Indulge in the charm and the flavours of Kilkenny like never before with our comprehensive guide to brunching in the medieval county. Join us on a gastronomic journey as we explore the best brunch spots, savour stunning dishes that bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch and discover the vibrant culture that makes Kilkenny a brunch lover’s paradise. Whether you’re a local seeking a new favourite go-to spot or a visitor eager to experience the heart of Ireland’s culinary scene, you are sure to find something that tickles your fancy in this guide!
Arán Bakery & Bistro
Named in the Irish Times Top 100 Places To Have Lunch in Ireland and Ireland’s Best Brunch at the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards, Arán Bakery & Bistro is a great place to grab breakfast or brunch. They have earned their reputation as one of the best all-day brunch spots in Kilkenny with a tasty seasonal menu featuring plenty of local producers. Not to mention, they serve unlimited coffee with brunch dishes between 9am – 10:30am! If you have a sweet tooth, they’re cakes and pastries are irresistible and be sure to grab a loaf of their in house baked fresh bread made daily – it’s their speciality.
Café la Coco
Café la Coco is a cosy café in Kilkenny city who pride themselves on beautifully presented dishes full of the finest local artisan produce. Fill your belly with hearty goodness with their colourful superfood salads and acai bowls. Prefer a sweeter start to the day? Their pancakes are the most popular choice for a reason! With fresh food and amazing coffee, brunch in Cafe la Coco is the perfect way to fuel up for your day out in Kilkenny.
Cake lovers will be sure to enjoy this one. Cakeface is well-known for their colourful cake creations with tantalising flavour combinations, so your mouth is guaranteed to water milling over the decision of which one to choose! They have a roastery on site where they brew batches to perfection to serve up in the café. Those with a preference for savoury brunches, Cakeface have a changing selection of gourmet sandwiches and salads to choose from.
Higgs Field Restaurant
Fresh on the Kilkenny food scene, the newly-opened Higgs Field Restaurant boasts a tasty brunch menu that will set your taste buds tingling just reading it. Their focus is a fresh and exciting approach to high-quality vegetarian and vegan cuisine with brunch being served from 11am – 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Using locally farmed and foraged ingredients to create dishes such as a fresh take on the classic breakfast roll and stacks of pancakes, it is sure to be an unforgettable brunch experience.
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
Did somebody say ‘bottomless brunch’? The Brasserie at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel is a popular spot each Saturday when their Bottomless Brunch is in full swing. They serve up delicious brunch dishes with brilliant beats by the resident DJ from 1pm – 4pm. Choose from eggs the way you like them or brunch classics to fuel up for throwing shapes. And of course, it wouldn’t be a bottomless brunch without bottomless prosecco or mimosas!
John Street Tea Rooms at Langtons
The John Street Tea Rooms at Langtons is a beautiful setting for brunch. Kick back in the stylish lounge and tuck into the treats on offer. They have an extensive brunch menu with a wide selection of teas, freshly brewed coffee and specialty cocktails for treating yourself to a boozy brunch. They have new themed afternoon teas here regularly, so you can keep coming back for more and try something different each time. Make sure to try their brunch pizza – it’s a unique and delicious creation!
Mountain View Kilkenny
Nestled in the lush rolling hills of Ballyhale, Mountain View Kilkenny is home to The Greenhouse Bar & Eatery – a trendy spot that serves Sunday brunch. From french toast to shakshuka, their choice of brunch dishes is a blend of classic and new favourites. Plus, it is hard to beat enjoying good food with breathtaking views of the countryside from their panoramic dining area. Whatever the weather, a hearty brunch here with expertly mixed cocktails is one of the most unique experiences.
Statham's at Pembroke Kilkenny
Awarded the prestigious accolade of the Best Hotel Breakfast in Ireland by Georgina Campbell’s Ireland, brunch at Statham’s is clearly not to be missed. Using the best local produce that Ireland has to offer, their menu is full of seasonal flavours – both sweet and savoury. Serving up brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm until 4pm, they even have a dessert section on the menu as well as an extensive drinks menu for wines, cocktails and mocktails. Order their delectable loaded hash browns, you’ll quickly find out why they are a firm favourite!
We don’t know about you, but our tummies are certainly rumbling just reading that! Brunch in Kilkenny isn’t just a meal – it’s an experience. So, experience it for yourself by grabbing some pals and indulging in a scrumptious brunch.