I love spots where you can enjoy something to eat and drink while people watching at the same time, I haven't lost that French habit of mine. I watch people A LOT and one of the best spots I've come across recently for this is Considered by Helen James.
You may well know the Considered range of cookware, textiles and food by Helen James that can be found in Dunnes Stores. Well this is the café version of it.
It's a gorgeous space with big windows (you'll even need sunglasses if you sit by them on a sunny day), a long wooden communal table in the middle and lots of beautiful products from the Considered collection for sale.
The food menu is short with a choice of five sandwiches ranging from €4.50 to €5.75 and daily specials which include soup or a hot pot.
They have a selection of salads to mix and match or you can get baked goods which are made onsite daily and of course you can get coffee or tea as well as cold drinks.
I've been several times for a cup of tea and I always enjoy sitting by the window and using their free wifi. I always feel like I'm sitting in my dream kitchen...
I had one of their sandwiches on my latest visit: braised leeks with cheddar, gruyère, cornichons on toasted sourdough bread (€5.50).
It oozed with melted cheese which made it quite satisfying. The sandwich came presented on a wooden board with a little cup containing a nice salad of kale, roast squash, bulgur wheat with pomegranate seeds and shaved carrots.
I resisted to the temptation to have pudding, but they did have some scrumptious looking cakes on display.
I have to say Dunnes Stores surprised me on that one. I particularly love the brightness of the cafe, the soothing tunes of their playlist and just being surrounded by pretty things. With Kaph and Industry being their neighbours it looks like I may never leave Drury Street these days.
Considered by Helen James
42 Drury Street