I love a heart-warming story to go with my coffee, so the newly opened Tram Cafe really rings my bell (sorry…)
I’d been meaning to pop in for a while, but reading the story of how the cafe came into existence, on the Humans Of Dublin Facebook page, spurred me on.
The owner, Dave – who served me himself when I visited – stumbled upon the tram in a field in County Cavan (about an hour outside Dublin) and instantly fell in love with the idea of turning it into a cafe. He made investigations about who owned it, and eventually managed to buy it from a reluctant seller.
He set up The Tram Cafe on Wolfe Tone Square just behind the Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin City Centre. It’s a strange sight to behold in one of our biggest shopping districts, but a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle, and a lovely chance to try something completely unique and charming.
A welcome blast of warmth from cosy heaters and 1920s tunes greet you as you climb on board. The decor of the carriage matches the music perfectly. If you can’t get a seat on the tram, there’s some outdoor seating out front, and a further covered area out back.
Serving hot and cold breakfast, lunch and treats, the menu, like the premises, is small but sweet. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is whether to try the bacon banana bread or the chocolate Guinness cake – or just try both!