10 June 2015

A Weekend in Dublin: An Insider’s Guide

Insider's Guide to Dublin

Emma Mac’s Insider Guide to London went down so well we decided to expand it to a series. So while I'm off sunning myself in Marbella this week, I'll leave it to our regular contributor Emily - a Dubliner born and bred - to give us a tour of her favourite spots around town. 
Koh Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
Where to eat:
  • Fallon and Byrne: pop into the deli for a quick bite to eat and sit ogling the fresh produce for sale in the food hall which would inspire even the most reluctant of cooks to try something new in the kitchen! Head downstairs to the wine cellar for some light bites over a glass (or two) of wine, or upstairs to the restaurant for your dinner. The atmosphere is always lovely.
  • Koh: nice and centrally placed in the city, tucked in along the Millennium Walkway. To the front of the restaurant is a cocktail bar and towards the rear is its intimate restaurant where they serve Thai and Asian food. Yum! 
  • Acapulco: a bright and colourful Mexican restaurant, with pitchers of margaritas. Need I say more?
Favourite neighbourhoods:

Howth, Clontarf, South William Street, Malahide.


Perfect Sunday afternoon:

Take the dart out to Howth and meander through the markets just across from the station. On the way to the pier, stop at Il Panorama for some coffees. Stroll down to the lighthouse, passing by some buskers as you do, and take in the fresh air and beautiful coastal scenery. Head back towards the dart station and stop in Caffe Caira for some fish and chips. With a lined tummy, take your pick of some of the nicest pubs you’ll set foot in. Special mentions go to The Bloody Stream, The Waterside and, if you want to earn your pint, The Summit Inn.

Cocktails at the Exchequer Dublin

Where to drink:

This is a tough list to compile for a city with a pub at nearly every corner, so we’ll just go with some of the places that pop into my head right now!
  • The Dean on Harcourt Street: the view from Sophie’s rooftop bar is stunning. It’s Dublin’s little bit of Shoreditch. Check out our full review. 
  • Toners on Baggot Street: for the best taste of Guinness (in my humble opinion!) [ooh, controversial! - Emma]
  • The Exchequer on Exchequer Street: if you’re out for a meal, skip dessert and head here to try the Key-Lime Meringue Pie cocktail (see pic above). It looks good and tastes better!
  • Peruke and Periwig on Dawson Street: if you like your surroundings to be of the decadent, Georgian variety, then head here. There are three floors apparently, but I’ve only ever seen one, and it was enough to make me go back!
  • Izakaya on George’s Street: down a deep set of stairs beside Yamamori, is one of mine and himself’s favourite spots for an after-work drink. It’s a Japanese restaurant and bar that serves drinks from, you guessed it, Japan! But you can get your regular Heineken here too. It has a real underground feel to it because it’s…well…underground. Sip on a Hitachino Nest ale while watching some samurai cinema.
Yamamori Izakaya
Yamamori Izakaya 
Favourite beauty shopping haunts:

Having a wander around the beauty hall in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street is always a nice way to spend a bit of time while waiting for the rain to pass. Also, the Marks and Spencer beauty hall has some lovely brands you wouldn’t come across too often (read more about it here).

Favourite beauty treatment and where to get it:

I love getting my hair done at Brown Sugar on South William Street. I don’t have a specific hairdresser, I just take whoever’s available. Haven’t been disappointed yet and they all treat you like royalty! (See where else we'd also recommend)

I’m going to add another one in here. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up and an injection of life into your day, head on over to get your nails done at Tropical Popical on South William Street (read our full review)! The girls there are absolutely lovely. Also, if there is a group of you coming to Dublin for a celebration/Hen Party/birthday, you may even be able to book out the nail bar and have some pre-night out drinks while getting your nails done!

Have you ever visited our fair city? And if you're from the Irish capital, where else would you add to this list?

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