Start the day right with a slap up breakfast at Brother Hubbard. The newly expanded restaurant has plenty of space, so you won’t be queuing for your fix of eggs menemen. Expect dishes with a Middle Eastern bent, like flatbreads with roasted aubergine, halloumi, zhoug and hummus, or Moroccan-style semolina pancakes topped with rhubarb and crystallised ginger compote. Their green juice is top notch, too.
153 Capel Street, Dublin 1
The largest enclosed city park in Europe, the Phoenix Park has 1,752 acres of gorgeous green fields, flower gardens and roaming fallow deer. Rent a bike and meander your way through the park, or follow one of the walking trails if you’d prefer to take things slow. The park is also home to Dublin Zoo, which has a strong conservational ethos (and a steady stream of baby animals born into the fold).
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Klaw’s founder, Niall Sabongi, wanted to bring crab shack dining to Dublin, and now has three properties throughout the city. Klaw Poké, on the vibrant and eclectic Capel Street, serves seafood with a Hawaiian edge. The emphasis is on the poké bowls, like Ahi Tuna with gochujang, edamame, wakame, pickled ginger. But if you want something a little more sinful, the bowls of creamy chowder or the buttery lobster rolls go down a treat.
159 Capel Street, Dublin 1
Skip the crowds at the Book of Kells in Trinity College and head along Dame Street to the Chester Beatty Library. Home to one of the world’s foremost collections of ancient manuscripts and books, there’s a comprehensive display of Islamic texts. If the sun is shining, head up to the rooftop to sit for a few moments in the serene garden terrace – it’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
One of the most striking Georgian buildings in all of Dublin, the Powerscourt Centre was built to entertain guests during parliament season in the 18thcentury. Nowadays, it’s home to an array of the city’s best independent boutiques, from the excellent homeware store Article to the jewellery designer Chupi, whose range is stocked among other Irish creators in Atrium.
59 South William Street, Dublin 2
With an excellent independent bookshop downstairs, and a charming restaurant above, The Winding Stair is the perfect spot for a hearty dinner. The focus is on good old-fashioned, rustic cooking, with dishes like potted Dingle Bay crab and Skeaghanore duck breast on the menu. There’s a great selection of craft beers available, too – try The Liberties Dublin Ale.
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
If you want to get a dose of traditional music, there’s no better spot than the Cobblestone. A self-proclaimed “drinking pub with a music problem”, the charming bar is home to trad sessions seven nights a week, with musicians flitting in and out of the group, pint in hand.
77 King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Not ready to go home yet? The Light House cinema is just a few minutes walk down Smithfield Square, and frequently has late night screenings (as well as an excellent bar and café). Expect to see classics and obscure movies alongside new releases, as well as tribute seasons dedicated to the likes of Wes Anderson or The Beatles.
Smithfield, Dublin 7