Lay of the Land
The River Liffey, flowing west to east, divides the city of Dublin in half. Most of what visitors flock to—from popular shopping destination Grafton Street to Trinity College to St. Stephen’s Green—is located south of the river. One of the city’s biggest architectural draws is the strikingly modern Samuel Beckett Bridge by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, which spans a central section of the Liffey.
While the City Center is still the most sought-after part of Dublin, full of the most important sights and excellent shops and restaurants, other neighborhoods are slowly gaining ground. The Docklands for example has become one of the hippest parts of town. Facebook recently doubled its offices there, and the opening of The Marker Hotel (and its various restaurants and bars) in 2013 brought new life to the area. In addition, the neighborhood is home to popular events like the Irish Craft Beer and Food Market in March and various Christmas-timed happenings. And the very modern Bord Gais Energy Theater is there, too, performing musicals, ballet and concerts. A visit to the Irish capital now is not complete without a romp around this buzzing enclave.