Did You Know Drive-Thrus Are Hard to Find In Ireland?

Krispy Kreme Ireland

Krispy Kreme Ireland


Did you know drive-thrus are not a thing in Ireland? As an American can you imagine a life without a drive-thru? From a cup of coffee to an entire week of groceries and everything in between, you can get most of your life together in a drive thru. Imagine if staying in your car and picking up your medication or food were not an option. Well, here in Ireland, it isn’t an option except for a very rare occasion here or there for some.

In 1985, the first European drive-thru (McDonald’s) opened in Dublin, Ireland. We have visited this McDonald’s (Nutgrove Shopping Center) and had no idea. Currently, there are 51 drive-thru McDonald’s on an island of 4.9 million people.

Glitter Princess at Krispy Kreme Irleand
The Glitter Princess caught mid-bite enjoying her Krispy Kreme doughnut.

In September 2018, Krispy Kreme opened its first store in Ireland in Blanchardstown, a town outside of Dublin. It’s about a 30-minute drive from us. I’m a Texas girl, so if it isn’t a Shipley’s do-nut, I don’t want it. But, when you are homesick and you want a good taste of home, you eat a Krispy Kreme doughnut like it is the best thing you ever tasted. Krispy Kreme was our first Ireland drive-thru experience and it is still the only place that we drive-thru when in town. This location is Krispy Kreme’s most profitable store worldwide by averaging about €300k a week.

In July 2020, Dublin was blessed with its first Starbucks drive-thru. Of course, this location is nowhere near where we live or work but congrats Dublin. The Glitter Princess is always asking to go to Starbucks, but it just isn’t that easy. So, I try to appease her by buying Starbucks hot chocolate for her to make at home. That is me using my psychology skills, thank you very much.

I’m always on the go with the kids as their taxi driver shuffling them from activity to activity and sometimes a drive-thru would solve an issue or two, but the Irish population is not as dependent on cars as Americans, so the option is highly limited and is nonexistent for me. I have heard more than a friend or two from home offering advice such as picking up lunch on the go to offer some relief to my momly duties but it just isn’t an option. So, we’ll be packing snacks and eating in the car for the time being.

Could you live without your drive-thru options? Is there something else you want to know about life in Dublin? Leave a comment below and I’ll share our experience.

Hugs and love,

Dee Dee



Dee Dee Wheaton

Dee Dee Wheaton is the editor and main contributor of her family’s blog, The Wheaton Takeover. She writes and edits her posts listening to hip hop and r&b while sipping hot tea. Dee Dee and her family have temporarily relocated to Dublin, Ireland from Houston, Texas. They are traveling the world, learning and experiencing new things everyday and loving life one day at a time. Through their blog, they share their worldwide excursions, experiences living as American expats in Ireland, lessons learned along the way and glimpses into their crazy life.