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Dublin has history, charm, sights, museums, galleries, theatres, shops, pubs, restaurants and an abundance of character. Below you'll find recommendations picked by Pat and his staff.

TOP 5 EATERIES

The Bull & Castle (€€)

Steaks supplied by own butcher served in a lowlit pub setting with sheepskin covered benches.

Bóbós Gourmet Burgers (€€)

Far from just another burger restaurant they are serving high quality produce in a contemporary Irish establishment.

Red Torch Ginger (€€)

They serve tasty Thai food at an affordable price while also serving a great range of cocktails, craft beers and wines.

The Winding Stair (€€€)

Restaurant and bookshop overlooking the iconic Ha'penny bridge. The food is good, old-fashioned home cooking, with produce sourced from artisans within the island.

The Pig's Ear (€€€)

Sophisticated Irish dishes balance traditional and modern in 2 rooms hidden behind a hot pink door.

And if they don't float your boat, get on one - La Peniche (€€) - a wine barge & bistro, minutes from St. Stephen's Green. Cruise included.

TOP 5 COFFEE SHOPS

Keogh's Café, Trinity Street

Family run business, serving fresh food and the best scones in town according to our staff.

Bewley's Café, Grafton Street

Re-opened after a complete refurbishment. Finest coffees, teas and pastries.

Brother Hubbard, Capel Street

Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The best cinnamon twirls in town.

Two Pups, Francis Street

A little coffee bar serving specialty beans surrounded by vintage clothes, with a few chairs and tables.

First Draft Coffee, Temple Bar

Coffee from Irish roasters, locally baked cakes, homemade soup and toasties.

Love Surpreme and Urbanity are the best coffee shops on the Northside.

PUBS & LIVE MUSIC

The Long Hall

Traditional pub decorated with filigree-edged mirrors, polished dark wood and traditional snugs.

Doheny & Nesbitt's

One of Dublin's oldest family-run pubs surrounded by renowned landmarks.

McDaids

Brendan Behan's old favourite, this is a classic, traditional Dublin pub.

The Hairy Lemon

Quirky pub where "The Commitments" was filmed with years worth of memorabilia on the walls.

J.W.Sweetman

Microbrewery which prides itself on top quality craft beer and food in Dublin City centre.

 

LIVE MUSIC

The Cobblestone

They call themselves "a drinking pub with a music problem". Head there for a traditional music session.

The Celt

Authentic atmosphere. Classic bar menu, friendly faces, rustic interior, live music.

Murray's

Large, lively bar for comfort food and sports on TV, plus live traditional Irish music at weekends.

TOP 5 PICKS FOR COCKTAILS

Peruke and Periwig

A lush emporium, think velvet chairs, copper bars, and award winning cocktail concoctions and fantastical creations.

Vintage Cocktail Club

This refined, speakeasy-vibe bar offers candle-lit cocktails and fine-dining amid vintage ephemera.

The Blind Pig

Quirky, calm cocktail bar offering cocktail making classes.

Sophie's

Modern glasshouse restaurant with extensive cocktail menu and 360 degree views over Dublin.

No Name Bar

Hip, bare-bones hangout with art and sofas in a townhouse hotel, popular for brunch and mojitos.

MEMORIES OF DUBLIN

Mike has the images and we've got the stories! 

Together we've got Dublin covered.

Why not pick up a framed, affordable picture of Dublin City?

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS

Kilmainham Gaol Museum

If you have any desire to understand Irish history then visit this former prison.

Dublin Castle

Discover the historic heart of Dublin. 

Chester Beatty Library

Winner of the 'European Museum of the Year', the library's rich collections open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Tip: Visit the rooftop garden.

The Old Library, Trinity College

It is the largest library in Ireland, and one of the most impressive in the world.

National Gallery

Grand collection of European art spanning the 14th to the 20th-century covering all major schools.

 

TOP 5 PICKS FOR KIDS

Dublinia

History brought to life in an exciting way for all to engage, learn and share.

National Wax Museum

The museum is full of characters and exhibits, from historical figures to cartoon characters, and everything else in between.

National Leprechaun Museum

Dedicated to Irish folklore and mythology, through the oral tradition of storytelling.

Viking Splash Tours

Fun and completely unique tour of Dublin by land and water in reconditioned World War II vintage amphibious military vehicles.

Natural History Museum

Meet mammals, insects, birds & sealife of Ireland & the world. Also called the "Dead Zoo".

TOP 5 MARKETS

Temple Bar Food Market

Held every Saturday from 10am-4.30pm at Meeting House Square in the heart of Dublin city centre.

Designer Market at Cow's Lane

This outdoor market showcases the very best of handmade craft an design produced by Irish and Ireland-based artist every Saturday.

Ha'penny Vintage Market

The Market has a mish mash of stalls ranging from vintage clothes, designer threads, vinyl records, contemporary crafts, bric a brac, jewellry, books and more. Every Saturday from 12noon.

A Fabulous Market

A great afternoon of local design, entertainment and live music at The George Bar. First Saturday of every month.

Dun Laoghaire Sunday Market 

Situated in the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire, the market is held every Sunday in the People's Park near the seafront. Accessible by DART.

WHERE TO SHOP

Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

Airy, Georgian building featuring shops for designer apparel, jewelry & antiques, plus restaurants.

Stephen's Green Shopping Centre

A large indoor shopping centre located at the top of Grafton Street near St. Stephen's Green Park.

Arnotts

Ireland's favourite department store and home to the world's best brands all under one roof. Iconic buildin located in Henry Street.

Brown Thomas

Ireland's most beautiful lifestyle store, home to an unparalleled range of designer brands.

 

Or simply enjoy a stroll down our two principal shopping streets, Grafton Street and Henry Street

 

Opening Hours

Shops are usually open daily between 10.00-18.00.

Sunday between 12.00 - 18.00

Late Night Shopping every Thursday until 21.00.

TIPPING

There is not a strong tipping culture in Ireland but many locals and visitors tend to tip for certain services. This infographic is aimed to help you when in doubt.

Download Tipping Guide (228.53 KiB)

 

EXPLORING IRELAND

Why not check out our friends at My Ireland Tours if you are planning on exploring the Emerald Isle. They are an independent family-run business keen on showing you what makes Ireland such a magical place.