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Cakeface Pastry

Having first met in Ballymaloe Cookery School, Laura and Rory Gannon travelled the world perfecting their craft – pastry.

Their backgrounds in finance and chemical engineering are evident in the precision, flair and acumen that they bring to their food and coffee offering.

Their café, which is adjacent to the ‘lab’ where everything is made fresh on site, is a firm favourite with locals of all ages and a pleasant surprise for the tourist who stumbles upon it. One of Ireland’s most prolific food writers, Georgina Campbell, named Cakeface the 2018 ‘Café of the Year’.

Cakeface is an ideal spot for the solo traveler and the discerning coffee fiend.

You must try: Specialist 3FE coffee and Passionate Tart – a smooth and sharp passionfruit curd on a lemony biscuit base.

Location: 13,14,16 Irishtown, Kilkenny

Fragola Café

This friendly, relaxed and colourful café is located just off High Street across from the town hall.

Fragola Café is one of the newest additions to Kilkenny’s thriving café scene. This is a truly artisan venture that is run by a closely-knit team. The delicious range of latte options on offer, including rose, beetroot, coconut and lavender, adds a twist to a standard cup of coffee.

They also serve a tasty selection of healthy salads and wraps that are always fresh and ooze with goodness.

You must try: A soothing rose latte.

Location: 3 William Street, Kilkenny

Mocha’s Vintage Tea Rooms

Step into the past at Mocha’s Vintage Tea Rooms which is located near MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre and just beside the award-winning Michelin-star, Campagne.

The charming surroundings and french style vintage décor creates a special ambiance. The mis-matched china is a lovely touch of elegance and you can even pick up your own eclectic pieces to bring home. Everything from tempting sweet treats to salads are on offer here.

You must try: An age-old favourite – a pot of tea and a freshly baked scone.

Location: 4 Gas House Lane, Kilkenny


Do as the locals do and enjoy a steaming cup of Joe on the bustling Kieran Street. There are plenty of cafes offering outdoor seating all year round. The street is pedestrianised most of the day, which makes it the perfect spot for people watching.

There are many cobbled slipways such as the historic Butterslip, home to a little-known restaurant called Petronella, which offers both lunch and dinner. Petronella is named after the servant girl of Dame Alice Kytler, who was one of the first women to be accused of witchcraft in Europe. Dame Alice escaped to England but Petronella was not so lucky.

You must try: The Irish Crisp Sandwich in Petronella.

Location: Butterslip Lane, Kilkenny.


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Petronella Restaurant

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Cakeface Patisserie

16 Irishtown, Kilkenny

056 7739971

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Kilkenny's first patisserie located on the Medieval Mile in the shadow of St Canices Cathedral is the perfect resting point for coffee lovers and foodies alike. Their offering of handmade quirky and unusual cakes, pastries and desserts are works of art which you would be hard pushed to find in London or Paris Locally produced artisan breads and sourdoughs are beautifully displayed and are available to take home but be quick they don't last long. For coffee enthusiate Cakeface offers a house coffee locally roasted in small batches for freshness plus a constantly changing guest coffee which they source from artisan producers. Lunchtime consists of gourmet, made to order sandwich filled with delicious local ingredient on sour dough and artisan breads. Homemade soups and salad are available seasonally and made on site. The interior is in keeping with their desserts a little bit quirky and the atmosphere is relaxed. The staff are friendly and easy going and sure know how to make a great cup of coffee.

Mocha’s Vintage Tea Rooms & Restaurant

Gas House Lane, Kilkenny City Centre

056 7770565

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Step into the past at Mocha’s Vintage Tea Room Restaurant, on Gas House Lane in Kilkenny City. Charming surroundings and French vintage décor offer a relaxing ambiance to enjoy a freshly made breakfast with Irish free range eggs, or a healthy lunch, or something more substantial.. Freshly prepared dishes offer a varied menu for all tastes and dietary needs. Come and absorb the elegant surroundings and friendly service.

Petronella Restaurant

Butterslip Lane (Off High Street), Kilkenny

056 7761899

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Petronella restaurant and café combines medieval Kilkenny with what is best in our city's dining and evening entertainment today. Petronella's unique location on the Butterslip , one of the busiest tourist routes in the city and its modern Irish and European cuisine, create an irresistible welcome that you are sure to return to time and again. A charming dining experience, whether over a brisk lunch, leisurely evening meal or time set aside for an all important coffee, will always be guaranteed by our friendly and attentive staff. Petronella's welcome extends to the tourist in a very special way in its presentation of music and storytelling evenings while all the while honouring all that is uniquely Irish. We will always celebrate what is classic and best in Irish food and realise that we intertwine with our history every time we serve dishes like the humble baked potato but most of all when we chat about Petronella herself. Look forward to dipping into the archives with us on her remarkable history as the first woman to be burnt at the stake in Europe and take a stroll around the corner when you leave to stand where Petronella met her end on the site of Kilkenny's town hall.