Rathmines, one of the three ‘R’s in leafy Dublin 6 (also Ranelagh and Rathgar). Previously popular with students, nowadays it’s home to hipsters and well heeled couples who can afford the exorbitant rents.
I’ve also lived in this locale, indeed my fondest memory is watching ‘The Exorcist’ in the original ‘Swan’ Cinema back in 1997, with only the rats for company. But times change, the cinema was demolished and the rats went on to greater things. There’s now a new ‘Swan’ cinema, a new gym, and plenty of cool new bars, restaurants and cafes, one of which is the ‘The Natural Bakery’,
As luck would have it, I was in Rathmines recently and thought I would pop in for a French stick, but I wasn’t expecting to see such a fantastic display.
On one side sat several shelves of freshly made bread of every description. On the other, a plethora of assorted cakes and baked goods, many with beautiful and innovative designs and colours. It reminded me very much of a similar bakery shop in Galway, the ‘Gourmet Tart Co.’, well worth a visit if you’re visiting the West of Ireland.
There’s now several branches open across Dublin, three of which have coffee shops where you can sit down and savour your fresh coffee and pastry. And some news just in! The Natural Bakery are opening four new shops in coming months, so now you can get your cake on, no matter where you are in the capital! A whole lotta loaf!