There is a lot to see in Dublin, despite it being a relatively small city. Everything is pretty much walking distance from everything, which sometimes makes the city maps really confusing.
If you find yourself in Dublin, there are typical touristy places like Dublin Castle and the Book of Kells. You should probably go there, but if you know anything about me then you know that I’m not a traveller who typically likes to visit tourist traps. What I enjoy when traveling is really good food and drink, and I have two recommendations that you must not miss.
The Winding Stair.
Nicely nestled on the River Liffey, The Winding Stair was recommended to me on two separate occasions as a place I had to go, and it did not disappoint. The restaurant is literally up a winding staircase from a street level book shop of the same name. You can order a two or three course theatre menu for a really reasonable price, or go a la carte. The food is seasonal, fresh, and authentically Irish (in an awesome way, not a bland potato kind of way… who came up with that rumor anyway?!?).
I went for an early dinner with two of my classmates, and had a blast. Great food, generous portions, wonderful service. Come to think of it, I haven’t had shoddy service the whole time I’ve been here.
Dubliners drink a lot of tea, but they’ve also developed a really serious coffee habit. The result of this is LOTS of coffee shops, including a plethora of Starbucks and even more Insomnia and Costa Coffee chains. Just like home, there are plenty of independent shops too, and The Fumbally is, by far, my favorite. It’s a little off the beaten path, and that’s part of why I like it. I’m pretty sure that actual Irish people go there to eat. When you pull up The Fumbally on Google Maps, it says, “The Fumbally, an unpretentious coffee shop.” When I walked in and saw the place, I thought Google was a lier.
“Oh no, Google” I said to myself. “This place is way too hip to be unpretentious.”
Nope. The people who work and eat at The Fumbally are really nice. The food is REALLY good. The coffee is really excellent. I liked it so much I went twice in two days, and I’m going to try and go twice more before I depart Dublin on Friday. Because, pulled porchetta…