Top 10 Hidden Gems of Dublin: Foodie Edition

Jul 10, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CatGloria_Dublin_Headshot.pngCat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Cat tells us her top 10 desitnations for delicious food in Dublin.


As you know already, eating is my favorite hobby. The moment I said yes to being a blogger for CAPA, I knew that I would dedicate at least one post to my top spots to eat in town. And here it is.

The places I’ve chosen to include are those many overlook, but are guaranteed to impress you (from my least to most favorite). 

10. Emer’s Kitchen

Located on Leeson Street, this tiny café is in the hub of Dublin’s finest businesses. It is the perfect stop for a quick lunch; serving up fresh dishes prepared daily. From duck breast sandwiches to spicy Thai salad, all of the plates have extraordinary flavor worth coming back for.

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9. Two Pups Café

This colorful café is known for their excellent customer service and rich coffee, but the food is notable as well. My personal favorite is the avocado and egg toast with a spicy sauce on the side. You’ll find this gem on Francis Street.

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8. Gallagher’s Boxty House

This award-winning restaurant is located in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar area. They’ve taken the traditional Irish pancake a.k.a. “boxty” and added a twist. It is on the pricy end, but I promise it’s worth it.

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7. Dwarf Jar

This café may seem normal during the day, but at night it transforms into a live-music destination. In addition to the ambiance, the food is killer. The sandwiches are homemade and well worth it, but make sure not to leave without picking out one of their delicious desserts.

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6. Beer Market

You’ll find Beer Market in Merchants Quay and by the name of it you can guess what it’s known for, but the food is what's really great and will have you coming back. The salad pictured below is the “superfood salad” with fresh tomatoes, eggs, carrots, rocket and radish, definitely a winner.

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5. Yum Thai Noodle Bar

This rather small Thai restaurant is a walk in, pay and walk out kind of place. It looks unassuming, but locals are still lined up everyday to taste the traditional Thai takeout.

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4. Little Ass Burrito Bar

Being a huge lover of Mexican food, I spent many days looking for the best spot in Dublin for burritos. This place is definitely it. Again, it’s quite small but its bright blue walls stand out. The food is cheap and authentic.

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3. Yogism

Yogism is a frozen yogurt spot in George’s Street Arcade. But they don’t just serve yogurt, they make the best pancakes in Dublin. If you have a sweet tooth there’s banana crepes, but for those trying to keep in shape they make a mean protein pancake.

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2. Lolly & Cooks

This was the very first place I ate when arriving in Dublin. They are all over the place so it’s not hard to spot one. However, just because they are a chain doesn’t mean the quality of their food is sacrificed. In fact, I don’t know how they do it out of those tiny kitchens, but their products, whether pastries or salads, are always fresh. Not one location has disappointed me so far.

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1. Shaka Poke

I saved the best for last. This restaurant doesn’t actually have a roof; they work out of a tent at the moment, but hopefully a location will be coming soon. They serve authentic Hawaiian poke bowls, that’s “poke-ay”, not “poke” as people back in the states like to call it. The concept is simple; fish, veggies and spice. It is the perfect on-the-go lunch option. Until they get a restaurant, you can find them at local farmers markets during the week.

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Thanks Cat!

Cat's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Dublin, Ireland, Food Abroad