48 Hours in Dublin: What to Do, Where to Go and Places To Eat In Dublin
Dublin is a capital city that isn’t very big, but it has a lot to see and do. You can’t do it all in one weekend, at least not comfortably. Here is a 48-hour plan that lets you see some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.
7pm until late
Start off the night the way you mean to go on by having a great dinner at Delahunt on Camden Street. This historic place is in a Victorian building that used to be a grocery store with the same name. The original sign from 1906 can still be seen inside. James Joyce’s Ulysses mentions this place.
It has a modern Irish menu with bold new takes on traditional Irish dishes, like boxty, a potato pancake, with market fish and seaweed. The decor is perfectly simple. If you want something more exotic, try the top-notch Middle Eastern food in the nearby city of Jerusalem. And if you want to save money for the rest of the weekend, a tasty organic Irish beef burger at Green 19 will only cost you €10.
In the Camden Street area, there are many places to get a drink after dinner. Sophie’s rooftop bar at the super-cool Dean Hotel is one of the hottest places to hang out in town. It has a cool New York vibe.
9am – 11.30am
Before the crowds arrive, take a walk around Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, where Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde went to school. Make sure to stop by the Book of Kells exhibition. Then get a “breakfast of champions” at San Lorenzo’s on South Great George’s Street to give you energy for more sightseeing.
11.30am – 12.30pm
Then, go to Kildare Street and check out Leinster House. It used to be a ducal palace, and the design of the White House was based on it. It is now where Ireland’s parliament meets. Cross to Dawson Street to get coffee at the Art Nouveau Café en Seine or go straight next door to the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, one of the best places in the country to see Celtic artifacts.
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Continue to St. Stephen’s Green, a Georgian square that has been turned into a public park, for a stroll or to visit The Little Museum of Dublin, which is in a grand townhouse that looks out over the square. If you want to go to this popular museum about the city’s history, you should buy your ticket ahead of time.
1.30pm – 2.30pm
You should be hungry for lunch at this point. On Upper Baggot Street, you can try Angelina’s or Saba, which are both chill places with great food.
2.30pm – 4pm
Take a walk through the Saturday food market in Meeting House Square and check out the modern concept store Indigo & Cloth before going to Temple Bar. From there, you can walk to Christ Church Cathedral and the historic Liberties area. After seeing the cathedral, go to the popular new Riddler Café and Restaurant for a cup of locally roasted coffee.
4pm – 6pm
If you want to, you can keep going down Thomas Street until you reach the Guinness Storehouse, where you can take a tour and get a great view of the city. You could also take the number 13 bus to Kilmainham and see the famous gaol (jail) or Ireland’s Museum of Modern Art. (For the jail, it’s best to make a reservation ahead of time.)
8pm until late
Spend the evening taking in the atmosphere around the Creative Quarter, eating tapas at Fade Street Social’s gastro bar or dinner at Brasserie Sixty6 or Drury Buildings. The latter is described as “a mishmash of Berlin exterior and New York interior…classic cocktails and some really cracking food.” If you’d rather eat somewhere fancy, try Fallon & Byrne’s brasserie, which is based on the idea of slow food. Finish the night with drinks at Mary’s Bar & Hardware Shop or NoLIita, a cool Italian bar and restaurant.
9.30am – 12pm
Now that you know how people live on the Southside of Dublin, spend Sunday exploring the north. Get your coffee in the morning at one of the city’s most popular cafes, Brother Hubbard North, and then walk up O’Connell Street past the GPO, which is a famous post office that Irish rebels hid in during the 1916 Rising. Visit the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square to see Francis Bacon’s reconstructed studio and works by Irish and international artists. The Garden of Remembrance is right next to the gallery. It is a memorial to the people who died in the Irish War of Independence.
12pm – 7pm
You can drive or take the bus or Dart train to the seaside village of Howth, where you can walk along the pier or hike the cliffs to the Baily Lighthouse before having lunch at one of its many well-known seafood restaurants. Once you’re full, keep going up the coast to the lovely town of Malahide and check out its castle and gardens.
Two of Malahide’s oldest buildings have been turned into a new neighborhood bistro and cocktail bar called Old Street, where you can eat dinner. You could also try Kajjal for Pakistani and Eastern food that comes highly recommended, or Cape Greko for Greek food. At the end of your trip to Dublin, watch the sun go down from Malahide Marina.
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