Dublin – Delectable Food Experiences At Every Turn
When it comes to culinary pleasures, Dublin is undoubtedly foodie heaven. Of course, there are countless excellent restaurants, cafes, and pubs to choose from. Whether you are looking for a traditional full Irish breakfast, a pie and a pint of Guinness at an olde world Irish pub, or you fancy a little fine dining, Dublin is unrivaled in choice and quality.
If you are a true foodie, you will love nothing more than wandering the streets, taking in the scents and sights of food being sold, prepared and consumed.
Whether you adore soaking up the almost reverent atmosphere as you browse in gourmet food boutiques, you feel the excitement course through your veins with the smells, sounds and sights of a busy food market, or you want to learn first-hand with traditional cookery classes, Dublin will not fail to delight and inspire you.
So, follow us into this wondrous world of Irish gastronomy as we explore the best shops, markets and foodie experiences that Dublin has to offer.
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Fallon & Byrne
Oh, how we love Fallon & Byrne. Wine bar. Restaurant. Wedding venue. Food hall. Fallon and Byrne is all things to all people and if you indulge in one gourmet experience on your trip to Dublin, this should probably be it.
Everything that Fallon & Byrne does is driven by quality, sustainability, and local sourcing, wherever possible. This means that, if it is possible to procure it ethically, organically, locally, they will. If it’s not, they will find the best possible alternative. Here, you will be able to browse locally reared rare breed meats, traditionally butchered; buy organic salmon ethically sourced from Clare Island; or delight in a dazzling array of groceries traditionally sourced from around the globe (with an eye on air miles, of course).
And the cheese and charcuterie – oh, the cheese and charcuterie! Myriad perfectly matured cheeses nestle alongside delectable Parma ham; delicately smoked fish jostles for space with beautifully prepared antipasti and divine olives. Add a loaf of freshly baked baguette from the artisan bakery and a good bottle of red from the grocers, and you have the perfect picnic in an instant.
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If the temptation is just too much for you, take the weight off your feet and consider your menu options as you enjoy a beautifully brewed coffee (using the highest-grade beans, of course) and an indulgent slice of cake from the café.
Foodie life doesn’t get better than this.
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Temple Bar Food Market
It may not be as big as people expect, but the Temple Bar Food Market is packed with character – and delicious food – what’s not to love?
On the basis that a trip to Temple Bar is obligatory while you are in Dublin, this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone, particularly if you are only in Dublin for a flying visit and you are not keen on visiting the area for its nightlife.
Tucked away in Meeting House Square, the Temple Bar Food Market gives you a great whistle-stop tour of some of the finest food that Dublin has to offer. Cured meats, the finest selection from Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, locally sourced eggs, and organic fruit and vegetables from McNally’s, make this food market a winner. Buy delicious baked goods and nibble as you browse the array of produce on offer.
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Temple Bar Market is open 10-4.30 on a Saturday and is the perfect place to while away a few indulgent hours. What’s more, a retractable shelter means that rain won’t dampen your spirits.
For more information, follow The Temple Bar Food Market on Facebook.
Dublin Cookery School
Dublin is a melting pot of cultures, each distinct yet fusing seamlessly with the next to create something that is enticing, vibrant, exciting and undeniably unique to Dublin. Its food is the same: world-class, sourcing inspiration from the many cultures of people who have chosen to call Dublin their home while staying true to its roots.
Esteemed chef, Lynda Booth, has worked in some of the finest kitchens around the globe. She is passionate about food, be it a simple tapas dish or fine dining. She has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants under renowned chefs including John Burton-Race and Raymond Blanc. In 2007, Lynda opened the Dublin Cookery School in a bid to share her passion for cooking with others and bring the myriad flavors and cultures that make up Dublin’s gourmet scene to the mainstream.
Whether you want to learn how to cook perfect tapas, or you want to get a few good dinner party meals under your belt; if you are a complete novice wanting to learn how to cook healthy family favorites, or you want to make your Christmas menu one that will be remembered for years to come, the Dublin Cookery School has the course for you. You can literally pick a country, a discipline or an occasion and Dublin Cookery School will have a course to show you how to execute the perfect barbecue, bread, tart, paella, curry…. the list goes on.
With courses lasting from hours to weeks, and with the coveted pop-up dining events, there is plenty going on at the Dublin Cookery School. Check out their calendar and book the ultimate foodie experience.
This is a contributed post.