NileGuide Expert Says:
Dublin's quintessential cafe is a must visit at any time of the day or evening.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Although Bewley's is famous for its coffee, teas, cakes and breakfasts, it also serves excellent soups, salads, pizzas, pastas and light meals and is very good value. Beware however, it can be rather noisy in the evenings with groups!
Set at the heart of bustling Grafton Street the name Bewley's is almost synonymous with Dublin, This multi-room maze opened in 1927, inspired by the great European cafes of Paris and Vienna, as well as exotic oriental tearooms and Egyptian architecture. The centrepiece of the cafe is, and always has been the six magnificent stained glass windows commissioned from the renowned artist local Harry Clarke. Over the years Bewley's became a haunt for some of Ireland's most famous literary and artistic figures, including James Joyce (who mentioned the cafe in his book Dubliners, Patrick Kavanagh, Samuel Beckett and Sean O'Casey, and more recently Bob Geldof and Sinead O'Connor. Bewley's coffee is superb - you'll see it sold all over the city - and it is hand-roasted on the premises.
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