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16 places to get a decent cup of coffee in Ireland
(Outside of Dublin.)

FINDING A DECENT cup of coffee can be difficult, but we as a nation have definitely made inroads over the past couple of years. Indeed, Dublin has become somewhat of a haven for coffee connoisseurs.

But what about the rest of the country? Well, it turns out that we’re doing pretty well there as well.

Here’s just some of what is on offer.

1. Idaho Café, Cork

Cork establishment known for making great coffee and sly jabs at the expense of Starbucks.

2. Arch Coffee, Waterford

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A new addition to Waterford, Arch Coffee serves 3fe coffee and a variety of homemade treats.

They know their stuff.

3. Panama Coffee, Louth

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Passing through Dundalk? Stopping by Panama Coffee is a must for all java fans.

4. Harpers, Limerick

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This Limerick haunt serves tip-top coffee and participates in the “suspended coffee” initiative. (More on that here.)

5. Filter, Cork

The guys behind Filter are passionate about coffee and serve 3fe, Badger and Dodo, and The Golden Bean. Combine that with the café’s relaxed, creative atmosphere and you’re on to a winner.

6. Urban Grind, Galway

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A favourite among coffee aficionados in Galway, Urban Grind never disappoints.

7. Kaffeine, Waterford

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Kaffeine occupies a tiny space on Waterford’s Michael Street and is perfect for people-watching or just quickly running in for a coffee to go. Either way, the coffee is A+.

8. The Roast House, Kerry

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Located in Tralee, The Roast House prides itself on being “Kerry’s only coffee roastery”.

9. Suas Coffee House, Clare

This specialty coffee shop located in heart of Ennis was cited by The Irish Times as being one of the best in the country. Do it.

10. The Galway Roast, Galway

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We’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s probably the best coffee in Tuam.

11. Stradbally Fayre, Laois

Popular amongst Electric Picnic revelers every year, Stradbally Fayre does a mean full Irish and lovelycoffees.

12. Finnbees Coffee House & Juice Bar, Wicklow

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Just a stone’s throw away from the beach in Bray, Finnbees is a lively place to chill out and warm yourself up with a cuppa.

13. Established Coffee, Belfast

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Located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, Established might just be the best coffee spot in the city. Its owner Mark won the Irish Aeropress Championships in 2013, so you know you’re in safe hands.

Also, three words: all shots double.

14. The Counter Deli, Donegal

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When it’s not selling wine, cheese and scrumptious bread, The Counter Deli is also your one-stop shop for Badger & Dodo coffee.

15. Osta Café and Wine Bar, Sligo

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When in Yeats country

16. Canteen, Limerick

It may be named Canteen, but that doesn’t mean the coffee doesn’t take like the slodge you get in work canteens. Quite the opposite, in fact.

If you’re ever down Limerick way, pop in and see for yourself.

Did we miss out on any? Let us know in the comments. 

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