I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone. Ok, let’s get real, Molly was no eye candy…but Dublin is the best town if you are up for a good party, great shopping and a fun weekend away. How do I know? Well, I did some monkey business around Dublin for a whole five years. Which means, I pretty much know every corner of the city and am therefore ready to share my favourite hotspots with you. Get ready for a pint of Guinness, long nights out (probably ending up at someone’s private party singing along to the music some gifted Irish lad is playing on his guitar – believe me it happens all the time!).
This is how monkeys spend their perfect 48 hours in Dublin // your Dublin travel guide:
As you arrive into Dublin, catch the aircoach into the city center and get off at trinity College. You are smack bang in the center and in walking distance to most accommodations.
Kellys Hotel on Great Georges Street
My hotel-tipp: If you are ready to party, stay at Kelly’s Hotel, which is situated on Georges Street right above my favourite bar the No Name. You want a quiet spot instead? Then check into Number 31 on Leeson Close. This boutique hotel is top secret an a great spot for all interior lovers.
Hallway at No 31 Leeson Close
After your check-in, walk down to Fallon & Byrne for a bit of lunch before exploring town.
Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street
Things you shouldn’t miss on your wander: Head up Grafton Street, which is THE shopping street in town (don’t forget to stop by Brown Thomas) and walk through Stephen’s Green, come back that same way and stop every now and then to take a look around – Grafton Street has got plenty of buskers and is constantly buzzing. Take a right into Anne Street and drink your first pint of Guinness at Kehoes. This proper Irish bar will make you want to stay all afternoon (believe me!) but you can always come back later on in the evening. There is not a day that this pub isn’t crowded.
Next stop: Temple Bar. Wander around the little streets and alleys of Dublin’s oldest and most charming part of town (the wikings used to settle right in that area by the river Liffey), head down to the river and across the Ha’penny Bridge. Once on the North Side, explore Caple Street with its flourshing cafes and bars and head up to Henry Street – Dublin’s biggest shopping street by far! Walk until you reach O’Connell Street, take a look at Dublins famous post office and head down back across the river towards Trinity College. Wander around the beautiful area of Ireland’s most prestigious university and take a seat on the green (get a drink at the Pavilion Bar which belongs to the uni and is situated right by the cricket ground), where you can watch the students play cricket. Head home to rest and make a reservation at One Pico, if yu want to splash out on a fabulous dinner, or Crack Bird, if you are up for some fried chicken of all yummyliscious sorts!
You are up for a party? Depending on the evening I suggest you dress up to the nines and try the following:
– Everleigh Garden (super fun place with that bit of Marbella-feel)
– The lost society (great interior, good music and two floors)
– No Name Bar (best bar in town for a chat and a good crowd)
– RiRa (pretty international – you will always have a fun night at this place)
– Howl at the moon (huge bar/club with an astonishing interior)
– Whelans (you like Indie-music? This is your place. Check for live acts)
– Legg’s (the most famous after hour bar/club…only go there once everything else closes at around 2.30am!)
Good morning!…or should I say afternoon? I guess you have been having a fabulous night out and are now in need of the perfect breakfast. You can choose between a fry or super healthy options. No matter what you go for, these places don’t only have the best food, but the best design as well: Avoca on Suffolk Street, Lennox on Lennox Street and the Cake Cafe (this one is my absolute favourite and a hidden secret hot spot!).
The Cake Cafe on Pleasant Place
Finally woken up? Good, then you could wither head down to the Guinness factory or visit Imma, Dublin’s museum of modern art. And if you want more: The Gallery of Photography offers free exhibitions and is smack bang in the middle of Temple Bar – you know you want to go back there. As for your dinner, these suggestions have easy menues and are super delish: Rustic Stone, 37 Dawson Street, and have one last pint in the Garage Bar.
I know you don’t want to leave but believe me, you will be back in no time!
Good to know:
Best Nailbar: Nails Inc. in Brown Thomas
Best Hairdresser: Dylan Bradshaw
Pssst: Make a reservation here for your last night – Vintage Cocktail Club
The Vintage Cocktail Club on Crown Alley
All images courtesy of Kellys Dublin, Number 31, Fallon&Byrne, The Cake Cafe, VCC;