If, like me, you aren't the most insightful tea taster, you needn't worry your thirsty self. The biggest tea emporium in Ireland will guide you...
It's easy to love shopping in Dublin and everything that comes with it - browsing, buying, stopping for coffee, mingling with bargain hunters, meeting with friends and dining on good food to refuel so you have the energy to cart your purchases home. One place that always keeps me coming back for more, rain, hail or shine is the Powerscourt Shopping Centre in Dublin 2, because, as they say so themselves, it is a 'Centre like no other.'
When it comes to vintage and craft shopping in Dublin, markets are the way to go. Here are my favourite two vintage and craft markets on the north side.
Want to know the best cafes in Dublin to sip on a morning cappuccino with cigarette in hand? Here are the top five cafes in Dublin city centre for smokers.
For me there's a certain j'est ne se quois about vinyl records. I don't own as many as I'd like to but I'm working on it. I'm not a DJ looking to spin and scratch. I have an antique record player that sits proudly in my sitting room that I should use more and will use more when my vinyl collection gains some stature but for now I'm on the hunt for vinyl to help it do so. You can find some decent vinyl at a number of vintage shops and markets across the city, however there are only a handful of shops that have completely dedicated themselves (or parts of themselves) to this never dying love.
Every sole... I mean soul who enjoys a fish supper, chipper style, whether it's once a month or 'religiously' every Friday evening after a pint down their local will tell you where to get the best Fish and Chips or as some call it a 'One and One'. Most will agree to disagree when it comes to where to go. Some will say the chipper ’round the corner from their house but there are others who will agree that there are at least three Fish and Chip superstars in Dublin City Centre. Well here are my favourites, in no particular order.
Dublin gets its leg over when it comes to sexy stuff. Whether you're a novice to garters or experienced with nipple clamps, whether you like to keep it classy in designer leather or have a thing for cheap latex, whether it's an elegant lace bodice or full body stocking, your boudoir awaits you when it's shopping time.
Tropical Popical is officially my favourite place to go get my nails 'did'. It can be found on the ground floor of one of the big Georgian buildings on South William Street, number 28 to be precise and they deserve to be part of what we now call in Dublin 'The Creative Quarter'. The neon Tropical Popical sign that hangs in this fine establishment's window guides the way to fabulousness and fun. When I think about the place, I think Cyndi Lauper 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun.' Bright colours, kitschy curios, pink flamingos, palm trees, glitter balls and pumping music. However this nail bar isn't just for gals who like to have their finger and toe nails perfectly pampered, it's a hit with guys too.
Zoe Carol is a science graduate, a Galwegian, a New Yorker, a Hong Konger, a Dubliner and a damn fine fashion designer. Her designs first caught my attention in Atelier 27, a small but gorgeous boutique that celebrates and sells Irish and Irish-based designers’ clothing, accessories and jewellery. Having graduated as a fashion designer many moons ago myself, I tend to find beauty in well-structured designs that have a story behind their birth. There’s always a story behind a designer’s birth into fashion too and Zoe's caught my attention. But why should I tell Zoe's story when she can tell you herself…
When it comes to craft beer Dublin has taken the world by storm with micro-breweries popping up left, right and centre. The craft beer scene is no longer just a fad - it has evolved in to a hobby and is weaving it’s way in to the fabric of our culture.
Ugly Duckling Dublin, nested in the Epicurean Food Hall on Liffey Street Lower, is the place I go to when I want a ridiculously tasty sandwich. It’s owned and run by two best friends, Derek Marsden and Darragh Nugent, both of whom know how to put smiles on the faces of their regulars with welcoming customer service and mouthwatering sandwich concoctions.
Theatre Upstairs can be found up the stairs, funnily enough, above a typically Irish pub called Lanigan's Bar on Eden Quay in Dublin city centre.
You've just about marked off all your Christmas Gift List and you've checked it twice but isn't there a certain little pooch that deserves a treat on the big day? Yes your furry four-legged friend who greets you like you've been away for a year even though you only nipped down to the shop for milk is one loyal little pal and this little pal deserves a treat just like the rest of us.
Afternoon Tea is a British tradition born of the early nineteenth century but one that the Irish have adopted and continue to love as their own. It’s as popular now in Dublin and indeed the rest of this fair isle since its introduction into the drawing rooms of those oh-so-high-society ladies of the manor. Back then Afternoon Tea was served at home, nowadays it is served in hotels and some restaurants. It usually starts with a selection of savory bites, moves on to freshly baked scones, jam and clotted cream and finishes with a selection of sweet pastries. To keep one's palate lubricated, tea is served throughout, although I've often opened with a glass of bubbly and closed with a cup of coffee.
Dublin can be all hustle and bustle at times. It can be busy with walkers, runners, shoppers, cyclists and drivers. Horns blowing, Luas bells ringing, music playing and buskers singing. Don't get me wrong, I love this hustle and bustle, it gives Dublin that electric and eclectic feel that many cities around the world lack. It's this hustle and bustle that keeps people not from the city returning again and again. However sometimes it’s nice to break free from the wild chatterings. Sometimes it's important to take time out and go chill somewhere to gather your thoughts or to not think at all. Dublin City is wise to this. It knows its own body. Its heart is always thumping, but it knows that it should take a deep breath too. Here are five of my favourite chill out spots...
If you’ve a gift to buy, be it for that special person for their birthday or that 'not so special' person for Kris Kindle, but you’re clueless as to what to get, well don't suffer. I found five gift shops in Dublin that specialise in things for your abode. They take all the confusion and self doubt out of shopping because who doesn't like things for their bedroom, living room or kitchen? Gift gazing and present purchasing in Dublin has never been so easy.
Dublin is known for its pubs. It's also known for it's 'ceol agus craic' and sure why wouldn't it be with the global acknowledgment and love of our traditional Irish music. However, accordions and spoons aside, Dublin is a hot spot for plenty of other genres of live music - particularly rock, indie, folk and dance. We love our pubs and we love our music so when you put them both together you get a love for live music pub venues. Here are my favourites:
Shopping on the High Street for maternity wear can be exciting for some mums-to-be, however having witnessed this type of shopping for myself recently it seems that a lot of stores have taken their maternity wear off the shop floor and made their selections available online only. This may suit many but for others it might not be the answer.
Next time you’ve a plan to go into town but look outside your window and see the rain pouring out of the heavens, don’t pull the blinds and turn on the telly - get out there! Head to Parnell Square where you'll find one of my favourite galleries in Dublin.
Zenergy is a Health and Beauty Clinic nestled on the energetic Fade Street which itself is part Dublin’s Creative Quarter. It’s the perfect location for this clinic which pays particular attention to health and holistic treatments because in order to be creative one must be in touch with their body and mind. With a personal recommendation for what
Dublin is, as you know a very, very historical city. If the old Dublin walls could tell stories and whisper secrets, they'd probably be the most colourful stories and outrageous secrets on earth, but alas they can't talk so we make do with archaeological finds, history books, tour guide wisdom and legend to bring this history alive.
Beer Gardens in Dublin City CentreThe sun might be hiding, the rain might be threatening, the air might be chilling but at the end of the day is the night, at the end of the week is the weekend and where better to spend a few of hours than in a Garden in the City, a Beer Garden that is. There is no doubt in my mind that if you are a smoker you'll k
We don’t like to pander to Irish archetypes here in the Groupon City Guide, however one thing the Irish typically do well is a nice, cosy pub. While this may be synonymous with country towns the capital is a snug pub to nip into for some hot grub and a cheeky pint. Here are the five cosiest pubs we could find in Dublin city, in no particular order
Although quite a compact city as we know with most attractions within walking distance from each other, sometimes these attractions are a little further than we anticipated and other times we just want to be 'there' pronto so fo
As a recent pregnant 'mom to be' who now is the very proud and adoring 'first time mom' to a gorgeous four-month old baby boy I can with my hand on my heart vouch for all things that can help you relax and make you more comfortable when you are pregnant and on the top of my list is the 'Pregnancy Massage'.There is a myth about 'not' getting a massa
The Do’s and Don'ts of Skin Care Keyword: Skin Care For those of us that wear makeup - We've all had that moment when you've returned from a night out and plonked yourself into bed without taking off your war paint. Waking early morning with the taste of that kebab still lingering, black mascara stained pillowcase and a face 'The Joker' would be pr
The old Irish Proverb goes 'Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin' - There is no fireside like your own fireside. Well that's all well and good if you're at home but what if you are out and about in Dublin? Whether it's after a hard day at work or a harder days shopping and you fancy a pint, a glass or a cuppa by some glowing coals, then there is no
For as long as I can remember, when it comes to second hand and vintage shops, Dublin is a treasure trove. I’m not talking about the musty places where you have to rummage through baskets and browse overstuffed rails, I’m talking about the places where you find the real gems - the second hand and vintage shops that are making a living from and dedicated to bringing you steam cleaned one-off items that don't smell of mothballs. Here are ten of my favourites in Dublin.