I know the struggle of saving money and trying to enjoy the time abroad in Dublin while studying as an expat. Because of that many students give up on having an outside meal and going to restaurants. I’m here to tell you that the Irish capital has many alternatives for dining on a budget and that you can choose between different options without compromising on the quality of food. Check out some of my favorites places to eat cheaply in Dublin:

For the Mexican food lovers: Boojum

If you like Mexican food, you will love Boojum – a burrito bar with very well served side plates and good prices. Known as one of the favorite places for Dublin students, the lines during the rush times can be a bit longer but that it’s the proof that the food is good. Besides that, the prices are very adequate, and you can have a whole meal for less than 10 euros. Boojum has many locations in Dublin, you can search for the one closest to you.

Vegetarians can also eat cheaply at Chopped Restaurant

If you don’t eat meat, sometimes it’s hard to find a nice and cheap restaurant to go to but not in Dublin! Here is one of the best choices, in this case, the Chopped, where you can grab a whole salad for prices as little as 6 euros. They also have wraps, soups and other cool alternatives for the ones in a health kick.

For a truly Irish Breakfast: Gerry’s Coffee Shop

This is the perfect place for trying a good and authentic Irish Breakfast. It’s not very known by tourists so you will avoid the big crowds and long waiting lines. Located at a hidden corner of Montague Street, the Gerry’s Coffee Shop has a very rich menu with expat-friendly prices, and totally worth your visit. (6 Montague Street, Dublin, Ireland)

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Bunsen – for the burgers hunters

Bunsen is one of the most famous burgers venues in Dublin, and that’s because the price and quality of the food are very good. Adding to that the cozy interior and atmosphere which make it very attractive for young people. With three locations in the City (Temple Bar, Anne St, and Wexford St), they offer hamburgers from 6,95 euros making not only your belly happier as also your pocket.

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Wasabi Sushi Bar has good and cheap Japanese food

The best things about Wasabi Sushi Bar is the option “all you can eat”, and for only 20 euros, you can literally eat as much sushi as you want. This type of restaurant is very common in Brazil, so it’s very likely that going there, you will find many students there. (77 Dorset Street Upper, Dublin 1).


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Go grab a real Brazilian food at Café Mineiro

There are many Brazilian students in Dublin and the selections of restaurants with traditional foods of the country are not few. One of my favorites is the Café Mineiro, where you can eat a meal of picanha, rice, fries, farofa, beans and vinaigrette for less than 15 euros. Another good thing about this place is its location, very close to the Temple Bar. (13 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02)

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Do you agree with this list? What are your favorite places?


Author: Juliana Hansen