Tuesday 23 January 2018

Dublin is 'like walking into a Christmas card' - New York Times

'Tis the season.

Grafton Street at Christmas.
Grafton Street at Christmas.
O'Connell Street at Christmas, Dublin.
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The New York Times has paid a pre-Christmas visit to Dublin, finding 'Good Cheer and Great Deals' aplenty for its readers.

"What I found was a newly energized city rich not only with jovial cheer, but also an abundance of artisan offerings and a creative, literary spirit," says the author, Ratha Tep.

"Better yet, much of it can been enjoyed frugally, all in the city’s compact, eminently walkable centre."

Tep's piece appears in the paper's 'Frugal Traveller' column, which focuses on budget travel.

The author moved to Dublin this August, she says.

She mentions the Christmas markets at St. Stephen's Green, where "throngs of revelers sipped warm brandy-spiked punch out of plastic flutes" to the tune of Louis Armstrong.

"From there, I could spot the dazzling rows of white chandelier-style Christmas lights of Grafton Street, a pedestrianized shopping avenue set over newly installed granite slabs quarried from the nearby Dublin and Wicklow Mountains."

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O'Connell Street at Christmas, Dublin.

She goes on to laud Dublin's buskers - including Bono, who has given free performances near Fusilier's Arch at Christmas, with proceeds going to the Dublin Simon Community.

Brown Thomas is namechecked for shopping, but Tep also recommends Makers & Brothers & Others, a pop-up running until Christmas Eve.

The Temple Bar Food Market and cafes and restaurants like Bean & Goose, Vice, the Woollen Mills and Winding Stair also get the New York Times' nod.

The piece concludes with a lunchtime play at Bewley's Cafe Theatre for €8 - "a one-act performance along with a set 'light lunch', which on the afternoon I visited consisted of a big bowl of spicy, coconut-y broccoli soup and two slices of hearty brown bread."

This is the second major travel piece The New York Times has produced on Dublin in the space of a month... bringing its take on the city to a circulation of up to 1.8 million.

"After the show ended, I headed back out into the Christmas card that is Dublin."

You can read the piece in full here.

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