An emblematic Dublin café, known both for its literary history and its excellent coffee
A café with a bohemian flavour
Passed down through a family whose expertise in importing tea and coffee goes back to the 19th century, Bewleys Café has not changed much since it opened in 1927. It has always been something of a powerhouse for contemporary literary and artistic gatherings (James Joyce mentions this café in his novel Dubliners), as all the great authors of the moment gathered here to hold their debates, over the best coffee in Ireland. The building – designed by Ernest Bewley – was fashioned in the image of the great popular Parisian and Venetian cafes of the time, and interior, lit by the large chandeliers which were designed by Henry Clarke in 1931, makes you feel like a bohemian writer. It is probably the only place in Dublin where they still roast their own coffee beans, and the rich smell seeps through the whole room, as well as into the exquisite cakes.