Katerina Russo is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and political science major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Katerina shares her five best cafe discoveries that are close to the Griffith College campus where CAPA students attend classes.
While studying abroad, you'll likely have a pretty busy schedule so it can be great to take the time to check out some of the different and even adorable cafes close to campus that are great for catching up on schoolwork, grabbing a quick bite to eat, or catching up with friends.
These are five of my favorites that I've discovered throughout the semester as each one is very unique along with being no more than a ten minute walk from campus!
1. LITTLEBIRD. Littlebird is an especially interesting little place as there is a yoga studio right upstairs, and while I unfortunately I haven't quite gotten around to checking out the studio yet, the downstairs cafe is a great place to spend some time. Through the semester, it's become my go to study spot as it's easy to focus in the relaxed and casual atmosphere that it offers. On sunny days it's even great to do some work at the tables they have outside, as it's tucked away just enough to distract a bit from the busy city street. They also offer daily specials on their menu and the different intricate smoothie creations available on weekends are truly unmissable if you're stopping in!
2. THE GREENERY. The Greenery is my number one place to go to for Sunday brunch. They have a delicious menu with lots of different options but also still offer the traditional Irish breakfast. It's a classic feeling place that also features a bit of modernity, though I’d recommend sitting upstairs on the second floor when coming here as the atmosphere just seems a bit more inviting. I would absolutely encourage you to try their eggs benedict and the avocado toast, as these were some of the best breakfasts I've had in Dublin.
3. NOSHINGTONS. Noshingtons is a go to for my friends and I as it is located directly across the street from Griffith College, being no more than a two minute walk. They have both indoor and outdoor seating along with featuring an amazing collection of pastries and scones. They also offer a delicious menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner with lots of healthy and unique options. I find it to be the perfect place to stop in when I'm on the go or in a hurry and just can't get by without a cup of coffee.
4. WALL AND KEOGH. This funky little tea house is surely worth checking out as they have an enormous selection of loose leaf teas presented in pretty glass jars as soon as you walk through the doors. My first time coming here I was a bit overwhelmed, but the staff were happy to offer me some recommendations and help me decide on a cup of tea to order, as the raspberry mint has now become one of my favorites. There's a small cozy seating section located outside in the back of the cafe which is perfect for relaxing after a busy day.
5. BROTHER HUBBARD. This is not the place to come for studying as they don't offer wifi, very unlike most places in Dublin, but the food, coffee, and tea here are all great. They have an interesting menu and boast lots of different healthy eating options with a pleasant interior featuring large windows that open up the place to expose one of Dublin’s many unique streets. The covered outside seating is also really enjoyable for eating lunch or just sipping a cup of tea.
With so many different cafes and places to eat in Dublin you're sure to discover ones that will become your own favorites so always remember to keep trying new things and exploring!
Katerina's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned