Well what can i say, Dublin is definitely a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. The River Liffey divides the city into two regions of very different character. The North side being the poorest and less developed than the Southside. The distinction is quiet obvious when your there. We came across quite a few feral people on the North side. I wouldn’t want to be walking alone on the North side at night. We were staying on the South side where there were allot of beautiful shop fronts, cafes and restaurants.
The River Liffey
Lovely shop front with stained glass windows
An Irish bank, note the green post box versus the red ones we have here in the UK
We visited the Dublin Castle, expecting to see some majestic building. Unfortunately this is what we saw…. what a disappointment…
I have no idea why they painted these buildings withing the castle’s structure different colours… does look quiet tacky…
We had coffee and cake at KC Peaches, wholefoods shop and cafe. They had amazing cakes in their counter as well as food for lunch. High ceilings, wood flooring, great food! www.kcpeaches.com
We had a really yummy lunch at The Farm Restaurant. This was an organic restaurant which served deliciously tasty food. If you visit Dublin, i definitely recommend lunch here. www.thefarmrestaurant.ie
I had a Potato & leek soup with a sweet spelt grain bread and a tomato & herb soft bread roll.
My partner had thick cut chips and spicy chicken wings. He said they were the best chicken wings he’s ever had. Succulent and tasty!
Below are some pictures of the Temple bar area, a poplular tourist area for drinking, eating and having a good time. Great little pubs littered all over the place.
This was one of the bars advertising signs sitting out front. Its literally an old door done up. Quiet creative.
Cafe en Seine has to be the most majestic bar Ive ever been in. It was so exquisitely decorated inside. A work of art that was outstanding. Below is a picture of the inside, but it doesn’t even capture 1/2 of what it’s like inside nor how big. A truly amazing piece of art, creative on so many levels. Found on Dawson Street. They also serve food. I highly recommend a visit.
We had coffee at Bewley’s Oriental Cafe on Grafton Street. Great service, great atmosphere. Over three stories high. Always full as you’d expect being on one of the busiest streets in Dublin city centre. I especially loved the stained glass at the back of the restaurant including all the original oil paintings littered around the walls. Opened till midnight 7 days.
When i spotted Cornucopia Restaurant, i couldnt believe my eyes! We just had to have lunch there. For those of you who dont know anything about Cornucopia, well just check out their cookbook. Full of amazing and innovative vegetarian recipes.
Amazon’s description of the cookbook:- ‘Cornucopia at Home’ contains a selection of the most popular and enduring recipes from the Cornucopia Vegetarian Wholefood Restaurant in Dublin.
At Cornucopia you go up to the counter and order, pay and pick up your food. You can choose one of the hot dishes accompanies by two of their salads. The pack the plates. All for 12,50eu.
I had leek, squash and potato gratin with cashew cream sauce, along with a barley salad and a carrot, celeriac salad.
Pete had s vegetarian lasagne with couscous and lettuce leaves as his two salads.
Tasty and delicious!
I love my Art, and Dublin has allot to offer in this area. Dublin is littered with museums, most if not all are free entry. Below are pictures I took of ceramics, sculptures and mosaics that took my interest.
superb glazing technique and colours by ‘Rossa Potter’ from Tipperary Ireland.
What an interesting sculpture…. i can sit an look it for hours. What made the artist choose this pose out of all the others!
This mosaic mural was hidden in a car park. Spectacular colours. A range of different types of art techniques were used, casting, mosaics, ceramics, carving. I loved the mosaic sign…. made us giggle
On our last night in Dublin we decided to try a restaurant called ‘Fire’ on Dawson street. We were pleasantly surprised at how lovely it was. It was more of a fine dining restaurant. Service was immaculate, friendly but not pretentious. When I advised them of my dietary requirements, the food came out accordingly. I had no stomach cramps or anything associated with having diary allergies.
Sorry about the poor picture quality, we only had our iphones with us….. and it was quiet dark in the restaurant.
The food was perfectly presented. Except for the picture just above. I’d already moved everything around so its not as beautifully presented as the first picture.
We both had the lemon sole, me with asparagus and Pete with mash and a cream sauce.
A delicious meal.
Another winner restaurant. One I’d highly recommend.
Overall, the culinary experience we had in Dublin was excellent. That may have been because we were lucky in choosing the right places. In any case, i felt Dublin was a health conscious city.