Originally settled by Vikings in the 9th century, Dublin's long and fascinating history is palpable. Chic hotels, exquisite food, and world class entertainment are framed by Georgian architecture, cobblestone streets, and a wealth of art—both in museums and placed throughout the city streets—detailing the country’s significant social, political, and literary past. If you are planning on passing through what has been dubbed one of the friendliest cities in Europe, here are some suggested stops.




The Marker Hotel

The Marker was designed with urban luxury in mind but offers a nod to Ireland’s natural beauty throughout its aesthetic (for example, the building’s façade is inspired by the country’s rugged landscape). Located in the Docklands District, the hotel is a short distance from the National Gallery and a 10-minute ride from Grafton Street.  themarkerhotel.com



Trinity College

Ireland’s oldest university is steeped in history. World famous alumni include Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett. The university library is a must see; it features 4.5 million printed volumes and the Book of Kells— an ornately illustrated manuscript from 384 A.D. that contains the four gospels in Latin. tcd.ie




This café doesn’t just have some of the best coffee in the city, but it has a great story: investment banker turns coffee maker who winds up winning the Irish Barista Championships (yes, this exists), then—after a few twists and turns—opens up his own successful shop. 3fe.com


Guinness Storehouse

Take an interactive brewery tour that travels through seven floors, each of which reveals a piece of the Guinness story. Learn how the stout came to be and the company’s deep connection to Irish history. The end of the tour includes a pint at Gravity Bar, where you can take in 360° views of the city. guinness-storehouse.com


The Greenhouse

Located off of St. Stephen’s Green, this innovative eatery has five Yelp stars and countless rave reviews. The dining room evokes cozy sophistication: wooden floors, luxe velvet seats, crisp white linen tablecloths, and just enough space for 40 patrons. Be sure to make a reservation. thegreenhouserestaurant.ie

Vintage Cocktail Club

A bar that pays homage to the golden age of speakeasies and silent movie stars, this exclusive establishment is nearly hidden from sight. You walk up to a plain iron door with a tiny view window, but once inside you’ll find a low-lit, welcoming space with perfectly clashing vintage accents. vintagecocktailclub.com

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