Love Letter to Dublin

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I arrived to Dublin in September, 2015. It was a place where I had only been once, for a day and it was for an interview. I have never met anyone from Dublin. Ireland yes, but not Dublin. Out of my circle of friends, maybe only two have been to Dublin. It was quite a mystery location, but nevertheless, something within me was craving for a change and it was time for it.

Dublin became my base location for the past two years. There are a few things that Dublin has to offer that I haven’t come across in another city:

  • You can really breathe here. That’s the first thing that I noticed when I landed in Dublin. The air is fresh. When you breathe it, you could potentially even get a little high.
  • Access to mama nature is so very close. I live 15 minutes by bike from the beach. I really should take more advantage of my location, it’s just the cold gets into my bones sometimes. 40 minutes by train is one of most beautiful cliff walks available in town – Bray to Greystones. Must do for everyone. Thicknock Forest is also very close by as is Sugar Loaf hill.
  • Everyone knows that Irish people are super friendly. It’s just in their blood. I have met some incredible people here in Dublin. Most of my friends have been foreigners though. Truly blessed to have met them.

Below is my list of the best bits in Dublin:

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Best Coffee Spots:

  • Industries
  • Meet me in the Morning
  • 3FE
  • Roasted brown
  • Network
  • Nick’s Coffee Ranalagh

Brunch:

  • Bibi’s
  • Brother Hubbard
  • The Fumbally
  • Sophie’s
  • Grove Road Portobello

Experiences:

  • Ruby Sessions on Tuesdays
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Adventure Rooms
  • Poolbeg Lighthouse
  • Kilmainham Gaol Prison
  • Bray to Greystones cliffwalk followed by lunch at The Happy Pear
  • St Stephen’s Green park on Sunday afternoons
  • Book of Kells
  • Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Cinemas:

  • Irish Film Board
  • Lighthouse Cinema
  • Savoy Theatre
  • The Stella Theatre
  • Dublin Film Festival in Feburary

Best Places to Read:

  • Trinity Library 
  • National Irish Library
  • Coffee Shops
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Read Ulysses at Sweny's Chemist
  • The Dean
  • Dublin Writers Museum

Cinemas:

  • Irish Film Board
  • Lighthouse Cinema
  • Savoy Theatre
  • The Stella Theatre
  • Dublin Film Festival in Feburary

Places for Food:

  • Kinara
  • Ananda
  • Green Beards
  • Yakamuza
  • Chicken wings at TriBeCa
  • Sample the The Elephant and Castle chicken wings
  • A burger in Bunsen
  • Saturday Temple Bar Food Market
  • Zaytoon
  • Pickle Restaurant
  • Angelina's

Great Bars / Going out: 

  • Little Pig
  • 9 Below
  • Liquire Rooms
  • The Bernard Shaw
  • Zozimos
  • The Dean
  • No name Bar
  • Johnnie Fox's
  • Cocktails at the Vintage Cocktail Club

Healthy Lifestyle

Transport

  • Getting from Airport: either by cab or Air Link Express for just €7 
  • There is Green and Red Luas (i.e. overground) Train service. Links up to only South and North City. or West and East. Both lines don't connect. 
  • Dart trains take a great ride down across the coast. Good links to Bray or Greystones
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LOCAL GUIDES

Dublin Cultural and Heritage Tour - Air B&B Host

Dublin Smiles Air Tour - Air B&B Host

Dublin Street Art - Air B&B Host

Le Locals

Le Cool

Totally Dublin

DAY TRIPS AWAY FROM DUBLIN

  • Various site visits here
  • Guiness Lake
  • Howth
  • Glendalough / Wicklow
  • Thicknock Forest
  • Bath to Greystones (Lunch in Happy Pear)
  • Piers of Dun Laoghaire (Ice Cream at Scrumdiddly’s)
  • Norther Ireland: Causeway Bay, The Bridge, Dark Edges, The Marble Arche Caves
  • Zip Line
  • Cooking Class in Cork
  • Farmleigh
  • Leinster House

 

My Irish Bucket List Included:

  1. Climbing the sugarloaf.
  2. Seeing Chris Rock Live in 3 Arena.
  3. Climb a sea stack off the coast of Donegal.
  4. A gig in the Laughter Lounge.
  5. Friends exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
  6. Living next to the historic O’Connell Bridge.
  7. Seeing Riverdance at the theatre.
  8. Swimming in the Irish sea.
  9. Dancing at Copper’s.
  10. Stroll through The Botanic Gardens, Stephan's Greens and Phonix Park.
  11. Have a go in a floatation chamber.
  12. Pouring a perfect pint of Guinness in the Guinness Factory. Drink in the gravity bar.
  13. Walk all the way out the Great South Wall to Poolbeg Lighthouse.
  14. Ride The Dart From Grand Canal To Greystones.
  15. Have A Cocktail In The Blind Pig.
  16. Walk The Grand Canal Daily!
  17. Visit Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
  18. A night out at the dogs at Shelbourne Park.
  19. Play Goft at Leopardtown.
  20. Get a manicure and pet flamingoes at Tropical Popical.
  21. Zip Line In Ticknock.

Still to do:

  • Glasnevin Cemetery
  • Etihad Skyline Tour Croke Park
  • Afternoon Tea In The Merrion
  • Eat In Chapter One
  • See a gig in Whelan's
  • Walk Donabate Beach down to Malahide 
  • Powerscourt Gardens
  • See Francis Bacon's Studio
  • Dalkey Island
  • Night out at Johnnie Fox’s
  • Experience Music at The Sugar Club
  • Irish dance at The Cobblestone
  • See a show at Smock Alley
  • Find my very own Bambi at Phoenix Park
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