A Weekend in Dublin

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Hello all, I hope you are having a great week!

 I wanted to put together a little post on my experience in Dublin. In the past, I would go to Dublin purely for shopping purposes. I would literally go from the train station to O’Connell Street – Shop, then from there to Grafton Street -Shop, back to the train station and home to Kerry. However, living and working in Dublin this summer has given me a whole new perspective of this amazing little city. Don’t get me wrong, the shopping is great but there is so much more to it than that. So I want to share with you ideas for spending a perfect weekend away in Dublin...

- SEE & DO -

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Before going here I honestly wasn’t expecting much. What could possibly grow in our cold, rainy climate anyway?! But I was very impressed by the beauty of this place. I am a bit of a nature freak anyway so for me, this was quite the treat and so liberating from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Chester Beatty Library

Just to set things straight, history was never my strong point in school. I never found any great interest in it. But when I stumbled upon The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle I was intrigued. Defiantly worth squeezing into your schedule!

Phoenix Park

I know this is an obvious one, but taking an evening stroll in Phoenix Park as the sun sets never gets old. If you are a morning person like me, there are yoga classes in the park every Saturday at 11.15. Nothing better than some relaxing yoga in the nature!

Howth, Skerries & Malahide
These are the ideal places to visit if you want a break from the city. The coast line is breath taking. There are some fantastic restaurants and little boutiques to enjoy or simply grab a picnic, sit by the sea and relax.

Trinity College
Calling all bookworms! Trinity College is defiantly at must-see. If not to to pore over the 5 million or so books, then to grab an insta of the Long Room.  


Most people will have heard of Henry Street and Grafton Street, the two main shopping areas in the city centre. Here you can find all your typical high street stores such as H&M, Zara, Forever 21, River Island Topshop etc. Then there is Arnotts and their amazing (and financially dangerous) Shoe Garden with labels like Kurtgeiger, Carvela, Vince Camuto, Buffalo etc.  Definitely worth checking out.  My other favorites are Brown Thomas on Grafton Street and  Chupi in Powerscourt Centre. Folkster have fab boho style dresses, perfect for festival season. If you ever find yourself in Skerries pop into Venezuela Boutique (you can check out my latest purchase from there here). They have some very beautiful, unique bits that you won't find in the city centre. Malahide also have lovely little boutiques. 

Finally, you can't go to Dublin without making a stop at Kildare Village. If you follow me on snapchat (@petit.nomie) you would have had a sneak peak at my latest trip there.  I love the relaxing atmosphere  and you're always guaranteed to find some serious bargains. There is now a free shuttle bus from the city to Kildare Village, so you have no excuse. 

| Kildare Village |

| The Shoe Garden, Arnotts |

- STAY -

The Marker Hotel

Such a stunning hotel! It is located in the Docklands, close to the Bord Gáis Theatre. My favorite thing about The Marker is the rooftop bar, not to mention the amazing cocktails. The Cucumber and Elderflower Martini is my favourite ;) I can't think of a better way to spend a summer evening in Dublin. The rooms and restaurant are equally as stunning and so luxurious.

The Westin

I have never actually stayed in the Westin, but if the reception and bar are anything to go by I would definitely recommend it. The décor is so beautiful, and don't get me started on those G&T's in their very cosy Mint Bar. Plus, its conveniently located close to Grafton Street, so ideal. The Westin is defiantly on my list of places to stay so I will update this post with more details in the very near future.

- EAT -

I was so happy to see the amazing selection of vegetarian/vegan options available in Dublin. Here are some of my favs: 

Blazing Salads

Fallon & Byrne

Avoca - Their salads... <3

Cornucopia - my number one!

Rasam, Indian Restaurant - The best Indian veggie options

Rolling Donuts - The raspberry vegan donuts were my biggest guilty pleasure. 

Temple Bar Food Market - Every Sat and Sun 10am - 5pm

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