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“Perfect simplicity” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Simon's Place

Simon's Place
Ranked #24 of 153 Coffee & Tea in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Dublin, Ireland
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Perfect simplicity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

Simon's Place is a Dublin institution. Anyone who went to college in the 80s or 90s will almost certainly have whiled away hours of their life in this busy hub. A place that that for all its vigour never as much as shot a stern sideways glance at lingering wasters whose coffee cup was long drained.

The spirit of Simon's Place is one of community. It welcomes all: artists, students, workers, chancers, passers-by. It has never bowed to fashion or fad, as it has witnessed a city in the grip of culinary overhaul over two decades, without flinching, or changing. Testament to that is its queen of soups, the General Vegetable, a staple that would make up the first course of my last supper. Even today, if I'm getting over a cold or flu, the first thing I crave is that delicious soup. I once asked Simon the owner for the recipe and he gave it to me. It's ridiculously unfussy - the perfect recipe. I tried to make it but it just didn't taste the same. Perhaps my pathological inability to properly stick to a recipe, but I'm not sure I really wanted to anyway. Because it's never just what you eat, is it? It's where you eat it.

It still serves the same limited selection of pre-made sandwiches: avocado, cheese, tuna and so forth - hand-wrapped in the clingfilm with the twists in the end - and the introduction of the barista coffee machine is perhaps the only nod to a post-filter culture to be seen, and that one can only be good.

Want to put up a couple of posters for your upcoming gig in one of the few places in Dublin where you can do this for free? Go right ahead. Want to sit by yourself for a while and people-watch, develop your novel plot, read your book or just muse about life without feeling self conscious? Be their guest. Want to hatch a counter-cultural plan to overthrow something or other, or just change the world fundamentally in five days? Downstairs is a good start. Want to engage in conversation with a stranger, about something esoteric, cranky or otherwise. There's a good change they're sitting close by waiting for a smile and nod.

Simon's Place - there's nowhere else quite like it. Well, maybe Grogan's pub, another stalwart to consistency in a trend-strangulated world. Just without the alcoholism.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Died and went to cheesecake heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

No seriously, I went here everyday while I was in Dublin. Best coffee and cheesecake I have EVER had in my life. If you're planning on visiting Dublin, please stop by this shop!! You will not regret it.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Simon's Place - great sandwiches!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Simon's Place is a cafe full of character. Located in the historic George's Street Arcade, it has 2 entrances, one from the arcade, and the other from George's Street. The sandwiches here are excellent, with fresh ingredients and whole wheat bread. From €3.40 takeout. Tea is fine, but the coffee here isn't great, bitter and metallic. The food service area behind the counter is a bit basic looking, and could do with a revamp. Ditto the food platters under the glass screen. They are old and should be chucked out. The food on them never looks appetizing. Service is good, although it does get a bit slow with newbies (customers) holding everyone up! Overall, heavily patronised by the office crowd and cash strapped students at lunchtime, but the decor might be a bit too 'studenty' and basic for some. Best for takeout.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A delight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

I've been in there a few times recently to get a white coffee to-go - a lovely foamy beverage as prepared in Simons Place. The staff are very pleasant. At €2 for a takeaway coffee it beats the pants off Starbucks or any similar establishment. I haven't had their cinnamon buns yet but they look and smell delicious.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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“Great spot for lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

I love this place. Nice sandwiches with fresh bread, friendly staff and a vibrant atmosphere. Oh and the apple danishes are great!

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