Days 1-2 // Dublin

dublin // what to see and what to skip // a thousand threads
Are you ready? Because over these next few days I have a whole lot of sharing to do. I won’t cover our trip day by day, but I would like to go through a few at a time (we have so many pictures!) and, of course, point out some our favorite restaurants and places to visit along the way! We had such an amazing time and discovered so many places I wish I could visit every single day (just looking at the picture above it kills me that I don’t live closer to Wildflour Bakery or Love Supreme.

… then again, maybe it’s best I don’t have access to all of that deliciousness on a daily basis. Among my many lovely souvenirs, I may have brought back five solid, happy pounds of fresh fish, pasta, Guinness, and sweet treats on my thighs. I’ll cherish them always.

(Okay hopefully not…)

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We kicked our trip off in the best way possible… with a big group of friends from all over the world and some of the very best meals of the trip.

Growing up, we hosted a number of foreign exchange students… which basically means that now, when we travel, we have friends to visit all over the world. And since they didn’t have far to travel, a few of those friends came to visit us in Dublin. We spent our first whirlwind evening on a disappointing pub crawl (although when I say disappointing… how bad can a pub crawl really be?) after having been up for 24 hours straight, and retired to bed until late the next morning.

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Our second day was spent hitting all of the usual sights: Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, St. Stephen’s Green, and everything we could hit along the way.

… it was also spent cheering my dad on through his umpteenth tattoo. Of a Celtic cross, of course.

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I won’t pretend to be an expert after only a few days in Ireland, but here are a few of the things we loved most, and a few of those we’d probably skip if we were to do it all again.

WHAT TO SEE
(I apologize in advance if the majority of this list is made up of food… we really like to eat. Hence the five pounds.)

The Pepper Pot Cafe
We couldn’t have kicked our second morning off any better than this. Not only is the food incredible, but the folks at The Pepper Pot were so nice they set up a special table on the “stage” across from the restaurant to accommodate our big group. I can’t say enough nice things about this awesome little place.

Love Supreme/Wildflour Bakery
The coffee, the pastries… I’m still dreaming about every bite. You can visit Kate of Wildflour Bakery at her market stall once a week, or if you happen to be in Dublin on the wrong day, you can sample her tasty goods along with one of the best lattes you’ve ever had at Love Supreme.

L. Mulligan Grocer
Again, I can’t say enough wonderful things… the food was to die for, the people were wonderful, and the tables at the back are HUGE. If you have a big party (or even if you don’t) this is hands down the best bar in town… though to categorize it as a bar feels like selling its offerings short. The food is some of the best we had on our trip.

St. Stephen’s Green
Walk around the park and maybe even buy some art from one of the awesome artists set up outside.

Trinity College
Because the beautiful campus is so worth the trip (and will be hard to avoid anyway… you’ll likely pass by 5 or 6 times an hour on your wanderings through Temple Bar).

Skinflint
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant pizza, delicious cider, firebee honey to douse it all in and cozy, casual family-style tables to drink the night away. Don’t miss it.

… we didn’t even scratch the surface of Dublin’s awesome food, by the way. For a more comprehensive list that we (clearly) referred to more than once, see Donal Skehan here.

Bourdain has a great roundup too.

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WHAT TO SKIP

The Dublin City Pub Crawl
We expected to hear some stories, maybe even learn a little bit about the pubs. That’s not what this crawl is about. As nice as it was to have a guide to take us from one bar to the next, I think we would’ve been happier stumbling our own way around Temple Bar and using the price of the crawl to buy more drinks.

(That said, the first time I visited Dublin I did the Literary Pub Crawl, and it was pretty great. Maybe I’m just a nerd…)

The Guinness Storehouse
Eighteen euros and no guided tour? The Storehouse is an experience you might not feel like you can miss, and I totally get that. But if you’re short on time, it might not be worth the trip. We did really love some parts (the tasting rooms were crazy amazing, and the view from the Gravity Bar is great) but we were a little let down by the self-guided tour.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted September 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Lovely images of Dublin, glad you enjoyed your trip

    All things nice…

  2. Posted September 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    All I want to do is curl up in that darling coffee shop with a pastry–what an amazing way to start the trip!

  3. Kim B.
    Posted September 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    love your photos — I might visit the same places, but I don’t see or capture them in the same way. Going to take your tips on my next visit there! And love that you have European “family” to come meet up with you – what a rich experience.

  4. Posted September 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Mmmmm all that food! I especially love the “what to skip” part, not because I’m a pessimist, but because people usually only share the good stuff 😛 and we don’t get the whole “story.” Anyways, gorgeous shots! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  5. Posted September 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    wow – you must make an album of your photos from this year!! i’m so happy you got were able to get away and have such a great time!

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