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Take 5: Here's How to Make the Most of a Weekend in Dublin

Take 5 BY mattie kahn 03/26/2014

Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!

 

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Just over an hour from London by plane, Dublin makes for a pretty magical weekend getaway. But the city famous for its literature and liquor has killer boutiques and amazing ice cream (you know, on top of all that beer and Bailey’s). Here, the so-good spots I fell for. 

 

Murphy’s
The ice cream for sale at this establishment is the flat-out best I’ve ever tasted. My only complaint? That I was forced to choose but two of its sixteen flavors. (Kerry Cream Vanilla and Irish Brown Bread, FTW!) 
(27 Wicklow St.)

 

Meet & Meat
The fish and chips at Leo Burdock are as good as Dubliners say. But once you’ve had your fill of fried food, head to this corner café for a lunchtime sandwich or a heaping cheese board. Be sure to savor every bite of the Guinness-infused gouda. It’s only right.
(1-3 S. William St.)

 

Costume
A veteran of Dublin’s Castle Market Street, this boutique stocks designers like Johnstons of Elgin and Thakoon Addition. Be sure to solicit the advice of its super-chic saleswomen while you browse—they’re brimming with top-notch local recommendations. (Thanks, guys!) 
(10-11 Castle Market St.)

 

Blazing Salads
First off, the name! This brilliantly christened deli—with its endless array of salads, samosas, and baked goods—is the kind I’d frequent daily if I lived in Dublin. Since I don’t, I’ll have to settle for the cookbook filled with at-home takes on the recipes.
(42 Drury St.)

 

Project 51
Equal parts gallery and cooperative, this spot in the heart of the city celebrates local designers, and its supply of cozy knitwear could make even the harshest Irish winters seem at least a little more bearable.
(51 S. William St.)

 

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