The historic city of Dublin is a place bursting at the seams with stories to tell. For such a small island, Ireland has a lot of history, folklore, and culture; and most of it comes from or through the capital city. No matter how long you stay here, you can see something new and unique (and innately Irish) every day. A walk along O'Connell Street and over the bridges of the Liffey will give you a real feel for the city. It will also give you an appetite, and the chance to indulge in some of this enthralling city’s dining options. If you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, there are excellent budget options, as the following list of cheap eats in Dublin, Ireland will show.
There are few foods more appetising than a good burger, and Bunsen is the place to go in Dublin if you’re looking for a good quality patty. With numerous outlets in the city - the burger bar has been so successful it has even expanded to Belfast and Cork - you can get a good meal for just over 8 USD, while a portion of freshly-made fries will come in at under half of that. You can have string-cut, hand-chopped and even sweet potato fries for a healthier option.
Opening Hours: 12:00-21:30 - 12:00-22:30 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 36 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 DY20
2. The Bernard Shaw
Named for one of Ireland’s greatest writers, the Bernard Shaw is a big pub in the St Kevin’s area of the city with a wide range of draught beers, ciders and cocktails among other delights for thirsty Dubliners and tourists alike. They also do a very tasty line in food, and while pizzas and larger plates are outside the 10 USD price range, their toasted sandwiches are excellent and highly affordable. Cheese and ham, as well as bacon, egg and sausage, are popular, while vegetarians will love the hummus, fresh spinach and grated carrot option.
The Bernard Shaw
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 00:00 most days, 10:00 - 01:00 on Friday, Saturday
Address: 11-12 Richmond St South, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2,
Website: The Bernard Shaw
While Dublin’s good-time reputation may not immediately suggest “healthy eating” to you, the city is far from a wilderness for the calorie-conscious, and Chopped’s excellent line in salads and light (in all senses of the word) bites have gone down a storm with regulars. For a little over 7 USD, you can put together your own vegetarian salad, or add a little more protein for a dollar more. Alternatively, you can leave the salad curation to the experts and enjoy their specialities such as Pear and Cashel Blue Cheese, Piri Piri Chicken or Mexican Street.
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30 Mon-Fri, 12:00-16:00 Saturday, closed on Sunday
Address: 148 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, D02 H393
Boojum first opened in Dublin in 2007 and has since expanded in a big way, with six outlets in the city centre alone all serving tacos, burritos and nachos among other options to a clientele looking for something a little spicier. Anything that you pick from the menu will come in well under 10 USD, and you can customise your meal however you want - picking a type of tortilla, a filling and a topping as well as any extras. Fillings include Chilli Con Carne, Spicy Chicken and Shredded Pork among many others.
Opening Hours: 11:30-22:30 Sunday-Thursday, 11:30-23:00 Friday and Saturday
Address: 3 Abbey Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1
5. Mongolian BBQ
No prizes for guessing the cuisine on offer here! Mongolian BBQ is located on Anglesea Street in the Temple Bar area, so if you’re looking for a bite to eat after a pub trip, you’re in luck. The ordering system lets you pick your own fresh food from the buffet and then watch as it is stir-fried to your taste. A lunchtime main course will cost you a little over 8 USD, but be warned that it’s a lot pricier at dinner time. You could just settle for a side or two - the spicy chicken wings and duck spring rolls are recommended, and available for around 6 USD.
Opening Hours: 11:30-21:30 Mon-Thur, 11:30-22:30 Fri, Sat, 12:00-21:30 Sun
Address: 7 Anglesea St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Website: Mongolian BBQ
6. Green Nineteen
A stop at Green 19 will cost you just over 10 USD a plate - but only just - unless you have a side dish. That’s not a bad idea, in fact, as the home-made chips and green leaf salad are among the best things on the menu. If you can stretch to a little more than the ten-spot, then their toasted sandwiches (served with chips) are more than worth it; the Club Nineteen and Grilled Chicken Chorizo are extremely appetising.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
Address: 19 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, Ireland
Website: Green Nineteen
7. Yum Thai Noodle Bar
Specialising in Thai cuisine, this excellent noodle bar on Baggot Street is popular with revellers who have spent part of the evening in one of the many bars on the same street. Among the delights that can be enjoyed for around 10 USD, you’ll love their Gang Dang red curry, which can be made with any one of four types of meat, King Prawn or tofu, while a milder option can be found in the form of their Massaman Thai curry. Fans of green curry can instead enjoy the Gang Keaw Wan option, again with the same meats.
Opening Hours: 16:00-22:00
Address: 145 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, D02 EY00
Website: Yum Thai
8. The Market Bar
Visitors to Dublin will be well aware that bars aren’t exactly hard to find in the city. You’ll have to go a long way, though, to find one where the food is as good as in this award-winning gastro bar. The Meatballs with Patatas Bravas is a good option for under 10 USD, while a slightly more expensive (but so worth it) option is Bangers and Mash. You could, of course, always skip straight to a dessert; Salted Caramel Roulade is a speciality, while their decadent Chocolate Brownie, served with vanilla ice cream, is heaven on a plate.
The Market Bar
Opening Hours: 12:00-23:30
Address: 14A Fade St, Dublin, D02 A368
Website: The Market Bar
9. Dicey's Garden
If you want a quiet bite to eat, then Dicey’s probably won’t be for you. If, however, you enjoy a bit of atmosphere and tasty bar food, this is very much going to be your kind of place. Every option on the menu is well under 10 USD, and options include burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, and a grilled sirloin steak with pepper sauce. The bar is attached to Dublin’s popular Russell Court Hotel, and as a result attracts a mixed, cosmopolitan crowd.
Opening Hours: 14:00-02:30
Address: 21-25 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, D02 YF24
Website: Dicey’s Garden
Delightful dining in Dublin won't break the bank
Whatever your reason for visiting Dublin, you’ll find yourself drawn to the centres of population that make this city such a remarkable place. Whether or not you can resist the clarion call of the nightlife at Temple Bar, you’re going to need to eat well to ensure you see Dublin at its best, and the above dining establishments will allow you to do that without spending your budget all in one go.
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