Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Dublin, Ireland, is a diverse and eclectic city, mixing the traditions of old with the fast-paced intuitions of the new. Located at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin is a beautiful city, rich with history. At some points, you might feel like you’re strolling through a small town or village where everyone knows each other, but that is just how the locals are. Friendly, smiling, and always proudly willing to show you Dublin. Dubliners know where to get the best pint, see the best spots, and enjoy the best things Dublin has to offer. This guide will bring you from tourist to worldwide local.
Dublin’s Bustling Center
Start your Dublin adventure in the heart of the city, at St Stephen’s Green. Despite the fact that the Dublin weather is famously rainy, the city still maintains over 3,700 acres of park, so there is a lot of green space around the city. The area around the park is always bustling with people going by, and there are plenty of shops as well. The park is popular with locals and tourists alike, and you can bet that on a summer day, the park will be filled with people enjoying the (sometimes rare) sunshine. The areas around the park used to be filled with traffic, but it has since been pedestrianized, making the park a peaceful place to spend an afternoon.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, a place where there are fewer tourists and more locals, check out Iveagh Gardens. This park is just a stone’s throw away from St. Stephen’s Green and is usually host to some great live music in the summer.
As previously mentioned, the area around St. Stephen’s Green has been pedestrianized. Locals know that this area is the hub of the city with a few landmarks around it. After your afternoon in the park, head up towards Grafton Street and do a little shopping. No matter what time of day or night, there are shops selling food, department stores, and street performers--the area is always full of energy. Just a few minutes away from Grafton, through the alleyways and winding streets, you’ll find some of the hippest restaurants in Dublin, tons of hip coffee shops, cool boutiques, and thriving side markets.
Worldwide Local Tip: For one of the best non-touristy things to do in Dublin, explore Moore Street. Here’s where locals, from all walks of life, have shops and stalls. There is some of everything, from ethnic restaurants and delis to hairdressers and shops selling goods from the world over. Moore Street is a cultural melting pot, not to be missed!
Pubs, Bars, and Dives
If you fancy a pint at a Dublin pub, the locals know where to go and what to avoid. The Temple Bar Pub is located in central Dublin in the heart of the “cultural quarter.” As a result, a lot of people visiting Dublin might be tempted to visit the bar with its iconically red facade. But be aware that the prices here are very costly and the quality is questionable.
Worldwide Local Tip: Locals know that the best bar around the Temple Bar area is the Vintage Cocktail Club. Known as VCC among locals, this mysterious and secret watering hole is located behind a black unassuming door simply marked “VCC.” The speakeasy-style bar serves some of the best artisanal cocktails in the city.
How to Get Around
Tourists might know where to get the best views of the city--from the top of Dublin castle to the penthouse at the priciest of Dublin hotels--but a worldwide local knows how to do it smartly. Dublin is home to some amazing views and for the traveler on a budget, a good way to see the city is to rent a bike. Then, you may explore its crisscrossing canals and lush green spaces. Thankfully, there are apps and ride sharing options, so all you have to do it is hop on a bike to start exploring.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re looking for panoramic views of the city, head up to St Stephen’s Green Shopping center and visit the rooftop car park. Take in views of the historic building on the way up, to marvel at the amazing panoramic views of the city, with likely no tourists in sight.
Enjoy Your Visit!
Dublin has amazing food, a rich culture, and a long historical past that make it a truly great place to visit. Roam and explore the city while taking in what it has to offer. In no time, you’ll feel like a worldwide local.