Jul 28, 2013

Simon’s Place – Proper Sambos

Stop at the corner of George’s Street Arcade and you’ll find Simon’s Place. Me and the Bloke often do. I bet you’ve walked past loads of times. Go in! Simon’s Place isn’t shiny and modrin. In fact it’s substance over style. But if your style is fresh sambos, homemade cake and the best cuppa in Dublin, well then… And all to a soundtrack of indie beats. Sit yourself upstairs for people watching, downstairs for a cosy cavern.

The cafe is manned by Simon (who else?) and his team of gorgeous girls, who variously remind me of Amelie or Holly Golightly. They do add a continental chic to the no nonsense Irish menu. Sambos are made up every morning with lovely fluffy wholemeal bread. My fave is avocado. The Bloke likes ham, cheese or egg mayo. Sometimes tuna. Maybe chicken. They’re generously filled and well priced. And yummy!

Homemade soup is simple but delicious. Now to the sweet things. There’s always room in my dessert belly! Sticky cinnamon buns and Simon’s carrot cake are well known treats in this town. The antidote to faceless chain cafes, Simon’s Place is a joy to be in whether alone with a book or munching a deux. Rock’n’roll band poster decor and an easygoing vibe make this one of the best hideaways I know.

Simon’s Place, George’s Street Arcade, Dublin 2

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