Chapter 1 – fancy on “the green”
I believe they also do a lunch option – so if you don’t want the expense or the whole dinner thing – this could be a way to check out the new Irish cooking w/o the full commitment!
Fallon & Byrne – food market & resto – you can get wine & picnic stuff or eat in.
3FE – coffee – has great breakfast, delicious coffee & treats
Meet me in the morning – coffee – another good cafe.
Kaph – more coffee – on a cute street!
Bewleys – it’s the old institution for a good cup of tea –
These are the grand dames of Irish theater – if something’s playing that interests you – I highly recommend a visit.
Temple bar – is a total scene – there will be hen & stag parties & general drunken debauchery – but you might also find an interesting pub or two mixed in there!
There’s one on every corner – spend an afternoon in a cozy one there’s nothing better. Bring the paper, order a pint & you’ll find a best friend by the end of the day.
The Long Hall is a pleasant one to start with – Great George’s St. if I remember correctly. Every one has a “local” so find yours while visiting – it’s really the best use of your time!
There’s history on every corner – here’s a few not to miss –
The book of Kells @ Trinity
And the library there also – glorious
The GPO (General Post Office) is a spot to soak up Irish independence
Kilmainhaam Gaol – where they took those boys that boarded themselves at the GPO & executed them – there’s a million patriotic songs about this infamous lockup – there may be some sort of exhibit from the centennial last year. (1916-2016)
Dublin Castle – seat of the English occupation – stately & storied worth a stroll through.
National Gallery – worthy art break – all the old Irish masters – beautiful landscape wing.
St. Stephens Green – our Central Park – ”tis lovely if the sun shines – bring some bread & feed the ducks!
Grafton Street – for shopping – but also – buskers – great musicians – I remember the Hot House Flowers giving it socks back in the early ’90’s!
Guinness Factory – I’ve never been – but I’ve always heard good things – Michael Black – our soccer coach spent a lot of his early days working there & has great stories – so if you fancy a pint (I do now…!)
Bookshops – the winding stair – you have to spend time in a bookshop in Dublin & this is a lovely one! They also have a great cafe – so spend the day!
Chapters is another.
The Irish Design Center at the Powerscourt center – this used to be a fun place to check out up & coming Irish designers of all sorts – clothes/jewelry/crafts – I’m not sure what it’s become – but it might be worth a stroll through.
I’m sure I’m missing loads of must see/do – but this is a small start.
Dublin is easy to navigate, night life is ample, the food has gotten really good in recent years – you’ll have a brilliant time no matter what you do – Sláinte! L