Look up “local treasure” in the dictionary and we’ll be surprised if the definition isn’t accompanied by a picture of The Happy Pear. This homely neighbourhood café defies stereotyping, with clientele that come in all shapes and sizes. On our last visit we spied baby-wielding couples happily chowing down next to a table of teens while a gang of twenty-somethings chilled by the hearth, pink-cheeked after a coastal trek along the Cliff Walk from Bray.
Owned by two passionate (whole) foodies, twins Stephen and David Flynn are the brains behind the business as well as the frequently updated menu, which always includes a dairy- and gluten-free option. We recommend tucking into one of the health-boosting salads –they’re more delicious than they have any right to be.
Savvy spender As if we hadn’t warmed to the Flynn twins enough, they also give out free porridge every morning. Just pay €1 for a topping of your choice and be on your merry way.
What to drink On a cold and bleary day, go for the hot chocolate, served white, milk or dark. Divine.
Don’t leave without Dropping into the shop to stock up on organic fresh fruit and veg, own-brand jams, pesto, sprouts and banana bread.
Have you heard Regular Happy Heart courses take place upstairs and online. The emphasis is on lowering cholesterol, but anyone with an interest in healthy eating can join.
In the know Entrepreneurship must run in the family, because young brother Darragh heads up Living Food, a farming business that grows organic wheatgrass along with sprouts and beans, all of which can be found in delis and health shops across the country.