If you want a sneak peek of the island’s spectacular views, go up to the north of Dublin, to the fisher’s village named Howth. You can get there by bus or by train from the city centre. On a sunny day, the steep coast looks fantastic, and there are different walks throughout the Howth peninsula. If you are an early bird you can admire the sunrise from the highest point of the peninsula. If you want to take it easy, you can always go at lunchtime and enjoy the typical fish and chips and walk around the harbour, accompanied by buskers and their guitar.
Dublin is full of nice little cafes that can serve as a refuge from the always present Irish rain. You will always find mouth-watering cakes in Little Sicily on Saint Anne’s street, plus a vintage shop on the second floor. Or you can go for a snack on the busier KC Peaches. Another must is the café at the National Gallery. The atmosphere there is always relaxed and you can combine it with a visit to the museum in the recently re-opened building.
If you are interested in books, the city has many book shops that are worth a visit. Chapters, on Parnell street, has the largest stock of books in the country, both new titles and second-hand books, all at very low prices. The historical Hodges Figgis, next to Trinity College at the heart of the city is a very good place to find books focused on Ireland’s rich culture and eventful history.
For a nice evening out, check out the Grand Canal Square. Full of various restaurants to choose from, the buildings and sculptures are lit up beautifully when the sun goes down. You can even go to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and see a nice musical theatre piece.