Aran Artisan Bakery
Recently named in the Irish Times Top 100 Places To Have Lunch in Ireland, and Ireland’s Best Brunch at the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Award, Aran is run with passion and drive. Located on The Arches, Barrack Street in Kilkenny City Centre, only a few minutes walk from the Castle, making Aran a great place to grab breakfast or brunch. Describing their menu like the weather in Ireland – unpredictable and changing day to day, they have earned their reputation as one of the best all day brunch spots in Kilkenny. 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 in a stone baked oven on your way out. It’s their speciality!
Cafe La Coco
Cafe La Coco is a bright, sweet and cosy café on Patrick’s Street in Kilkenny City Centre. The warm and welcoming atmosphere is mirrored in their very friendly staff. If you can tear your eyes away from the interior, have a look at it’s jaw dropping brunch menu. The famous blueberry pancakes are the most popular for a reason… With fresh food and amazing coffee, brunch in Cafe La Coco is the perfect way to fuel your day out in Kilkenny.
Fennelly's of Callan
Fennelly’s of Callan is a quirky, arty hub of activity located in the small town of Callan. Fennelly’s is more than a café, there is lots to keep you entertained – such as live music, art exhibitions, yoga and, most recently, the Neighbour Food market.
It’s as traditional as they come, serving breakfast all day long! This quirky and quaint spot is an ideal stop off for your morning coffee and bite to eat before exploring the county. The brunch menu has lots of great choices for kick starting the day from free range poached eggs on rustic or brown bread; fried mushrooms and avocado on rustic toast to porridge served with fresh fruit and Highbank syrup not to mention the amazing pancakes! The staff are extremely friendly and welcome every customer with open arms. Whether you’re there for a full Irish or just a cake and coffee to takeaway, you’re guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face. A classic artsy spot that you have to visit while you’re in Kilkenny.
Cake Face Pastry
Cakeface Patisserie a must visit on any trip to Kilkenny and a cake lovers paradise. It is the brainchild of pastry chef duo Laura & Rory Gannon. Cakeface was born out of the desire to create unique, quirky and unusual cakes pastries and desserts. It specialises in the unexpected and delicious, their range of desserts is designed to wow and surprise and they do just that! The lovely counter has pastries all displayed like sweet jewels. You can also enjoy tasty vegetarian sandwiches, soup and salads, scones, gâteau and brioches. They have recently added a charming medieval style Al Fresco dining area at the back of the café. It is a great spot to chill with a coffee and a crafty delicious cake while exploring Ireland’s Medieval Mile. The service is impeccable in this unmissable café.
Muse Coffee & Food
Enjoy Muse’s Garden Lunch Menu + Weekend Brunch, it’s a truly unique al fresco experience in the heart of Kilkenny city and the opportunity to take in the spectacular serene courtyard garden and medieval surrounds of Butler Gallery.
From Tuesday to Friday, Muse serve their Garden Lunch Menu with lots of locals’ favourite lunch dishes and some additions, as well as Cloudpicker coffee, desserts and their signature hot chocolates.
At weekends, kick back in a sun-soaked glass pod with a glass of prosecco in hand and choose from their new family-friendly Weekend Brunch menu. Each pod has their own speaker docks so you can personalise the experience, setting the mood to enjoy a memorable meal against a background of your favourite tunes.