I spent a few months living and working in Dublin last year. I was travelling around the country every weekend and staying in hotels the entire time. This meant having to eat out constantly, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you’re a foodie!
The food scene has come a long way in Dublin since my first visit around 8 years ago. I discovered so many great cafes and restaurants during my time there, but there’s one place I visited almost daily – it’s that good!
Tara Street, Dublin 2
Póg is hands down, my favourite cafe in the city! They have an extensive vegan menu, unlike the majority of cafes that have the token ‘full
English Irish breakfast (ask for no sausages and bacon to make it vegan)’ addition to the menu. You know we’ve all been there, or the type of place we can only order fries and a side salad!
Anyway, I digress..
The menu at this gem of a cafe is more than 90% vegetarian and vegan I reckon. There are only around 3 items on their lunch menu from what I remember that contain chicken/ bacon. I was spoilt for choice!
When given the option, I will always chose breakfast over a lunch menu, regardless of the time of day, so I haven’t tried any of their soups and sandwiches. I visited at least 3 days a week so I worked my way though their entire brunch menu, various hot drinks, milkshakes, smoothies and mocktails.
My top picks would be the açai bowls, spicy hummus on toast and vegan protein pancakes! I implore you to try the ‘toast two ways’. I genuinely can’t decide whether I prefer the spicy hummus on toast to the more traditional avo toast – but whoever created this menu is a genius!
Póg have two branches, but I find that the Tara Street branch is just that little bit cosier. The menu is the same, however, the food is better! The staff are friendlier and though both places tend to get very busy around lunchtime, this one just feels a little less touristy and has a more relaxed vibe.
My favourite time to arrive would be around 9am. I’d grab a coffee and sit there with my laptop, working away until I was hungry for brunch!
Fun fact – póg actually means kiss in Irish, which I thought is quite cute!
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