When visiting Dublin you will find the river Liffey splitting the city. Dublin 1 on the northside and Dublin 2 on the southside. Traditionally Dublin 1 would be considered the less affluent side of the city and while there are things to do and see on the northside, it is Dublin 2 that holds more attractions for the average tourist. With more upscale stores, many restaurants, theaters and Trinity College all there to visit. There are also a number of beautiful parks on the southside.
You could always book accommodation in Dublin 1, generally being less expensive and with a small city center you won’t be too far away from the places you want to see. I have compiled my method of taking in the sites with an A to Z of places to see in and around St. Stephen’s Green. You can follow this route and of course deviate from it so you can paint your own picture of Dublin. You will pass several local bars and visit places that are not familiar with mass tourism. This in combination with various tourist attractions.
A = Accents coffee & Tea Lounge
This cute little coffee and tea lounge is located on Lower Stephens Street. It is a great place to go to unwind. Provided you can get a spot.
B = Brown Thomas
This is the largest department store in Dublin 2. The department store is located on Grafton Street. Everything you are looking for can be found here. It’s a bit pricey.You can find handbags of thousands of euros. But it’s especially nice to walk around here even if it is just to browse.
C = Cafe en Seine
By day it is a cozy eatery with a little luxury. Early in the evening this is a bar where you can also have a bite to eat. After that, later in the night it’s a club where you can dance well. It is located in Dawson Street where you can still find many more restaurants. But a visit to Cafe en Seine is definitely something to keep in mind. It is a popular bar in the area among the locals.
D = Disney Shop
Obviously not exclusive to Dublin but it is great for kids and adults alike for a wander around. This store can be found on Grafton Street.
E = East Side tavern
Located on the east side of Stephen’s Green and Leeson Street. This bar / tavern has everything one expects from a classic Dublin pub with an international style and excellent service. The bar is popular with both tourists and locals. It has an Irish charm and relaxed atmosphere. There are more than 250 whiskeys from around the world. There is also a wide selection of craft beers and very special cocktails.
F = Fresca – Italian American food
cities Dublin also has a wide selection of Italian restaurants. Fresca is located in a side street off Grafton Street (Chatham). More or less around the corner to the Disney shop and is recommended if you want to eat a tasty meal.
G = Gaiety Theater
The Gaiety Theater is a theater on South King Street Dublin also a side street off Grafton Street just before Stephen’s Green shopping mall and on the same street as the restaurant Wagamama.
H = H & M
In these clothes store you will find as in the Netherlands your everyday clothes. The clothing store is also slightly further as the Gaiety Theatre South King Street. It is more or less opposite Wagamama
I = Insomnia coffee and cake bar
You can find Insomnia cafes all over Dublin but if I can choose I prefer Insomnia on Chatham Row. Ideally with a hot chocolate with marshmallows and a slicecarrot cake.
J = JJ Smyths
At number 12 on Aungier Street you will find JJ Smyths. A family bar and long time home for various jazz and blues musicians. In the 18th century the company began as a supermarket but is now a venue for live jazz and blues music.
K = Kilkenny Design shop
From stylish seasonal fashion to handmade jewellery, sparkling crystal and hand-thrown pottery to contemporary interior design, you can be sure to find some wonderful Irish and international products to your liking from internationally renowned Irish designers such as Orla Kiely, Nicholas Mosse, Fairy G Stephen Pearce and John Rocha.
L = Little Museum of Dublin
This award-winning museum tells the story of the Irish capital. For a little history is always a bonus.
M = Mary bar
This is an atmospheric off Grafton Street. It is one of the lesser known bars in the area so you may even find somewhere to sit even on a Saturday night.
N = National Gallery of Ireland
This European Fine art collection can be found a 2-minute walk from Trinity College and Grafton Street.
O = Oscar Wilde in Merrion Park
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist and poet. After writing in different forms during the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890. The combination statue stands in Merrion Park and a walk in the park, this is an excellent choice if you need a break from all bustle around you.
P = Powers Court
Airy, Georgian building with shops and designer clothing, jewellery and antiques.There are also several restaurants all of which offer a luxurious setting.
Q = Qpark
If you arrive by car you can park in Qpark. You find this business all over the city center and you can also reserve in advance for a discount.
R = Rubicon Gallery
Exhibits contemporary works of Irish and international artists.
S = Stephen’s Green shopping center
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre is a large shopping center located at the top of Grafton Street in the Southside of Dublin. It’s one of the most beautiful shopping centers in Ireland with everyone a wide choice of shops.
T = Trinity College
The top university of Ireland is located in the center of the city.You can walk around the grounds and get a sense of college life and take photographs of the historical buildings. While you are there you can visit ‘The Long Room’ a library filled with thousands of old books and you view The Book of Kells one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
U = Unitarian Church
I myself am not religious but this beautiful 19th century church is also located in Stephen Green part of Dublin and is rich in a combination of people with different backgrounds and ages. If you do not go inside. It’s always nice to shoot from outside the church during your walk by Stephen Green.
V = Village, the village street Wexford
I love going out and that can not of course without visiting The Village. This bar is open until late and the aim to make it a wonderful evening or late night.
W = Wagamama
A UK restaurant chain inspired by Asian cuisine with the flavors of Japan. This is highly recommended if you want convenient and tasty Asian food.
X = Xico
Xico is an underground Mexican style party cavern. Open from 5pm until late it offers something different for a night out.
Y = Yo Sushi
About every couple of months I go along Yo Sushi. You chose the Sushi from a passing conveyor belt. You can also order from a menu but it’s more fun to grab what you fancy before it passes you by.
Z = Zara
The Spanish chain store is also located in the city. This store in particular for women a wide choice of clothing.
Thanks for reading my post. You can begin the best route culture, then go shopping and then go out. Below the recommended route. As you can see ABC is a combination of different activities.
Morning hours (culture and history)
- Q = Q Park
- A = Accents coffee & Tea Lounge
- T = Trinity College
- N = National Gallery of Ireland
- O = Oscar Wilde in Marion Park
- U = Unitarian Church
- R = Rubicon Gallery
- L = Little Museum of Dublin
- I = Insomnia coffee and cake bar
- H = H & M
- Z = Zara
- P = Powers Court
- K = Kilkenny Design shop
- B = Brown Thomas
- D = Disney Shop
- S = Stephen’s Green shopping center
Evening hours (eating out and entertainment)
- C = Cafe en Seine
- Y = Yo Sushi
- W = Wagamama
- V = Village, the village street Wexford
- F = Fresca – Italian American food
- X = Xico
- J = JJ Smyths
- M = Mary bar
- E = East Side tavern