Picnic treats and Park Eats
Irish weather can make planning picnics a tad unpredictable, which is why it’s important to master the art of the ‘last minute picnic’. When the sun come out, sunglasses and shorts magically appear and Dublin’s parks transform into lush picnic grounds for families, students and even those on their lunch break from work. To take full advantage of picnicking al fresco the Dublin Visitor Centre team have put together a list of our favourite picnic hot spots and the best places city centre restaurants and cafes to pick up the all-important picnic feast.
I work in the Grafton Street Dublin Visitor Centre, right across from Trinity College Dublin. My special place to get out of the office and eat ‘al fresco’ is St. Stephens Green. The many small streets and alleys around Dublin’s favourite shopping street, Grafton Street, offer an unending choice of international cuisines. I regularly stop by Blazing Salads on Drury Lane, and head to Dublin’s and my favourite Georgian Square, St. Stephen’s Green. Blazing Salads vegetarian dishes are literally bursting with colour and flavour, just like the flower gardens in the centre of the Green; where I spread out in the warm grass overlooking the duck pond, to watch the world go by. Before heading back to work, via Butler’s coffee, refreshed and ready to help you get the best out of your trip to Dublin.
Brian: My favourite lunch time treat on a sunny day is to grab a sandwich in Avoca on Suffolk Street. An off-shoot of the famous Avoca mill in Co. Wicklow, the Avoca shop has an amazing basement café- one of Dublin’s best kept secrets! I picnic on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin. The college grounds are a like a breath of fresh air from the bustling crowds of College Green. I either tuck into my lunch by the Old Library & the Book of Kells of head to the Cricket ground, just behind the Berkley Library for some peace and quiet. Like, Laura I enjoy a coffee after lunch and often go into the Whiskey Museum, right beside the Dublin Visitor Centre for a coffee with a view over Dublin’s most impressive Georgian building.
Kate: On sunny afternoons I love to head to the Dubh Linn Gardens, on the grounds Dublin Castle. I normally head straight to Fallon and Byrne on Wicklow Street. Locally known as F&B, this organic supermarket’s deli has a massive array of cold cuts, pastries and desserts. The small Dubh Linn gardens hidden behind Dublin Castle are said to cover the original black pool which gave the city its name! Dubh Linn is black pool in Irish! If I have time I visit the city’s best museum, the Chester Beatty Library!
On sunny afternoons I love to head to the Dubh Linn Gardens, on the grounds Dublin Castle. I normally head straight to Fallon and Byrne on Wicklow Street. Locally known as F&B, this organic supermarket’s deli has a massive array of cold cuts, pastries and desserts. The small Dubh Linn gardens hidden behind Dublin Castle are said to cover the original black pool which gave the city its name! Dubh Linn is black pool in Irish! If I have time I visit the city’s best museum, the Chester Beatty Library!
Karolina: I live just south of the city centre and on a sunny day I grab a blanket and a good book and go Georgian Merrion Square. Slightly smaller than St. Stephen’s Green, Merrion Squares a quiet oasis in the heart of the city centre. It’s lovely to look up from your book every now remember you’re in the heart of the city and there’s barely anyone there! If I haven’t brought a homemade lunch, I treat myself to an artisan sandwich from Chopped on Baggot Street. Yeah it’s another salad bar, but on a sunny day- it’s the perfect treat!
To live and dine like a Dubliner or to find your favourite Café or deli click here to view our places to eat in Dublin section or stop by and say hello to the Dublin Visitor Centre team, the friendliest tourist information office team in Dublin