November 13, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Dublin is a master of reinvention. From boom to bust, the city has seen its fair share of highs and lows, but has always managed to pick itself up, dust itself off and start all over again.
Right now, north and south of the River Liffey, a wave of new coffee shop, restaurants and cultural spaces is reviving forgotten corners and breathing new life into abandoned storefronts. From the brunch spots of Portobello, to the towering “Silicon Docklands” and the pop-up art galleries of Stoneybatter, all signs say Dublin is on the up once more.
Best of all, Dublin’s compact size means you can easily stroll from one neighborhood to the other. Ireland’s dynamic capital promises plenty to write home about, whether you catch a performance by the next big musician or street artist, or sip on a Guinness while reflecting on the host of literary greats who once walked these very streets. There’s no time like the present to go and explore.
10am: Kick-start your first day in Dublin with a tasty meal of eggs and greens at Meet Me in the Morning, the Camden Quarter café that delivers good food and laid-back vibes in equal measure.
11am: Fully sated, head down Aungier Street towards George’s Street Arcade and lose yourself in the eclectic mishmash of vintage stores, markets stalls and eateries. From here it’s just a two-minute stroll to Powerscourt Townhouse, where more pretty things will tug at your purse-strings, not least the beautiful housewares and trinkets in Article.
2:30pm: Catch a musician busking on Grafton Street, before wandering down Wicklow and Exchequer Streets towards San Lorenzo’s for a late lunch of Italian eats with an NYC accent.
4pm: Ready to roll, stroll to Dame Street, passing Dublin Castle as you make your way towards The Liberties. Duck into Jam Art Factory, next to St Patrick’s Cathedral, and check out the local talent before imbibing the local spirit at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
6:30pm: For another dose of Dublin-centric booze, enjoy a creamy, dark pint of everyone’s favorite stout in the ever atmospheric Kehoe’s on South Anne Street.
8pm: Dubliner George Bernard Shaw once said, “there’s no love sincerer than the love of food.” Test out his theory with a feast of small plates at Las Tapas de Lola.
10:30pm: With the night still young, jump in a cab to Temple Bar’s secret speakeasy Vintage Cocktail Club for a cheeky nightcap or two.
11:30am: First port of call (and just a short stroll away) is Arran Street East, a ceramic studio and shop chock-full of sustainable, handcrafted pieces.
12:30pm: Jump on the Luas Red Line light rail to the Heuston Station stop. Just opposite, Phoenix Park, the city’s largest green space, awaits. Rent a bicycle at the Parkgate Street entrance and see if you can spot the local fallow deer.
2:30pm: Having worked up an appetite, grab a table in The Winding Stair for a lunch with Liffey views. Part restaurant,
part bookshop, this is one of the most unique dining spaces in Dublin.
4pm: Take the Luas Red Line light rail to the George’s Dock stop, then explore if perhaps you have Irish roots at the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.
6:30pm: Tuck into sublime Irish pub grub at L. Mulligan Grocer and discover their vast selection of Irish craft beers and whiskies.
8pm: Head to The Cobblestone for a toe-tapping traditional music session, complete with fiddles, flutes, bodhrans and the whole shebang.
11pm: End your trip on a high. Hop in a cab to The Dean Hotel, take the elevator to Sophie’s on the top floor and sip cocktails as you look out over Dublin’s twinkling skyline.
About The HUNT Dublin Writer: Fiona Hilliard is a travel writer and blogger, and third-generation Dubliner. She grew up on the outskirts of the capital, where she studied journalism and media before a serious case of wanderlust took her on adventures from Mexico City to Milan and many places in between, which she chronicles on her blog, traveledits.com. When not on her travels, Fiona’s love of music, fashion and cute cafés sees her exploring Dublin’s hot spots one neighborhood at a time.