The Irish capital city of Dublin is known as the home of Guinness beer and for its pub culture. It was also designated a UNESCO City of Literature due to its legacy of great literary contributions. And while its population is overwhelmingly white (90%), there is a small Black population comprising 1% of the city’s population.

Naturally, everywhere we go, we bring our boss mindset, entrepreneurial spirit, and hustler work ethic. Black-owned establishments in Dublin include restaurants, clothing boutiques, beauty brands, and many other thriving businesses. Here are five brands to support during your trip to the capital of Ireland.

1. Sahara


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Sahara sells beautiful, authentic African items straight from the motherland. Their offerings include furniture, home accessories, head wraps, dolls, and baskets. All of their products are sourced from talented artisans in rural communities across Africa, and proceeds from their sales are reinvested back into these communities. Stop by and patronize their store at 69C Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

2. Ruby Tuesday's Soul Food

Ruby Tuesday’s offers the finest Afro-Caribbean cuisine that is a reflection of the owner’s Ghanaian and Caribbean background. When she first moved to Ireland, Ruby was unable to find any Caribbean restaurants serving outstanding food. This prompted her to open a restaurant of her own. When you’re in town, stop by to try Ruby Tuesday’s acclaimed oxtail stew, chicken wings, or curry goat. Check the Instagram page for the latest hours and location.

3. HBA Studio Hair and Beauty Salon

If you find yourself needing your hair laid while in Dublin, stop by HBA Studio, the #1 Afro hair salon in Ireland. In addition to cuts, ponytails, wigs, and weaves, you can get your hair pressed, braided, or colored. The hair and beauty salon is located at Queen Street 2-4 in Dublin.

4. Pillows and Patterns


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Pillows and Patterns‘ owner Lizelle Joseph is a native of Cape Town, South Africa. Her love for color, print, and creativity began there as she would watch her grandmother make her own home accessories. The designs Lizelle creates today are all original, sustainable, and eco-friendly. Pillows and Patterns can be purchased at markets and events Lizelle vends at around the city as well as on her website.

5. Nu's Cakes


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Nu, the owner of Nu’s Cakes, is a self-taught, CIPD-accredited baker. Her delectable cakes and cupcakes are made with love and are not only tasty but aesthetically gorgeous, too. They can be made in a variety of flavors and designs, and can be ordered in advance for delivery around Dublin.

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