We asked three trendy, in-the-know characters living in Dublin what their perfect day in the city would look like.
“For the perfect day, I start with the food markets for a morning of tasting and walking. I’m spoiled for choice, with organic markets in Temple Bar, in Cornmarket and in Howth. If I hop on the Dart out to Howth, I can squeeze in a walk by the sea, feed the sea lions and get a delicious lunch: oysters with a pint in Ivan’s Oyster Bar.
“Then I’d head back into town for a quick visit to the bog people at the National Museum of Archaeology. They’re perfectly preserved – like polished leather – after thousands of years in the bog. My favourite is the warrior with his leather armband – pure surfer style.
“Around the corner in the National Gallery, I’d slip into the Jack Yeats room. To me the Impressionist works are quintessentially Irish, and every time I stare at his paintings I see new details and new stories.
“I’d have a little siesta in the Iveagh Gardens by the nicest waterfall in town – it’s so quiet and peaceful there, I think very few visitors know about it.
“Then up it’s up to Pinocchio in Ranelagh for the best tuna steak ever. In the evening, a herbal tea in the Tea Gardens along the quays makes me feel very oriental. Then the day is perfectly perfect.”
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