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Early Dublin Breakfast & Lunch

Hello! My husband and I will be traveling to Ireland for the first time in June of this year. Our flight gets in early, around 5:30 in the morning. I figure by the time we get luggage & our rental car it will be close to 7:00. I would love some suggestions for restaurants that serve a nice filling breakfast (and coffee!!!) between the Airport & our first stop to take some photos at Ha'Penny Bridge.

I found some suggestions on other boards but most places don't open until later. My husband is traditional southern here in the US & quite picky. A place that is quite cheap would be preferred as we have dinner planned at The Brazen Hub which is around €46/person that evening.

A light lunch place around noon somewhere between Malahide Castle & Christ Church Cathedral would be nice too.

Much appreciated!!!

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  1. You won't go wrong by having breakfast at Bewley's Avoca Oriental Cafe (don't worry - nothing oriental about the food) right in the heart of Dublin. I'm an American and the menu was full of favorites like good pancakes, good oatmeal etc. The prices were not bad at all (I live in England now, which probably has affected my thoughts about what's overpriced or not).

    Another good choice is the Avoca Cafe... great food for lunch or breakfast. If you want really cheap but tasty, the Bald Barista is known for having maybe the best coffee in Dublin, and it's a favorite with a Dublin friend of ours.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      Thanks! I checked out Bewley's & added that to our itinerary. Avoca Cafe doesn't open until 9:30 from what I could see & that was too late for us...but we may check out for lunch!

      The prices at Bewley's seems higher than what I'm used to around here (southern USA), but along the lines of what I expect when traveling.

      1. re: ladycirce

        We had lunch at the Avoca Cafe... very good food.

        The prices will shock you a bit. Ireland and UK are much more expensive than most parts of the U.S. Like you said, it's a holiday and people are pretty savvy about what to expect.

        1. re: zuriga1

          The prices at restaurants definitely seem higher so we have to take that into account. Is it like that for all restaurants? What about "fast food" kinda places? There may be times we have to opt for one instead of a dine-in because of time restrictions.

          I'm definitely going to see if the B&B's we're staying in will offer an additional service such as a bagged lunch on certain days. Unfortunately we won't be staying in any place more than 1 night so we probably won't be doing any grocery shopping.

          On a good note though - the tour prices for most places is significantly cheaper than what you see in the US. Most I've found is less than €12/person and in the US you can expect to pay close to $30/person for most places. I think the cost balances out.

          1. re: ladycirce

            There are all the familiar fast food places... McDonald's, Subway etc. There's nothing wrong at all with choosing those to suit your budget. Heck, it's only food. The breakfasts you get in B&Bs will be large and you may not even want much of a lunch most days.

      2. re: zuriga1

        There's actually an Avoca Cafe at Malahide Castle. Budget about 10 euro for a filling lunch dish.

        1. re: BrianGilligan

          Thanks! We'll plan for that.

          I'm budgeting about €120/ day for us. Breakfast is included all but the day we arrive. I figure we should be able to eat casually for €40 at lunch & €80 dinner on average for the two of us. Obviously some days we might not be hungry for lunch or opt for some fast food & a couple nights we'll dine for around €100-€120 total. I don't see us going anywhere "fancy" given that my husband just isn't into it. Does that average seem fairly reasonable?

          1. re: ladycirce

            That budget seems very reasonable. You could probably save some money at lunchtime - a pub lunch costs €10 - €12 per head (for a substantial dish with no drinks) for example. You should be able to have a simple restaurant evening meal for two with a bottle of wine for about €80. Saving a little at lunchtime some days to give you say €100 for your evening meal would open up more options for you. You could, of course eat for less than €80 some evenings.

            Many restaurants offer an "early bird" menu in the early evening (say before 7pm). In a decent restaurant these typically cost about €25 per head for a three course meal excluding drinks. You could expect a choice of around three items per course, and you usually have to vacate the table by a set time.

            1. re: BrianGilligan

              Thank you so much for your reply! The cost of food has had me a little nervous, as so many of my Google searches have resulted in many statements like "expect to pay €130 for a decent, but casual meal for two" and some places "soup & bread is around €15". That thought scares me! I mean, we *could* do it financially, but I'd rather have more money for other things. At the same time, it seems really rather ridiculous to travel to beautiful Ireland and eat at the same-old fattening fast-food joints that we have way too many of here in the US. That gets old (and obviously unhealthy) way too fast. We love Subway but there are much better non-chain sub/sandwich shops here we prefer and I assume Ireland is the same. Like if we want a hamburger, there are much better options for just a tiny bit more money. Better quality, more substantial, healthier!

              1. re: BrianGilligan

                When we were in Ireland this fall, we found that most of the "early bird" menus were being served all evening. I assume it is a sign of the economy. BTW, we had great food all over Ireland. Definitely don't give in and go for fast food. Go to a pub and have something local. We loved the trip