Urbun is a café in the heart of Cabinteely Village in South County Dublin. The name is a play on words; the owners Katie and Niamh choose it because their inaugural project together was making cakes to sell at a market stall and because when they opened the café they wanted to bring an urban vibe to suburban Cabinteely. Katie and Niamh both have food related backgrounds; in a previous life Katie was the food editor of Totally Dublin and Ballymaloe trained Niamh cut her foodie teeth working in the London café scene.
Urbun is a large space. Katie explained that they decorated it on a budget. The exposed brick walls are painted white and the concrete floor a mid-grey shade. The furniture is a mix of: tables, chairs and long banquettes fashioned from plywood; in the centre of the room are three long and narrow tables made from thick planks of wood sourced from a salvage yard. The interesting cushions, on the banquettes, are made from sacks that were once filled with coffee beans. There are dangling lights and exposed pipes. A large and striking piece by artist Mark McCollough enlivens the back wall and other works by him adorn the remaining walls. In sum it’s a cool place.
Getting the coffee right was important to Katie and Niamh when they opened the doors of Urbun. They source it from Badger and Dodo a boutique coffee roaster with an excellent reputation. Now that I am trying, post detox, to cut back on my coffee intake, I find it more important, that when I do indulge I am imbibing a decent if not excellent coffee. Urbun definitely delivers on the coffee front. And the service is good too (thank you Julie).
Urbun is a daytime café open seven days a week, from Monday to Friday for: breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffees or teas; on Saturdays and Sunday there is an all day brunch menu.
Update: the interior was designed by ‘abgc architecture & design’
Note: artist Mark McCullough’s web address is http://www.markmccullough.net