Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 18 June, 2024
snuggle up

12 of the cosiest cafés in Ireland to chill out with a good book

Come for the coffee, stay for the cosy.

WORLD BOOK DAY is nearly over, but there are still so many books to be read. Forget the wifi, leave the laptop at home, and cosy up in these spots.

The only criteria is that it’s got to be comfy, relaxed, and have access to coffee or tea because, y’know, reasons.

1. The Library Bar at the Central Hotel

library-bar Centralhoteldublin Centralhoteldublin

Not technically a café, but this bar is a definite winner on a cold day. Sit by the fire, grab a drink, a book, and you’re away. Unprecedented amounts of cosiness have been reported in this Dublin spot.

2. Accents Coffee Lounge, Stephen Street Lower, Dublin

427137_409854065695801_1876425047_n Accents Lounge Accents Lounge

Those chairs have been known to swallow people whole, so take it easy. Easily one of the cosiest spots in Dublin for a good hot chocolate and a read, AND it opens until 11pm if you’re a night owl.

3. The Bookshelf Coffee House, South Mall, Cork

563635_296737930397414_117255855_n TheBookshelfCoffeeHouse TheBookshelfCoffeeHouse

How could we leave this one out? It’s right there in the name. They’ve got great coffee and low seating for maximum comfort while you enjoying that page-turner.

4. Panama Cafe, Market Square, Dundalk

10151889_486410358126819_4533932343153571557_n Panama Coffee Panama Coffee

Their coffee is excellent and their seats are cosy. With plenty of space and an authentic interior, you’ll be able to slip off into imaginary land in no time.

5. The Tap Cafe, Kilbride, Wicklow

68246_178077068999308_1996246238_n The Tap Cafe The Tap Cafe

If you’re looking for a bite to go with your book, The Tap Cafe is place to be. The best sofas in the business, turns into a lovely restaurant at night.

6. Whyte books, Co. Cork

538680_408910729139837_1318108261_n Whyte Books Whyte Books

This hideaway in Schull is more like someone’s home. Complete with cake, coffee and all the books you could ever need, this one’s perfect for a rainy day.

7. Cork Coffee Roasters, Bridge Street, Cork

1505200_10152696285852883_2854874944295408303_n Cork Coffee Roasters Cork Coffee Roasters

Some say it’s Cork’s nicest coffee, we say it’s Cork’s nicest surroundings. Hip yet cosy all at once, the leather chairs easy on your back for long bouts of sitting. They also do a ‘free books’ display if you’re lacking in material.

8. The Bald Barista at Avalon House

l Yelp Yelp

Joined up to a hostel, this café always has a bustling atmosphere. However, if you manage to get a sofa by the fire on a rainy day, there’s no better place.

9. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Lazy Sunday Afternoon dahon dahon

Sure it’s not an actual cafe, but can definitely be one on a sunny day. Grab a takeaway from nearby Butlers or Insomnia and chill out in the grass.

10. The Book Centre, Waterford

11036331_815740391796034_1737115486459907729_n The Book Centre The Book Centre

This revamped cinema in Waterford is now a massive book shop, complete with a cosy café for you to sip coffee and have a good read. We mean, you’re literally surrounded by books. What else is there to do?

11. Phoenix Park Tea Rooms

l Yelp Yelp

Like a dainty little doll house inside, but outside is where you can go to get some real reading done.

12. Toast, Rathmines, Dublin

10341826_253391858181543_3621555928306266262_n Toast Cafe Bar Toast Cafe Bar

If you’d like something a bit stronger with your read, head to Toast. It’s both a cafe and a bar, but you’ll want to linger as long as you can.

Any to add? As always, let us know in the comments…

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.