Ireland’s capital Dublin has a thriving young and trendy scene. While the city may be better known for its Guinness and old stuff, we thought we’d share with you some of its cool local spots for craft beers and avocado sandwiches.
PLACES TO BE
A must do for any coolster is to master the skill of flea market treasure hunting. Dublin’s got some large and vibrant flea markets suitable to hipsters of all ages. Visit the Dublin Food Co-Op Market on Sundays for a commune vibe at Newmarket Square. The Coop is also home to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. For a local experience, visit the Liberty Market, one of Dublin’s oldest markets situated in the working class Liberties district. There are more trendy and upscale markets at The Bernard Shaw on Sundays once a month and at The Grand Social every Saturday.
For the Techsters
With the arrival of neo-age tech companies and the accompanying corporate cool culture, there are a lot of really nice places scattered around Dublin’s city centre. Around the Grand Canal Dock, where Google and Facebook have their HQs, you can sample some restaurants and cafes, like Cafe H, or grab a quinoa salad from the supermarket and sit out in the sun along the canal. Westward, alongside Dropbox’s European HQ, you can discover some excellent eateries under the redeveloped Harcourt Street Train Station, like Cocu or Zambrero!
While Camden Street is better known for its boring mainstream late pubs and live music venues (eugh!), there are plenty of spots that might suit your taste! You can eat for mid-range prices at Bunsen, sip cocktails at The Jar, stop for a coffee break at Cracked Nut and finally arrive at the home of Dublin’s hipster scene – The Bernard Shaw. Complete with its own pizza-selling bus, graffiti yard and jamming chunes into the wee hours, this place is the place to be for aspiring trendsetters!
Hip Temple Bar
Any newcomers to Dublin will be familiar with Temple Bar – the home of Dublin’s tourist centre and sleazy nightlife. There’s a saying in Dublin (that I just made up) that the city’s gutters all lead to Temple Bar – and come nighttime they are filled with pints and shame! However, the trendy traveller need not fear, for Temple Bar has a secretive and lovely hip section. If you head westward through the crowded bars and squares, you’ll discover some great cafes, like the Queen of Tarts, boutiques, bookshops and or catch an inexpensive play at the Smock Alley Theatre, a former church-turned-playhouse!
Another of Dublin’s massively gentrified squares is Smithfield. Here the force of cool is strong. Catch a movie at the Light House Cinema, drink coffee at Third Space cafe, eat at Jo‘Burger or My Meat Wagon and grab a beer at Generator Hostel or Cobblestone’s Pub – try the excellent Five Lamp local craft beer!
PLACES TO EAT
Trendy foodies rejoice – Dublin’s food scene is thriving these days, and there are great quality and hipster friendly food spots. The side streets between George’s Street and Grafton Street are home to loads of cool spots with excellent and varied menus. Some hipster friendly food spots in Dublin include: Umi, Bunsen, Jo’Burger, Crackbird, Skinflint, Boojum, Taco Taco, Platform Pizza (in Bray!). Visit the George Street Arcade for eateries, cafes and even a froyo shack!
PLACES TO DRINK
Hear me hipsters! Do you fancy enjoying the company of like-minded cool cats like yourself when the sun goes down? If so, head to Pygmalion on William Street, No Name on Fade Street, or P. Macs on Stephen Street! Bernard Shaw on Richmond Street is always a guaranteed winna too.
PLACES TO STAY
Dublin’s hippest hostel is Generator Hostel, located in the trendy Smithfield Square. With a great and beautifully decorated bar and a weekend flea market, it’s a great place to stay. AirBnb is always an option too – look for places located in cool parts of Dublin, like Ranelagh, Portobello or Rathmines. Friends of mine stayed in a famous chef’s house once, I’d recommend there!