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Cheap eats in Dublin

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Cheap eats in Dublin

Over the last few years Dublin has seen so many restaurants, cafes, pop-ups and delis open their doors all around the city. From Thai to Mongolian, Argentinean to American, and many local specialities too, the choice is endless when it comes to what to eat. There’s also a wide bracket when it comes to price too, and while there are a number of Michelin star restaurants around the city, we’ve encountered some great eats at even better prices all across Dublin.

Here are our top 5 places to eat for cheap in Dublin...

Third Space Unit 14, Smithfield Market

A great choice for any time of the day, Third Space (pictured above) has a tasty selection for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack or evening bite, and all for affordable prices too. Take your pick from a selection of paninis, wraps and bagels all under €6, and add some salads for an extra €1 each. Or try the pizza, baked potato or tart special of the day, all for €5.95. There are also events that take place some evening including live music on a Thursday evening.

Grüb, 84-88 Great George’s Street

Grüb is relatively new to Dublin’s food scene and is fast becoming a top choice amongst locals. Here you’ll find a large selection of pre-made sandwiches, wraps and salads for less than five euro. Or you can check out their hot specials including soups, noodles and stews, all of which are freshly made each day. Grüb has an ethos of providing fresh food along with ‘keeping an eye on our fellow man and the environment’, and they do all of that at a cheap price along with very friendly staff. Great choice for grabbing a quick bite on the go.

Metro Cafe, South William Street

If there’s even a glimpse on sun peaking through the clouds over Dublin, you will be guaranteed to find people queuing for a table outside the Metro Cafe. But in saying that, you’ll still see many people sitting outside under the canopies and close to the outdoor heaters on the cold and rainy days too, which reflects the popularity of this city centre cafe. There’s a simple menu offering snacks, sandwiches, soups and also a nice bowl of stew accompanied by a chunk of bread. It’s also a perfect pick for a coffee and a cake stop if you’re in need of a sugar/ caffeine hit.

Jackson Court Hotel or Harcourt Hotel, Harcourt Street

A staple of a lot of Irish peoples' eating out habit is a ‘carvery lunch’ and both of these establishments (which can be found on the same street) are a popular choice for many workers and locals for this. Every week-day you can choose from a selection of meals that are served up fresh, hot and on the spot for under €8. Expect anything from a full roast lamb dinner to a plate of chicken curry, and also expect to be full for the day!

Wokin, Lower Stephen Street

If you’re looking for a noodle, rice or curry dish for under €6 then this is the place to go. The chicken noodle dish is always the popular choice in this Thai-style rice and noodle bar in the city centre. Portions are big and are served up in take-out boxes, and the servers will add in extra sauces and spices if you ask nicely too. A great take-away lunch option as well as a late night, post pub selection!

By: tracy.lynch

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