From pizza buses and Guinness flavored ice cream to Michelin-starred dining in a basement, Dublin’s food scene has something for everyone.
Guilt-Free Breakfast: Honest to Goodness
No trip to Ireland is complete without a full Irish breakfast: bacon, sausage, eggs, and potatoes, cooked to perfection in creamy butter and served with a side of pudding and Irish soda bread. For a slightly healthier take on this artery-clogging hangover cure, grab a table at local favorite Honest to Goodness. Using all-natural ingredients with zero preservatives, this gem of a restaurant doesn’t even have a fryer or microwave, so you can rest assured that your brunch is (somewhat) healthy, wholesome, and fresh.
Pizza and Beer: The Big Blue Bus
Hidden in the backyard of Dublin’s most notoriously hipster pub — the Bernard Shaw — The Big Blue Bus is probably the only place in the world where you can grab a slice on top of a double decker bus. We love that the pizza is made with organic and locally sourced ingredients, but the reason we keep coming back is the vibe. Surrounded by funky street art and attracting a friendly, laid-back crowd, the Bus is the perfect summer hangout where you can relax over a cocktail or two.
Fine Dining: Chapter One
Michelin starred but not stuffy, Chapter One is the place to go when you’re feeling a little fancy. The restaurant is set in the former basement of George Jameson (you may know of him from his whiskey), and aims to capture the convivial spirit of the traditional Irish home, while sourcing from local growers and artisans. Splurge on the 8-course tasting menu at the Chef’s Table, which is made from dramatic, highly glazed volcanic rock.
Vegetarian Eats: Cornucopia
Cornucopia is our go-to spot for a filling and flavorful plant-based meal, but you don’t have to be a vegetarian to leave this place feeling full and happy. The menu changes every day and is served buffet style with gigantic portions — just be sure to save some room for dessert because the pastries are to die for! Situated in the heart of Dublin, Cornucopia’s quaint dining room fills up fast, so your best bet for grabbing a table is a late lunch or early dinner.
For the Sweet Tooth: Murphy’s Ice Cream
The “best ice cream in the world” is a bold claim, but Murphy’s is definitely up there. The Dingle-based chain was started by two brothers who take pride in knowing where their ingredients come from — they use milk from their own cows, make their own sea salt, and shy away from artificial flavors, coloring, and powdered milk. While Murphy’s ingredients are simple, their flavors are anything but. We’re still dreaming of their signature Guinness and caramelized brown bread ice cream!