No one loves a long layover. As an unwanted stop in what may already be a long journey, it’s understandable why most travelers dread them. Thankfully, those passing time at Dublin’s airport will find themselves pleased with the comforts of coffee, a glass of wine, a cold beer or a good meal.
Regardless of the terminal your plane leaves out of, there’s a great restaurant, cafe or bar that will help you make the most of your Dublin airport layover. While Dublin’s terminals are home to dozens of wonderful establishments, here are a few key favorites.
As one of the few establishments in the Dublin Airport that’s open 24 hours, AMT Coffee has you covered for a hot beverage, pastry, smoothie or milkshake even if you fly in on the red eye. If you’re hungry at odd hours, it’s also a quick-stop for gourmet soups, paninis, and fresh fruit.
Butlers Chocolate Cafe
Open from 4:00 am until 10:00 pm, Butlers offers up a rich selection of luxurious chocolates. If you’re in the mood for a hot beverage, the cafes coffees also come with a complimentary chocolate candy. For those after something with more sustenance, gourmet sandwiches are also available.
The Gate Clock Bar
There’s no better way to wait out a long layover than with a beer or two. If you’re after a cold one, The Gate Clock Bar is the place to be. As a traditional Irish pub, it’s ideal for laid-over travelers who don’t have time to leave the airport but still crave a taste of traditional Ireland. In addition to a full range of alcohol, the bar also offers snacks, confectionaries, and pastries.
Marquette is right up your alley if you’re rushing to your gate, but you still need a bite to eat. As a self-service, a la carte food bar, this cafe offers ready-to-go options that are both healthy and delicious. From salads and sandwiches to soups and freshly baked bread, all ingredients used in Marquette’s food is fresh and sourced locally from Ireland.
The Garden Terrace Cafe and Grill
With a refreshing outdoor terrace and easygoing atmosphere, The Garden Terrace offers table service and a wonderful opportunity to wind down during a long layover. The restaurant serves soups, burgers, and gourmet sandwiches. It also offers an excellent breakfast menu.
Open for lunch and dinner only, Diep flies all of its essential ingredients in fresh from Bangkok, allowing for food with an unparalleled Thai taste. Ingredients that don’t come in from Thailand are sourced directly from Irish farmers. With such high-quality ingredients, Diep is a dreamland for those craving authentic Thai cooking.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Claiming to have the “best burger in town,” Gourmet Burger Kitchen serves made-to-order food from a wide menu selection. Ranging from traditional to boldly innovative, GBK is a hearty and way to solve your hunger while you wait for your next flight out.
Chocolate Lounge has available a wide variety of delectable candies for chocolate lovers. It also features a sushi-style conveyor belt where customers can select their sweets. Chocolate Lounge is open from 5:00 am until 6:00 pm and also offers a selection of teas, coffees, wine, and beer.
Open from 4:00 am until 9:00 pm Harvest Market is an ideal place to catch a healthy Irish breakfast if you find yourself at the Dublin Airport in the early hours of the morning. Outside of breakfast foods, the restaurant also offers hot lunches and snack items as well as coffee and beer. With a spacious seating area, it’s ideal for travelers wishing to relax with a good book while waiting to board their flight.
If you're at Dublin Airport and flying to the United States, you need to make sure you have all your documents prepared. For example, Irish travellers need an approved ESTA or US visa for travel related to tourism.