As the leaves on the trees turn golden, red and orange, autumn is the perfect time to visit Dublin. Time Out’s Yolanda Zappaterra and Jan Fuscoe visited and found beautiful beaches, walks, talks, fabulous food and cool shopping, always remembering that old adage, ‘It never rains in the pub’. Plus at Halloween, the city gets all ghoulish on you. Here are five Dublin ‘dos’, just to get you started.
Celebrate the Green
Take a wander through leafy St Stephen’s Green, the city’s central park, stopping to admire the ornamental lake and waterfall, then nip into the Little Museum of Dublin for a whistlestop tour through the politics and public life of Dublin. Four floors of a Georgian house are filled with photos and memorabilia and, from October, the ‘Brand New Retro’ exhibition takes a look at Vintage Irish pop culture and advertising from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Irish cuisine, with a twist
The elegant dining space upstairs from Fallon & Byrne’s gorgeous ground-floor deli is the place to experience some of the best modern Irish-French cuisine. Expect locally sourced meat, bread from their own bakery and expertly selected cheese from the food hall. There’s a shorter, cheaper menu in the basement wine bar, where shelves holding over 600 wines are for sale or to drink on the spot.
Listen, learn, lean
Join the Literary Pub Crawl – a tour around Dublin, and a few pubs – while a pair of charismatic actor-hosts tell tales of Ireland’s greatest writers, as you lean over a pint of the dark stuff. Good for a laugh is Anseo (pronounced ‘on-shuh’), serving up good beer, regular comedy nights upstairs, and anything from afrofunk and brasiliero to ska and two-tone on the decks.
Anseo, 18 Camden St Lower, Dublin 2
Hit the beach
Hop on a DART and within half an hour you’ll reach beautiful beaches and pretty coastal towns: jump out at Dalkey and walk up into the Killiney hills, or take a coastal walk along to Sandycove, where the famous Martello Tower now houses the James Joyce Museum. Or head up the coast to Malahide, with its gorgeous beach and twelfth-century castle and gardens. Further along is the fishing village of Howth, with a stunning cliff loop path and the lovely bistro, House, where Captain Bligh once lived.
Sample some cheese and wine
Beyond the usual high-street offerings, the side streets of Dublin’s main shopping areas are full of delicious surprises. We love Sheridans Cheesemongers, filled with the best Irish and European cheeses, knowledgeable staff who encourage you to try before you buy, and European charcuterie, own-made chutneys and a good selection of wines. And the unmissable Celtic Whiskey Shop, which has a great selection of uisce beatha, is just next door to Wines on the Green. Win, win, wine.
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