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Dublin on the map – what CoolHunting.com has to say

Over the weekend I stumbled across this great article on CoolHunting.com on what Dublin has to offer in terms of fashion, coffee, pubs and more, and agreed with ever one of its recommendations. Obviously the list of great places in …

Tue, Mar 20, 2012, 10:30

   

Over the weekend I stumbled across this great article on CoolHunting.com on what Dublin has to offer in terms of fashion, coffee, pubs and more, and agreed with ever one of its recommendations. Obviously the list of great places in Dublin – and Ireland, really – is potentially longer than the list of women perved on by Berlusconi, but to Cool Hunting’s list I’d like to add a few hideaways of my own.

1. Shutterbug, Kilkenny

A brother and sister run vintage store in a converted bank in Kilkenny, Shutterbug is a veritable treasure trove of slick, sequined and super-cool wares, sourced by Blanaid Hennessy and sold at a rate of knots on the shop’s Facebook page. I wrote a piece about them a few weeks back.

2. Foam Café, Dublin 1

This coffee shop cum carnival of delights, tucked away on North Great Strand Street, is a sight for not-so-sore eyes – do not, I repeat, do not dream of going in here with a headache. Hours could happily be spent exploring the decor and myriad themes the owners have taken inspiration from – and I’d highly recommend the orange drizzle cake.

3. Charlie Byrne’s bookshop, Galway

Many a weekend afternoon of my college years was spent browsing the shelves of Charlie Byrne’s, surely one of the country’s most interesting and formidable bookshops. You would be hard pressed to leave this bookshop empty-handed, having found exactly what you were looking for (in more than one edition) and more – from Vogue Covers to histories of Irish mythology, this bookshop really has everything.

What would you add to Cool Hunting’s list?