Much like the Irish, Dublin is a place of immense personality and home to almost 25 per cent of Ireland’s population. The city itself a buzzing metropolitan district with vibrant nightlife and more parkland per square kilometre than any city in Europe.
A large number of technology and finance companies have set up European headquarters in the city including, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Citibank. Listed as one of the ten richest cities in the world, Dublin remains a strong global business centre.
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Dublin hosts a young and vibrant night scene with almost half its population under the age of 25. Popular night spots can be found along Harcourt, Camden, Wexford and Leeson streets. Frequented by locals, they tend to avoid the ‘ye olde Irish’ marketing ploys used to draw people in.
At Gallagher’s Boxty House at 20 Temple Bar you’ll find generous serves of traditional Irish food. Sit by the peat fireplace and find warm comfort in their Irish stew, Gaelic pancakes and bread and butter pudding.
Visiting celebrities can often be seen dining amongst the minimalist décor at uber cool, The Tea Room. Menu staples include foie gras, trout and Irish game. The Clarence Hotel, 8 Wellington Quay.
Great value fish and chips can be found wrapped in paper with chunky chips and sinful batter at Leo Burdock’s, 2 Werburgh St.
Shopping centres are prolific throughout Dublin. The largest of which are Arnotts at 12 Henry St and Clerys at 27 Lower O’Connell St. From Armani through to Zegna, you’ll find your favourite luxury brands at Brown Thomas, located at 88 Grafton St.
Dublin is also home to a thriving market culture. The Blackberry Fair flea market at 42 Rathmines Rd has a great range of second-hand books and furniture. The Art Market held each weekend at Merrion Square is the perfect place to source locally made pieces. Don’t leave Dublin without buying some fresh fruit and flowers from perennial favourite, Moore St Markets. Open Monday through Saturday there’s a great mix of food cultures from around the world. Close to bars and restaurants, the market turns into a popular meeting point for locals on Friday and Saturday nights.