Coastal Coffee in Donegal

Donegal is famous for its exceptionally high standard of natural ingredients and foods due to its unspoilt environment, climate, and richly diverse landscape that makes it suitable for a wide variety food produce and farming methods. Boasting the longest coastline in Ireland, the county is also the producer of an abundance of fish and other seafood. The region is gaining recognition from growing the reputation of its local producers. In recent times there has been a flourishing in Donegal’s coffee offerings too, here is a round-up of some of the cafes at the helm offering delicious coffee and food in beautiful surroundings.

Coffee Time at Kilmacrenan Cottages

What began as a coffee van on the banks of the river in Ramelton is now a beautiful café in the thatched cottages at Kilmacrenan featuring a turf fire, great coffee and some of the nicest scones you will ever taste.

The Pod Coffee

The Pod by Nuala Doyle is a bespoke mobile speciality coffee bar located at Largy Viewpoint.

The Happy Camper

Coffee and pancakes in the spectacular grounds of Glenveagh Castle from one of Ireland’s best-known coffee shops.

The Shack

Located at Marble Hill Beach in Dunfanaghy, a beautiful setting for some ice-cream and coffee.

The Counter Deli

Irish Farmhouse Cheeses & Cured Meats, Irish Artisan Beers, Single Vineyard Wines, Freshly Roasted Badger & Dodo coffee to go, Slow Food Co. Wood Oven Baked Breads, Valrhona chocolate, the temptation goes on. Avocado toast and oat milk lattes, The Counter has an urban vibe in Letterkenny town.


Winner of Best Café in Donegal at the recent Irish Restaurant Awards Sonder has been dishing up fresh food and coffee by Chef Martin Anderson since 2016.




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