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Best Places for a Full Irish Breakfast in Dublin

From Asian-style breakfast buddha bowls to American-style pancakes, Dublin is a food-loving Mecca for all things breakfast, and brunch. But sometimes, you just need a full Irish Breakfast to set you up for the day. And because it is considered the most important meal of the day, we've compiled a short guide of the best places in Dublin for a full Irish breakfast.

The best spots for a full Irish breakfast in Dublin

The Best Full Irish Breakfast in a Historical Setting

Place: Bewley’s Grafton Street

Location: 78- 79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

Breakfast Time: Monday to Friday 7.30am – 12.30pm. Saturday 8am – 2.30pm . Sunday 9am – 2.30pm

What to Expect: Bewley’s Grafton Street is one of Dublin‘s most iconic landmarks. From its historic front facade to the Harry Clarke windows, it really is a scene to be rejoiced. The in-café bakery allows for visitors to witness the creation of the many sweet treats available to buy. And when it comes to their full Irish breakfasts there are two to choose from; the Bewley’s Breakfast and the Bewley’s Light Breakfast. Sliced bacon, hand-tied sausages, black and white pudding, cherry vine tomatoes and scrambled eggs are all served with a generous helping of tradition brown soda bread. Add a cup of their world-renowned tea and coffee and you’re set for the day.

The crowded Grafton Street, Dublin

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The Best in an Artistic Setting

Place: Hatch and Sons

Location: Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Breakfast Time: Tuesday to Thursday 9.45am – 5.45pm. Friday 9.45am – 4.45pm. Saturday 10.00am – 4.45pm. Sunday 11.00am – 4.45pm

What to Expect: The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin is thought to be one of the first modern art galleries in the world. Home to some of the best modern and contemporary Irish and international art, the gallery is a must visit with its permanent Francis Bacon studio. Hatch and Sons can be found on the lower ground floor of the gallery. They also have a café below the The Little Museum of Dublin at 15 St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin 2. Championing fresh Irish produce, Hatch and Son’s full Irish breakfast comes with an artistic twist. It’s baked and packed with double eggs, sausages, O’Neills dry-cured bacon, roast tomato and brown soda bread. Delicious.

The Best Irish Breakfast with a River Liffey View

Place: The Woollen Mills

Location: 42 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Breakfast Time: Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 11.30am

What to Expect: Housed in one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings and spread over four floors, The Woollen Mills has views across the Ha’penny Bridge and Dublin’s River Liffey. The smell of the bakery as you enter the restaurant will get your mind wandering to all the breads and sweet treats on offer. But if you’re there for an Irish breakfast then that’s exactly what you’ll get. Made fresh from Irish produce The Woollen Mills ‘Ha’penny Fry-up’ includes Pigs On The Green sausages and bacon, O’Doherty’s black pudding, beef tomato, fried egg and toast. A breakfast James Joyce would be proud of, and on that note – he actually worked in the very building you could breakfast in!

The Best with a 360° View of Dublin City

Place: Sophie’s Restaurant and Bar

Location: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin 2

Breakfast Time: 7.00am – 11.00am

What to Expect: Sophie’s Restaurant and Bar is a spacious glasshouse restaurant on the top floor of The Dean Dublin. And its home is one of the Georgian buildings on historical Harcourt Street. As a top floor it offers 360° degree views of Dublin. It also has an open air top floor terrace that looks out over Harcourt Street and Dublin rooftops as far as the eye can see. Their full Irish breakfast also known as ‘The Works’ comes with all the trimmings; sausages, bacon, black and white pudding, fried eggs, beans and toast. Booking isn’t essential but advisable to save disappointment, especially on weekend mornings.

Panoramic view of River Liffey and Dublin

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An Irish Breakfast Favourite in the City Centre

Place: Gerry’s Coffee Shop 

Location: 6 Montague St, Dublin 2.

Breakfast Time: All Day from 8.00am – 7.00pm

What to Expect: Gerry’s Traditional Irish Food & Coffee Shop is really an institution. Going strong for 37 years, and run by Gerry and his family, they were the first establishment in Ireland to offer customers an ‘All Day Breakfast’. With fresh locally sourced ingredients, from hand-tied ‘Kelly Brothers’ sausages to ‘Ballon’ free-range eggs, you can expect a great value authentic full Irish breakfast, along with great coffee. Now the only problem is deciding to go mini, full or large! And whether to eat in or take it away, because St Stephen’s Green Park is only a three-minute stroll away.

Friends raising their coffee cups at breakfast

The Best Neighbourhood Hub 

Place: Third Space

Location: Smithfield Market, Dublin 7

Breakfast Time: Monday to Friday 7.00am – 2.00pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.00am – 2.00pm.

What to Expect: Not a living space, not a working space but a third space, a community hub where locals can meet and eat. The idea behind this business venture is to provide a space for members of the local neighbourhood. A place they can host meetings, presentations and events. And of course eat well and drink great coffee. And eat well you can with a varied menu that includes a hearty Mini Irish Breakfast and a chock-a-block Full Irish Breakfast. 

The Best Full Irish Breakfast in an Irish Pub

Irish coffee

Place: O’Neills Pub and Kitchen

Location: 2 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

Breakfast Time: Monday to Sunday 8.00am – 10.30pm

What to Expect: O’Neills Pub and Kitchen is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Dublin City. A stone’s throw from Dame Street and Grafton Street, and landmarks such Trinity College. However O’Neills is a landmark in its own right. Boasting an association with Suffolk Street of over 300 years, they are proud of their heritage which includes their food and drink offerings. And you won’t go wrong with their Irish Breakfasts. Choose a ‘Really Good’ Full Irish Breakfast or a ‘Really Good’ Mini Irish Breakfast.

Either way you’ll be treated to locally sourced ingredients that include Crowe’s Farm pork sausages, Irish Maple smoked bacon and Kelly’s award-winning Black and White Pudding. Sourcing and providing locally sourced produce is high on O’Neills agenda. And another plus, Irish breakfasts are available all day and if you fancy an Irish coffee you’re in the right place too!

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The Best Family-Friendly Experience

Place: Farmer Browns

Location: 170 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6

Breakfast Time: Monday to Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm

What to Expect: Winners of the Irish Hospitality Award for Best Family Dining in 2018, and nominated for again for 2019, Farmer Browns is located in Rathmines. With a sunny terrace for better weather days and the garden awning that’s covered and heated for chillier ones, the option to eat al fresco is there all year round. And when choosing an Irish breakfast you’ll have to choose between the ‘Mini Marvin’ or ‘The Starvin Marvin’. And when you do expect smoked streaky bacon, pork & leek sausage, ‘Inch House’ black and white pudding, grilled tomato, poached eggs and batch toast with pesto. Hungry yet?

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The Best Suburban Full Irish Breakfast

Place: Matt the Rashers 

Location: Sundrive Rd, Kimmage, Dublin 6W

Breakfast Time: Monday to Saturday 7.00am – 3.00pm. Sunday 9.00am – 2.00pm

What to Expect: Matt the Rashers is open seven days a week and offers one of the best loved Full Irish Breakfasts around. In actual fact the place is somewhat of an institution around the suburban area of South Dublin. Because according to regulars ‘Your weekend doesn’t start until you’ve had a Matt the Rashers Breakfast’. And they’re probably right, because you don’t name your establishment after a piece of bacon and not deliver! A busy establishment that offers take-away options, Matt the Rashers is also renowned for its Irish breakfast rolls. Perfect for those on the go.

The 9 best places for a full Irish breakfast in Dublin

Two friends chatting over breakfast
WhereBest for
1. Bewley’s Grafton StreetFull Irish breakfast in a historical setting
2. Hatch and SonsAn artistic setting
3. The Woollen MillsA River Liffey view
4. Sophie’s Restaurant and BarA 360° view of Dublin City
5. Gerry’s Coffee ShopAn Irish breakfast favourite in the City Centre
6. Third SpaceNeighbourhood hub 
7. O’Neills Pub and KitchenFull Irish breakfast in an Irish pub
8. Farmer BrownsFamily-friendly experience
9. Matt the Rashers Suburban full Irish breakfast

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