Billed as the city’s ‘Bohemian Quarter’ Temple Bar has become more of a national embarrassment. It’s more commonly associated with drunk stag parties than the city’s cultural hub. That said though, a walk through Temple Bar has a lot to offer, especially if it’s not 4am on a Sunday morning. If you haven’t been around Temple Bar recently wander down and check out this lot. You might be in for a surprise.
Temple Bar Food Market, Meeting House Square
Every Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm at Meeting House Square under the new retractable canopy. Drop by for the best fresh Irish produce, from freshly baked goods to fresh oysters. Now that’s what we should be telling the tourists about.
Indigo & Cloth, 9 Essex Street
The four storey building is home to a hip menswear store as well as a creative studio and a café. Worth a visit just to witness how much trendy one store can ooze.
Staple Foods, Curved Street
The healthy eating restaurant is one of the best spots in the city for jumbo salads and massive juices.
IFI, 6 Eustace Street
The original home of independent and home grown films in the capital, the IFI is still the go to place for film buffs. There’s also a nice café and bar so you can make an evening of it.
Another funky clothes store that’s too hip for its boots. Siopaella specialises in new and used designer gear.
Jam Art Factory, Crown Alley
An independent gallery and design shop that’s brilliant for picking up the coolest souvenirs and gifts. All the art on sale is super hip and very quirky but lots of it has a nod to our Irish culture, so you can get some really special souvenirs.
The Porterhouse is big and brash and for locals it might not be the first place that springs to mind when you’re planning a night out, but don’t forget the Porterhouse was doing craft beer long before it became cool. The food is good and there’s a great atmosphere when there’s live music streaming out over the bar’s four floors.
Vintage Cocktail Club, Crown Alley
You’ll need deep pockets to experience the ‘exclusive cocktail and dining experience’ at VCC but you get what you pay for, as they say. The plush seats and extravagant cocktails will make you feel like you’ve finally made it.
Tamp & Stitch, Essex Street West
Quirky women’s and men’s clothing store and the kind of place that makes you wonder if Temple Bar is our bohemian quarter after all. There’s coffee and cake too.
Hippetys, Fownes Street
Cute and quirky café and wine bar that doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. It won’t break the bank either.