Ah, February. The shortest month of the year. Surely our rent checks should be pro-rated for the couple of days we lose? Maybe then I could have afforded to eat out more. But since I didn’t get out to explore much this month, I am sharing some new favorites as well as revisiting some old! Dig in, Dublin.
|| Platform 61
27 South William St, D2 || €€€
The hidden gem of William Street, Platform 61 brings new meaning to the term underground. Their sleek ambiance pulls inspiration from the legendary track 61, a secret subway station beneath the Waldorf Astoria in NYC that catered to VIPs and hosted underground parties. But the best part? They serve up some delicious brunch and offer bottomless mimosas for €15! Eggs benny and bubbly this Sunday, anyone?
33 Bachelors Walk, D1 || €€
Attention all vegan and health food lovers! Do I have the place for you. Póg is an amazing cozy cafe serving up healthy breakfasts and lunches that are both delicious and certifiably Instagrammable. They brew delicious drinks like matcha lattes and pink beet chai as well as an array of juices. Their menu includes everything from avocado toast to nutella pancakes. I taste-tested the pitaya bowl and can tell you that there is nothing better than a serving of fresh fruit, besides maybe fresh fruit served on an ice-cold smoothie. They also have an amazing lunch menu of salads! Most of their menu is vegan, but even if you’re just looking for a tasty low-calorie option, Póg is the place to be.
31 Drury St, D2 || €€
I know what you’re thinking. Jordan, you wrote about this place already in your post about your favorite Dublin cafes. But I just can’t get enough of Kaph! This is my favorite Dublin spot to grab a cappuccino and get some work done. And it isn’t just their coffee that’s great. They also serve up some delicious baked goods, like this delicious raspberry bar.
2 Montague St, Saint Kevin’s, D2 || €€
Bakelicious expanded from their original location in Shankill to the city centre this past year with a new location just off Camden Street. This cozy bakery serves up handmade artisan breads, pastries, and cakes. If you’re looking for a bite to pick up on your morning commute, this is the place. I highly recommend their famed almond croissant!
Lunch + Dinner Eats
|| The Jar
31 Wexford St, D2 || €€
Everyone loves a good pizza parlour. The Jar is nestled on Dublin’s Camden Mile, and they serve up some of the most mouth-watering pies you’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for a recommendation, go for the diavola. Doubling as a pub with an intimate ambiance, The Jar serves up amazing drinks and buzzing nightlife. And the best part? Three word. Bottomless. Pizza. Brunch. Move over, bottomless mimosas. Patrons can avail of this deadly offer every Sunday. For €15, you’ll get one pint or glass of wine and unlimited pizza. The hangover cure of our dreams, am I right?
|| Mad Egg
2 Charlotte Way, Saint Kevin’s, D2 || €€
Okay, let me tell you an anecdote that nobody asked for. I love hot sauce. I am the kind of girl who will put Frank’s Red Hot on anything in my path. If there is something involving buffalo chicken on the menu, you can already guess what I’m going to order. When I lived in Chicago, there was a restaurant near my flat called Wilde. Wilde served up the best buffalo fried chicken burger I have ever had. I’m not over-exaggerating when I say leaving that burger behind was one of the saddest parts about moving away from Chicago.
The tragedy is, buffalo anything isn’t as popular here in Europe. So I hadn’t found a great chicken burger in the months I lived here. That is, until Mad Egg opened a while back. Their birds are amazing, and that buffalo-shaped hole in my life has finally been filled. Thank you, Mad Egg.
|| The Green Hen
33 Exchequer St, D2 || €€€
Located in the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter, The Green Hen is a unique French bistro restaurant serving up Irish ingredients in Parisian style. The bistro offers a dramatic yet casual atmosphere, from the cinematic posters on the wall to the moody backlit bar. From the a la carte menu, I highly recommend the free range chicken – it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
|| Big Blue Bus
|| Teddy’s Ice Cream
1A Windsor Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin || €
Are you even a true Dub if you’ve never had a 99 from Teddy’s? Their soft serve is legendary. They actually have locations in both Dun Laoghaire and Bray, two of South Dublin’s charming coastal towns, making them a treat in the summer. Top your cone in sprinkles, syrups, marshmallows… whatever your heart desires. This is truly an iconic Dublin delicacy.
Powerscourt Townhouse, S William St, D2 || €€
Named after the eponymous play by famous Dub George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (also known as PYG) is the coolest venue in town for after work drinks. They have a stellar cocktail menu and, bar Friday and Saturday, offer a 2 for 1 deal that’s a steal in a city full of trendy bars with soaring prices. You’ll always find their outdoor seating packed and the fun continues into the night with great DJ sets.
Tune in next month for more Dublin eats and treats!