WHY GO TO SOUTH DUBLIN...
There’s a buzz about town in Dublin’s once-weary quarters. Hit by a major economic slump in 2008, the Irish capital is on the upswing with a resurgence of trendy cafes and concept stores, experimental bars and vibrant restaurants. Parts of the city that once wore a dishevelled look with abandoned warehouses and boarded up windows are now being reinvented by a slew of hip young locals, out to reclaim these spaces with art, music, design, and food.
Dublin is a city on a cusp and the signs of a revival is apparent. The economic downturn is fresh in the minds of young people in their 20s and 30s. Yet, their spirit is indefatigable and they are using all the tools at their disposal to lead a creative renaissance in a city so full of Gaelic charm.
Though the city is best known for its always lively Temple Bar area, there are charming neighbourhoods away from this loud tourist trap that have given rise to true gems. A typical example of such gentriﬁ cation is the aptly moniker Creative Quarter, an area around Drury Street in the south of the city. Just two streets away from the upmarket shopping hub of Grafton Street, a stone’s throw from the Dublin Castle, Trinity College and open green spaces including St. Stephen’s Green, this is the enclave where design, art, and resilience collide. Full of speciality businesses, boutiques, galleries, culinary and shopping oﬀ erings, the area is a perfect example of how a neighbourhood that was once rough around the edges has reinvented itself.
Best Places To Eat: Prime Time Reservations
A gourmand's Dublin will have hard-to-book restaurants on the itinerary. You could start with these three.