An Irish Apology.

Last year, 

I wrote

a post

about how I didn't

love the city of Dublin.

The responses were varied.

Some of you agreed.

Some of you though I was crazy.

Last week, I went back

and I looked back through the comments

to find some recommendations

that you offered as highlights

for my next stay in Dublin.

And, woah. 

You delivered.

First recommendation:

The Bank

for Dinner. Very cool place. So cool, we couldn't get a table. Next time!

So, Dublin,

I'm coming back to you.

With my hands over my heart,

pleading on my knees,

and my belly a little chubbier

after discovering some of the gems

of your fair city.

Adding on to

my previous recommendations,

here are some new stops to add to the list

to create an awesome time of your own

when you find yourself in Dublin.

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Fallon & Byrne

After reading a comment recommending

this stop for eats,

I was keen to keep my eye out for it.

Luckily, I didn't have to strain my eyes too hard...

as it was next to our hotel.

The first night we had dinner in the restaurant upstairs.


Tyler left with the baby a few minutes early

as I settled up the bill and ordered a coffee.

The amazingly sweet waitress

talked me into embracing the moment alone

and trying their signature dessert, 

the Knickerbocker Glory.

Imagine a big sundae glass layered with

berries, ice cream, cheesecake, whipped cream, & digestive cookie crumble.


I also loved their take away coffee bar.

The week I was there, they were donating all sales

to the relief of the Philippines. 

After watching a few hours of coverage on it the night before,

that got big points from me.

And the flourless chocolate cake didn't hurt either.

Check them out here.

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Central Hotel

This hotel is in a great location.

Not only is it a stone's throw from Fallon & Byrne,

but it sits just a few steps from everywhere you want to see

during your time in Dublin.

(Trust me, it's a decent place.)

The rooms aren't anything fancy,

but the prices are great,

the staff was really kind & gracious,,

the location is great,

and it will more than get the job done.

Check it out here.

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All over Ireland, 

you'll see small shops

boasting that they sell Bewley's Coffee.

Go straight to the source


Bewley's Oriental Cafe

in the middle of bustling Grafton Street

while you're in town for a classic cup

and a great view.

Potato & Bacon soup with brown bread.... when in Rome.

Whether you eat inside

or score one of the balcony seats

on a nice day,

it's a stop that,

with it's stained-glass windows & constant buzz-

 will add a little character to your day

without stripping your wallet.

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Brown Thomas

I think there is something

really special

about visiting

the main department store

of a city.

Not just one that is part of a chain,

but one that stands alone

as an icon for the city's style.

In Paris, you visit Printemps or Galleries LaFayette.

In London, Liberty or Harvey Nichols.

In New York, Henri Bendel or Barney's.

In Dallas, you go to the first Neiman's downtown.

And in Dublin,

you visit

Brown Thomas.

The windows are gorgeous,

the departments are curated perfectly,

and the prices...

well, they're high.

(It's fancy!)

But it's worth stopping through

and buying something pretty for yourself.

Even if it's something on the smaller side,

like a pretty candle.

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So thanks for the help, amigos.

It made my four nights in Dublin

all the better

with your suggestions and guidance.

And now,

I only feel it right to conclude

with one more round of your suggestions

on the best Dublin stops...

I can only guess how great

 it will make next time like.

*all photos original to Aspiring Kennedy