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    Tuesday, 13 March 2018


    If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that Tom and I took a trip over to Dublin in January - and I absolutely fell in love with the city. I’ve always loved Ireland and everything about Irish culture. I went to a Catholic college where the majority of my class-mates were second generation Irish so I spent a lot of my weekends in and out of the Irish pubs around Kilburn and Cricklewood and I've always been desperate to head to Dublin to experience the 'real deal'.

    Before our trip, I did a LOT of research into the various places to get the BEST food while we were there (naturally) so I thought I’d share my recommendations with you:

    It seems only natural to kick this list off with a killer breakfast place (and arguably my favourite meal in Dublin) right? It’s a trendy brunch spot called Sophie’s and it’s a must-book if you’re planning a trip anytime soon. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the trendy Dean hotel, just a stone’s throw from the Grafton Street shopping district. The restaurant is essentially a glass box, which on clear, sunny days, offers the most incredible panoramic views all across Dublin whilst you eat.

    The restaurant has a really laid-back New York style vibe and the food is delicious! If you’re heading there for breakfast/brunch, I highly recommend the French toast with fresh berries (and LOADS of maple syrup) or the traditional Irish breakfast which is great for soaking up all the Guinness from the night before!
    33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2, Ireland
    Sophie's Dublin
    One of the things which surprised me most whilst we were in Dublin was how many burrito bars there were! Honestly, there seems to be a burrito bar within a 10-minute radius of wherever you are in the city so keep your eyes peeled for some of the city’s favourites: Boojam, Tolteca and Pablo Picante. We stumbled across Burrito and Blues on our last day where the Burrito Bowls (all the goods minus the tortilla) were perfect for helping to shift a delayed hangover before our flight. 
    2 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 HY47, Ireland

    For me, the true test of a cities food scene lies within its burger bars. Hell-bent on making sure we tried only the BEST when we were there, I did a lot of pre-trip research and found there really was only one option: Bunsen burger.

    They have two locations in Dublin and the menu is so succinct it comes simply printed on a business card. We chowed down on double cheeseburgers and hand-cut fries and oh my god, are they good. Perfectly seasoned and absolutely oozing with molten cheese and bacon, you’d be mad not to plan a visit. Bleecker Burger even gave them a shout-out on my Instagram post – so you know they’re good. 
    36 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 DY20, Ireland
    Bunsen Burger
    As our trip was a Christmas present for Tom, I wanted to treat him to one ‘fancy’ meal while we were over there. We both love steak and the place I’d seen most highly recommended was Irish butchers and steakhouse, FX Buckley. They have five sites across the city, serving up the family’s self-reared Angus and Hereford beef.

    The menu immediately reminded me of the Hawksmoor and I have to say, the quality and food stands up to the comparison. We kicked off our meal with fresh oysters followed by huge 14oz rib-eyes, wilted spinach and baked potatoes. My steak was a bit under-seasoned but the accompanying bĂ©arnaise sauce more than made up for it. It’s not cheap but definitely worth the investment if you’re going for a special occasion.
    Various locations
    FX Buckley steakhouse
    Now this isn’t strictly food related but I couldn’t write a guide to Dublin without including a mention of Temple Bar. Rather confusingly, Temple Bar is a pub, as well as an actual area of Dublin, most known for its night-life. Its namesake, The Temple Bar, is one of the most popular spots but all the pubs have live music and bands playing throughout the day and into the night. It really is a must-do as part of your trip and perfectly sums up the spirit of the city. I mean who doesn’t love a sing-song at 4 o’clock in the afternoon belting out the words to ‘Wild Rover’ at the top of your lungs…
    47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

    I really loved Dublin. There isn't a huge amount to see and do compared with a city like Rome but I absolutely love the people and the culture. Plus, the flight only takes an hour meaning you can squeeze a flying visit into just a day or two. There really is no excuse not get booking!

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