For a long time I was cynical towards my American friends who wanted to visit Ireland. I meant nothing against the place, it just seemed fairly cliche- green hills, castles, leprechauns, shamrocks, kissing stones upsidedown- all these things could be summed up with the qualifier “lame”. However, when I was trying to figure out which European tour date I was going to catch The Tallest Man on Earth at, I remembered all the wonderful things I read about Third Floor Espresso, and decided the two were more than enough to overcome my anti-Irish prejudice (dating a half-Irish girl might have had something to do with this too.)
Anyway, I was glad to discover that Dublin is an awesome city. Dublin’s city center is very concise and is easy to explore by foot or bicycle. Also, it’s an amazing culinary city, as I discovered there’s a lot of delicious things to taste. Some highlights include:
- (Second?) best ice cream ever at Murphy’s Ice Cream. The Dingle Sea Salt flavor blew my mind.
- Gluten-free pizza at Hell Pizza. It was so good we ate there twice.
- Curried lamb and rice at Fallon & Byrne, a specialty grocery store/restaurant/ cafe.
- Bangers and Mash at L. Mulligan’s Grocer, the top rated gastropub in Dublin.
- Ancient biblical manuscripts at the Chester Beatty Library (including the oldest fragment of Revelation).
- The Tallest Man on Earth at Vicar St. (full post coming soon)
- Delicious coffee at Third Floor Espresso (full post coming soon)
- Biking around Phoenix Park- an enormous park twice as big as Central Park in NYC.