On one of my birthdays a couple of years back, my friends and I took a trip up to Dublin. Unfortunately, we made the rookie mistake of sleeping in and missed the hotel's included breakfast. As a result, I had to traipse around Dublin on empty stomachs to find an alternative, which proved very challenging. There were lots of places that would dish up a big fry and pancakes but to my friends' distress that didn't really cut the mustard for my gluten-free self. We ended up resorting to a tourist trap in Temple Bar with cold toast, runny eggs and a ridiculous bill. After moving up to Dublin I've realised there are so many places that do a highly-rated gluten-free brunch, but if you don't know your way around it's like finding a needle in a haystack. So, here is my list of my favourite spots for whatever kind of brunch you're feeling.
Healthy Treat- Póg
33 Bachelors Walk, North City, D1
If you fancy treating yourself but don't want to be left with that sluggish feeling afterwards, this place will tick all the boxes. Their pancakes are low GI, low-fat and optionally gluten-free. Not to mention delicious. For those not strictly taking a healthy route, there's plenty of chocolatey, syrupy toppings to chose from. They also have a wide range of gluten-free salads and egg options with gluten-free bread! This little spot is just off O'Connell Bridge.
All of the Bread- The Pepperpot
Powerscourt Center, 59 William St South
Although their menu doesn't specify, you should know that The Pepperpot cafe does the best gluten free bread in Ireland. In fact throughout my 12 years of a gluten-less diet, I'm yet to try a better bread. Its soft and moist and just how I remember real bread to be. This little spot is just off Grafton Street in Powerscourt Center. You can actually buy a loaf of the bread to-go but I tend to avoid this as I end up eating it all in one day. Their eggy brunch is my Sunday morning go-to and I really couldn't recommend it enough.
19-20 Wicklow St, D2
I'm not a Vegetarian. In fact, I can't remember the last time I've gone a day without chicken. As a result, I was a bit hesitant to try Cornucopia but I'm extremely glad I did. Although this meal doesn't exactly have the same aesthetic appeal as a poached egg dish, it was fantastic. They have a wide variety of options for a coeliac friendly breakfast including gluten-free frittatas, sausages and hash browns! Their breakfast finishes at 12, but if you're a late riser not to worry- they have plenty of amazing gluten-free lunch options too like the one pictured!
Economic- Lemon Jelly Café
Millennium Walkway, North City, D1
As I certainly have learned, brunching is quite an expensive hobby to take up. Luckily the Lemon Jelly Café softens the blow with a gluten-free crépe option for 5 EURO! They also have GF bread so the majority of their light breakfast options, which range from 2-5 euro can be made coeliac friendly. I got an omelette which was extremely satisfying. Budget or not, I would definitely recommend this spot!
A Reliable- The Metro Cafe
43 South William Street, Dublin 2,
I'm a big fan of The Metro Cafe because it's one of those places where you can bring anyone and it just ticks all of the boxes. It's economical, has a diverse menu, gluten-free bread, all-day brunch, and a little outdoor seating area with heaters which I'm all about. It's located on one of Dublin's lovely little back streets called South William, within walking distance of Grafton Street.
New York Style- Balfe's
2 Balfe St, Dublin 2
The interior of Balfe's was enough to make me return on its own. This New York inspired bistro is one of my top spots for a mid-day refuel. When I first walked in I asked the waitress if they had a gluten-free menu, to which she replied that I could order whatever I like and they'll make it work- any coeliacs DREAM response. So, I obviously went for the pancakes and they were fantastic. They have also teamed up with BodyByrne fitness so there's plenty of healthy options on the menu. The pancakes are made from oats so it's basically like having a bowl of porridge if you ask me.
The Renowned Brunch- Bewley's
78-79 Grafton Street, D2
Bewley's is by far one of Dublin's most popular spots for brunch. If you reveal you've never tried it, the usual response is a gasp. Although the menu says nothing about allergens, it is worth noting that they do provide gluten-free bread. This means you actually have a lot more options than you may originally think if you're on a gluten-free diet. This spot isn't a coeliac's paradise like my other recommendations. However, I thought it was worth mentioning due to its popularity and convenient location- right on Grafton Street!
So those are my recommended gluten-free brunches around the city of Dublin. There are more recommendations of restaurants for dining out here. I tried to cover a variety of different places so that there's an option for everyone! If you're travelling around Ireland on a gluten-free diet, click here to read my recommendations of where to eat in Galway. Hope this has helped. x