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dublin: my little foodie city guide.

Last month I spent four days in Dublin, jam-packed with foodie adventures and plenty of cocktails. From Irish breakfasts to posh restaurants and tapas to afternoon tea, somehow we managed to squeeze it all in amongst exploring the charming city. Luckily there was lots of walking involved too, as well as a trip to the beautiful Howth coast and even a sip on a cheeky half of Guinness. Here are a few foodie ideas of what to get up to in Dublin...

Get the bus up to Howth for fish and chips (and ice cream...)
Hop on the 31A bus up to the Howth Summit. You can then walk downhill (the best direction) and eat some well earnt fish and chips at the bottom. Complete with ice cream, of course. We went to Crabby Jo's on West Pier and enjoyed lobster and chips (€16.95). You can also get off the bus by the pier, but we fancied the walk and the stunning views.

Grab an indulgent drink from Butler's Chocolate Cafe
Their mocha. Just wow. Order a luxurious drink from Butler's, choose your free chocolate to accompany and park yourself on St. Stephen's Green. You can also explore the Iveagh Gardens and Merrion Square nearby, as well as the shops off Grafton Street.

Tasty tapas at Salamanca
A little gem just off Andrew Street in Dublin 2, serving up Spanish specialties and an excellent wine list. Make sure you order the paella! Read my full Salamanca review here.

Indulge in afternoon tea at Ladurée
Not exclusive to Dublin as such, but this French patisserie is a must for a macaron fix. Famous for their colourful French meringues and extensive tea menu, this place is a must for an indulgent afternoon. Read my full review of afternoon tea at LadurĂ©e here (€45 for two).

Opulence and Irish charm at The Bank
Found in an ornate Victorian bank off College Green, The Bank is certainly the place for a special meal. The offerings are mostly Irish inspired, with local produce headlining the menu. Read my full review of The Bank on College Green here.

A few of my foodie top tips for Dublin first timers...

And the not so foodie...
  • Fans of vintage dresses and all things polkadot will love Carousel and Nine Crows.
  • If you need painkillers, take them in your luggage. Ibuprofen is only found over the counter in pharmacies and is very expensive.
  • Remember you need exact change for buses, and notes are not accepted either...
    ...but they do have free Wifi.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had such a lovely time! I want macarons now :-)