Dublin’s Creative Quarter spans from South William St. to George’s Street and from Exchequer St. to Lower Stephen’s St, and is a rabbit hole of creativity and interesting enterprise.
A world of colour, smells and tastes – there’s always something new and captivating to stumble across on a lazy afternoon – and make sure to pop in for a pint of Archway along the way for extra chilled out vibes.
Here are six of our favourite fascinating finds in the most vibrant district in the city.
1. A quick coffee at Frame
As if by magic, framing studio FRAME sell freshly brewed coffee through a tiny window in the front of the shop to passersby.
They also serve brekkie and lunch so that you can peruse one of their exhibitions on a full belly.
2. Unique gifts at Designist
Designist is a design led gift & homeware store, selling online and also at their shop on South Great George’s Street. They stock lighting, table ware, stationery, plant containers, glasses, storage items, wall items, kitchen ware, toys, and a heap of other delights, with most things coming in for under €100.
Our Fave Gift:
Copper Photo Mobile: €12.50
3. The Smallest Art Gallery in Ireland
Ball Ban art gallery is tucked away off Grafton St just around the corner from Bewley’s Cafe and provides quality, diverse and affordable works of art from both emerging and established contemporary Irish and European artists.
Its founder Frank O’ Dea is achieving growing recognition from art buyers in Ireland and internationally, and it’s right on your doorstep.
4. Love Lane
This Temple Bar lane has been transformed into an open air art exhibition by Dublin’s most talented artists.
Take a long lunch and let the inspiring quotes and gorgeous colours be food for thought.
5. Dinner at The Green Hen
You’ll easily spot this little gem on Exchequer St thanks to the glaring neon green hen above the door.
It’s “classic French cuisine with an Irish twist” and has some of the nicest interiors in the city.
You’ll be hard pushed to look at your plate with all the countless distractions in the decor – from framed posters to ornate mirrors.
Perfect for a delish dinner before you head for pints.
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6. That place where you can get EVERYTHING
Industry Design is a little gem that takes multi-tasking to the max. An eatery and lifestyle store that stocks homewares, gifts, books, lighting, furniture. You’ll easily wile away the hours and the pennies in this spot.
7. Drinks at The Bank Bar
Finish up with a pint in the luxurious surroundings of The Bank Bar on College Green.
Amazing staff that will look after your every whim, as well as delicious pub grub if you find yourself with a case of the munchies.