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28th Aug 2019

Dublin By District: Dublin 6

Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

Dublin 6 is the spot where everyone wants to be.

From trendy cafés to deadly bars, yoga studios, scenic parks, loads of shops, great transport links and every kind of restaurant – it has everything you need.

Dublin 6 is made up of Harold’s Cross, Milltown, Ranelagh, Rathgar, Rathmines and Terenure.

I’ve decided to dissect Dublin bit by bit over the coming weeks, giving you the inside scoop to every single postcode, including those quiet leafy suburbs.

Here are Dublin 6’s best bits:

Breakfast: Fia Café, Rathgar

Fia is a small neighbourhood café in Rathgar that provides its customers with the highest quality food, coffee and service in a super dreamy and relaxed setting.

If the café is physically small, then the menu is smaller again. Three breakfast dishes and three lunch dishes. The food in Fia is very simple with a focus on using the best produce available, with as much Irish produce as possible and working with the seasons.

Fresh produce, meticulously detailed plates and dreamy, dreamy surroundings – you simply cannot go wrong.

Brunch: Five Points, Harold’s Cross

A trendy eatery located in the heart of Harold’s Cross.

They make some of the tastiest scrambled eggs I’ve ever had and their coffee saved many, many hangovers of mine. The place is always bustling, even at off-peak hours.

Lunch: Wilde And Green, Milltown

When I was putting this article together, I realised there are so few cafés/restaurants in Milltown. I drive through Milltown quite a bit and the only place that sprung to mind was Wilde And Green.

On the same scale as Brambles and Avoca, Wilde And Green is a bit of a notions-y spot but also a great place for a coffee and a nibble. It’s a little on the pricey side so beware of that – the salads are delicious, however!

Grove Road, Rathmines

Located on the Rathmines/Portobello Bridge, this café has a lot of character. It’s a gorge place to sit and chill for the day.

Overlooking the canal, there’s no place better to perch yourself and nurse a coffee or munch on lunch. Their sambos are up there as some of the best in the city – deffo a great place to grab something on the go as well.

Dinner: Damascus Gate, Terenure

Did you know that there is a Damascus Gate in Terenure? Well, there is!

You can expect some truly great things in this local restaurant – belly dancers, vine leaves with fresh lemon and handmade baklava make this little spot really stand out. If you’re looking for a unique food experience, this is deffo one to put on your list.

Coffee Fix: Project Black

Lovin HQ is located in Ranelagh and on those mornings when I need a little pick-me-up before heading into the office, Project Black has my back.

The staff are super friendly and always up for a chat while they work their magic and make art of coffee.

Drink In: Blackbird

The trendiest bar in town, with an impressively good beer menu. Blackbird is atmospheric, with gorgeous decor and genuinely good fun.

They have a range of board games including Jenga, gothic candles, 90s-style sweets at the bar and a quirky carpet along the floor. It’s a serious spot for a casual yet intimate date.

Amenities: The Swan Centre

The Swan Centre is such a handy spot – parking is cheap, there’s a deadly Dunnes Stores (I go there for lunch every single day!), a plethora of cute boutiques, a Maccy D’s, a gym and a cinema.

It’s also home to The Hopsack which is ideal for our veggie and vegan friends. They stock a wide range of sustainable products and their coffee is a favourite among the Lovin team.

Exercise: Project Revive

This studio in Ranelagh specialises in pilates, yoga, boxilates, hot yoga, bootcamp and meditation.

Classes run in the mornings, so you can pop in before work, and also in the evening.

I’ve heard amazing things about the boxilates classes and will definitely be signing up in the next few weeks to give it a go.

Parks: Bushy Park

Bushy Park is a very wholesome place.

This huge park is ideal for dog walkers, those looking to laze in the sun and also a great spot for the kids. There’s a skatepark on site as well as a range of walking routes, courts, park runs and the most darling food market on the weekend.

Date Night: Host

Host in Ranelagh is the perfect place for a date.

It’s right by the Luas so it’s handy to get to and from, it’s intimate and the food is just superb. With a stunning flower wall created by The Crate, this place oozes romance.

USP: Walking distance to the city with its own village feel

Dublin 6 is only a stone’s throw away from town but when you’re there you feel like you’re in your own little world.

It may be insane to rent in this area but it’s acc such a lovely place to spend the day and discover a new nook of Dublin, outside of the familiar city centre life.