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Insider Guide to Dublin, Ireland

Dublin was the first European city I ever traveled to back in 2012 and it will always be special to me for so many reasons. Read along to bookmark some of my favorite places in this charming city!

Stay: The Merrion Hotel

I felt like royalty staying at The Merrion Hotel in the heart of Dublin in their Junior Suite that overlooked Dublin’s Government buildings. The place is iconic and is truly one of the best places to stay in the city.


“The Merrion is one of the most significant restoration projects which has taken place in Dublin over recent years. The Georgian architecture lends itself perfectly to the needs of a hotel: the elegantly simple and dignified exterior of the houses give presence and a wonderful sense of arrival, to The Merrion. Mornington House has transitional interiors of great magnificence which provide an exciting backdrop for the activities of the hotel and its guests. These four important Listed houses have been sympathetically restored and brought back to life to be enjoyed by people from all over the world.”


  • Explore the Book of Kells
  • Listen to live music at the Temple Bar
  • Stroll along Grafton Street and shop the boutiques
  • Shop at St. Stephen’s Green and Powerscourt Centre
  • Buy flowers at The Garden – Grab a Guinness at O´Neill´s Pub
  • Shop at George’s Street Arcade

Book of Kells

George’s Street Arcade

George’s Street Arcade

George’s Street Arcade

Eat / Drink:

  • Have Fish n Chips at The Stags Head that dates back to the 1770s
  • Lunch at Fallon and Byrne, an amazing food hall with a downstairs wine cellar bar
  • Have coffee at Clement & Pekoe or Bear Market
  • Cocktails at The Little Pig Speakeasy
  • Have a glass of wine at Loose Canon inside of the arcade

Clement & Pekoe

Fallon and Byrne

Loose Canon Cheese and Wine at George’s Street Arcade

Pubs with beautiful / Cozy /  Beautiful Interiors

  • The Stags Head and Parlour Bar upstairs
  • McDaid’s
  • The Swan
  • The Palace Bar
  • Grogan’s Castle Lounge on South George Street
  • Keoghe’s on South Anne Street
  • Vintage Cocktail Club in Templebar
  • Bowe’s Bar, Fleet Street

Cafes / Coffee / eateries with great interiors

  • The Commons Café at MoLI
  • The Fumbally Café
  • The Winding Stair
  • The Pepper Pot in Powerscourt House
  • Fallon and Byrne (amazing foodhall with a downstairs wine cellar bar)

Hotels with beautiful interiors

  • The Merrion
  • The Shelbourne
  • The Iveagh
  • The Grayson
  • The Dean


  • The National Gallery of Ireland
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham
  • Kerlin Gallery
  • Molesworth Gallery
  • The Doulas Hyde
  • The Hugh Lane Dublin Gallery

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