What a great city this has become! I remember a previous visit in the late ’80s to what was at that time quite a different place, much less vibrant and active than the Dublin of now.
Strolling along Grafton Street and crossing over the river Liffey was great – despite a quite stiff late January breeze. The crowds on Saturday afternoon were considerable. What struck me most was the number of restaurants, cafés and pubs on a relatively small area, and every one of them packed with shoppers. I can only imagine how great the atmosphere must be in summer with outdoor dining.
It’s a great place to discover on foot and getting to the St.Stephens Green in the city center was easy from the Hilton, just two stops on the very modern and frequent tram.
The prices in shops and restaurants aren’t cheap, by any means and the weak dollar against the euro deosn’t make for a spontaneous shopping spree! On the other hand, I found good value. There are many great restaurants. I personally can recommend two, the first is Peploe’s where the atmosphere was elegant and relaxed, the other is ely a wine bar and restaurant with a vibrant bar area below and quiet dining area on the ground floor. Service was very friendly, the food excellent and the choice of wines – even by the glass, always great when dining alone – outstanding. Both are conveniently located in the center of town.