Video: How to Spend a Perfect Day in Dublin
Ireland's capital may be the best place on Earth to get fresh Guinness, but this bustling city also appeals to literary travelers, historians, and adventurers. And while you can’t always count on the weather being consistent, a trip to Dublin is a guaranteed good time.
We followed travel expert Jamie around for a day in Dublin while he did a quick overnight trip to Ireland. From checking into a hip hotel to seeing iconic Irish sights and sampling some of the best food and drink on offer, here is your comprehensive guide to 24 hours in Dublin.
Upon arrival, take in the beautiful Georgian architecture throughout the city—a testament to Dublin’s rich 1,000-year history—on your way to the hotel. Check into the Dean, a veritable haven for the city's rising entrepreneurs and creatives. At this centrally located property, guests have access to DJ nights, bike rentals, and vinyl records. As Jamie says, the Dean offers "everything your inner hipster desires.”
Hopefully, you didn't waste your appetite on mundane airplane food. After dropping your bags at the hotel, make your way to WOWBURGER and indulge in one of the cheese-topped burgers. And of course, visitors should quench their thirst at the Guinness brewery. Sit for a brew or take a tour, and learn all about how Guinness is made with nitrogen, which allows it to be put under pressure with less fizz.
Continue the food tour through the city by opting for one of Dublin’s more cosmopolitan joints for dinner, Peruke and Periwig. Fun fact: the restaurant was once home to a wigmaker’s shop. After the meal, it’ll be time for a post-dinner cocktail in the Temple Bar District, otherwise known as “the Pub Capital of Dublin.”
After a restful night at the Dean, pay a visit to St. Stephen’s Green. Originally a commons for grazing livestock, today the Green is one of Dublin’s best parks. When you're ready to eat, grab a table at Angelina's on the Grand Canal for a waterside brunch (maple-glazed pork belly with house potatoes, vanilla buttermilk pancakes with mascarpone, or fish cakes with grapefruit and avocado).
In the spirit of enjoying Ireland’s finest, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a whiskey distillery. We recommend the family-run—and relatively new—Teeling Distillery. Of particular note is the breakfast whiskey (the lightest on offer) which is perfect for a late afternoon sip.