11 Coke Lane, Dublin 7
I had heard tell of Urbanity Coffee’s Oreo smores and I made it my mission to sample them as soon as possible. Well, reader, I had one. It was gooey, it was sticky and it was sweet. It left me feeling rather sticky and sweet too. This is a nifty, nifty joint to have a quick lunch in if you work in or near Smithfield Square or if you enjoy watching barristers eat a sandwich.
What has it got?
Seating: All of the tables have moveable chairs (no arm rests) and there are a couple of long benches available too.
Doors: The front door is wide but slightly heavy to open. You will possibly need someone to grab it for you.
Ground: Stoney concrete floor.
Stairs: There is a slight step at the front door – I could tip my chair in myself – and it’s all flat inside.
Bathrooms: They have a very large wheelchair bathroom (approx. 120 x 90) with bars and handrails, an emergency cord and a lowered sink. Their mirror is also at a decent height.
Spaciousness: There is a clear run from the front of the café to the back but if people are queuing at the till, you will have to ask them to move.
Helpfulness of Staff: The path outside Urbanity Coffee is an obstacle course for wheelchair users as it’s filled up with bins, tables and chairs (from a different café) and sandwich boards that take up the entire pathway. Urbanity’s staff could see that I was struggling to get through (shout out to the two American tourists who moved the bins and chairs so I didn’t plummet to my death from the kerb down onto the cobbled road) and came out to move the final hurdle; their sandwich board.
Parking: There is wheelchair parking available near Coke Lane beside the Luas tracks and also over by the Jameson Distillery. There’s loads of onstreet parking around the area too.
Why did it lose points? Even though Urbanity Coffee is perfectly accessible on the inside, getting there is really difficult. If it wasn’t for the surrounding area, Urbanity would get a full 10 but making my way to their front door was incredibly stressful. The pathway is narrow and it’s cluttered up with bins, tables, chairs and sandwich boards. My chair didn’t fit on the path and when I tried to get in myself, I almost fell from the path onto the road. Two tourists helped me with the chairs and bins and then staff from Urbanity moved the sandwich board. The surrounding area of Smithfield is full of cobblestones and with current roadworks happening, there are a lot of obstacles and I had to give up my independence just to have a cup of coffee. This isn’t a poor reflection on Urbanity, it’s on Dublin City Council. Smithfield is one of Dublin’s most recent areas to be renovated so to have narrow pathways outside of commercial buildings, instead of wide and accessible paths, is ridiculous. This isn’t a criticism on Urbanity at all, it’s how poor planning from the higher powers can ruin someone’s day and affect small businesses.