When we think of Ireland, our minds initially bring up leprechauns, pots of gold, Celtic jewelry and shamrocks. And while these stereotypical symbols are all well and good, they barely scratch the surface of the historically rich and stunning country. We realized this in a recent trip to its largest city and capital, Dublin. In exploring the city, we got a taste of the beauty and style that is Ireland, and see things in a whole new light. Check out the spots that made Dublin our new favorite place.
Where To Stay
The Dean is arguably Dublin’s trendiest hotel, and is conveniently located in the heart of the city.
The Dylan, an upscale boutique hotel, is another great option. It’s housed in an old victorian building, and features luxury rooms and bold decor.
Where To Eat & Drink
Half cafe, half bookstore, The Winding Stair is complete with locally-sourced, delicious eats. It overlooks the River Liffey, and is fittingly named after the W.B Yeats poem (it was a popular meeting place amongst famous writers, musicians, and artists back in the day).
Take your literary tour one step further and dine at Chapter One, located inside the Dublin Writers Museum. It offers traditional Irish cuisine with a french twist, and given its popularity, reservations are a must.
If you’re seeking a healthy meal, opt for Cornuccopia. They offer a slew of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes, and are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Grab tickets to the Dublin Musical Pub Crawl, and get to know Dublin’s most famous pubs in a private tour complete with traditional Irish music. The tour concludes with a 3-course meal and an Irish dance performance (yes, not your average pub crawl).
What To Do
For a dose of Irish history, tour Kilmainham Gaol, Ireland’s most notorious prison, and learn about the revolutionaries that were incarcerated there after the Easter Rising. Don’t forget to also swing by Trinity College and check out the Book of Kells, the world’s oldest (and most famous) medieval manuscript.
For an enjoyable day trip, head down to the Irish National Stud & Gardens in Kildare (40 minutes Southwest). It’s home to the country’s most famous racehorses, and there are always new foals being born.
Where To Shop
Lucy's Lounge offers an array of covetable vintage treasures. It’s conveniently located in Temple Bar, and you’ll instantly recognize its vibrant pink exterior. While you’re in the neighborhood, make a stop off at Siopaella, another great spot known for its luxury consignment.Stay clear of the touristy celtic jewelry and trinkets, and instead head to Barry Doyle Design or Irish Design Shop to pick up one of their one-of-kind, handcrafted pieces.