Typical Dublin foods

Going to Dublin, Ireland, soon? Take a look at our list of typical Dublin foods!

There aren’t a lot of dishes that are specifically associated with the city of Dublin that’s why we included a broader selection of Irish dishes in this article to give you a better idea of what the real taste of Ireland is!

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1 – Coddle

The Coddle is a speciality from Dublin and was originally made to use up leftovers (which is how the best dishes in the world have been invented). There isn’t a specific recipe to it but it traditionally includes sausages, rashers, potatoes, onions and herbs.

This dish used to be made on Thursdays to finish up all the remaining meat of the week. The Irish being catholic they were not allowed to eat meat on Friday.


2 – Barmbrack

This is a sweet cake made with bread with added sultanas and raisins. Often shortened to brack, the name comes from the Halloween Brack that used to contain various objects. This dish is now associated with Halloween. A ring is generally placed in the bread and the person who receives it is considered to be fortunate (exactly like the “Galette des Rois” in France for example).


3 – Colcannon

This typical Irish dish is made of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. This dish is generally served for Halloween and is fairly ancient. Invented in the 18th century, after the introduction of potatoes in Europe, it is the perfect mix between ancient Ireland and modern Ireland.


4 – Soda bread

The soda bread is a quick bread that uses baking soda instead of yeast to leaven. This authentic bread has become a classic of the Irish food scene and the recipes are passed from parents to the child for generations.


5 – Irish Stew

If there is one thing you can not leave Dublin without having done it would be eating an Irish Stew. This Irish food classic is the last of our list but definitely not the least.

It’s made with a mix of leftovers including lamb, onions and potatoes (and sometimes even Guinness!)

Although adding Guinness is not part of the original recipe, we would recommend giving it a try if you want the full Irish experience! In Dublin, you can find a Beef and Guinness stew at the Guinness Storehouse.

The Stew was originally created because farmers would keep their sheep into old age for their wool and milk, therefore the meat of the mutton was less tender and needed more time to cook.


You will be able to find all these typical dishes in any Dublin pubs (and don’t forget, there are over 600 of them!). They will make your experience in Dublin even more authentic!