48 Hours in Dublin: Where to Eat and What to Do

For a relatively small city, Dublin is bursting at the seams with exciting things to see and do, which can’t all be crammed into one short weekend.  Here we’ll talk you through how to plan out a comfortable 48-hour in this fair city – allowing plenty of times to enjoy the vest bars and restaurants in the city.

Friday Evening

Begin as you mean to go on with your weekend away and enjoy an impeccable (and lavish) dinner at Delahunt on Camden Street. Cropping up in James Joyce’s Ulysses, this Victorian building is definitely a historic spot, making it the perfect dining experience for any literary fans.  Their spectacular menu contains a varied selection of contemporary Irish dishes that you’re sure to love.

If you’re on the hunt for something more exotic and a little less understated, then Jerusalem could be just what you have been looking for.  This restaurant serves up top-notch Middle Eastern cuisine.  For those on a limited budget, Green 19 offers some of the best burgers in the city for just €10!

As you can see, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options and Camden Street is a great spot if you’re looking for an after-dinner drink.  This street has a sleek, New York vibe that any tourist will love.  Dean Hotel is one of the hottest tickets in town and has become a favourite hangout for the uber-cool.

Saturday Morning

Get up early and beat the crowds to enjoy a morning stroll around Trinity College.  Make sure you stop off at the Book of Kells exhibition.  Then find the perfect brunch spot to fuel up for yet more sightseeing.  San Lorenzo’s offers the ‘brunch of champions’ and Tact Taco is a great option if you’re a fan of brunch tacos.

Saturday Afternoon

If the weather is dry, why not wander down to St Stephen’s Green for a stroll or visit the infamous Little Museum of Dublin.  This museum is special as it is dedicated to preserving the history of the city and telling the stories of its people.  This makes it a popular option for many tourists, so you would be wise to book ahead!

By now, you will have likely worked up an appetite.  So, why not try some of the bet joints o Upper Baggot Street?  This street offers a laid-back atmosphere with great food!

Moving on to the famous Temple Bar district, which is a must for any tourist visiting Dublin!  Take a quick stroll through the extra-special Saturday food market and saunter down to the historic Liberties area.  Once you have sufficiently admired the cathedral, make sure to pick up a coffee at the popular new Riddler Café.

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Continue down Thomas Street and you’ll find the Guinness Storehouse.  This spectacular tour offers an amazing panoramic view of the city but be warned, the view does not come cheap! Ticket for the Guinness tour will set you back €20.

Saturday Evening

The Creative Quarter is the perfect Saturday evening spot.  Indulge in an unforgettable dinner at Drury Buildings or Brasserie Sixty6.  After dinner, we highly recommend checking out one of the best sports bars in Dublin.  This is the perfect way to end your night as its famed live entertainment is sure to create an incredible bustle and buzz.

Sunday Morning

Having gotten a first-hand glimpse into Dublin’s famed nightlife, make sure to spend Sunday investigating the north of the city.  Brother Hubbard North offers some of the best coffee in the city and the Hugh Lane Gallery is bound to popular with creative types.

Sunday Afternoon

If you’re up for renting a car, you should definitely check out the sleepy seaside village of Howth.  Walk along the pier and enjoy a tasty lunch from any of the town’s renowned seafood restaurants.  After this, head further up the coast and visit Malahide’s castle and gardens.

Sunday Evening

Visit Old Street, Malahide’s newest bistro and cocktail bar.  After you’ve eaten and drank your fill, get ready to enjoy a spectacular sunset.  We can’t think of a better way to watch the sun set on your weekend away to Dublin.

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