Happy Monday Friends! It’s a rainy, dreary morning here in Richmond, similar to a typical day in Dublin which got me thinking about our trip last month. This post is all about where we ate and drank while visiting the Irish capital. Although Dublin is well known for their pubs, the food scene goes a bit unnoticed, and despite the misconception that you can’t eat well there, we found some really yummy spots! Below is a short guide to my favorites:
The Winding Stair
A charming restaurant above a quint bookshop with views of the River Liffey. We went to The Winding Stair on the last night of the trip and decided to just have some appetizers – this resulted in immediate food regret as I watched the incredible looking entrees pass by.
Strawberry Crumble – I’m a sucker for a warm fruit dessert with vanilla ice cream
View of the Ha’penny Bridge with The Winding Stair in the background
A traditional steakhouse with several locations throughout Dublin – we went to the Bull & Castle one. To start we had the caesar salad and bread board, and for our entrée the bone-in ribeye to share with sides of mashed potatoes and mushrooms. Everything was delish!
Fish and Chips is on almost every bucket list when coming to Ireland and ours was no different. Joe had the fried cod while I opted for the prawn and avocado sandwich which came with a bowl of chowder.
Elephant and Castle
Although located in the notoriously tourist Temple Bar area, Elephant and Castle was a delicious little lunch spot. Joe ordered sautéed shrimp with ginger-lime dressing (so delicious!) and I had the club sandwich. They are also well known for their chicken wings.
When in Dublin you go to the Guinness Storehouse. Touristy? Yes, but I still found it to be a fun way to spend an afternoon, and the free beer at the end with gorgeous views of the city are worth it.
Another opinion of mine that might not be popular with the locals – despite being known as Dublin’s tourist mecca, I found the Temple Bar area to be a super fun spot and with it being conveniently located right near our hotel, we went there often. What could be better then a street lined with dozens of pubs all playing live music? Yes you’re paying a few more euros per pint to drink in this area, but it is certainly a must do in Dublin, at least for just one night.
Irish coffees from the Temple Bar
The Ha’penny Bridge Inn
It’s obvious I didn’t shy away from the tourist areas while in Dublin, but it is worth it to venture out a bit from Temple Bar and find a more “authentic” pub experience. We stumbled upon the Ha’penny Bridge Inn located on the River Liffey right across from Ha’penny bridge. A nice pub with entertaining live music.
The Ha’penny Bridge with the Inn in the background to the right
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Planning a trip to Dublin and would like some recommendations on things to do and places to eat? Feel free to shoot me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org