How often have you said, "I'd love to go somewhere nice to eat where you can sit outside"? How often have you been left fumbling for a place to go, only to retreat back into the shade of your local cafe? 

There are plenty of beautiful places to eat all around Dublin, but with our weather being so unpredictable it's hard to come across a place with a decent outside area. 

Here's a list of all the places you can grab brunch or a coffee whilst still getting that bit of sun that we'll hopefully see this weekend. 

1. Little Frieda's
Little Frieda's, on Pottery Road, Dun Laoghaire, is a hidden gem. Nestled in the middle of an industrial estate is a haven of great coffee, food and also features a seating area that I would very confidently call a "suntrap".

Not to mention their Mexican eggs, an epic combo of spicy tomato and runny eggs, and a dish definitely worth a try.

It has big windows that on sunny days are opened up, making for an airy, al fresco experience - minus the risk of being rained on.

Acing the three categories that is food, coffee, and a sunny outside area, you're guaranteed that a couple of hours of your bank holiday weekend will be well spent. 

2. The 105
Situated in Clonskeagh, this cafe is one of a kind. Its outside area has big tables, perfect for a crowd this bank holiday weekend. Its forte is casual dining with a charm and a brunch menu that has it all. 

From a traditional fry up to French toast with cream and luscious berry compote, there's something here for everyone. And If it rains no need to panic, they have you covered. 

3. Farmer Browns 
Farmer Browns can be found in four different locations - Bath Avenue, Rathmines, Kilternan and Clonskeagh - meaning it's so good, one simply wasn't enough. It's the perfect location for a good feed, celebrating seasonal, fresh produce and reimagined menu classics.

If you're dropping by, come hungry as their portions are delightfully hefty. Plonk yourself in their outside area with their fresh food and an elderflower mimosa* whilst taking in all the fresh air. Not to mention their killer nachos, with avocado and feta "smash" and beef chili - they really are to die for. 

It's not just brunch they do here, you can get a delicious dinner menu in the evening times too.

4. Gourmet Food Parlor 
What nicer way to start the day than with a healthy brunch only minute's walk from Dun Laoghaire pier? And this isn't drippy ice cream cones or chips - Gourmet Food Parlor doesn't lie when it says "gourmet".

The food served up here is simply gorgeous, especially their classic eggs Benedict, perfect for the sunny bank Hollandaise

Another spot that's so good they couldn't just have one, with five locations around the city. Take your pick of location in Skerries, Malahide, Santry, Swords, Salthill and Dun Laoghaire.

On sunny days, however, it's the outside area in Dun Laoghaire that you want, featuring a beautiful sea breeze and with soft blankets as a bonus. 

 

5. Dock Yard No. 8
Dockyard in Bray is only a minutes walk from Bray seafront. Its gazebo-styled brunch experience is an unusual dining setting, and with artificial grass and picnic tables, you're sure to feel like you're outside without the chilly sea breeze.

Their extensive brunch menu has everything from scrumptious sandwiches to their mouth-watering Belgian chocolate waffles. 

The best part is, it's animal-friendly.

6. The Woolen Mills
Two words: bacon butty. What more could you want on a Sunday morning?

And if you're not a bacon fan, fear not. Their vegetarian options are just as tasty. Pluck for their blackened aubergine with beet hummus, Greek yoghurt, crushed walnuts and poached eggs - a delicious and comparatively healthy weekend treat.

Not to mention the stunning decor, inside and out, it really has it all. 

 

7. Drury Buildings 
In the heart of Dublin's creative quarter, the relatively unknown Drury Buildings is definitely a must-try brunch spot. Their menu is extensive yet creative. The sound of their Hazelnut Frangelico Cream French toast and their Smokey Beans, Sour Cream, Pickled Jalapenos, Sourdough Toast & Fried Free Range Eggs dish is enough of an excuse to pull yourself out of bed on the bank holiday. 

Not only is it the perfect spot for outdoor brunch with their extensive outdoor space, its a great spot for dinner and drinks too - don't miss the Aperol Spritz*. 

8. Roberta's
Best known for their stunning pizzas, you won't be disappointed by their amazing brunch menu, too. It's a beautiful light-filled restaurant with delicious food and drinks served beneath their glass atrium ceiling, so you won't have to worry about prepping for rain. 

If you want some fresh air, get there early and nab a seat in the shaded but quaint patio area. The perfect spot for a fancy brunch this weekend. 

9. Brother Hubbard South 
Located just off Camden Street, and only a 15-minute walk from Dublin City Center, Brother Hubbard occupies a tranquil spot on Harrington Street. 

Their approach to food is pure and simple, but delicious nonetheless. Not to mention, their simple yet beautiful outdoor area that looks out onto a calm, leafy street. 

With a menu that changes often, there are some staples worth checking out: the Moroccan-style seasonal pancakes are to die for, typically arriving with a luscious seasonal compote and oodles of tasty, crunchy, creamy additions. 

10. Metro Cafe
If you're in the mood the atmosphere of a Dublin pub in a bistro environment, then Metro Cafe is the one for you. Whether you're sipping away on their delicious coffee or enjoying their fluffy buttermilk pancakes, you're always looking out onto the hustle and bustle of Dublin city. 

*Always drink responsibly