Day In Dublin

Sasha Kudler

Student, Adventurer

Queen of Tarts

Start your day off right with a hearty Irish breakfast, courtesy of Queen of Tarts. The ambience is intimate and quaint, and the pasteries are absolutely to die for.

St Stephen's Green

To burn off a little of your incredible meal, make your way over to St. Stephen's Green. Regardless of the unpredictable Irish weather, you'll appreciate the beauty of the park. Dotted around the park are countless memorials, which is unsurprising, seeing as Stephen's Green has been a much-loved public space since the late 1800's.

Trinity College Library Dublin

A short walk away from St. Stephen's Green, the Trinity College Library is easily one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Additionally, it houses the Book of Kells, one of the oldest pieces of Irish literature. Even if you're not a literature buff, Trinity's beautiful campus is well worth exploring - founded in 1592, it's Ireland's oldest and most prestigious university.

Grafton Street

No day in Dublin would be complete without a stroll through Grafton Street. Not only is Grafton one of Dublin's main shopping streets, it's also a wonderful place to see buskers. Stop by Butler's Chocolate Café, grab a coffee and a complimentary chocolate, and enjoy all the wonderful street performers you're bound to see!

The Stag's Head

For another traditional Irish meal, as well as a pint, head over to the Stag's Head, a lovely pub located in the Temple Bar area. If you happen to be here on a Sunday or Monday night, be sure to see Comedy Crunch, a free comedy show that takes place in the basement. Be sure to get there around 8:00 pm, since seats fill up quickly!


Of "P.S. I Love You" fame, Whelan's is a bar and music venue frequented by locals and tourists alike. The atmosphere is intimate, the drinks are good, and the live music is a must-see. The performers include some of the best traditional musicians on the island, as well as well-known international artists.

Dicey's Garden Bar

If you feel like your night isn't over after a few pints at Whelan's, head out to a real dance club! I've recommended Dicey's, since it's a fun venue with a young crowd, and is only a short walk away. Dublin is full of places to dance the night away, so don't be afraid to walk around and explore your options! Whether you'd prefer a club with more character, like Howl at the Moon, or a place you may not remember the next morning, like Copper Face Jacks, you'll be sure to find the perfect end to your perfect day.

I would stay at: Barnacles Temple Bar House

This one is totally subjective - I happened to stay at Barnacles for a week, and had a very positive experience. Fairly clean, helpful staff, and a generally safe environment for those of you traveling alone. My one precaution is this: Temple Bar is fun and quirky, but can be an absolute tourist trap. If you stay here, make sure to explore other areas of Dublin!