New to the big shmoke? Looking for an affordable meal out with friends? Here’s five great little choices for student eats in the city centre. 


Boojum (Under €10)

Boojum is hands-down the best burrito in Dublin. The Mexican joint has now over three locations in Dublin city centre on Kevin St Lower, Abbey St and Millennium Walkway. All of Boojum’s burritos, tacos and nachos are all made fresh to order from quality ingredients and can be made vegetarian and vegan friendly. They offer a great student deal if you flash your UCARD. Burrito bowls (burrito without the tortilla) and salads are also available for those watching their waistline!

Umi Falafel (€10 and under)

 Middle-Eastern food appears to be having its moment in Ireland and is here to stay and Umi Falafel can cater to all of your hummus and falafel needs. With two locations (Dame St and Rathmines), Umi offers delicious, authentic falafel and salads at a reasonable price, falafel sandwiches come in at €6 and salads start at €5.50.

Neon (around €12)

With most dishes under 12 euro, Neon of Camden St, is one of the most affordable Asian street food restaurants in Dublin. Since opening its doors in 2012, Neon has enjoyed immense popularity and does not take bookings; so on busy Friday and Saturday nights arrive early to avoid disappointment! The seating is more informal with primarily long, dining hall style benches and orders are placed at the till – ideal for students! All dishes come with cone for a serve-yourself complimentary ice-cream should your heart desire.

Bunsen (around €10)

If a simple great tasting burger is what you’re after, Bunsen is your place. The menu is short and sweet – the only options are a regular or cheeseburger, so vegetarians be warned – there are limited options for you here! A regular burger with a side of hand cut fries will come in just under 10 quid. Such low prices coupled with the quality nature of the food might explain Bunsen’s popularity; the joint has expanded to three locations: Wexford St, St Anne’s St and Temple Bar.

Paulie’s Pizza  (€10-16)

Paulie’s pizza might come in at the higher end of the budget, but it is oh so worth it! Prices start at €10, with most coming in at the €15-16 mark. You will find it difficult to find a better pizza in Dublin. Pizzas range from the more traditional Napoletana (tomato sauce, garlic and oregano) to the slightly more adventurous Junior’s Pizza (butternut squash puree, pancetta, parmesan, mozzarella, rocket, black pepper & grated goats cheese). Paulie’s Pizza is located on Upper Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4.


Ciara Landy   |   Food & Lifestyle Editor