10 Places to Try in Dublin, Ireland

In May, I took my mom to Dublin for the first time. As it was her first time abroad, I was trying to make sure we hit all the best places to eat, grab coffee, and see the sights. During the four days we were in Dublin, we tried some of the most delicious food. Here are ten places we tried that I would HIGHLY recommend.

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1/ Elephant and Castle
Well-known for its wings, Elephant and Castle is a wonderful restaurant to hop into for lunch in the Temple Bar district.

2/ Crackbird
I’m getting hungry just thinking about Crackbird. It’s a chicken shop with epically large portions and you need to try the coleslaw.

3/ 777
With strong drinks and street corn that I still can’t stop thinking about, 777 is a cozy and gorgeous Mexican restaurant.

4/ Kaph
This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop is a dream. It offers a variety of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.

5/ 3fe
Another coffee stop. We did a lot of them. 3fe has delicious coffee and if you’re wanting to sit and eat, I highly recommend the pancakes at brunch. Yum.

6/ Brother Hubbard
The interior at Brother Hubbard is an Instagram dream, plus the food is everything you’d want and more.

7/ L Mulligan Grocer
Traditional Irish food in a very Irish pub.

8/ The Fumbally
Locally roasted coffee and fresh, organic food from around Ireland.

9/ Cocoa Atelier
I loved this place. Fresh macarons, chocolate pieces, sauces, and more, Cocoa Atelier is such a delicious and lovely place to stop while you’re walking around the city.

10/ Cafe Kylemore
If you’re hungover or really need a good, hearty breakfast, Cafe Kylemore is the place to go.

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Un-lame Tours to Take in Ireland

Now, I know what you’re thinking–why would I take a tour? I’d rather just tour by myself. I get it. I’m the same way. Tours are usually ridiculously expensive, leave too early, are too long and you’re on a bus for six hours out of eight. However, there are a few tours you can take that aren’t so lame and tiring. I found while in Ireland, it’s nice to have someone else drive and figure out all the plans for the day rather than you. And guess what, there are a number of tours that are actually, quite fun.

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MacCoole Tours

If you’re staying in Dublin and want to see the Cliffs of Moher (and some extra spots in Ireland!), MacCoole Tours is a blast. You leave Dublin around 7:30am (I know what I said before about early starts!), but you can sleep on the two hour drive to Galway. When you get to the bus station in Galway, I recommend heading to the coffee shop, Badger and Dodo, across the road for a nice coffee before the bus departs for the day. On the tour, you’ll get to explore a 300 year old family farm, a fully guided mountain walk in a UNESCO geopark, a two-hour visit to the Cliffs of Moher, and free time around Galway city.

My Ireland Tour

Voted one of the best tours to take in Ireland, My Ireland Tour has a number of tours that you can take. The tour I recommend? Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour. It’s a 10 day tour of the best hot spots in Ireland with only 26 people allowed per tour. Travel to Dublin, Galway, Killarney, The Ring of Kerry and Cork. Meals, hotels, and transport is all included in the price which is quite a steal, if you ask me.

Paddywagon Tours

The people who run Paddywagon are a dream. They have one day tours, weekly tours, and even a Christmas tour–because who wouldn’t want that? The daily tours are extremely reasonable and the tour guides are always a blast.  I’ll be hopping on their bus in a few short months to adventure around Wicklow and Kilkenny (P.S. I Love You anyone?) and I cannot wait.

What are some of your favorite tours to take while abroad?

2016 Travel Bucket List

Towards the middle of 2016, I want to travel as much as possible and figure out what I want to do in life. Below is my bucket list for all the adventures I want to get up to while abroad. Anything you think I should add to the list?

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1. Canal ride in Amsterdam
2. Visit Trinity College’s library in Dublin
3. Swim in the sea in Capri
4. Go to the opera in Vienna
5. Just sit and stare at the Norwegian Sognefjord
6. Take a dip in the cold water in Iceland
7. Have afternoon tea at Sketch in London
8. Enjoy a pilsner at the highest beer garden in Germany
9. Bike around Amsterdam
10. Enjoy a boat ride in Greece
11. Drink wine around France
12. Stand atop the clocktower in Bruges and pretend I’m in the movie
13. Learn to ski in Switzerland
14. Get lost in Porto
15. Harry Potter tour around Edinburgh

Music Wednesday: Hudson Taylor

While watching Anthony Bourdain’s new show “The Layover” on the Travel Channel, they focused on a band that was busking in the streets of Dublin called Hudson Taylor. I may have paused a bit too long on their faces since they are pretty attractive, but they’re not only just pretty faces. The songs that the show played were extremely catchy and had me rushing over to my laptop to see if these boys had any songs on YouTube I could listen to. Much to my delight, they just got signed and will be releasing their first album in the next couple weeks.

They have a few songs on Spotify that you should definitely check out, and please check out their new single below called “World Without You.”