One of the best shifts we’ve seen in the Dublin food scene as of late is the warm welcome to our furry friends.
It started in trendy pubs and bars such as The Bernard Shaw, The Gravediggers and Frank Ryans and now it’s passed on amongst hip Dublin cafés. For dog owners, meeting for brunch or coffee, especially on a rainy day, was a bit of a nightmare as there was nowhere where their fluffy companions could join them.
It was very much a case of going out for a walk, having to trek all the way back home to drop the doggo off and then heading back into town again.
It’s also no fun leaving your dog alone during the weekend when that’s your main time together.
Well, thankfully this nuisance way of life is no more and there are loads of places in our city that welcome dogs openly indoors.
Here are some of our top picks:
It was actually Urbanity that inspired me to write this article, thanks to a very cute photo shared on their Instagram page of two dogs in the bustling café.
Urbanity is a very cool spot located in Smithfield. They roast their own coffee beans (very good stuff) as well as serving up some really interesting dishes that stray away from your usual. Their acai bowl is dreamy and deffo one to try for breakie some morning.
There’s plenty of plugs too so it’s a deadly spot to go to if you need to get a bit of work done in the city.
2. Pot Bellied Pig
This millennial pink café is small but mighty.
The cosy venue boasts a slick interior, a decadent menu and often hosts a wide range of interesting events, from drag brunch to sausage dog socials.
It’s the perfect spot to bring your little ones – whatever breed they may be!
3. Café 105
This darling eatery can be found on the Clonskeagh Road, in the leafy southern suburbs of south Dublin.
It’s a super cute spot, with lots of seating and even an outside area if you and your pooch want to catch some rays.
They serve up a superb brunch and decadent coffee.
4. The Fumbally
Ask any food journalist or big Dublin foodie where their favourite café is in Dublin and I guarantee you that The Fumbally will be on their list.
This is a hipster haven filled to the brim with quirky art, fantastic food and kickass coffee. Best of all, it’s super spacious so it’s ideal for doggos – lots of nooks and crannies for them to rest their paws in.
Try their salad plates, they’re serious.
This sleek venue on Kevin Street is a coffee addict’s dream.
This is a hub for Dublin creatives and they can often be spotted flocking together over a bunch of flat whites, dogs by their side, ideas flowing – a very, very cool spot indeed.
Match that with some of the whopper grub on the menu and you’re onto a winner.
6. Two Pups
Though the name of this quirky café is a take on a Dublin-ism, you’re still very likely to see two real pups during a visit here.
There’s often woofers, puppers and floofers chilling with their owners.
Try the french toast, it’s bloody brill.
In terms of trendy spots that fit in with the tech culture of local internet giants like Google and Facebook, 3fe has it all. The industrial design and award-winning coffee will keep you coming back here time and again. Coffee is very subjective but I’d say this is the best in Dublin.
8. Legit Coffee Co.
There’s no better place to meet a friend for a catch-up, nurse a coffee and read a book alone or even bring your dog for a treat than Legit Coffee Co.
Inside, you’ll find marble counters and walls and a trendy, hipster decor.
Grab a flat white and chocolatey cookie and chill; just beware of the crumb-muncher sniffing at your feet, their puppy-eyes in full swing.
9. Press Café
This relaxed neighbourhood café is the perfect spot for pooch and you.
It’s located in the National Print Musuem on Haddington Road and all of the food is fresh, hearty and homemade. They serve Cloud Picker coffee as well as some drool-worthy sweet treats.
There are some cosy tables located at the back of the café where dog owners can cosy up and chill.
10. Cloud Café
This little café whips up some delicious dishes at a great price, and it’s not talked about enough.
Nestled on the North Strand Road, Cloud Café is a popular spot amongst locals and has been on the scene since 2011.
The team focus on creating healthy and nutritious dishes made from scratch and they do dreamy creamy coffee.
Cloud Café use locally sourced ingredients to make their dishes – from traditional Irish breakfast to their Green Eggs dish with scrambled eggs, spinach, pesto and crumbled feta on toast.
My favourite is their bacon and egg butty which is served on a Arun brioche bun with red onion, jam and rocket.
Have a look at some of their mouth-watering dishes.
Now all I need is my own doggo!