Dublin is a unique city filled with history, lined with cobblestone streets and surrounded by rolling green hills. No matter how long your stay is, you will be sure to stumble upon some gems just by wandering down the streets, but here are some tips to make the most out of your stay in this Celtic wonderland; what to see, where to eat, shop, as well as where spend your evenings.
As Dublin is made for walking, be sure to pack some comfortable shoes before you hit the streets and layers of clothes as some say that all four seasons can be experienced in one day! Choosing to spend the day wandering is always a good idea, whether its to get lost in Trinity College’s cobbles, relax at St. Stephen’s Park for some great greenery, or view the Georgian architecture and an open-air art display at Merrion Square. Don’t forget to head to Grafton Street, where talented live musicians will sing their hearts out for you.
The trip would not be complete without a refreshing pint of the homebrew at at the Guinness Storefront at St. James Gate. Take a tour of the brewery and have a taste of this world famous “black stuff” once you reach the Gravity Bar on the roof, where stunning 360 degrees of panoramic views can be seen, so be sure to bring your camera along.
Now that you’ve probably worked up a great appetite, grab a bite in the pub grub bars such as O’Neills on Sufollk Street, The Duke or Davy Byrnes located on Duke Street, where you will be enjoying the best of the traditional local cuisine. The classic taste of Ireland can be found at The Bakehouse and The Pig’s Ear, but these places fill up fast so be sure to book a table in advance.
The shopping in Dublin is in no shortage, as traditional Irish garb to emerging high fashion can be found in boutiques such as Project 51 and The Loft Market on South Suffolk William Street, or for global designer brands, head again to Grafton Street for the ever popular but essential shops such as H&M, Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, and River Island. O’Connell Street and Mary Street will offer the more affordable option for essentials at Penney’s. Due to the inconsistency of the weather, it is essential to carry a pair of sunglasses as well as an umbrella and you’ll be sure fit right in.
If it’s the nightlife you’re after, Dublin is filled with live music every night in most bars and pubs, but traditional Irish folk music can be heard at The Cobblestone, and the more rock alternative sessions at Whelan’s and The Village on Camden Street. Clubs such as Lillie’s Bordello on Grafton Street Krystle over on Harcourt Street are places to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, and Temple Bar for some “Ceol agus Craic” (music and good fun).
Dublin has something for everyone; a unique music culture, great food, beautiful scenery and of course, the best brew around. You’ll be sure to enjoy your stay and maybe even get some of the “luck of the Irish’!