Anna in Dublin – My Perfect Sunny Day in Dublin
Anna’s Sunny Day in Dublin
On a Sunny Day I am getting out of the house as early as possible! These days are far and few between so i’m making the most of it.
My favourite place for coffee in town is ‘Il Fornaio on College Green’ they do hands down the best caramel latte i’ve ever had and I love a good almond or pistachio croissant. However, I live in Rathgar so I’m starting my day just up the road at ‘The Bijou Deli’ for a caramel latte and a spinach and ricotta strudel. Controversial opinion, I love a savoury breakfast to start off my day!
There used to be a cafe down the road called ‘Ana’s’ which I loved, not only because I’m a narcissist but they did a really strong coffee and a great soup and sandwich deal. Unfortunately, it shut down and has since been replaced by ‘TRIBE D6’ which I have not yet tried but heard great things about so I look forward to getting down there when I get a chance.
After my breakfast at ‘Bijou’ I’m heading into Rathmines to do some charity shopping. The charity shops in Rathmines are the best in Dublin. That is a hill I will die on. I’m going to Vincent’s, Oxfam, Irish Cancer Society and NCBI. While I am in Rathmines I’m almost definitely going to nip into ‘The Source’ to replenish my supply of snacks. I love this place and every time I visit I am inspired to make an effort to be more eco friendly with my choices. If you decide to visit, try their nut clusters! They are insanely good. I’ll also probably nip into ‘Artmines’ and ‘Alan Hanna’s Bookshop’ and spend ages looking around but never actually buy anything because I have more books and art supplies than one person could possibly ever need.
I’ll then walk down over the canal and through Portobello to Camden Street to have a nosy around all the charity shops there. My favourite charity shop in Dublin is the NCBI on Camden Street that has all the furniture. I love looking at all the little nick nacks. The Simon Community shop in Camden is always pretty good too.
Now it’s time to stop for lunch! One of my absolute favourite food places in Dublin is ‘The Cake Cafe’ which is located behind ‘The Last Bookshop’ on Camden Street. After having a nosy around the beautiful bookshop I’ll sit down for an Iced Vietnamese Coffee and the Green Goddess Poached Eggs.
After lunch I’m heading into town and getting the dart out to Dún Laoghaire for a walk along the pier and a Teddy’s ice cream at the end covered in sprinkles! If it’s a Sunday I’ll have a walk around the market in The People’s Park and if it wasn’t too busy I’d go for a swim at the Forty Foot. I prefer swimming at the Cove in Greystones but it’s a bit too far to go since I have such extravagant plans for the evening!
After my afternoon in Dún Laoghaire I’m heading back into town for dinner at ‘Pi Pizza’ on George’s Street. If I have to wait for a table, even better! I’ll nip across to ‘The Stags Head’ for a pint!
After dinner, It’s time for a play! ‘Smock Alley Theatre’ is just around the corner and it is not only my favourite theatre in Dublin but It was built on the foundations of the Theatre Royal built in 1662 from making it Dublin’s oldest new theatre! Tickets are priced very affordably and it is a great place to go and see work from upcoming Irish artists! I’ll pop around early to have a glass of wine before the show and you can bet I’ll be placing an order for another one during the interval!
If I am up for post-show drinks I’m off to ‘Camden Bites and Brews‘ for one of their ‘bartender special’ cocktails. I always love the surprise of what I’m going to get. My friends and I love to order a couple, try them all, then drink the ones we like the most. The place has a great atmosphere, the staff are always super friendly and best of all it’s open late!