Dublin is a haven for foodies. There—I’ve said it. It might be a city that prides itself on live music, literature, and a wealth of famous sons and daughters, but Dublin, to me, is also a great place to fill your belly.
From fresh seafood to hot pies, gourmet ice cream to decadent patisserie, Dublin has everything a gourmand could ask for, and then some. It’s got fine dining restaurants and cozy traditional pubs, bars with live music and home cooked food and cafés that are open all day and night. Here’s how I’d spend three days eating my way around.
Prepare for rain, and be happy if it doesn’t.
If you only have time for one thing, make it Bastible in Portobello for modern Irish cuisine.
On your first day in Dublin, make sure you have reservations at Bastible or Wilde if you fancy a fine dining experience punctuated with fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. Then, wander the streets of the city, popping into a cozy, traditional bar such as The Hairy Lemon or the Brazen Head—Dublin’s oldest pub—for a bowl of coddle (a one-pot potato and sausage dish) and a pint of Guinness.
It’s time for a deep dive into the fresh seafood on offer. Take a dedicated tour to make the most of it. If you don’t fancy a day dedicated to seeking out the best seafood, but you’re still looking for a fish supper, hit up a fish and chips shack for an authentic experience.
Alternatively, get out of the city and visit some of Dublin’s rural Irish pubs. You'll find great local beer, local produce on their menus, and a warm, Irish welcome—and live music, too.
You cannot visit Dublin without popping into the Guinness Storehouses. Get yourself to the brewery where the world-famous stout beer is made to learn about its history—and try to figure out why it tastes so much better at the source.
If you feel like all you’ve done is sit inside restaurants and eat, and you’d like to see more of Dublin, take a bus tour for all the best bits. In fact, why not take an afternoon tea bus tour?