I loved Dublin! Out of all three places I stayed during my time in Ireland and Northern Ireland, this city was my favorite!
Reasons why I loved Dublin the most:
1) THE GUINNESS is only at its best in Dublin (where it is made) because it doesn’t travel well. I have become deeply infatuated with Guinness since the trip. I even keep the black stout in my fridge now in my tiny little apartment in NYC.
2) THE CITY had this cool vibe, like I was still in NYC, just less glamorous and more intimate.
3) THE CULTURE of the Irish folk around me was apparent, which I loved! Irish people are awesome. They’re passionate, strong, and a ton of fun! Even amongst the Irish you saw pockets of other nationalities (hello Italians!), so it was exciting to see the different cultures in one city.
I ate at so many restaurants! Obvi, not every place I dined at will be mentioned in this post (because you’d be here for a while), but all my top faves are mentioned below.
I had some time to kill before checking into my hotel room when I first arrived in Dublin, so I found refuge in this very chic-y/gastropubby restaurant and loved it!
All the servers had this chill-yet exciting vibe, like they knew the place was about to jammin’ with people any minute. The restaurant is the type of place you’d go to with your friends for drinks and yummy tapas, and it’s def a great date night spot.
The food here is awesome! It’s a no-frills sort of menu, and they really focus on the quality of their produce and work their recipes around the ingredients.
The Winding Stair was by my far my favorite restaurant I dined at during my 10-day stay in Ireland.
The restaurant itself is very small, but that’s what made it feel so warm and cozy. I loved how the walls of the restaurant were dressed with bookshelves and old books because it made the place look old fashioned-yet hip. I also loved the location of The Winding Stair. Being conveniently located in Dublin 1, the restaurant location made it easy for us to get to all the hip and fun pubs around (also next to Temple Bar).
THE FOOD tho…so bomb! All their produce is sourced from local farmers on the island (a common theme with Irish restaurants), and the dishes had that delicious homemade taste with beautiful presentation to make the meal just that much better.
Galway is one of the most beautiful coasts I’ve ever seen, and that’s coming from a girl who grew up on a coast. The green hills scattered with sheep and lakes was breathtaking–everything looked so serene.
I highly recommend anyone visiting Ireland to stop in Galway. It still has that old-world vibe in some parts of the city, like untouched castles and cobblestone pathways. The people in Galway are very kind and welcoming, so you’ll really enjoy meeting and making new friends!
Kirwan’s Lane Restaurant is known for having amazing fish dishes, so you know I was all over that! This place is located in the cutest area. The cobblestone walkways surrounded by Medieval-looking buildings made me feel like I was in a scene from Lord of the Rings, which of course is the coolest feeling ever. Just around the corner of the restaurant were bustling pubs calling my name for an after-dinner drink, so I overall loved the vibe of the place!
My dish was very light, fresh, and healthy–something you don’t often get to eat when traveling. Overall I loved the food at Kirwan’s Lane, a def must-try restaurant for anyone visiting Galway.
I’ve been to a couple michelin-rated restaurants here in NYC, but I was so excited to dine at my first Michelin in Europe! As expected, Aniar did not disappoint. The food was executed perfectly, with no mistakes in taste or presentation!
The clean flavors paired with innovative cooking methods made dining at this restaurant such an amazing experience. The chef used all local farm fresh goods, and kept the integrity of the produce all while blowing my senses away!
The images don’t do the food justice really. I had trouble getting clear shots of the dishes since the restaurant was dim-lit, but I’m going to share them anyway 🙂
From my hotel in Galway I rented a car and drove the coast to visit the Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden for the castle and massive garden area (which is stunning BTW). On my way back from the beautiful estate I stopped in a local town to find a bite and pint o’ Guinness. Powers Thatch caught my eye, and I’m so happy it did.
The restaurant has such an accommodating staff, and I could def tell this was the place where locals came to dine. The food is excellent–simple foods your heart truly desires, executed properly.
Finally in Belfast! Belfast is technically part of the United Kingdom, and there’s a ton of rich history in this city that’s really interesting and cool to see. I definitely felt like it had a different vibe than other parts of Ireland I had visited, which I didn’t mind at all because I had a blast!
The restaurant scene actually really reminded me of New York. The restaurants were full of life, music, and hip mixologists who could whip up any drink you wanted.
I straight SWOONED over this place! The staff was awesome and attentive, AND THE FOOD WAS BOMB. Muddlers Club just did everything right: the ambiance, decor, staff, food, drinks–just YES. Like I’m excited to go back to Belfast and dine there again.
This packed seafood bar is popular for a reason. The seafood is so fresh and delicious, and their outside patio is a cool place to grab a Guinness and eat some oysters. I’m bummed I wasn’t able to take more pics, but just know this place is def worth the hype!