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It has been a few weeks, since I did a travel post, so I thought that I would hop back on the Dublin train! One of my absolute favorite parts of traveling is checking out different restaurants and trying the local specialties. So today, I am going to share a few of my favorite restaurants in Dublin! I had everything from Bangers and Mash to Seafood Chowder and it was all AH-MAZINGING-LY delicious.
1. The Brazen Head
We decided to stop by The Brazen Head, after it was recommended by one of Justin’s friends. We went at lunch time and it was packed, but with it only being two of us, we were able to grab a couple of high table seats. The Brazen head is definitely a well-known tourist spot, but it is also Ireland’s oldest pub and it was obvious that locals hang out here, as well. Justin had The Brazen Head burger and I had one of their lunch sandwiches. Of course, we were in Dublin, so you can’t forget some beer and cider!
2. The Hairy Lemon
The Hairy Lemon pub, was another recommendation, from a friend. We ended up loving it so much, that we actually came back a second time, on the same trip! Like most of the other pubs, in Dublin, it stays busy from lunchtime to close, but the atmosphere was awesome. They had friendly servers and the food was yummy. This is where I had my first ever Bangers and Mash and also my first pint of draft Guinness! It was the perfect combination, but that walk back to our hotel, was super slow. I needed a nap!
3. Matt the Thresher
If we have the time and money, we like to try out a fancy restaurant or two on our trips. Matt the Thresher was definitely a more upscale joint. It’s a Seafood Bar and Grill, that has won many local awards. Their specials are always changing. We both ordered a seafood dish and a delicious dessert to share. At a place like this, I chose to be classy, and ordered wine over Guinness.
4. Brick Alley Cafe
So far I have only talked about pubs that serve Lunch and Dinner, but we can’t forget about the most important meal of the day: Breakfast! We found this little Irish Cafe in the Temple Bar neighborhood, of Dublin. If you need a caffeinated pick-me-up, this is a great place to stop and have a hot drink and a scone. They have plenty of other food and drink options, but my favorite part was sitting by the window, and people-watching!
5. La Peniche
You may question why we chose to go to a French restaurant, in Dublin, but this isn’t just any average restaurant. It’s a dinner cruise! You get to enjoy a three-course meal, while floating down the Grand Canal. The food was delicious, but more so, the experience was fun and unique! We started out, sipping wine, on the upper deck (it was chilly, but the restaurant provides warm blankets). Then, we went inside to have our meal. If you are going to be in Dublin, I definitely recommend giving La Peniche a try!
Now, you know a few of my favorite restaurants in Dublin! Do you have any favorites to share? Do you make trying new restaurants a big part of your travel plans? Let me know!
Until next time!