A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe
A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe
A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

A Few Days in Ireland | The Style Scribe

Dublin | The Style Scribe

I finally had time this week to sit down at my computer and go through all of my travel photos from the last month, to put together some new travel guides for you! I didn’t spend much time in Ireland, (just two nights!), so there’s isn’t a wealth of info in this one, but I did want to share some of my favorites with you! Stay tuned over the next few weekends to see photos and more guides from France, Italy and Austria!

Ireland Guide

I had one of my favorite meals of my life in Dublin at a place called Fade Street Social. I can’t take credit for this one though – my friend Mary gave me the rec, and I can’t thank her enough! In one part of the restaurant is a tapas-style menu in more of a casual, bar setting. On the other side is a seated, elevated dining experience. Because I didn’t know this ahead of time, I went ahead and sat in the main dining room – and I’m super glad I did. I ordered their version of beef stew, a staple in Irish cuisine. This one was made with Guinness, which as you can imagine, was incredibly rich, creamy and decadent. As a side dish I ordered the blackened cauliflower which was served in a cheesy fondant. It was INCREDIBLE. All of it. I hear the Tapas section of the restaurant has a really fun menu too, so I’m sorry I didn’t have a chance to try that, but I definitely will when I go back to Dublin next!

My first meal in Dublin was actually a late breakfast at Brother Hubbard. I saw this spot on a number of “best” lists online and then it was suggested to me again by my photographer Holly, so I had to try it! It’s not your ordinary breakfast menu – the cuisine is mostly Mediterranean, which I’m not super familiar with. I ordered the Turkish Eggs Menemen, which featured scrambled eggs with tomatoes and roasted peppers, dressed in a light feta and black olive yoghurt and topped with chilli, red onion and fresh herbs. I also ordered a side of pulled pork to accompany it, to make it more of an omelet. There wasn’t a bite left on the plate! Such a delicious, different meal. I also highly recommend ordering the house-made raspberry, apple and rose juice. YUM! PS – this place is a great place for those with dietary restrictions or allergies.

The night I got back from my longest tour I wanted to grab something close to my hotel and not super heavy. Yamamori Izakaya, a tapas style restaurant serving sushi and dumplings was the place! It’s a fairly busy spot, so you may have to wait for a table, but it’s worth it. The food comes out fast (and so fresh!) and is very tasty. Just what I needed that night!

While walking around the Merrion Square area and neighborhood one morning, I happened upon the cutest little bakery, Hansel & Gretel Patisserie & Bakery. I had to pop in! I picked up a fresh fruit danish (it was giant!), but wanted to take home everything. There were brownies, scones, donuts, fresh baguettes, etc. The perfect place to pick up breakfast on the go!

For cocktails before dinner, head to the Dean Hotel. This is actually where I stayed in Dublin, but because of a club next door playing loud music all hours of the night, I can’t recommend staying there. That club really is THE only reason I’m not giving it a recommendation – the Dean is such a cute hotel! My room was awesome, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was modern and clean. There were amazing amenities and the public spaces downstairs are gorgeous, but unfortunately it just doesn’t make up for keeping me up all night! But I do highly recommend checking it out one night for drinks – the bar is a beauty!

Ireland Guide

My favorite activity in Ireland was hit up the west coast to see the Cliffs of Moher. In addition to seeing the astonishing cliffs and incredible views, the tour I went on took us through several small towns on the coast. I almost wish I had only spent one night in Dublin and done the other days all on the west coast touring those sleepy little villages. Instead of doing the 12-hour tour I did, I recommend spending a couple days on the coast and a couple days in Dublin, so you can really get a good look at what all of Ireland is like. Click here to check out my pics from that day!

Although a huge tourist trap, I really enjoyed going to the Guinness Storehouse, if only to go up to the gravity floor to get a view of the entire city! It was a great way to end my trip. Enjoying a free Guinness also didn’t suck.

I love to walk in each city I travel to, so I always try to pick a hotel that’s near the local park. This time that park was St. Stephen’s Green! It’s not huge like Berlin’s Tiergarten or New York’s Central Park, but it’s an beautiful little oasis for such a bustling, industrial city. It’s perfectly situated right next to all the good shopping!

If you’re looking to shop high street brands, walk down Grafton Street (next to St. Stephen’s Green), but if you’re on the hunt for some antique jewelry or other unique gifts, check out the Powerscourt Center.

Other spots to check out in Dublin include the Irish Museum of Modern Art (the buildings/grounds will make you think you’re in Paris!), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (built in the early 1200’s!), Christ Church Cathedral and Glasnevin Cemetery.

{ photography by The Style Scribe }

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