For those who have been hurt one too many times by missing their McDonald's breakfast.
Look, we all love a McDonald's breakfast. It's one of life's greatest little pleasures. However, we've all raced towards those golden arches, at 10:55am (remember when they only did it until 10:30am, dire) and not quite made it for our hash browns and egg mcmuffin combo. We have all felt that heartbreak and the particular hunger pangs that come from not getting our Maccy D's brekkie.
If you're like me, then you 1) consider breakfast the most elite meal of the day and 2) don't subscribe to the idea that it's only for morning time. I hate when I go for food at what we know as "lunch time" and the restaurant or café have stopped serving breakfast for the day. It is never too late in the day for scrambled eggs, or pancakes, or French toast in my eyes.
So if you're into an all day breakfast too, these are our top Dublin spots that serve it.
1. Howard's Way
Locations: Churchtown & Rathgar
Not only does Howard's Way do all day breakfast, their menu is huge. Whether you're into a full Irish, a fruity smoothie, or a stack of pancakes, you can get it all here. Check out the Howard's Way All Day Breakfast menu HERE.
2. The Cheeky Piglet
Location: Fumbally Court
A Lovin favourite, The Cheeky Piglet is a godsent as one of the best Dublin spots serving All Day Breakfast. Many a day we've wandered in for some hash browns (can you tell I like hash browns) (but then again what kind of person would I be if I didn't), or some eggs, or maybe even a full Irish, and it's always incredible.
3. Metro Café
Location: South William Street
Between 9am and 4pm, Metro Café does an absolutely banging breakfast for a fairly reasonable cost. I'm extremely down with the Metro Special which consists of scrambled egg, streaky bacon, cherry tomatoes, relish, alongside buttermilk pancakes covered in golden syrup (all for €10.50 which you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else in Dublin).
4. Douglas & Kaldi
When I worked in Dundrum Town Centre, Douglas & Kaldi was a go-to spot. We would often get breakfast for lunch and no matter whether you were starving and needed the whole shebang or just need a pick me up, Douglas and Kaldi had just the brekkie meal for you.
5. Urban Health
If you love breakfast, but a full fry ain't for you, then Urban Health has loads of wonderful veggie and vegan options, from acai bowls to tofu scramble to breakfast burritos. They also do some meat options so it's an ideal Dublin spot for all day breakfast, no matter your dietary requirements.
6. The Vanilla Pod Eatery
Locations: Carrickmines, Blackrock, Leopardstown, Dún Laoghaire
With four locations The Vanilla Pod Eatery doesn't mess around when it comes to bringing the people an all day breakfast. You can check out their menu HERE but somehow we don't think you'll be disappointed with what's on offer.
7. Two Boys Brew
Bringing all day breakfast to the D7 area is Two Boys Brew, who operate on a walk-in only basis. Between 8am and 3pm you can avail of granola, overnight oats, hotcakes, beans, chilli eggs, you name it.
Pancakes your breakfast dish of choice? Choose from one of Póg's five Dublin restaurants and have a stack in the middle of the day if your heart so desires.
9. 31 Lennox
When I think of 31 Lennox I can't help but think of their amazing duck mac n cheese (you've got to try it), but another reason they're a quality spot is that they commit to serving breakfast all day long. They offer a full Irish, a vegan brekkie for the none meat-eaters, and a lovely scrambled eggs too.
10. Lemon Jelly Café
Location: Millenium Walkway
While Lemon Jelly stop serving their full breakfasts in the afternoon, you can stil avail of their crepes or their omelettes all-day long, and in my mind that means they count as a spot that serves brekkie from open to close.
11. Keogh's Café
Location: Trinity Street
This central spot opens until 6pm every day, and serves breakfast throughout. You can opt for an omelette, a veggie breakfast, or even some classic porridge if you fancy it no matter the time of day.
12. Del Río's Café
Location: Marlborough Street
If you're looking for an all-day breakfast that won't break the bank, look no further than Del Río's Café in the city centre.
Each of their breakfast offerings comes with complimentary tea or coffee, and their most expensive dish, the big breakfast, is just €10, for which you get 2 bacon, 2 sausages, 2 eggs, pudding, beans or mushrooms, as well as your toast.
ALMA is one of my favourite places to get breakfast or brunch in the city, and it happens to be served all day long. My recommendation is always the poached eggs, which are unlike any poached eggs you've ever experienced.
They come with smashed avocado, garlic mushrooms, mountains of fresh feta cheese, and salsa criolla on sourdough. You can also add chorizo or bacon if you fancy it.
We hope in the future there'll be more spots in Dublin sorting us out with an All Day Breakfast, not just these absolute GOATs. Time is just a construct after all, and it is 2023. When will we throw off the shackles of regimented meal times and be able to enjoy some eggs benny at 5pm everywhere? I hope it's soon.
Header images via Instagram / Cheeky Piglet & Urban Health