The 10 Best Places For A Coffee During Web Summit 2015
You're only here for 3 days - don't waste your time on a bad cup of coffee!
The Web Summit has arrived which means an influx of techies, entrepreneurs and networkers from all across the globe have jetted in to Dublin for the next few days.
With a hectic schedule filled with inspirational speakers and thought-provoking panels you'll definitely need a few cups of the good stuff to keep you bright eyed and bushy tailed for the proceedings.
Read on for our top pick of coffee spots in and around the RDS, depending what direction you're coming from...
Definitely not somewhere we're fans of, especially compared to the countless fantastic, independent coffee shops in the city. However, many Americans need their Starbucks fix and will be relieved to discover that there is a Starbucks within walking distance of the RDS. Worth noting that they have WiFi and open at 6.30am so you can pop in here and get some work done before the Web Summit kicks off.
9. Donnybrook Fair
Most Dubliners are more than familiar with Donnybrook Fair, but for people travelling to here for the first time it can be best described as the Irish equivalent of Whole Foods. They sell top quality food and drink, so grab a takeaway coffee there and pick up a fresh Danish pastry to take with you to start your morning. The have many locations including Morehampton Road, Donnybrook and Baggot Street so there's sure to be one on your route to the RDS.
8. Bakers Coffee Co
Bakers in Hanover Quay opens at 8am and serves a delicious breakfast, handy for anyone staying in the Marker or around Grand Canal Dock. Forno, their sister outlet in Donnybrook doesn't open until 9am but they bake a range of gluten free cakes and pastries in house so pop in an nab one for elevensies.
7. The Bridge 1859
No longer the new kid on the block, The Bridge 1859 already gained a great reputation for their pub grub . While they usually open around 11am, they're opening at the earlier time of 9am for brekkie - be sure to check it out!
It's true that the coffee is quite good in Juniors, but we'd be lying if we said the coffee isn't just an excuse to get in the door and sink our teeth into one of the best sandwiches in Dublin. This tiny little cafe is always rammed with all Google and Facebook employees who know that the food and drink here is worth waiting for.
Go for the coffee, stay for just about everything else on the menu. Maia is tucked away on Shelbourne Road just off the bridge and it has an Italian-American feel to it. Once you go in the door you notice the cheery vibe, helpful staff and relaxed atmosphere.
Roly's is a Dublin institution and while their restaurant is probably what they're best known for, their cafe opens at 7.30am and is only a minute away from the RDS. Start your day with a scone with jam and cream, or a bowl of warming porridge to accompany your cup of joe.
3. The Kiosk
The Kiosk sells the self-proclaimed 'best coffee in Dublin' and their coffee truly is delicious and most certainly a strong contender for the best cup of coffee in the city. It's just a stones throw from the RDS so definitely worth the walk to this unassuming little kiosk in the middle of a road junction in Ballsbridge.
2. Nick's Coffee Company
Nick's is a tiny little shack in Ranelagh with only one server that punches way above its weight! Worth a detour whether on your way to the RDS or on your way back to the city to fuel up before Night Summit antics kick off.
If you're coming from town then get your taxi driver to head via Grand Canal so you can pick up what is unquestionably the best coffee in the city. They open at 7.30am so grab a tasty breakfast while you're at it. Unfortunately 3fe is not within walking distance of the RDS, Base Pizza (which sell really delicious pizza if you're interested) are conveniently located just across the road from the RDS, serving 3fe coffee and sell the incredibly delicious Wildflour Bakery cakes.
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