October 15, 2010

Travelling to Dublin? - Get Your Fix!

When en route, coffee is one of the common things to cause complaint - It's too strong, it's too weak, or 'these people don't know the difference between a cappuccino and a latte!'... and if you like milky coffees but have an allergy to cow's milk it can be especially difficult when you are a fish out of water. Getting your daily coffee fix is a serious matter for many people and getting what you want, or getting what you can get at home, is an increasingly important matter for those with food allergies.
The purpose of today's log is to give you a pointing direction to a couple of local Dublin city centre cafes which offer soya milk instead of only cow's milk should you be visiting our city and find yourself at a loss for that special milky coffee that will turn your day around.
As you probably know, soya milk makes an ideally dense froth but has an ever so slightly dry after taste. At all of the venues listed below the following is applicable: Order the beverage of your choice and state 'with soya milk'. The price will be approximately 50c more for the Soya milk substitution.

Butler's Chocolate Café
A genuine coffee house which can make your little fix into a real treat. Serving only chocolates, coffees, teas and milky beverages. Butler's is truly a dedicated establishment. Dublin's Butler's Chocolates have become a household name in Ireland since they were founded in 1932 so when you go to Butler's you are getting a genuinely Irish experience. The quality is top notch and the selection is wide. The only hard part will be forgoing your choice of the complimentary chocolates which are sadly not dairy free!

For exact location and opening hours please see the Restaurant Directory page or the Shops Short List located on the title bar
Locations in Dublin 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, Swords and Dublin Airport
Web: www.butlerschocolates.com
Varying hours between locations.
Approx Opening Hours: Mon-Wed, Fri 08:00 - 19:00; Thurs 08:00 - 21:00; Sat 09:00 - 19:00; Sun 10:00 - 19:00

Metro Café
A busy cafe during the day which holds true to its name. My favourite time to visit Metro is in the evenings when the sun is shining in just before it's golden warmth sets behind the city. I think that it's at its coziest when the traffic begins to slow down and the interior decoration and comfort can be fully appreciated. The food menu was not created with food allergies in mind but like some of the other venues on this page soya is on the menu to help us along in serving our dairy free caffeine cravings.
Location: 43 South William St, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 679 4515
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue 07:30-20:00; Wed-Fri 07:3021:00; Sat 08:00-20:00; Sun 09:30-19:00

Busyfeet & Coco Cafe
A great little cafe serving food and beverages and opened relatively late by Dublin café standards. The food is not necessarily catered towards food allergy sufferers but the coffee is fairtrade and soya substitutes are on the menu. Added bonus is Saturday nights sees live music in Busyfeet & Coco Cafe which makes for a nice alternative to the pub scene.
Location: 41-42 South William St, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 679 9514
web: www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Busyfeet-Coco-Cafe/118294784889880
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed, Sat 09:00-20:00; Fri, Sun: 09:00-21:00

Taste Food Co.
A relatively new cafe in Dublin focussing on fairtrade coffees and quality food. Taste Food Co. are primarily a catering business but with the extension of their Café & Bistro they now offer a sizable venue with two floors and a busy trade. The dishes on offer are not primarily concerned with food allergies but they do offer coffees and teas with a soya milk option.
Location: 39 South William St, Dublin 2
Web: www.tastefoodco.ie
Opening Hours: to be confirmed

Fallon & Byrne Café
Dublin's luxury food hall. With a food hall, restaurant, wine bar and café all things are covered. Please note that the only place in Fallon & Byrne serving beverages with soya substitutes is the café deli on the ground floor. However, it is possible to purchase your beverage on the main floor and bring it down to the wine bar/cellar should you require. The food available at the café is deli style and although good quality, not completely food allergy friendly.
Location: 2 Exchequer St, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 472 1000
Web: www.fallonandbyrne.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 08:00-21:00; Thurs-Fri 08:00-22:00; Sat 09:00-21:00; Sun 12:30-19:00

Brick Alley Café
Located in Temple Bar, Brick Alley Café (previously the Joy of Coffee) is one of the more urban feeling cafés of Dublin. Despite its touristy location it is a café frequented by locals and enjoyed by all. Despite semi-communal tables (which add to the ambiance) you can still feel private in one of the nooks and corners and the great coffees and healthy tea selection with the option of soya milk keeps you enjoying every drop as you watch the bustle of the city go by. The name change still hasn't completely registered with Dubliners yet but the place itself is unchanged since I first stepped foot years and years ago. It's a great choice no matter the season. Food is served and with a lot of questions an alterations an allergy free meal might be possible but the real key to Brick Alley Café is the relaxed sipping of coffee with some good conversation.
Location: 25 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 067 93393
Opening House: Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00

Starbucks Coffee Company
I assume that Starbucks needs no introduction. As one of the world's largest coffee company chains it will be no surprise that there are now 18 Dublin locations and soya is always the menu, as expected.
For exact locations and opening hours please see the Restaurant Directory page located on the title bar
Locations in Dublin 1, 2, 4, 15, 16, 18, 22, Blackrock, Swords
Web: ie.starbucks.com

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