Dublin is a city that is best explored on foot. The manageable city center has many parks, lanes, nooks and crannies that are best seen by walking. Sometimes when you’re trotting around town from one attraction to the next, you need a little sweet pick me up. If you don’t want to sit down at a cafe and pay almost 10 euros for a coffee and pastry, try the following suggestions for a budget sweet treat!
1. Marks & Spencer Food Hall: Located on Grafton Street, Marks & Spencer is a department store that has a food hall in the basement and a restaurant upstairs. While the food hall can be pricy to do all of your grocery shopping, it is a perfect place to stop in for a pick-me-up. Head straight for the bakery section, where you will find fresh focaccia bread, pastries, and muffins. For a euro or two, you will be revived to keep on exploring the city by foot.
Address: 15 – 20 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
2. Avoca: This tradition of Irish cuisine is a perfect place to wait out rainshowers – or pick up something sweet. Pick up a fresh mixed berry scone for less than 2 euros. Cupcakes, muffins, and loaves of bread will be on display in baskets as well. Bring your sweet treat to nearby Stephens Green for an impromptu picnic.
Address: Suffolk Street, Dublin 2.
3. Butler’s Chocolate Cafe: Another Irish institution is Butler’s Chocolate. If you’re walking around Dublin on a cold day, there is nothing like their divine hot chocolate for an instant pick-me-up. They also make great boxes of chocolates to bring home to your loved ones as gifts.
Address: 51a Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
Photo Credit: Jessica Colley
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