Dublin: Europe's New Coolest City


Written by Aisha Nozari
12 Monday 12th August 2013

I think it’s safe to say that over here in 2013 Dublin is pretty hip and St Stephen’s Green Topshop is no longer the city’s coolest hangout. Long gone are the days when Dublin was all kebabs, booze and hen parties. The Emerald Isle’s capital is getting so vibrant it’s giving London a run for its money. Oh, and don’t worry, booze is still very much in the picture.

These days a tour of the Guinness Storehouse isn’t the only reason to visit Dublin, I mean didn’t you hear? It’s cool to be a culture vulture! And Dublin’s not short of thing for us to scavenge off. The city’s been putting both its financial instability and urban space to wonderful use, take Exchange for example, the collective has been converting closed – down shops, unused garages and empty warehouses into a wide variety of exhibition spaces, hosting everything from film festivals to zine fairs. Along with the flurry of pop ups and art and design collectives Dublin’s started taking a bunch of other stuff pretty seriously too, such as food.

With an artisan food market replacing the Victorian fruit and vegetable market and an array of diverse restaurants opening up across the city, it looks like colcannon might finally be off the menu. And if that’s not good enough, the Dublin 8 area even has café’s combining dining with fashion, such as Bibi's, so you can eat and buy shoes simultaneously. Life probably doesn’t get much better than that.

There’s also the city’s weekly flea market over in New Market Square, with holds over sixty stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to second hand bikes. Talking of bikes, you can find a whole bunch of places to rent them at low rates across the city, offering way more freedom than tour buses and also the chance to explore the many coastal villages surrounding Dublin that are sure to keep your instagram followers happy.

It’s probably also advisable to throw the endless stream of independent record stores a visit, maybe pick up something by Dubliner Rejjie Snow, then why not visit Drumcondra? According to the rapper it’s ‘the most chill place ever.’

Dublin isn’t short of hip things to do, but it’s unlikely you’re going to be able to squeeze them all into one day, which is why hotels are pretty handy. And what’s better than a reasonably priced, glamorous boutique hotel in the middle of it all? Pretty much nothing, so The Morgan is going to be your best bet. I mean who WOULDN'T wanna stay here?

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  • Guest: twattybolloks
    Wed 14 - Aug - 2013, 13:29
    Don't forget about all the gun crime and heroin addicts! Loads of heroin!