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One of two parts (there's another Chica store just around the corner at Unit 25), this upbeat, fun boutique sells evening and party wear to girls who want...

Units 3 & 4

Christ Church Cathedral


Catering to a minority religion in a country where even the majority religion has seriously fallen from favour in recent years, Christ Church, like St...

Christ Church Place
Major venue

Church of the Immaculate Conception


More commonly known as the Adam and Eve (reportedly because, back in the days of Penal Law, forbidden masses were secretly conducted in a pub of that name...

4 Merchants Quay

City Hall


When keeping pace with street life becomes all too much, and you need somewhere to catch your breath and reflect, City Hall has just the right kind of empty...

Dame Street

Claddagh Records


Die-hard traditionalists will delight in Claddagh's excellent and extensive stock of Irish folk tunes. There's everything here from early trad recordings to...

2 Cecilia Street

Connolly Books


Restored to its original location on Essex Street (after a temporary spell across the river in Bloom Lane), this political bookshop takes its name from...

43 Essex Street


Restaurants & cafés

A stalwart for vegetarians, vegans, dairy intolerants or anyone looking for healthy, wholesome grub, Cornucopia is cramped, wooden and not exactly glam. At...

19 Wicklow Street



Still one of the leading suppliers of hip and funky fashions to Dublin's discerning chicas, Costume pretty much has it all, from Roland Mouret and Temperley...

10-11 Castle Market

Crunch Fitness

Sport, health & fitness

The University College Dublin health centre is fully equipped with CV machines and free weights, and it hosts regular aerobics classes.

UCD Campus


Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Dimmed lighting and half-moon leather booths make Dakota one of Dublin's coolest and (predictably) busiest late-night bars. The long bar ensures you're...

9 William Street South

Davy Byrnes

Bars & pubs

In Ulysses, Leopold Bloom stops here for a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy. 'He raised his eyes and met the stare of a bilious clock. Two. Pub...

21 Duke Street

Dawson Lounge

Bars & pubs

A tiny downstairs bar at the bottom of a corkscrew staircase, the Dawson Lounge markets itself as the smallest bar in Dublin. Unsurprisingly, it's cosy in...

25 Dawson Street


Bars & pubs

From the street, this mostly gay bar looks small, but get inside the former bank building and you'll find that it stretches back and back. Expect cool young...

64 South Great George's Street

Dublin Castle


Formerly the seat of British power in Ireland, and efficiently infiltrated by spies during the Michael Collins era, this isn't really a castle - no moat, no...

Dame Street
Major venue


Bars & pubs

If you feel daunted by the prospect of the hyper-trendy pubs nearby, the Duke offers something less pretentious. There's plenty of room on its two floors,...

9 Duke Street