It is undeniable that Dublin is attracting a lot more tourists than before. Especially during the nicer summer season, you can find the city center packed with people everywhere! It comes as no surprise because the Irish lads are known as a happy and friendly bunch of people. If you are planning to go on a trip to Dublin, this article is for you. Read on what are the things to keep you busy when visiting Dublin as recommended by a local.
Things to do
If you are visiting Dublin only for the weekend, the best choice would be to buy a ticket to the “Hop on Hop Off” tour bus. This will allow you to see a lot of top tourist destinations around the area and keep you busy for at least half a day. The bus has live (and funny!) narratives coming from the bus driver. Especially if the driver is in the mood to crack some jokes, you are in for a live comedy show! These buses pass by and stop at famous tourist attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College where the Book of Kells are, Dublin Zoo, and Kilmainham Gaol. Keep in mind that these sites require a small fee so you can explore the area.
If you have more time to spare but on a budget, there are other places you can visit around the city for free. You can take a stroll around St. Stephen’s Green Park and feed the swans. If you are travelling with your significant other, go to the Whitefriar Church to visit St. Valentine’s remains. Spend the day visiting some free museums such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art or the National Museum of Ireland.
Where to get your coffee
It is important to find a good place to get your cup of coffee in the morning to start the day right. Dublin city center has a number of Starbucks cafes scattered around the area where you can get your coffee and grab a bite. But if you are looking for other places to go that take their coffee seriously, read on for some suggestions.
There are a good number of independent Irish coffee shops around Dublin worth checking out. Some of them have baristas who joined and won the World Barista Challenge, how cool is that? One of the must-visit places for coffee is Vice Coffee located at Middle Abbey Street. They offer a “coffee sampler” where they make your cup according to your liking using different types of coffee beans/roast. Another great place to try is Brother Hubbard located at Capel Street. Apart from coffee, don’t miss out their famous pulled pork sandwich or chocolate brownie. Other good places to have a cup of coffee are Bald Barista located at Aungier Street, Berlin Café located at William Street, and 3FE Coffee located at Grand Canal Street.
Where to grab a pint
When in Dublin, you need to have a pint. Whether you will order a Guinness or something else is up to you. If visiting Dublin during the nicer climate, try to grab a pint at the Boat Bar and Restaurant located at the North Wall Quay. You will get to experience drinking a pint of your favorite drink aboard the former MV Cill Airne. If you are not lucky with the weather, try to visit the Church Bar and Restaurant at Jervis Street instead. Enjoy the galleried interior of the 300-year old building of the former St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. If visiting this restaurant in the evenings on Sunday until Wednesday, you are in for another treat because they provide traditional Irish music and dance! If you are not a fan of the usual ales, lagers, or stout, visit Porterhouse at Temple Bar. They have a wide variety of beers you can't find in any other pub!
Sarah is an IT Consultant and freelance writer living in Dublin, Ireland. She loves reading books by Haruki Murakami, traveling, and spending time in the kitchen to prepare home cooked meals for her husband and son.