Kildare Village is renowned as a premier shopping destination with over 100 designer brands. But did you know this shopper’s haven is also a drawcard for foodies?
There is no denying that the street food scene is on the rise in Ireland, and Kildare Village is bang on trend. From the Asian pop up that is channelling NYC, to the craft butcher burger truck, there are so many options for quick and delicious bites as you and the family stroll around the village.
First it was cupcakes, then came the macaroons. In 2018, we are all about the donut. Purveyors of these sweet, fried treats have been popping up across the country, and for good reason: they are delicious.
Stone Ground Donuts has really taken things up a notch with their made to order donuts created with fresh Irish ingredients. Toppings include salted caramel, prepared with Irish Atlantic Sea Salt, homemade jams from the award-winning Big Red Kitchen and even a drizzle of Lily O’Brien chocolate. These indulgent treats look as good as they taste and let’s face it, are an Instagrammer’s dream.
Like mac ‘n’ cheese, chips and ketchup, strawberries and cream, donuts and coffee are a classic combination. Joe’s Coffee was founded in Ireland in 2011 after the founders gleaned expert insight from the likes of Caravan, Monmouth Coffee and Square Mile in London. They spent two years sipping, pouring, grinding and foaming their way to the perfect cup of, well, Joe.
Ireland’s coffee scene has exploded in the last few years and Joe’s Coffee is among this new breed of coffee experts bringing world-class techniques and flavours to the Emerald Isle. After perusing the fabulous fashion at The Village, chances are you might need a pick-me-up, and one of Joe’s Golden-Shots are just the ticket. They also do a delicious range of deli sandwiches, vibrant salads and sweet treats.
Our appetite for Asian cuisine is only growing with an increasing amount of exciting fusion restaurants opening on a regular basis, alongside eateries that specialise in authentic dishes from far Eastern nations. Bite of China is one such place, where the focus is on offering delicious, traditional Chinese dishes. This tasty pop up in The Village has taken its cue from a mish-mash of aesthetics via the bright lights of Hong Kong and the hustle and bustle of New York. The concise menu focuses on easy to eat street food like dumplings and pork buns, as well as traditional tipples like bubble and Jasmine tea.
If you have a mini-foodie on your hands, be sure to head into Le Pain Quotidien for the children’s baking classes this Easter; after baking their own masterpiece little ones will also be served a baguette, cookies and drink (€6 per child, running Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April).
Gone are the days when a burger was simply a patty, bun and a lick of ketchup. Burger making has nearly been elevated to an art form with only the finest ground beef, baked bread, fresh vegetables and premium sauces being used. If you are something of a burger aficionado you’ll want to check out Burger Boy at Kildare Village. This gourmet burger joint may operate from a food truck, but don’t let the simple façade fool you; these guys take their burgers very seriously. They only use the finest forequarter cuts sourced from Nolan’s craft butchers located just 15 minutes away in Kilcullen to ensure patties that are succulent and flavoursome.
For something a little more delicate, Crêperie Angélie whip up made to order crepes filled with delicious fresh ingredients. These are some of the finest crepes you’ll ever try thanks to the organic flour and free range eggs used in their silky crepe batter. Possibly the best part thing about stopping by Crêperie Angélie is that if you are in the mood for sweet or savoury they have something for you. Sweet fillings include Belgian Chocolate, decadent Hazelnut Fondant, crème fraiche and salted caramel, all of which can be paired with fresh fruits. Savoury options include free range egg with cheese, honey roast ham and cheddar cheese or delicious bacon and cheddar with the option to add the likes of baby spinach, tomato or mushroom for a mouth-watering lunchtime meal.
If you are hoping for a sit-down affair, Dunne & Crescenzi, L'Officina offers sophisticated dining in the heart of The Village. This Italian restaurant is a Dublin institution thanks to the authentic Italian cuisine on offer. From their beautiful Italian breakfasts, such as the classic croissant and coffee or full Irish with an Italian twist, to hand-made pasta and traditional tray bake pizzas in the evening, Dunne & Crescenzi, L'Officina does Italian food the way it should be; fresh, simple and utterly delicious. After a day of shopping and exploring, relaxing in the warmly lit surrounds of this cosy restaurant really is the perfect finish to a perfect day. While you’re there, check out the Dunne & Crescenzi pantry where you’ll find all the products you need to recreate these dishes at home.
They are also doing apron-decorating workshops for the little ones throughout the Easter break, so you can put your feet up while the kids get creative.
While at Kildare Village foodies will no doubt head into Le Creuset to browse their famous enamelled cast iron pots. If you are in The Village on April 8th, pop in for an in-store tasting of Millionaire’s Shortbread.
Feeling hungry? Us too. This Easter, head to Kildare Village for fabulous food and shopping. You’ll discover over 100 designer brands as well as their tempting foodie offerings, with something to suit the whole family.
Kildare Village has family fun events running until April 8th, and you can check what’s happening each day here.