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4 great ways to spend an afternoon in Dublin’s fair city
Discover epic food and drink places, incredible shops and cultural experiences, you’ll meet some charming Dublin characters along the way.

Totally Dublin editor Michael McDermott shares some of the best spots in Dublin city.

1Dublin’s hidden treasures

Visit the Hugh Lane Gallery, the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. Find a fantastic collection and two exceptional gems within its hallowed walls– the famed stained-glass windows of Harry Clarke, and the studio of Francis Bacon which was painstakingly transferred from his London mews.

Check out renowned Chapter One beside the gallery. It’s an elegant restaurant with unforgettable food, keep it in mind for a special occasion meal. Cross the road to see the Garden of Remembrance; a memorial garden dedicated to of ‘all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom.'

2Colourful Capel Street

Turn back towards Parnell Street and stop off at Monto, a classic vintage store with some of the best thrifty fashion finds in Dublin. At the junction of Parnell Street and Capel Street is Brereton’s Pawnbrokers, one of the city’s last remaining pawnbrokers which was established in 1916. Note its three golden spheres, a symbol dating back to the Medicis of Florence.  

Exit off Little Mary Street and you’ll happen upon The Hacienda, this is a real find. Step into a unique wonderland, with a classic ‘70s and ‘80s jukebox, pool tables, dart boards and walls adorned with pictures of celebrities who have frequented it (Matthew McConaughey and Kate Beckinsale, to name but two).

3Foodie heaven

Drop into nearby Brother Hubbard for a delicious breakfast (get the bircher bowl) and head over to Two Pups on Francis Street for an epic cup of coffee, and a healthy sweet treat. Stay in Dublin 8 for dinner, the food scene is incredible. Head to Bastible and try the incredible tasting menu or drop by Gaillot & Grey for delicious woodfired pizza.

If you only have time for lunch, head back across the River Liffey to Arran Street East in Dublin 7 and drop into Oxmantown Café. This independent sandwich shop prides itself on wholesome grub, like the Ruby (Jack McCarthy’s pastrami, sauerkraut, pickles, Swiss cheese, and horseradish on Rye sourdough).

4Gastropub scene

Stop by The Exchequer on Exchequer Street to experience Dublin's original gastropub. Modern Irish meals are served up in a classy setting, alongside some of the finest cocktails in the entire city. 

If you have time, head to O'Neills Pub on Pearse Street near Trinity College and enjoy some traditional pub grub. Guinness fans swear by the black stuff here and the atmosphere is amazing thanks to the homely interior and great staff.


Plan your visit to Dublin


Discover Dublin's fair city and acquaint yourself with its many treasures. Check out Visit Dublin before your trip and discover hidden food gems and cultural riches - you’ll return time and time again to experience the craic in the capital.

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