STAY: At The Marker
Situated in the Silicon Docks, The Marker Hotel is a juxtaposition of urbanity and nature. Its dominant checkered façade cascades over its neighbours, setting the aesthetic tone for a developing borough populated by start-ups and tech mavericks. Take in the cityscape from the rooftop bar or enjoy Le Drunch, an extended Sunday brunch, in the hotel brasserie. If you’re eager to get out and explore the city, why not grab a box of cronuts to go from the hotel bakery, available from 8am.
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SHOP: At Roads
Roads Publishing offer high-end illustrated books specialising in art, design, culture and fashion. In the homeland of Joyce and Wilde, seek out designer classics and luxury special editions. The publishing house, created by Danielle Ryan, embodies elegance and innovation, working with the best international artists, curators and designers to create books that are collectable and timeless works of art.
EAT LUNCH: At Bastible
A restaurant named after a flat-bottomed, cast-iron pot used for baking in 19th Century Ireland is sure to boast a phenomenal breadbasket. From the simple to the complex, Bastible, a contemporary neighbourhood bistro, focuses on seasonal produce and an eclectic set menu. Stationed on Leonard’s Corner in Dublin 8, book a table for a Sunday family-style lunch and enjoy a three-course sharing menu. Don’t miss out on the baked pear with Jerusalem artichoke and salted caramel created by head chef, Barry Fitzgerald.
DON'T MISS: Francis Bacon’s Studio at The Hugh Lane Gallery
Almost 20 years ago, over 7,000 items from Francis Bacon’s London studio were removed by a group of conservationists and placed in an identical fashion inside the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. Today you can encounter Bacon’s chaotic working space, which conserves photographic materials, slashed canvases and some two thousand samples of Bacon's painting materials. The Irish-born artist called himself a “grinding machine” and “rotten to the core” but this hasn’t stopped admirers and critics alike from proclaiming him the greatest painter since Turner.
SHOP: At Article
Located in Lord Powerscourt's former dressing room, Article is a homewares haven in the heart of Dublin city. Offering an edited selection of items created by local and contemporary Irish designers, the relaxed retail space will make gift shopping a breeze. Choose from sumptuous Irish woollen throws, colourful stationary and glassware.
STOP OFF: At 777
If you get a craving for Mexican food or margaritas during your stay in Dublin, 777 holds all the answers (and tostados.) Inside the unassuming unit located on George’s St, the intimate foodie cavern is ordained with candles and top-to-toe tiling. Combining bold flavours from Mexico City with international tastes, 777 is the ideal spot for a full feast or just a post-prandial drink. Asterisk Mondays in your diary for 2-for-1 Margaritas; Tuesdays for Tacos; or on Sundays enjoy any dish for just €7.77.
VISIT: The Long Room at Trinity College Library.
The Old Library in Trinity College hosts the Book of Kells, the 9th Century illuminated manuscript. Just one floor above is the stunning, two-storey, barrel-vaulted, 65-metre-long archive that houses 200,000 of the library's oldest books and manuscripts. The Long Room opening hours are the same as those for The Book of Kells and admission covers both. During your visit, count the 48 marble busts of eminent writers and philosophers and compare the halls to the computer-generated version, which appeared as the Jedi Archive in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
DRINK: At Sidecar at The Westbury
For an evening tipple, head to Sidecar at The Westbury Hotel, located just off Grafton Street. The Twenties style bar is filled with tarnished mirror walls and marble tables, a stand-out space in the newly revamped hotel. Relax in a sumptuous velvet armchair as you work your way through the extensive drinks menu - two pages are dedicated to G&Ts alone – or have your Martini made tableside from the art-deco trolley.
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EAT DINNER: At Forest & Marcy or Forest Avenue Restaurant
For lunch or dinner, choose from two bespoke restaurants created by culinary duo John and Sandy Wyer. Offering fine dining at an affordable price, the couple (formerly of L’Ecrivain) focus on simple fare across both their restaurants. Forest Avenue, named after the street that Sandy grew up on in Queens, New York, offers natural food, an open kitchen and a concise tasting menu ranging from two to six courses, while 200 metres away is their sister restaurant Forest & Marcy, the ultra-smart neighbourhood wine bar headed by chef Ciaran Sweeney.Credit Instagram/Gilly_hopper
RELAX: At The Dean
The Dean is Dublin’s answer to the Ace. The luxurious hotel, located on Harcourt Street, promises an unconventional and fun-filled stay. On arrival, clock the Tracy Emin neon work I Fell in Love Here hanging overhead and grab a fresh pressed juice from the lobby bar pre check-in. Settle into a modern boutique room clad with Marshall amps and a fully stocked mini Smeg, before indulging in a firewood pizza and a cocktail at Sophie’s rooftop restaurant.
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