’s an American style diner serving up delicious American/Mexican style food. It’s been one of the most stable and iconic brunch spots for Dubliners and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down any time soon. If you want a break from the city centre eateries, this one's for you!

47 Ranelagh, Dublin 6

History of Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea has become quite mainstream in popular culture with pictures and posts flooding our feeds; from fancy hotels, teapots filled with gin and of course our own vintage buses. The opportunities for afternoon tea are endless.

 

But where did the whole tradition start? And why is it such a fancy occasion?

 

pic from afternoon tea.co.uk

pic from afternoon tea.co.uk

 

The story goes that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, complained of “having that sinking feeling” between lunch and dinner. These days, she would have been given a protein bar and cup of coffee and be sent on her way but times were different in 1840 and she was, of course, a duchess. So instead a tray of tea, bread and butter and a selection of small cakes were brought to her in her boudoir.

 

Such was the spectacle of the whole thing that she began inviting friends around and before she knew it “afternoon tea” became the thing to do for upper class and society women. I suppose the Duchess was what we’d nowadays call an influencer!

pic from britainandbritishness.com

pic from britainandbritishness.com

 

By the 1880s Afternoon Tea was so popular that women would dress up specifically for it. They also began serving it in the drawing room of their houses rather than bedrooms.

 

Today afternoon tea is an occasion, an excuse to get dressed up and meet old friends, celebrate a mother’s birthday or just to treat yourself and those you love.

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If you want afternoon tea with a difference we’d love to welcome you on board our vintage Routemaster bus and take you on a tour like no other.