As outdoor enthusiasts, a good cup of coffee is essential when it comes to fueling an early morning hike, a Sunday long run, or warming up after some mountain biking. This is why we have compiled a list of our top 5 outdoorsy cafés in the Dublin Mountains. These are bike, mud, and wet raincoat-friendly cafés that are worth structuring your next outdoor excursion around.

1. Trails Café

When it comes to a prime location Trails Café has got to be the top off our list. The Café is connected to the cabin on Ticknock hill which makes it a hub of the mountain biking community in Dublin, the perfect place to start a ride or grab a mid-spin pick-me-up. The coffee is excellent, they use Fixx beans in their coffees so you know you are going to get a great cup. As well as top-notch coffee the café has a great selection of baked goods and awesome sandwiches.

2. Hazel House Café

Perhaps the nicest setup of any of the cafés on this list. The Hazel House is located right beside Tibbradden forest, but you’d be forgiven if you thought you had stepped into a rural café in Wicklow. As well as serving up a lovely cup of coffee, the Hazel House is also a craft shop, a farm, and a woodwork studio that runs courses for children and adults. The Café also hosts wine and pizza nights during the warm summer evenings where they serve up freshly cooked wood-fired pizza! A must after a day in the hills.

3. Timbertrove Café

The Timertrove Country Store & Café is located at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains with spectacular views overlooking Dublin Bay. The most traditional café on our list, all the bakes are made fresh on our premises each morning. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dessert items including our famous traditional scones. They brew Bewley’s finest coffee blend. As well as great food and snacks to fuel your walk around the Dublin Mountains, the Timbertrove Café also has its own Country Store with a unique selection of home goods, gifts, and decorative garden products!

4. GAP Kitchen

Another hub of adventurous folk in the Dublin Mountains, located at the Glencullen Adventure Park and right on the Dublin Mountains Way, the GAP kitchen is a go-to spot if you are after a big feed in the hills. As well as great coffee, the GAP is known for is locally sourced and homemade beef, veggie, and brekkie burgers.

5. Wicklow Way Café

The last chance to have a coffee on the Wicklow Way! The Wicklow Way café in Marley Park is a go-to post-hike spot to grab a coffee before heading home. Taking the time after your hike, run or bike to discuss the day’s activity is a vital part of the outdoor experience!


By Matthew McConnell

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