Best Dublin Guide For The Lazy Travelers
Dublin’s small size and well-defined neighborhoods make it easy to explore in small chunks. This is great for travelers who would rather get to know a city’s everyday life than run around all day trying to see every tourist attraction. Here are a few places in this friendly city where you can spend a day really making yourself at home without having to wear comfortable shoes.
The Artists’ Area
Dublin’s small Creative Quarter is right next to the busy shopping area of Grafton Street on the city’s south side. It’s a great place to get a feel for the city while stopping for breaks along the way. Here, you’ll find some of Dublin’s best cafés and restaurants, as well as independent design shops and the much-loved George’s Street Arcade, a red-brick indoor market from 1881 where you can shop for records, used books, art, and vintage clothes.
The Powerscourt Townhouse is another old building in the area that is worth seeing. It now has high-end shops, the always-fragrant The Garden flower shop, and The Pepper Pot Café, which serves what is probably Dublin’s best sandwich (roast pear, bacon and Mount Callan Cheddar).
Where to eat: l’Gueuleton, Rustic Stone, Coppinger Row
Where to get a coffee: Kaph, Metro Café, Industry
Where to drink: Drury Buildings, Peter’s Pub, The Bar With No Name, Luna, The Market Bar
You can learn just as much about the Georgian Quarter, which goes from Saint Stephen’s Green and Trinity College to the canal, by walking around on your own. You can stop in and out of museums like the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland: Archeology, and the National History Museum, or you can just grab a coffee and a pastry and sit on the grass in Merrion Square.
You can see the old homes of well-known Irish people like Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and Daniel O’Connell by taking a short walk around the park’s edges. After that, splurge on the Art Tea at The Merrion Hotel, which is an afternoon tea inspired by the paintings of Jack B. Yeats and Louis Le Brocquy that hang on the walls of the hotel’s drawing room.
Where to eat: Dunne & Crescenzi, Bang, The Pig’s Ear
Where to get a coffee: Hansel and Gretel Bakery and Patisserie (takeaway only), Lolly and Cooks, Science Gallery Café
Where to drink: The Ginger Man, O’Donoghues, The Shelbourne Hotel
The western end of Temple Bar in Dublin is an area that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. On Cow’s Lane, you can find an independent bookshop, a vintage homewares store, the Dublin Ink tattoo parlor, and the Queen of Tarts café, which is a great place to sit and watch the creative people of the city come and go.
If you’re interested, Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library are just a short walk away. If not, you can head west to see Christ Church Cathedral and the Medieval Dublin area. The area of the city known for its antique shops and where the Dublin Flea Market is held every last Sunday of the month is in the south. A little farther west is The Liberties, which is one of the oldest parts of Dublin. The National College of Art and Design is close by, as is the popular Vicar Street music venue and The Brazen Head, which calls itself Ireland’s oldest pub. This area is as Dublin as it gets. It is full of life and creativity.
Where to eat: The Fumbally, Darkey Kelly’s Pub, Leo Burdock Fish & Chips
Where to get a coffee: Two Pups Coffee, Cross Gallery and Café, Mannings Bakery
Where to drink: The Bull and Castle, The Brazen Head, Arthur’s Pub
Smithfield and Stoneybatter are two neighborhoods in Dublin, Ireland.
Travelers who stick to the usual tourist route might miss out on Smithfield and Stoneybatter in Dublin 7, an area that has changed a lot over the past few years. This area is a short walk, bus, or Luas ride from the city center and has a crazy amount of high-quality food and drinks, as well as its own unique charm.
From the tiny but well-stocked Lilliput Stores greengrocer and coffee shop to the Lighthouse Cinema, which shows arthouse and classic films, this is an exciting area that artists love. There is a permanent show of Eileen Gray’s work at the National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts and History, which is close by.
Where to eat: L. Mulligan Grocer, Fish Shop, Slice
Where to get a coffee: Love Supreme, Proper Order Coffee Co., Lilliput Stores (takeaway only)
Where to drink: Dice Bar, The Cobblestone, Generator Dublin
Topic: Best Dublin Guide For The Lazy Travelers
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