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Stunning Georgian architecture, world-class literary heritage, unlimited Guinness and that faultless Irish charm have historically made Dublin a popular travel destination. These days, you can add to that list buzzy cafés, glamorous hotels and innovative cuisine to the reasons why now is the perfect time to visit Ireland’s capital.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…at the city’s most design-driven property, The Marker Hotel
  • Experience…the new feel of Dublin’s party hub Temple Bar
  • Splurge…on a side-trip to one of Ireland’s most stunning country houses, Ballyfin
  • Eat…fabulous seafood (especially shellfish) all over the city
  • Drink…a glass of Guinness at the top-floor bar of the company’s Storehouse
  • Savor…a literary pub crawl to see the haunts of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett
  • Visit…the National Gallery of Ireland, displaying Irish and European masters
  • See…the Book of Kells in Trinity College
  • Shop…for handwoven wool sweaters, scarves and throws Avoca
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, expert guides, special access and itineraries

Newly Added:

K Club, The Dean, Coppinger Row, Peruke & Periwig, Sophie’s, The Fumbally, Super Miss Sue, Murphy’s Ice Cream, O’Donoghue’s, One Pico, Clement & Pekoe, Kaph, The Camden Kitchen, Johnston Antiques, Design Centre, Sheridan’s Cheesemonger, Irish Design Shop, Fallon & Byrne

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.

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