Monday 27 March 2017

A Perfect Day: Dublin

24 hours in the capital

Dublin by Design
Dublin by Design
Irish Design Afternoon tea at the Westbury
Huevos Rancheros at Sophies.
Westbury's Irish Design afternoon tea.
Super Miss Sue
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Our travel expert spends 24 hours in the capital city, guided by Irish Design 2015's new Design Island app.

11am: Brunch at Sophie's


Hip is a loaded term these days, but The Dean Hotel's investment in Irish art and Sophie's rooftop restaurant ("the weather is our wallpaper") ensure it channels Dublin, rather than Kreuzberg or Shoreditch. Syrupy pancake stacks and chorizo-strewn Huevos Rancheros (€9.95, pictured) hit all the right brunch buttons. Your hangover won't know what hit it.

2pm: Dublin by Design

I'll jump at any chance to rediscover Dublin - and I got one thanks to Design Island, the app for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015). Using your location, the app suggests stops close by, and I start by making a beeline for the Irish Design Shop (pictured top, above) on Drury Street. From Cushendale throws to Instagram frames made with maple reclaimed from old gym halls and dance floors, it's a doozy. Next up is Powerscourt Townhouse, where I find funky home-goods store Article located in an enviable space - Lord Powerscourt's former dressing room.

4pm: Edible art

westbury design tea.jpg  

Fancy sinking your teeth into a work of art? Try a bite-sized blueberry roulade inspired by ceramicist Jack Doherty's Duo Porcelain. It's one of several titillating treats in The Westbury's Irish Design Afternoon Tea (a sour-cream mousse inspired by Angela O'Kelly's sculptural necklaces is another). Delicious? Yes. Decadent? Doubly so. But the service is sweet, the lounge sumptuous, and the views over Harry Street are gallery-worthy themselves.; €45pp.

8pm: A super supper


Design Island is a genius idea, giving me a fresh perspective on everything from Dublin's architecture to street art at the Bernard Shaw pub. For dinner, the app points me to Super Miss Sue's, restaurateur John Farrell's "seafood extravaganza on two floors". The fish is good, and I love the glowing orange Campari bottles, but my top takeaway is the triple-cooked chips. Now that's a design for life...

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