Last weekend I went to Dublin for a quick trip with my boyfriend and friends. The four of us had been saying for a while that we wanted to have a couple of days in Ireland, but not the touristy part. We found some hidden gems and had a lot of fun so I wanted to share it with anyone else planning a weekend there. We had some ideas of things we wanted to do beforehand, but didn’t actually end up doing them. Instead we gathered some recommendations from taxi drivers and people we got chatting to whilst we were there.

We arrived on Friday afternoon and got a taxi to the cute little house we rented right on the sea front. Our little garden at the back had an archway with a drop right into the sea. It was so peaceful and picturesque.

After dropping our bags off and freshening up, we got a taxi into the centre and found a pub (not hard) where we had some a lot of drinks. We stayed there for a while then found an amazing restaurant called Sova Food Vegan Butcher. There is no direct website to this place but have a look at their Facebook page for more info.

We then went on to a little pub called the Cobblestone that was recommended to us. Its a traditional Irish pub with live music every night. The locals bring in their own instruments, sit in the corner and play them together. It does get pretty crowded and lively but we managed to grab a couple of bar stools and sat and watched them for hours. As the pub was closing we managed to find another room in the same building with a man performing on his guitar. We missed his set but hung around for a while anyway. The Irish being so friendly, came over to our table, shook our hands and started serenading us with beautiful Irish folk music. I cried.

The next day we went for a late breakfast at Happy Food. The place itself is down a back road surrounded by garages but once you’re in there, the little cafe is really cute and quiet with a yoga studio attached. We left there full but for some reason went for more food at Cornucopia. If you’re vegan in a new city, and you find places where you can eat, than eat.

After filling up on potato salad, we then went onto my favourite place in Dublin. If you are going to Dublin for the weekend, this is an absolute must. Peruke & Periwig. It’s a cocktail bar with the most beautiful eclectic interior and calming atmosphere, feeling like you’ve stepped back in time as soon as you walk in. You can get a pint downstairs but I recommend going upstairs to the lounge areas where you can sit down and take in the surroundings. You’ll need a booking for the evenings but we arrived about 4pm and stayed for three hours without one. I’m not a big cocktail fan but all of the ones we tried were delicious. I recommend going for the X-Rated if you have a sweet tooth like me.

Afterwards, we grabbed a quick dinner then went to see Keaton Henson at the Olympia Theatre. We had already pre-booked these tickets but if you ever get a chance to go and see him live then go!

We ended up at the pub next door to the theatre where everyone goes for a post-show drink. We had a drink or two, which then ended up in having many a tequila with lots of new friends. After the pub closed our new friends took us to a rave. Yup a rave.

The next day we got up and obviously went straight for pizza at Aperitivo. This place does the best vegan pizza I have ever had. It has non-vegan pizzas too so I recommend checking it out. We then walked around the city and had a lazy afternoon before catching our flight back to London.

Dublin is the most beautiful, friendly and lively city I have ever been to and I can’t wait to go back! Let me know if you’re planning a trip and I’ll come too.