When I travel to another city, I seek out the coolest places to eat, drink, shop and stay – this involves everything from Google searches, asking for recommendations on Twitter, cutting out insider’s tips from Fashion magazines or blogs and buying the most up and coming guide book. Truth be told, I’d love to be handed this information on a plate, with a map of the best places to see and to be seen.
Oddly enough, I’ve never had to do it for Dublin as I live here but I’ve often wondered how visitors coming to Ireland would know how to find the coolest places to shop, eat and stay in Dublin? Enter Kildare Village, Le Cool and illustrator Kitty Moss “Style adventure map of Dublin” which is the ultimate fashion lover’s map of Dublin city. Click here to download the map.
It’s an insider’s guide to the coolest places to eat, drink; shop and stay, from buzzy boutiques to hip eateries. Dublin pit stops include lunch in Fade Street Social and visiting the many shops and boutiques on Drury St – Dublin’s creative quarter. This is followed by a trip to the outlets which are located at Kildare Village (buses leave from Suffolk Street daily) to check out the discounted prices at Ralph Lauren, Le Crueset, Nike, Nicole Farhi, Cath Kidson, Reiss, Ted Baker, LK Bennett & many more.
Last week, I headed down to Kildare Village to discover the newly opened Lulu Guinness shop – which is a handbag lover’s dream if ever I saw one. There is up to 50% off retail prices, with the infamous lips clutches which are coveted by many a celebrity, selling for €199 (the retail at approx €320). Not only that but there some stand out bags for under €100 with brollies, wallets and shoppers costing much less.
I had a coffee and bite to eat in L’Officina, an Italian eatery run by Dunne & Crezenzi, before hitting the shops to buy a DKNY jumper, a lace peplum in French Connection and a bag in Lulu Guinness.
Instead of trekking back to Dublin, my days shopping was topped off with a stay in the luxurious, Carton House, located near Maynooth Co. Kildare. (Other cool places to stay in Dublin the map recommends are Kelly’s Hotel, The Marker Hotel and The Merrion).
Breakfast at Carton House the following day was enjoyed with views of the Linden trees in the surrounding estate, which houses one of Ireland’s top golf courses. I gave the golf a miss to indulge in a swim in the indoor pool and an hour long massage at the spa in Carton House instead before chilling out in the relaxation room over a raspberry sorbet, tucked up under a furry blanket reading, magazines. Bliss! I didn’t want to leave.Tweet