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Dine in Dublin Like a Local

Dining in Dublin is an experience. As a truly multicultural city (20% of DCU students alone are international), our foodie scene is as diverse as it gets. You’ll find Asian supermarkets, Eastern European corner shops, and international cuisine on almost every corner of the city. Dining in Dublin doesn’t have to break the bank either. You’ll find many quality cheap eats if you know where to look. Put a food tour high on your ‘things to do in Dublin’ list and we promise you won’t be disappointed. Here are some of our student-friendly favourites.

Sano – Temple Bar & Ranelagh

Step away from the Dominos Pizza app. Spend less and enjoy more when you visit Sano Pizza, a truly authentic Neapolitan pizza experience. Using sourdough for the base, and cooking in traditional, imported stone ovens at 500 degrees means your meal is served hot and fresh in the healthiest possible way. With delicious, freshly baked pizzas starting from just €6.90 and a great range of affordable drinks and sides, Sano is a winner every time.

Umi Falafel – Multiple Locations

Umi Falafel is one of those restaurants – once you’ve been once you dream about their food until you come back. Umi means ‘my mother’ in Arabic and their aim is simple, healthy, wholesome food that your mother would be proud of. Try a pitta packed with freshly made falafel, veg and humous, or a tasty salad made in-house each morning and realise that eating out can be delicious and healthy.

Mongolian BBQ – Temple Bar

They don’t claim to have invented the concept of a Mongolian BBQ, but they sure have perfected it! This family-run restaurant in Temple Bar has revolutionised the concept of all you can eat, allowing customers to choose from a huge variety of fresh meat and vegetables in endless combinations. Fill your bowl, choose your sauce and toppings and take it to their huge BBQ where expert chefs will cook it to perfection – and repeat! It’s a perfect, great value meal for couples, solos, and groups of friends.

Wings World Cuisine – Wolfe Tone Street

She wants pizza, he wants Chinese food, and your vegetarian friend can’t decide. If you love eating out but can never make up your mind where to go to please everyone, Wing’s World Cuisine is a perfect choice. You’ll find something you want to eat from over 150 dishes from around the world and live cooking stations. Fill your plate as often as you like and enjoy as much food as you can eat starting at a very reasonable €11.95 for lunch. If you’re not satisfied, wait until you see the dessert station and chocolate fountain!

Sprezzatura – Camden Market & Rathmines

For something a little upmarket with a surprisingly reasonable price, book a table in Sprezzatura, a fantastic Italian dining experience. Sprezzatura combines Italian ideas with Irish produce to create the freshest and tastiest pasta dishes in Dublin. Their menu is seasonal and changes with the weather so if you love something, go back for seconds soon! Most of their dishes are under €10 meaning you can sample more to share.

Boojum – Various Locations

The eternal student’s favourite, Boojum has been a staple on the affordable food scene since it arrived in 2007, back when a burrito was the height of international cuisine. Their packed burritos, massive bowls, and hearty helpings have never changed, cementing them as a student and budget-friendly favourite. Build your wrap or bowl exactly as you like it and you’ll likely come home with change from €10. Perfect to line your stomach before a night out or fill up after one too many.

DCU has plenty of dining options right here on campus, so you won’t have to go far for a great feed. Visit our canteen for an affordable, hearty meal to keep you going through lectures or to catch up with friends. Our on-site Spar has the best deli on Dublin’s north side (if we do say so ourselves) or pick up a bite to eat in our bar, relaxing with a drink after a long day. Our staff are happy to recommend a delicious place to eat to satisfy whatever you’re craving.

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Sarah Corcoran

Sarah Corcoran

Sarah is a part-time travel writer and a full-time Dubliner, born and bred in this colourful city. She loves nothing more than exploring the beauty that’s on her doorstep and enjoying the many attractions and history that Dublin has to offer. She is passionate about writing and promoting her home town to anyone who will listen!

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