For myself, there is nothing I love to do more while travelling; especially in cities, than to check out the hidden gems, where typical tourists are sparse and you can experience the true atmosphere. I’m sure there are many people similar to me, so here is a few places in Dublin city and the greater area you may not hear about in the travel guides.
Grand Canal Dock
Recently dubbed “Silicon Docks” the Grand Canal Dock area certainly lives up to this nickname, with Facebook, Google and many other large companies having their European Headquarters here. With many lovely restaurants, cafes and pubs there is no shortage of places to eat and drink while enjoying the stunning views the Dock offers.
This quaint seaside village is around 35 minutes on a train from the City Centre but it is definitely worth it, especially in the summer! With a beautiful coastal view, great bars and friendly natives this is a must for anyone who wants a break from the city and an authentic Irish experience. Make sure to try the Blue Bar for some of the best chicken wings Dublin has to offer, before heading over to Storm in a Teacup for some ice cream!
The Gravediggers Pub Glasnevin
While it is well known that the taste of Guinness is far superior in Ireland as it does not travel known, many people don’t realise that a pint of Guinness can vary greatly from pub to pub in Ireland also. There is no better place in the city, perhaps in the country to get a creamy pint of plain than the Gravediggers. Dating back to 1833, it offers a unique atmosphere and delicious home cooked meals. Extremely cosy and only a 10 minute bus from the city centre, sure why not!