Baile Átha Cliath, commonly known as Dublin, is the capital of the Republic of Ireland as well as the most populated and richest city of the Emerald Isle. Economically speaking, Dublin has seen considerable development in the last two decades that made this marvellous city become the heart of the whole country. And if you are thinking about moving to a place where joy and culture are well mixed together, Dublin is certainly the perfect city for you! So join me on an adventure to the discovery of some of the facets of Dublin.
PHOENIX PARK, where the limitless meets the nature
It is well known that a substantial amount of parks surround Dublin and it is practically impossible to pick a favourite one. However, one park absolutely needs to be visited. Phoenix Park is one of the largest parks in Europe and it is what you need if you are ready for a bit of a hike. I firmly believe it is one of the best amenities in Dublin and I would recommend renting a bike for getting to see the park in all its beauty. This park encloses everything you need for having a great day out with friends, family or sports mates. It is famous for having a zoo called Dublin Zoo that it is the ideal place to go to with kids. If you love sports, there is plenty of cricket and football fields. Right in the middle of the park, there is a café called Phoenix Café which sells gorgeous homemade food. It is the perfect location for admiring the beauty of the nature around you. If you, instead, just want to have a relaxing day, you could organise a picnic but be aware that some deer friends might be coming to join you!
HAIRY LEMON, where to feel like home
The Hairy Lemon is a restaurant pub situated in Dublin 2, about five minutes walking distance from the popular and crowded Grafton Street. It is what you look for after a long and tiring day in work when all you want is a friendly and warm atmosphere around you. I highly recommend it for a great dinner with your partner or with friends. Food is delicious and reasonably priced. This place encloses the friendliness of the Irish and that is what will make you want to go again and again and again. And if you are unable to make a decision in front of the wide range of foods, choose the Traditional Bacon & Cabbage served with creamy mashed potatoes & parsley sauce. You definitely will not regret it!
HOWTH, a little heaven in North Dublin
Do you need to take a little break from the city, from the noise and the crowd? Are you craving the smell of the sea, the structure of the sand and the sound of the waves? All you need to do is take the train from the city centre and head to Howth DART Station.
Beside the train station, there is a small market called Howth Market, where you can find handmade jewellery, soaps, candles and other antiques that would be the perfect idea for a pretty present. This market can be also called a little street food market as it has plenty of stands that sell organic food, traditional food products, seafood and crepes. If you are looking for a place where having a proper lunch or dinner, instead, Howth has a multitude of seafood restaurants. You must go to at least one of them since the moment Howth is well known for being a harbour with such a breadth of fish.
On a sunny day, I recommend a trip to Ireland’s Eye, a little island which is only 15 minutes away by boat. It is an incredible experience if you desire to be entirely in contact with the immensity of nature. If you are lucky enough you will also get to meet some special Razorbills and other birds friends. Let’s not forget that Howth is the ideal place for hiking. You can choose between three different ways to get to the top of the hill. No matter which way you will choose, the view from it will be absolutely stunning!
And if you are trying to plan a romantic evening, bring your partner to watch the sunset with you. The harbour will result even more fascinating when the night comes, the sun emits a rare and magical light and the stars start to appear. She/he will remember it forever!
CRACKED NUT, the magical spot for writers who dream or dreamers who write
Are you a dreamer or a writer? Do you need to find a place where you can find some inspiration for writing/typing or some peace for reading the book that you have just bought? Cracked Nut is a lovely café in Camden Street Lower, on the way to Dublin city centre, that is the exact spot you need for meeting creativity, great food, friendliness and quality. It is a really magical place. So magical that you can even order a Blue Latte. No, I am not joking. You can be a dreamer while you drink a dreamy light blue coffee with your moony face. I highly recommend it for drinks and food. Prices are reasonable and juices so good that will bring you to another dimension.
So, on your way to town, don’t forget to stop by this lovely health food café, get your magical drink and start dreaming! As you can see Dublin has many different facets and that is precisely why nobody can’t avoid falling in love with it!
Now I am here, sitting on a bench, with my moony face, drinking my light blue latte and reading a novel written by James Joyce. And now I perfectly know what James meant when, in one of his known quotes, he said ‘when I will die Dublin will be written in my heart’. Because Dublin will be always written in my heart