GUIDE: DUBLIN

With St. Patrick's day just around the corner what better time to learn more about the capital of the Emerald Isle which I originally wrote for Glow magazine.

There is a charm to Dublin that is better experienced than explained. It's friendly and familiar, and yet it can still feel surprising
and spontaneous. The River Liffey runs through the city, dividing North and South, and you'll quickly hear the locals debating which side is best. Grab
a coffee and kickstart your visit with a stroll through Georgian Dublin. This area's architecture dates back to the 18th century, and offers great photo
ops with its colourful doorways and pretty nooks. 

Wander along Grafton Street, Dublin's main retail artery, which is often filled with street performers. Just a short skip away, many local designers have opened up shop in the Powerscourt Centre, a restored 1700s-era townhouse.

A playground for foodies, the city also offers a vast range of dining options. Casual gastro pubs with local fare sit next to Michelin-starred restaurants, and they all offer friendly service.

Luck has it that Dublin's charm persists at any time of the year. It's a place that allows you to discover and enjoy all of its offerings with ease, and chances are if you go once, you will surely return.

Stay:

The FitzwilliamHotelDublin This five-star hotel's location could not be better: St. Stephen's Green and Grafton Street are right outside your door. The warm service and contemporary decor allow you to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. Conveniently, the hotel also houses Thornton's, aMichelin-starred restaurant.

Eat:

Coppinger Row    A cozy restaurant offering simply prepared Mediterranean-inspired food using local ingredients. Check out the outstanding cocktail list, where gin takes centre stage.

The Old Stand    No trip to Dublin would be complete without a visit to a pub. This steadfast establishment, which has been in the same location for over 300 years, is an ideal place to grab a pint and join the locals having atraditional Irish lunch.

Clement And Pekoe  Located on trendy South William Street,  this tea house offers a modern twist to the local tradition. Many of the loose-leaf teas are available to buy in bulk for at-home use.

 

Shop:

Brown Thomas   A luxury shopper's dream. International brands fill several floors of this upscale building.

Powerscourt Centre  A beautiful building housing over 40 fashion boutiques, cafés and spas.

JRothwell  Designer Jennifer Rothwell cut her design teeth early, working for Calvin Klein and Yigal Azrouel in New York.  Her newly opened shop in the Powerscourt Centre showcases her simple yet modern designs, which incorporate fabrics like silk chiffon and French lace and are hand-finished in a local studio.

Om Diva  A fun mix of vintage and local young designers fills this trendy establishment. The playful array of accessories makes shopping here easy and fun.

Explore:
The Little Museum of Dublin Good things do come in small packages, and this whimsical little museum is a wonderful example. It's a perfect placeto learn about Dublin's history and notable residents, and includes photo exhibits and aU2 exhibition. The fascinating collection of over 5,000artifacts will keep you engaged for hours.

Casino Marino  Located just north of Dublin, this is one of the finest 18th-century neoclassical buildings in Europe. From the exterior, you would never believe that it houses 16 beautiful rooms, once used exclusively for entertaining the city's elite.

Wicklow Mountains National Park  Beautiful countryside is only a short drive from the city. Typical views include sheep crossing mountain roads, winding streams, lakes and waterfalls.

 

Plan:
Ireland.com  Your first stop when arranging your trip to Dublin. From accommodations to inside event tips, this great resource makes organizing your trip a cinch.