When you live in a city, it’s very easy to accidentally overlook the natural beauty of the place.
Day to day, you miss the things that make the city so magical.
The same can happen as a tourist – you get whisked around the usual sights without ever really getting under the skin of the city.
It is for this very reason that we decided to go out and photograph 27 of the most unique and exciting parts of Dublin. We chose to focus not only on the sights, but also on the people who make this city what it is.
So grab a cuppa, put the feet up and enjoy our photographic tour of Dublin…
1. Rathgar – View Photos
Despite being known primarily as a suburb, Rathgar boasts heaps of great places to eat and drink. As a result, this is a popular destination both in the evenings and weekends for locals and visitors alike.
2. Templeogue – View Photos
If you’re an active person who enjoys a run or cycle in the fresh air, then Templeogue is a great spot to check out.
Residents are lucky enough to be surrounded by green spaces like Dodder Valley Park, while Bushy Park is only a stones throw away.
3. Ranelagh – View Photos
Ranelagh is best known in Dublin for its restaurants as, despite being a relatively small village, it is absolutely jam-packed with incredible places in which to eat and drink.
It’s always rammed on Saturday mornings with people heading straight to their favourite brunch spot.
4. Drumcondra – View Photos
Pop into Fagan’s pub on ‘match day’ and you’ll find the place packed with locals, as well as travelling sports fans in need of a few scoops before and after the game.
5. Castleknock – View Photos
A lot of Dubs are familiar with Castleknock Country Club as a nice spot to go for a round of golf but it’s also a great location if you’re looking for something tasty to eat.
The Lo Cal Kitchen will be a hit with those on a health kick, while Asian restaurant Geisha offers great value on its early bird.
6. Phoenix Park – View Photos
The Phoenix Park is probably the most under-utilised amenity in Dublin City.
It’s one of the largest parks in a European capital, as well as being home to the Áras an Uachtaráin. The park is a top spot for all sorts of sports, from running and cycling to an informal kickabouts.
7. Glasnevin – View Photos
Glasnevin is home to two of Dublin’s big attractions.
The National Botanical Gardens is known for its magnificent grounds, sprouting all sorts of stunning flowers, trees and other plants, while Glasnevin Cemetery, where over 1.5 million Dubliners are buried, is definitely worth a Sunday trip.
8. Sandymount – View Photos
Sandymount is a prime location for city workers, being just a stone’s throw from town while still boasting a beautiful coastal promenade. You’ll always see people out and about, whether walking with friends, bringing the kids to run around or jogging down at the water’s edge.
9. Malahide – View Photos
10. Dalkey – View Photos
Dalkey boasts incredible views, seafront walks and a beautiful little village… not to mention its annual Lobster Festival!
Well worth a visit.
11. Trinity College – View Photos
Trinity College Dublin is a place that most Dubliners have fond memories of visiting, whether they attended the college or not.
From the inaugural visit to see the Book of Kells to the lazy summer afternoons chilling at the Pav, we’re lucky to have such a stunning spot right in the city centre.
12. Drury Street – View Photos
Drury Street has some amazing speciality cafés and restaurants, as well as some cool independent stores selling clothes, furniture and jewellery. It’s definitely one of the most fresh and exciting parts of the city.
13. George’s Street – View Photos
Over the last few years, George’s Street has become the best street in the city centre for a meal out.
There are so many exciting restaurants offering all sorts of cuisine. If you want Mexican tostados, there’s 777, or classic french fare in Le Gueuleton, you can head to Diwali for mouth-watering Indian food, and you’ll find the most amazing Japanese tapas in Izakaya, as well as Italian food with a New York style twist in San Lorenzos.
14. Temple Bar – View Photos
Temple Bar is definitely the most recognisable part of the city, with tourists flocking here to discover the music, art, and food of Dublin.
While many locals are of the opinion that it has been ruined by tourism, there are plenty of amazing bookstores, cafes, galleries, bars and markets to enjoy once you leave the main square.
15. South William Street – View Photos
South William Street is one of my favourite parts of the city, always buzzing with activity.
It’s become well known as a beauty mecca with tonnes of hair salons, barbers, nail bars and beauty rooms lining the street. Grab a pint and sit outside Pygmalion watching the world go by.
16. Grafton Street – View Photos
No matter how well acquainted you are with Grafton Street, it always manages to surprise you.
While the slow walkers can get on our nerves at times, it has an amazing energy and you’re highly likely to bump into someone you know.
17. Blackrock – View Photos
Despite being a short drive from town, Blackrock really does feel relaxed and removed from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It is a gorgeous little village with great seaside views and an amazing market.
18. O’Connell Street – View Photos
O’Connell Street served as a prominent backdrop to monumental events in Irish history including the Dublin Lockout gatherings, the 1916 Rising and the Irish Civil War.
It boasts some of Dublin’s best known monuments including the statues of Daniel O’Connell, James Larkin and William Smith O’Brien. Not to mention the world’s largest sculpture, the Dublin Spire.
19. Moore Street – View Photos
Moore Street is one of our favourite streets in Dublin – there is a unique hustle and bustle there that you don’t get in many other parts of Dublin. You can have some serious banter with the food vendors as you try to haggle prices.
The food on Moore Street is also hard to beat – you’ve got the incredible FX Buckley butchers, which is our favourite in the city, and an array of fresh fruit, veg and flower stalls.
20. Harold’s Cross – View Photos
Harold’s Cross is probably one of the quieter neighbourhoods south of the canal, but it still has lots of great spots worth exploring, as well as a gorgeous park.
21. Donnybrook – View Photos
Donnybrook is known as one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Dublin, and when you walk through it you can tell why.
Beautiful Georgian houses line the streets, and Herbert Park is littered with cherry blossom petals and people relaxing on the grass or playing sports.
There are plenty of delicious places to go for a good lunch or dinner, and if you can splurge, Donnybrook Fair is a fantastic spot to do your grocery shopping, with great food from both local and international producers.
22. Howth – View Photos
Howth is one of the loveliest places to be in Dublin when the sun shines.
From walking along the cliffs to eating fresh fish in one of the many beautiful seaside restaurants, any day in Howth is completed perfectly by watching the sunset from the end of the pier.
23. Rathmines – View Photos
Rathmines has come a long way over the last five years and it’s now bursting with art galleries, restuarants, cafés and bookshops, with a very creative vibe breezing through the neighbourhood.
24. Dun Laoghaire – View Photos
Dun Laoghaire is a must for anybody here for a long weekend and no trip is ever complete without some Teddy’s ice-cream!
25. Stoneybatter – View Photos
We’re all guilty of visiting the same haunts week in and week out – usually our own neighbourhood or the city centre at the weekends.
Yet Dublin City has so many beautiful villages, neighbourhoods and streets that are worth exploring. Stoneybatter is fast becoming a destination for good times as more pop-up restaurants appear and cool events are hosted in the area.
26. Capel Street – View Photos
We’ve said it many times before but Capel Street is an absolute gem with lots of great cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs to visit. It’s a total hotspot, bustling with people every day of the week and buzzing with atmosphere.
27. And Finally… Take A Look At This Photo Essay Of Dublin And Her People.
What a city – up the Dubs!