How do you eat in Dublin on a budget? Two words: street food. Street food may not be fine dining, but it’s full of flavor, good value and amazing diversity. When you think of Dublin’s food scene, Irish pub fare is usually the go-to for cheap eats. Little do travelers know, the Irish Capital boasts some of the best street food in Europe. Whether you want vegan food, Asian cuisine or authentic Mexican burritos, Dublin definitely has it all.
Here’s where to grab a quick bite to eat on your next Dublin holiday:
The Temple Bar Food Market
Does your mouth water at the sound of vegetable curry, artisan cheeses or oysters that are fresh from the sea? The Temple Bar Food Market is the place for you. There are a variety of stalls that boast everything from Indian food to fresh roast pork. Come visit the market and take in Dublin’s outdoor sights and scenery every Saturday from 10 am – 4:30 pm in Meeting House Square.
Eatyard has something for every street food fanatic. Diverse vendors from all across Dublin offer delicious quick eats like brisket, vegan fish and chips, and waffles. Plus, on Thursday’s, witness live cookery demonstrations and drink amazing craft beer at the market’s “Crafternoons”. Eatyard is just a hop, skip and jump away from Dublin’s scenic Portobello canal. It’s open every Thursday, Friday Saturday & Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.
Chow down on some authentic Mexican street food where home-made marinades and salsas liven up your palate. Indulge in pulled pork tacos, nachos and tortas with some of the best locally sourced ingredients in Dublin. Take a quick lunch break here after visiting the city’s historic St. Michan’s Church. It’s only a few blocks away.
Leo Burdock Fish n’ Chips
Visit Dublin’s oldest chip shop, which has been making its popular fish ‘n chips since 1913. Drenched in malt vinegar, Leo Burdock’s crispy, melt-in-your-mouth fish n’ chips certainly work wonders on your taste buds. Plus, they’re easy to take on the go. Eat them on the benches around Dublin’s historic Christ Church Cathedral and take a visit there afterward.
This eclectic, hippie pizza parlor in Stella Gardens gives you great street food at a great value. A 9″ pizza will only cost you €7, and a 12″ will set you back just a mere €10. Choose a basic margarita pizza with fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella, and oregano, or add your own toppings to spice things up. Try toppings like tasty eggplant, arugula, olives, chorizo, sausage or Parma ham.
What once began as a food truck in Dublin’s Portabello neighborhood, Veginity is now one of the hippest restaurants on Dorset St. If you haven’t guessed from the name, this spot serves up some of best plant-based street food in the world. The award-winning restaurant’s raw foodist, vegan, and gluten-free cooking techniques produce high-quality meat-less dishes that wow your taste buds. It’s safe to say that they’ll always leave you wanting more. So, indulge away and experiment with yummy menu items like plant-based fish and chips or cheesy tapioca dice.
Kyoto Asian Street Food
Kyoto in Dún Laoghaire is known for its perfectly cooked, tender high-quality Asian street food with a variety of delicate flavors. Try the chicken satay skewers bathed in a nice smooth peanut sauce, the butterfly prawns or the Tom Kha Gai, a Thai coconut soup packed with flavor and chock full of fresh vegetables.
Mission Mexican Street Food
Mission Mexican Street Food boasts authenticity and style. The restaurant’s fantastic selection of meats and vegetables for the non-meaty create burritos that are out of this world. To spice your meal up, even more, load up on one or two of Mission Mexican’s salsas. Indulge in options like smoky chipotle or creamy queso.
If you haven’t tried Taiwanese street food, this is the best place to try it in Dublin. Bao are soft pillowy steamed buns, featured in both Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine, that can be filled with almost anything. At Bao House, you can choose different meats like beef, chicken, confit duck, braised tender pork belly, or vegetarian tofu. Plus, you can add coriander and peanut crumbs for a bao full of even more flavor. If the food hasn’t already enticed you, the prices definitely will. If you’re a student, the restaurant offers a sweet student meal deal for just about 6 euros. It’s the perfect treat for young backpackers in the Irish capital. So, don’t be afraid to chow on some bao.
Token’s high-end take on fast street food is simply delicious. Whether it’s a juicy burger, vegan calamari, hot and spicy chicken or deep fried Oreo cheesecake bombs for dessert, you’ll always be satisfied with this restaurant’s delectable dishes. Token also host events like film screenings, board game meet-ups pinball leagues, eating challenges and beer tastings right in the heart of Dublin. So, if you’re looking to have a fun night during your trip, this hip spot may be what you’re searching for.