Great things come in small packages, and that's certainly true of the humble coffee kiosk.
Whether it's a coffee grabbed on the go to work, a sweet treat during a walk or a foamy cup of hot chocolate when you really need a pick-me-up, coffee trucks and kiosks are often the hidden gems in neighbourhoods.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, they've become an even more important part of communities as cafés and restaurants closed their doors temporarily, or shut permanently.
There are many coffee kiosks around the city, but some have truly thrived, offering sublime bakes, premium coffee and even experimental snacks. Here's our round up of six of the best coffee spots to hit on your next walk.
Happy Days, Stoneybatter
Stoneybatter locals have been flocking like magpies to this mirrorball of a coffee van in Dublin 7's Grangegorman since it opened in summer, and its creamy lattes and sweet treats have been holding their own against nearby heavyweights like Urbanity and Proper Order.
Serving up Cloud Picker beans, which they also sell by the box, Tartine pastries, and cupcakes by The Cupcake Bloke, this humble van is like a treasure chest of sweet delights. Their hot chocolate, made with Callebaut Belgian dark chocolate and full fat milk, is a lusciously rich treat on cold days, too.
There's one thing that keeps them head and shoulders above the rest, though, and it's the impeccably simple toasties from the Golden Toastie they dish up each day. Combine it with a brew and it's likely to be a highlight of your day.
Bua, Mobhi Road, Glasnevin
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A recent but very welcome addition to the neighbourhood, Bua is the brainchild of two friends, Neil and Bud. Their business is a serendipitous one; Bud was returning home from Australia to try start a business and the closure of nightclubs rendered Neil temporarily unemployed. Thus, Bua was born.
They're serving Roasted Brown coffee accompanied by gorgeous treats by Bear Lemon vegan bakery, another local business and best of all, free treats for all of the doggies who come to visit.
Luncheonette, Thomas St
When we heard the Luncheonette – NCAD's astounding on-campus canteen-cum-art-project – had nabbed themselves a coffee trailer, we were overjoyed that the café's bold take on canteen food could keep going.
Started in 2013 by former art student Jennie Moran, the canteen has built a reputation for stretching the limits of what affordable and delicious canteen food could be, and this cheery orange van is doing the same.
Located outside the NCAD campus, you'll find fresh coffee, their epic pomegranate-studded flapjacks, prune and espresso brioche buns, tiramisu donuts and many more delightful creations. And if it's something savoury you're after, you won't go hungry: specials have included everything from bacon and cabbage buns to venison burgers.
DASH, Phoenix Park
Park goers, listen up: if you haven't dropped by this striking industrial container café yet, what's the point of even going to the park? Located by the Hole in the Wall pub in the Phoenix Park, DASH has become a thriving community in and of itself, drawing those with a shared love of fitness and coffee.
Their bean of choice is Triangle-Coffee, a specially roasted blend named for the "triangle" in the Phoenix Park where crowds would gather and mingle, created in collaboration with Khanya Craft Coffee. If a morning walk is your ideal tonic, then the menu is for you: overnight oats, granola and porridge are all mainstays.
If that's all a bit too "good for you", grab one of their luscious carrot cakes, chocolate cookies or festive waffles drizzled in caramel sauce to keep you warm on your walk.
Aventura Coffee, Portmarnock
Perfectly located on Paddy's Hill in scenic Portmarnock, this mint green van has been spicing up the usual coffee kiosk fare with their adventurous take on takeaway treats. Proving that you don't need a big space to serve up big flavours, this Venezuelan-owned van has been fuelling the area's many joggers and cyclists for weeks now.
Latin American flavours dominate here, with sweet bites like alfajors with dulce de leche and coconut and white chocolate bites on offer. You'll also find flakey Tartine pastries and the utterly irresistible bakes from Mud Bakery, including those decadent cookie sandwiches.
And it it's lunch on the go you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. Specials include everything from loaded nachos and burritos to pulled pork baps and Argentinian Choripane sandwiches.
Nick's Coffee, Ranelagh
One of the true originals when it comes to coffee kiosks and a veritable community in and of itself, Nick's Coffee has been the beating heart of Ranelagh since it opened in 2008.
Housed in a former pigeon shed, those not in the know would almost miss it but pass by on a sunny day and you'll see locals holding court on the wooden benches outside. There's some rain cover available from the building, too, so you won't have to rule out a visit on wet days.
Pair their strong brew with one of the simple and delicious pastries on offer and watch the world go by, or even better watch the many dogs pass by.