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Dining out in Dublin – 4 favourite places for brunch

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The foodie scene when I was growing up in Dublin was very different to what it is now. Yes some of the old favourites are still around, but every time I go home to the motherland (I’m currently live in the UK) I am blown away by the selection of amazing restaurants, cafes, bars and places to dine out and am slowly working my way through them each time I visit.

There’s nothing I like more than to get the DART into Dublin and wander around the streets where I grew up and spent much of my youth partying with friends as well as dining out, shopping and a whole lot more. Brunch wasn’t as popular back then but it certainly is now and there are some amazing places for brunching in Dublin which I am looking forward to sharing with you. So here they are…

Bread 41

The all day eatery at Bread 41 is an absolute must! They only use seasonal and organic ingredients in everything they prepare at this gorgeous bakery and it really shows.

Bread 41 hasĀ 40 seats upstairs while the cafe is also open downstairs every day and offers a range of pastries, sandwiches and breads.

Reservations for the eatery at weekends are highly encouraged via this website as this popular place can get busy! An unusual but delicious choice are the kimchi fritters or if you prefer something more simple, then why not go for the croissant benedict?

Gotham Cafe

I remember visiting this vibrant place in the 1990s and also as a student at Trinity College in Dublin. It was ‘the place to be’ and still continues to be popular as a relaxed eatery just off Grafton Street.

If you are looking for a casual and friendly dining experience then this is your place. Take the kids with you if you have them and make sure you try the Mexican eggs if you are going for brunch. This is the perfect place for a relaxed weekend brunch and then why not have a wander around Grafton Street afterwards?

Balfes

Another favourite place for Brunch, but a bit more upmarket this time, Balfes is located just off Grafton Street and is known for being one of the most instagrammable places to eat out in the Dublin!

Served on Saturday and Sundays, there’s an extensive brunch menu which includes plenty of delicious and stylish dishes. Make sure you try the full Irish breakfast. It would be a sin to eat out in Dublin without sampling this!

Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard’s food is designed to offer nourishment and pleasure, and for the consumer to feel better for having it – and my goodness, they have excelled in this! It is somewhere I love to take my kids to too.

Located on Capel Street and in Arnotts (as well as several other locations) their food is pure, healthy, fresh and wholesome so this isn’t the place to go for if you are looking for a fry up dripping in fat. The breakfast menu is delectable and I would choose it all if I could. However on my next visit, I think I’ll be trying the Vegan Mezze Tray. I’ll report back soon…