Bang Bang is the sweetest and most original cafe I’ve stumbled upon in a while. On an otherwise residential street in Phibsborough, and always packed, it proves that neighbourhood eateries are Dublin’s trend of late. Setting up outside the city-centre means rents are cheaper of course, but it also provides a lovely, local vibe that you just can’t fake in the city centre. As a former resident of Phibsborough I can confirm that the area was crying out for a place like this.
The brains behind Bang Bang are a friendly brother-sister duo that have established a part-cafe, part-convenience store selling local produce, and a part-pre-loved clothing store. The place manages to simultaneously embody old Dublin cornershop and modern cafe cool, and none of it feels contrived. You could bring your granny here, but also your most hipster friend. Named after a legendary Dublin character known as Bang Bang – he would traverse the city staging mock-shootouts, something locals would often good-naturedly join in with – the cafe is adorned with photos of Bang Bang and other Dublin memorabilia.
Bang Bang’s weekend Brunch Burger is worth the trip alone. Prepared fresh before your eyes, it’s a brioche bun with homemade relish, runny fried egg, Edam and bacon. Washed down with delicious, locally-roasted Silverskin coffee, it brought me back to life one recent hungover Sunday. During the week, their menu is comprised mainly of soups, sandwiches, and sweet things, and the delicious breakfast pastry that’s almost as good as the brunch burger itself.