• Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

Dublin's Hidden Gems - Five Places Locals Want To Keep A Secret

If you're visiting Dublin, or maybe you're a local, chances are you'll find yourself in the tourist honeypot areas. If you want to try something different, there are some deadly hidden gems to be discovered.

1. Marsh's Library

If you’re visiting Dublin chances are Trinity College library is on your bucket list. This popular spot can often be noisy and flooded with crowds, if that’s not your scene and you want to take a step into a charming home of books, Marsh’s Library is the ideal place to explore.

This vintage library has been in operation for over three centuries and still holds its original oak bookcases filled with more than 25,000 rare and incredible books. This unique setting was visited by some famous people such as Bram Stoker and James Joyce.

On a rainy day this is a great place to visit.

You’ll find it next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 8.

2. Vintage Cocktail Club

Behind an unassuming black door in the heart of the city you’ll find one of Dublin’s trendiest cocktail bars.

To enter, you must ring the doorbell and wait before you are greeted by your server and led into this quirky venue. The alluring speakeasy bar is dimly lit by candles, the walls are laced with vintage wallpaper and velour chairs surrounded by marble-top tables.

Pretty boujee.

As well as its captivating atmosphere, VCC is home to master mixologists and stellar cocktails. They offer an extensive cocktail menu that will take you on a trip through time.

3. The Ruby Sessions

If you want to rub shoulders with some of Ireland’s biggest up and coming musical artists (or maybe even the chart-toppers if you’re lucky) The Ruby Sessions is a must.

The live musical gig is held in Doyle’s on College Street every Tuesday and it has been running for almost twenty years.

Artists such as The Coronas, Ed Sheeran, Hozier and Gavin James have played in this iconic venue.

It’s an intimate gig and it’s always a great night out. Best of all, all proceeds go to the Dublin Simon Community, a homeless charity, so you’re doing good as well as feeling good.

4. John Kavanagh's "The Gravediggers"

One of the main things you’ll want to do in Dublin when you visit is to sit in a traditional pub and have a pint of the black stuff. Temple Bar is the hot spot for tourists to do that but frankly, it’s a rip off and you’ll really struggle to find a seat.

Try find a smaller or more local pub, that’s where you’ll find the magic and true culture of the traditional Irish pub.

The Gravediggers in Glasnevin is up there as one of the best around. It’s been completely untainted by the contemporary trends sweeping the city and probably looks the exact same as it did years ago. There’s no fuss, no Wifi, no music which encourages you to stop and take it all in.

Best of all, it’s dog friendly so you can make some furry friends.

They also serve up an incredible tapas menu that must be tried.

5. The Cake Café

Tucked away down a small lane behind the bustling Camden street is one of the most gorgeous places for brunch or lunch in the city – welcome to The Cake Café.

If you haven’t guessed by the name, this is an amazing place to tuck into some freshly made Irish desserts with a cup of tea.

The venue is really cool, colourful and a little haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Time to get exploring!


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