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29th Sep 2023

Five cute spots to grab a coffee in Limerick City

Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

Limerick City is fast becoming Ireland’s unofficial cultural capital

The city by the mouth of the Shannon has a hellova lot to offer visitors, a thriving art scene, an incredible history of wars + battles, and a food scene that is undoubtedly on the up.

If you find yourself in Limerick today, here are some of our top picks for coffee:

5. Esquires

67-68 Catherine Street, more info here

A cosy homely interior filled with comfortable seats and twinkling fairy lights, it’s a great play to while away an afternoon. Alongside serving some quality hearty breakfasts, brunches and lunches the team also steam up some of the finest coffees in the city. Organic Nicaraguan beans are the order of the day which is perfectly prepared with proper portions of coffee and milk along with beautiful barista art.


4. Abbey River Coffee

Mathew Bridge, more info here

Unique location the little speciality coffee shop is slotted into an ancient building on the edge of the Matthew Bridge crossing the Shannon, with outside seating under the bridge with blankets and pillows. The team also roast their own beans which leaves an incredible smell inside. Serving up brilliant consistently good coffee, there’s also a selection of locally made treats if you have a hankering for them.

3. Fika Coffee 

15 Catherine Street more info here

A sweet little multi-roaster speciality coffee spot, with some cracking views of the Shannon, with some of the city’s most coveted seats by the window. The family-owned spot is run by the friendliest staff too who will help you learn which type of beans you might enjoy the most and understand more about coffee. The team serve up West Cork Coffee, Geometry Coffee and Bean in beans and runs barista courses, so you know you have the knowledge to back it up.


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2. Canteen

26 Catherine Street

The team at Canteen really ran with the name when it came to interiors, minimalist with shelves stacked high with supplies. When you are asked which coffee roast to choose from you know you are in good hands and undoubtedly about to get a quality cup of coffee, which is what happened in Canteen. Their lightly sweet iced Vietnamese coffee is one of the best around alongside the knock-out cappuccino. The team serve up some quality breakfast and brunches, with some really solid vegan options.

1 Rift

30 Upper Mallow Street, more info here

Undoubtedly a hub for locals and visitors alike, one visit to Rift will make it tough to head anywhere else. The paired-back minimalised interiors hold shelves and tables stocked with small indie food and drink supplier’s wares. Dog-friendly with seats outside, it is easy to while away an afternoon, sampling pastries, and working your way through the brunch menu before rounding off with a glass or two of vino (which they sell on tap). The speciality coffee shop stocks coffee from a range of Irish & international coffee roasters the likes of Calendar Coffee, Old Barracks Roastery and April Coffee.


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