Dublin is always a nice place to visit but at this time of the year, the Irish begin to celebrate Christmas with zeal and joy, resulting in a fabulous atmosphere, that is unique to this celtic city. The traditional Dublin pubs are full of cheer and fun and there is a shopping madness that confirms the Irish on the top of the spender list for buying at Christmas. Why not take part in these festivities and also enjoy the culture, hotels and great places to visit in the capital city of Ireland. Here are some good suggestions to help you organise your visit.
WHERE TO STAY
Dublin offers an impressive choice of hotels. Between the very classic and sophisticated Hotels to modern and cool places to stay you have several options to enjoy this magic city and here is one of our favourites.
O’Callaghan Stephen’s Green Hotel
For location and service, this Dublin hotel is hard to beat. Combining Georgian architecture and contemporary design, it’s next to the Iveagh Gardens and close to Grafton Street’s alluring shops. It has beautifully decorated, spacious bedrooms and relaxed, characterful public rooms including a low-key bar serving all-day food – try the Pie Dish main – its perfect after a crazy afternoon of shopping!
WHERE TO EAT
Food gourmets definitively need to visit the new addition to the Michelin guide – The Greenhouse. With super taster menus and reasonable prices, you can discover the gastronomy created by the talented and creative chef Mickael Viljanen. All the staff are really attentive in a relaxed and informal atmosphere – and of course, each dish was a delight for the taste buds and eyes.
- Dawson St, Dublin 2,
- Phone: +353 1 676 7015
WHAT TO SEE
Dublin has a rich literary heritage – Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde… The Long Room at Trinity College is renowned for its beautiful, barrel-vaulted roof, under which sits a treasure trove of Irish literature. The room’s dusty shelves are home to an enormous collection of works, including a rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the majestic Book of Kells, a religious manuscript that dates back to 800 AD. The room is also home to a 15th-century wooden harp, which was the model for the emblem of Ireland.
Another “must” visit is to the Guinness factory, home of the black beer.
Closed to the outside world for more than a century, this clandestine brew house is now open to the general public, who, for a €6 fee, can come and sample tomorrow’s tipples, as well as beers that will never leave the premises.
But Dublin is a city to discover by foot. There are so many beautiful parks. Our favourite is St Stephens Green. There is also a walk that follows the famous Dublin canal, and those who appreciate fresh sea air – head to Sandymount, – its wonderful to walk the sandy beach when the tide is out;
WHERE TO HAVE A DRINK
There are dozens of places to taste the famous cool, dark Guinness and all Dublin pubs have something special to offer – here are some suggestions just to get you started. Firstly for music lovers, Dublin pubs offers entertainment scene that rivals any of its European counterparts. Get ready for some great traditional Irish music and song in authentic pubs like “The Cobblestone” in Smithfields, or “McNeils” on Capel Street. For Food lovers, we recommend the fantastic “Chop House” in the Ballsbridge area. There are also very old pubs like “The Palace” on Fleet Street. Try also “Bowe’s”, a pub for genuine old world charm, also on Fleet Street. Finally, many locals say that some of the best Guinness is served at “Mulligans Pub”, which was originally a “shebeen” or an unlicensed drinking venue. It has been “legal” since 1782, making it one of the oldest premises in Ireland.
For Food lovers, we recommend the fantastic “Chop House” in the Ballsbridge area. There are also very old pubs like “The Palace” on Fleet Street. Try also “Bowe’s”, a pub for genuine old world charm, also on Fleet Street. Finally, many locals say that some of the best Guinness is served at “Mulligans Pub”, which was originally a “shebeen” or an unlicensed drinking venue. It has been “legal” since 1782, making it one of the oldest premises in Ireland.
WHERE TO SHOP
Dublin has several streets with a many, many shops but the most famous is “Brown Thomas” which is synonymous with luxury shopping in Dublin. This department store located on Grafton Street, a pedestrian area close to Trinity College. You will find all major continental and British brands, as well as Irish designers -an upmarket mix of prêt-à-porter and haute couture clothing, accessories and cosmetics.
The sister shop, BT2 is located on the opposite side of Grafton Street and caters to a younger, more mass market clientele. Celebrity chefs Domini and Peaches Kemp are at the helm of Brown Thomas’ exclusive ‘The Restaurant’ which is the perfect pitstop after a busy day of shopping for a drink or a bite to eat.
Finally, seek out the “Sweater Shop for the best selection of Irish sweaters and woolen scarfs and visit the very unique “Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. It’s located just off Grafton Street, boasting over 40 shops and restaurants, the center has everything to offer from food, bars, arts and tours to beauty, fashion jewellery, and antiques.
HAVE A NICE TRIP!