7 Best Neighborhoods in Dublin for Young Professionals Living
Dublin has a long and sometimes troubled history, but today it is a vibrant and unique city with a lot of creative energy. Some of the most exciting new restaurants, cafes, and stores in the city are opening outside of the center, in places like the ones below. This is because the city’s suburbs are becoming more upscale very quickly.
The Irish Independent named Phibsborough the best place to buy a home in Ireland in 2016. The area is likely to become even more popular in the coming years, when the cross-city Luas line (which will have a stop in Phibsborough) and the new Dublin Institute of Technology campus in nearby Grangegorman are finished. Young professionals will like the eclectic mix of Victorian pubs, antique and vintage shops, and modern restaurants in the area. The Irish Times called Two Boys Brew café “one of the most promising…to open in the city in the last year.”
Drumcondra is home to Croke Park GAA Stadium and draws new residents because it is close to the city center and has good public transportation as well as a lot of good pubs. From well-known places like Fagan’s, which opened in 1907 and has served everyone from Bill Clinton to Liam Neeson, to the new gastropub The Cat and Cage, Drumcondra is full of places to hang out with friends. Also close by are places like the National Botanic Gardens and the Glasnevin Cemetery, which are popular with tourists.
In recent years, the once-run-down Northside neighborhood of Stoneybatter has become one of the hippest and most sought-after places to live in Dublin. It is now known as the city’s hipster ground zero. Its gentrification has led to the opening of great restaurants, independent cafes, and hip gastropubs near older businesses, like The Lilliput Press, which is one of Ireland’s smallest publishing houses. It is close to the large Phoenix Park and has a community garden and a yoga and wellness studio in an old woolen mill.
The Luas tram line goes through the historic southern suburb of Dundrum, which has a lot going for it. In the 1970s, one of Ireland’s first shopping centers was built there. In 2005, the country’s largest new shopping center opened there. There are more than 160 stores in Dundrum Town Centre, such as House of Fraser, Zara, and Hollister. There are also several restaurants and a multiplex cinema. According to myhome, because of these additions and rising rents closer to town, more and more young professionals are moving into the area. That is, almost 40% of the people who live in Dundrum are now between the ages of 16 and 34.
Ranelagh is an urban village on the Southside of Dublin. The seventh President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and Maeve Brennan, a journalist and short story writer for The New Yorker, used to live there. Today, it’s known as a paradise for foodies, with trendy new restaurants like The Butcher Grill steakhouse, drinking spots like The Exchequer Wine Bar, and even the always photogenic Scoop, which sells gelato, crêpes, and artisan coffee. Ranelagh residents can enjoy great food and other things like yoga in the open air on Saturdays at Dartmouth Square.
Another village that turned into a suburb, Rathgar is in south Dublin, near Ranelagh. It is one of the most desirable places to live in the city, and for good reason. A lot of the buildings are in a conservation zone, and many of the red-brick homes are from the Georgian and Victorian eras. On the main street, long-standing independent stores like The Rathgar Bookshop add to the small-town feel, while newer additions like Fia, a neighborhood café, mean that you don’t have to go into town to get a good cup of roasted coffee. On weekends, when people from the city center come here for the great brunch, traffic often goes the other way.
Ringsend is an inner suburb on the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey. It is close to the area called “Silicon Docks,” where big tech companies like Google have their headquarters. Ringsend is another area that is getting better. It has a recording studio where bands like U2 and The Rolling Stones have recorded, as well as many good restaurants, shops, bars, a park, and a library.
Topic: The Best Neighbourhoods in Dublin for Young Professionals
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