As soon as I stepped off the bus in a big fuzzy coat & looked around for the first time at Dublin, my heart literally did a leap in excitement. There was something about the city that immediately felt like home to me.
Nothing gets me more excited than spending a beautiful, chilly Saturday wandering the Dublin streets, meeting friends & getting a hot chocolate at my favorite spots in the city.
Usually I will chuck on my comfiest pair of shoes & a sweater, and spend all day wandering & discovering new places in this perfectly quiet, rustic area. So without further ado, here are my favorite spots to hit every time I take a trip to Dublin.
The Winding Stair 40 Ormond Quay Lower Dublin 1
The Winding Stair bookshop. Not only is the outside inviting, but once you step into this charming little store, you feel immediately at peace. The smell of books wafts through the air & the creaky floors make you feel like you just stepped into an amazing attic filled with forgotten novels. They have an amazing selection.
Temple Bar Market Meeting House Square Temple Bar, Dublin 2
If you love fresh produce or just markets in general, you will love the Temple Bar market, open every Saturday from 10-3. There are tons of veggies, breads, & treats that line this small market. Even if you don’t go to buy the produce, it is so peaceful to just walk through the market & admire all the colorful food.
Kaph 31 Drury Street Dublin 2
It’s quite well-known for being one of the best coffee within the city’s creative quarter. It’s a small but beautiful place. The walls are covered in art, the staff greet you with a smile & are more than happy to advise you in their coffee selection. Apart from the drinks, they also have a small range of pastries & cakes.
George's Street Arcade South Great Georges Street Dublin 2
Located in the city’s creative quarter is this little gem in the city. An interesting selection of market-style small shops, cafés & food outlets. Everything from jeweller to clothes, book & music. Really nice place to buy souvenirs or presents which you can’t probably find in other shops. So glad they kept it the way they did, it’s very authentic. Definitely worth a wander through.
Chester Beatty Library Dame Street, Dublin Castle Dublin 2
One of the best museums of Dublin with a very interesting collection. The exhibitions are wonderful & they have many free events for different ages. Do not miss a relaxing moment in the garden roof. The collection is something to truly behold & appreciate.
Iveagh Gardens Clonmel Street, Saint Kevin's Dublin 2
Gorgeous yet little known park, one of Dublin’s hidden treasure. It’s the secret garden in the center, lovely place & a nice break from the busy streets. Never as busy as St Stephen Green, which is much better known. You can also find the cutest dogs over there (definitely a plus!) Worth going to… if you can find it !
Accents Stephen Street Lower Dublin 2
Absolutely amazing coffee shop where you can find delicious pastries & excellent drinks. The downstairs part is so nice to meet friends, study, draw & or just to get lost. Very lively & a bit pricey, but always delighted to come back
Also, if you’re looking for nice places to grab a bite to eat, I’d recommend Zizzi, Little Ass Burrito or Happy Food. They all have delicious vegan options & relaxing interiors. x