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The Best Places to Drink a Cup of Coffee ... EVAR

I raided Twitter to find out where you rate - and slate - so add your recommendations in a comment
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By Kirstie McDermott @frillseeker

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 02:54

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Decorative cappuccino

Dublin's Brother Hubbard scores highly with the Twitterati when asked where a decent cup of coffee is to be found. I wasn't necessarily looking for capital treats as it happens, but was dished back a whole heap of them. Near the Luas track on Capel Street in Dublin 1, Brother Hubbard opened last year and is one of the city's new breed of cafes that we desperately needed.

Along with the Fumbally (another place to get a great - if very bloody strong - brew) in Dublin 8, it provided a new point of difference in a cafe culture that was just a bit soggy with endless Insomnias and cafe Vilemore-style offerings. So where else is good? I regularly hold, uhum, business meetings in Fixx on Dawson st and you can't beat the coffee in the Merrion Hotel drawing room. Seriously - it's killer pricey but also delicious. And posh, of course. I like a counterpoint of posh to go with all the scuzzy dives I frequent.

Twitter also told me courtesy of @neasaconnelly that Cup on South Leinster Street is a favourite - "great cakes" - along with the Science Gallery for its room and location on Pearse Street, at the back of the Trinity campus. @McGovernNiamh favours Le Petit Parsien on Wicklow Street for its great coffee, and architecture blogger @hipped says she frequents Alliance Francaise and Joly at the National Library of Ireland on Kildare Street. "Both have great coffee and interesting-slash-eccentric customers and enough noise/quiet to chat." Nice rationale.

@Loubelle22's got one I've never tried: Accents beside Capitol bar on Aungier street. Why? "Because it's only gorgeous coffee." Well fair enough so. @JaneyHurley recs FoodGame on South Lotts Road and 3FE on Grand Canal Street Lower, The Runnerbean on Nassau Street for lunchtime brews and Tower Records' Sound Bites cafe. Plus Butlers for takeout. Phew - that's a lot of likes. I second the Butlers one, by the way.

When it comes to a decent decaf, @noflashingneon's got it in the bag. "Found by chance that Lemon Crepe [on South William Street] does better decaf than most." There you go now. She also likes the M&S cafe on Grafton St. "The best for people watching, hands down. Sit by the window." Ok!

The guys were getting in on the action at this point: @Johnke told me he's a fan of Viola on Baggot Street. It's all because they do "Continental-style coffee - not too hot, not too foamy. Also, coffee and a tasty scone for €3.50."  I shall be remembering this. @TerryMcDonald says Coffee Angel on South Anne Street gets his vote and I loved this: "Gerry at Skerries train station does a mean cappucino and you can text your order in advance!"

Frillseeker's developer Jimmy says The Little Green on Dublin's High Street does a good coffee that's "nicely presented and you get a little brownie". He's got more to tell us: The Morgan Hotel in Temple Bar scores with him too. Why? Nice coffee and "the daybeds outside are comfy and smoker-friendly."

And then, Frillseekers, then it all got a bit weird. @Cherrysue lowered the tone on us totally. "Coffee on the run? McDonalds, hands down," she tweeted. I wanted to know who else agreed. Lots, it seems. @YvonneK07 confirmed "I'm a McDonalds coffee girl too," and @lovelygirlybits said "I agree, love their lattes." @jillajordan had a bit of a considered view: "can't beat it if you're on the Long Mile Road or outside Cashel in need of coffee. Otherwise, no."

Desperately seeking Susan recommendations outside the big smoke, @shoe_queen told me that Cafe Express on the corner of Eyre Square in Galway is the one to go to and @whatkhdid says that in Louth, it's the Strand Field House in Dundalk you should go to. "Flowers, delicious food and atmosphere," she tweeted.

Ace. If we try all of them in a row we can have the shakes for a week. Got a recommendation - especially a non-Dublin one - to add? Do it in the comments.

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Kirstie McDermott

Kirstie is Frillseeker's founder and editor-in-chief. This is her second foray into the web-world: she founded Beaut.ie in 2006 before stepping down in 2012 and has held a large number of positions over the past number of years including acting beauty editor at Image magazine and beauty ed at the Sunday Tribune, Irish Examiner and Confetti. She's currently the deputy editor at STELLAR magazine.

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Fiona Diffley said...

Ah here, how did I miss this tweet?! My regular haunts near work are The Bakehouse on Bachelor's Walk (there's a new one in CHQ too), where as well as yummy coffee there are yummy cakes (the clue *is* in the name) to take away and McCabe's on Tara St where the coffee is great and the service super-efficient which is great when you're in a hurry.
I've heard great things about Brioche on Aungier St too, really need to pop up there and try the espresso that people are talking about.

Having invested a whole thirty euro in an aeropress I tend to indulge my weekend coffee needs at home, accompanied by cáca milis from Mannings, and only a mildly guilty conscience.

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Lorrrrraine said...

I can very rarely tell the difference between coffees but really like Insomnia flat whites. Most of my favourite make the list because of accompanying-cake quality and atmosphere. Used to be nuts about Foam because it was pretty but the staff, god love them, are just awful. I like Busy Feet (South William Street) for brownies and Queen of Tarts for Carrot Cake.

Hot Chocolates are amazing in Dunnes Cafe on Henry Street. They're 2.50 and have marshmallows, cream and flakes. Also, Lemon Jelly do an orange hot chocolate that's really rich and, obviously, orangey.

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jill said...

Well what I meant to add to my McDonalds sorta diss was:
Coffee2Go on Mespil road. Delicious coffee, long but very fast queues every morning. Also they do the best scone ever, personal faves Nutella flavour or raspberry.

And the Hopsack in the swan centre in rathmines. Discovered after family swims in rathmines when h-anger & no caffeine levels are high. Gorgeous & only €1.80 for americano, €2 for latte / cappuccino.

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ailsa said...

Katie is dead right, Strandfield, outside Dundalk, is fabulous - super cakes! Jill, I will make it to Coffee2Go one of these days, raspberry scone would suit me very well.

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margaretcork said...

Can I add some recommendations for Cork frillseekers (or visitors even!)

First there is @idahocafe on Caroline St. It's just round the corner from Brown Thomas/at the back of Debenhams. All of their takeaway coffees cost €2 and are served in very pretty Idaho branded red cups. They also do suspended coffee (free coffee for people who can't afford to pay, previously paid for by another customer) and have recently won an award for "best cafe in Ireland 2013" so I'm not the only one who likes Idaho!

Then there is @Filtercork on Georges Quay, across the river from the RTE studios. They are relatively new and very small but extremely popular. They are serving the fabulous @BadgerAndDodo coffee brand along with some lovely Diva cakes and are very reasonably priced.

Chat to either of them on twitter anytime,lovely people serving great coffee.

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Kirstie McDermott said...

Margaret - the suspended coffee idea is brilliant, I've been wondering do many other places do it actually. Time for more twitter-search. Thanks for the reminder!
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margaretcork said...

Quite a few places, check out @SuspenCoffeeIre

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Kirstie McDermott said...

ah brilliant. ta
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Carky said...

The Bookshelf, Pembroke St, Cork. Good coffee and the flavoured lattes have just the right amount of syrup! Was nearly poisoned recently in one of the larger coffee chains - more syrup than coffee! Have to agree with Cherrysue as well, sometimes it has to be a maccie D's latte and a sugary ring doughnut!!

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