The Leeson Street Kiosk was built in 1929. It began its life as a water pressure station before going on to house a tea room, public toilets and a café.

Now it is restored it to its former glory with a nod to the art deco style of the 1920s.

The independently owned Perch café uses local suppliers. Its coffee comes from Full Circle Roasters on Grantham Place. All baked goods, sandwiches and salads are sourced within walking distance of the kiosk.

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The café is also committed to using compostable and recyclable materials. Customers have the option of purchasing Perch branded Ecoffee cups which are made with natural fibres. They receive a discount when they bring their own reusable cup.

The newly opened venture has led to three new jobs in the area. Hannah Murphy, owner and founder of Perch, hopes to expand its workforce further in the coming months.

Murphy said: “Following a busy couple of months we’re delighted to finally open the doors. I always loved this amazing little Dublin landmark and my ambition was to restore it and bring it back to its former glory. I also wanted to give it a new lease of life by providing the local area and passers-by with a friendly, independently run and convenient coffee bar serving excellent locally roasted coffee.”


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