A local’s guide to Dublin
- By Yvonne Gordon
- Photos by Mark Duggan
Wander the streets, people-watch from a cafe or spend the evening in Dublin’s old pubs, and soon you’ll understand its essence.
This is a city where you’ll find excellent live music — even on the streets, in atmospheric pubs and in innovative restaurants serving Irish produce with a clever twist. You can tour old castles and cathedrals, visit art museums and theaters, see street art or read local writers. Shoppers will find the latest fashions alongside antiques and vintage clothes that are hundreds of years old. Best of all, you can just relax, make new friends and find your own favorite haunts in this small but vibrant Irish city.
- It doesn’t rain half as much as people think it does in Ireland, but wear layers and bring a hooded waterproof jacket rather than an umbrella. If it’s windy, umbrellas don’t survive.
- Not all areas of Dublin are safe. Ask locals which ones are best avoided after dark.
- We nickname all our landmarks. The Molly Malone statue, for example, is called “the Tart With the Cart.”