O’NEILLS VICTORIAN PUB AND TOWNHOUSE You’ll find this Victorian gem just off the Trinity College campus. The rooms are cozy, traditionally Irish and you won’t have to go far for a pint (they also have a pub right downstairs!).
KELLYS HOTEL DUBLIN Located in the trendy (and not as touristy) area near George’s Street Arcade, this shabby chic boutique hotel offers a lively atmosphere of its own and is still only 5 minutes walk from Temple Bar.
TEMPLE BAR INN You won’t feel like you’re even staying in a hostel with their stylish rooms, free pool and gym access and extensive breakfast selection. Also, you’ll never miss a beat since its located right in the heart of Dublin.
THE WINDING STAIR Located along the River Liffey, this bookstore doubles as a cozy bistro (if you just climb the winding staircase). They serve hearty comfort dishes with a modern Irish twist.
FALLON & BYRNE The perfect place for a casual lunch, dinner or coffee. There is a restaurant, food hall and wine bar all under one roof! They offer a charming atmosphere and a varied French menu.
O’NEILLS PUB & KITCHEN This is as traditional and Irish as it gets – O’Neills will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. They offer great, hearty food, live music (sometimes) and several dark wooden and leather nooks where you can enjoy your Guinness.
CLEMENT & PEKOE Located in the chicest part of Dublin (in my opinion) Clement & Pekoe offers specialty coffee & tea in a cool cafe setting.
THE TEMPLE BAR Say what you want, this place is worth a visit. You will pay more for a drink, so it may be better to just get one, but you’re also paying for the experience of amazing live music and Irish spirit!
TRINITY COLLEGE After perusing the picturesque campus grounds, pay the 9 Euro entrance fee to see both the Book of Kells (which is housed here) and the impressive Trinity College Library.
RIVER LIFFEY Take a stroll along this river that flows through the middle of Dublin and cross over the Ha’penny Bridge for some good photo ops.
GEORGE’S STREET ARCADE / POWERSCOURT CENTRE This entire little square of Dublin (around South William and Drury Street) is worth exploring. You’ll find lots of things to photograph and probably purchase as well!
TEMPLE BAR Go walk around this area for the most popular photo ops of The Temple Bar and live street music!
SIDE TRIP: IRISH COUNTRYSIDE
Whether it’s the Cliffs of Moher or the Dingle Peninsula, there are so many gorgeous areas outside of Dublin to explore. Read more about where I went with Shamrocker Adventures in the blog post!