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Five of Dublin’s Best Breakfasts

Here my list with five of Dublin's best breakfasts.

For Italians eat sausages, eggs, bacon and beans for breakfast sounds weird, but as Oscar Wilde wrote perfectly: ‘only dull people are brilliant at breakfast’. After 10 years in Dublin I changed my food habits and weekends are dedicated to fat and proteinic north European breakfasts… included the Irish breakfast with black pudding! Give me a big warming bowl of something to hug from within; satisfy me with something from the frying pan; heck, give me toast slathered in butter – all served with the strongest coffee one can find. Here my list of five Dublin’s best breakfasts.

Hatch & Sons

The go-to for a country-style Irish breakfast made modern. Literally across the street from St. Stephen’s Green and a second from Grafton Street, Dublin’s main shopping thoroughfare, Hatch & Sons is tucked neatly under The Little Museum of Dublin. With acute attention to detail and a fantastic roster of Irish suppliers, you can taste the provenance of the produce with every bite. The full Irish comes served in a piping hot, heavy skillet that has the real breakfast wow factor with baked eggs, bacon, sausage, brown soda bread and roast tomato (€9.50, available all day)

The Fumbally

Hipster heaven for the past couple of years, but there’s real substance here. A stone’s throw from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in an up-and-coming area populated by trendy young professionals, the Fumbally has exceptional coffee and a small, well-formed menu for breakfast and lunch. Scrambled eggs on brioche toast with Gubbeen Smokehouse bacon is a plate of sheer beauty (€6.50). Watch the world go by or crunch out a couple of deadlines on your laptop; what Fumbally has in its fibres, Starbucks could only ever dream of possessing.

Sophies Dublin

When you said you wanted breakfast with a view you’re spoiled on both accounts here. Set six storeys above the city on top of newly-opened hotel, The Dean, Sophies caters from breakfast ’til last orders with a sky-high bar for sunset drinks, wood-fired pizza oven for casual lunches and a quiet hideaway each morning serving one of the best modern Irish breakfasts the city can offer. The rosti is the crispy brother to the silky poached eggs whilst beans – which would be disputed as an Irish fry-up element – come in a dinky little copper pan.

Brother Hubbard

Independently run with a frequently-changing menu filled with seasonal ingredients, Brother Hubbard offers a global selection of dishes with some excellent 3FE coffee and baked treats from the cafe on Capel Street. Chanelling both Middle Eastern and Scandi inspiration, you can find fresh, flavoursome sustenance with omelettes, pancakes or their signature Turkish Eggs Menemen (€9.95) – eggs scrambled with tomato and roast peppers, topped with fresh herbs, chilli and onion alongside a light feta and black olive yoghurt served on sourdough toast with spinach. Add pan-fried chorizo for €2.95. Best yet, it’s available all day as they couldn’t keep refusing customers’ insistence!

Love Supreme

Twisting traditions, Love Supreme in Stoneybatter offers the ideal hand-held breakfast for people on the go. Personal-sized breakfast pies (€5.20) fly out the door every morning at this neighbourhood café. Three flavours to choose from include goat’s cheese, egg and thyme; egg, chorizo and mint; or the classic maple bacon, eggs, cracked pepper and tomato marmalade. Keeping the boat being pushed out, they are also making their own limited run cereal (alongside popular homemade granola) like salted caramel and almond nib krispies and honey and dark chocolate malt wheats – truly worth waking up for (though available all day for exceptionally late risers)

p.s. and yes… Queen Of Tarts is not anymore in my top five list!