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The Bookstore Coffeeshop

Main Street | The Blessington Book Store, Blessington, Ireland
+353 45 857 730
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“cakes” (11 reviews)
“coffee shop” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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RR - RRR
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Main Street | The Blessington Book Store, Blessington, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in Blessington on a Sunday afternoon drive and stumbled upon this lovely cafe. Not only does it have a good selection of books for sale but its coffee and cake were exceptional. All the cakes produced locally we were told. You must sop...More

Thank dpk58
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little local gem offers great chai teas, coffees & hot chocolates. It's super kid friendly, has a lovely atmosphere, great books & brilliant staff.

Thank LauraB2005
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Really nice friendly people serving great food, and the bookshop is amazing. Don't miss it, even if you are just passing through Blessington.More

Thank chris w
BlessingtonBookStore, Owner at The Bookstore Coffeeshop, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thank you Chris! And if when visiting, one or more of your party can play the piano, then they can earn themselves a free coffee in return for a few tunes. Our bookshop piano was last owned by a librarian (Aunty Molly) and dates from...More

Reviewed 21 January 2018

Loved the coffee and the cookies were just perfect. The bookshop is gorgeous and quaint with lovely seating all in among the books. A must visit for book lovers and coffee lovers alike!More

Thank AntheaTaitz
BlessingtonBookStore, Owner at The Bookstore Coffeeshop, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

So pleased you liked us Anthea! We make the cookies every day and it makes all the difference. Do you by any chance play the piano? You may have noticed our lovely old antique piano in the corner - freshly tuned and waiting to play.....More

Reviewed 20 January 2018

Its lovely and cozy to enjoy a coffee surrounded by books. The staff are friendly and its quite a busy little store. Worth a visit.

Thank Anniem201590
BlessingtonBookStore, Owner at The Bookstore Coffeeshop, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Thank you! We love sitting and having a bowl of soup for lunch, surrounded by books - there is something calming and comforting about it. Now that we have a piano in store we look forward to adding some live music to the experience!

Reviewed 13 January 2018

very busy little spot, nice staff. lots going on in here, very cosy. Probably gets very full when busy as not much roomMore

Thank gkelly2018
BlessingtonBookStore, Owner at The Bookstore Coffeeshop, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you for your kind words! It can sometimes get a tad busy - so we quickly whip the books off the display tables in the bookshop and voila! Pop up extra tables. And there are wet miserable days when there is more space than...More

Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

I was driving thru the small village of Blessington in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Something caught my eye, a bookshop. So I found a parking spot and pulled in. This bookshop has a small coffee as you walk in. Gorgeous cakes, coffee and lovely ladies serving....More

Thank Jane O
BlessingtonBookStore, Owner at The Bookstore Coffeeshop, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2017

Hi Jane it was lovely to meet with you - would love to know how the Grindlewood books went down. Lovely stories by an Irish author. It is important to our whole team that we 'think like customers and act like owners' We all want...More

Reviewed 18 November 2017

Nice little coffee shop, 5 out of 5 for the coffee and the cookies are great too. It's relaxed and friendly with a nice selection of cakes etc.More

Thank Peter R
BlessingtonBookStore, Owner at The Bookstore Coffeeshop, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2017

Hi Peter - the smell of chocolate chip cookies being baked every morning is a challenge to my powers of restraint. And nothing beats that first coffee of the day, with freshly ground high quality beans, made by a barista on a machine that is...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick Americano. It was very good and also had a quick peek at the books. Great selection, wished I had more time to peruse.

Thank Jessie G
BlessingtonBookStore, Owner at The Bookstore Coffeeshop, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2017

Thanks Jessie - you'll just have to come back for a longer visit! Be sure to come chat with us on the book counter and let us know your favourite books. We are always looking for recommendations Janet

Reviewed 6 November 2017

What a glorious find ! ... Had a Aussie visitor with me, called in for lunch. Fabulous ! We had toasted sandwiches, which were world class ... actually the best we have ever had .... the relish made them ! Spent a little time wandering...More

Thank Almostgreynomad
BlessingtonBookStore, Owner at The Bookstore Coffeeshop, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2017

Dear Almost Grey I'm really pleased we did the home side proud and impressed the visitors! Did you have coleslaw with the toasties? The coffeeshop team make their own as they were unimpressed with the quality of the commercial alternatives. Because of our tiny kitchen...More

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Average prices
US$2 - US$8
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:30
Thursday
09:00 - 17:30
Friday
09:00 - 17:30
Saturday
09:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street | The Blessington Book Store, Blessington, Ireland (Formerly Food For Thought Cafe)
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Wicklow  >  Blessington
  • Phone Number: +353 45 857 730
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Description
On the main street of the picturesque market town of Blessington this independent bookshop is famous for the quality of the coffee served and delicious home baking. Voted the best hot chocolate in town and the Treat of Choice by the local schoolkids - tough critics! We serve a selection of gluten free toasties and cakes for those with dietary requirements, and for our vegan visitors have delicious vegetable & fruit smoothies which is lovely with one of our vegan flapjacks or shortbread.
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