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Oct 7, 2002 02:17 PM


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Looks like we may go to Dublin for Christmas. Any suggestions? I do not know the city, where is the best place to stay? Thanks

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  1. Hope you don't mind me tagging along on this question - we plan to also be there between 12/28 and 1/3 - what should we expect for weather? Snow how cold???

    1. The Shelbourne. Not cheap, but very nice.

      1. The Blooms Hotel on Angelesea St. is very nice. Within walking distance of everything. For food I'd higly recommend Beuley's Oriental Tea House on Grafton St. (Only the name is Oriental: they have all kinds of food there) Have a great time!Bob

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        1. re: bob

          we've been through this before but to prevent any misunderstanding Bewleys is a self service cafe serving fried foods and lasagne etc and gloopy's good for breakfasts or coffee and cakes. other than that for get it. and it's overpriced. however the whole country is criminally overpriced on restaurants - and bars

          1. re: ham

            This is no longer true at all...Bewleys changed management and is more upscale and quite a good spot for a snack or meal if you're around grafton street. I had delicious mushroom soup with lots of herbs and an assortment of hummus-like spreads with good bread. (from what I recall from 2005).

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          Meg & Dave Powell

          Having stayed in several of the cities hotels, we can certainly make a few suggestions. These are all quite expensive but in Dublin nowadays that is unavoidable (luckily for us we have a friend living there so we avoid this nowadays). Anyway, try these (web site address where known).

          The Morrison -
          The Morgan -
          The Merrion -
          Chief O'Neils -
          The Conrad Hilton -
          The Clarence -

          Also we have enclosed a link to the Dublin Softguide below which features hotels, entertainment, restaurants and bars. Oh, the pic below is from The Morgan.

          Let us know how you get on...

          Meg and Dave Powell



          1. Strongly recommend having dinner at Eden - as good as anything we had in France. In Temple Bar area.

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            1. re: Maryann
              Sarah from Dublin

              Hi, I've been living in the US for a coupla years so am not up to date with the current restaurants, so I’ll just put down some information about my favorite coffee shops ... this information can be checked with anyone you meet in Dublin (and it’s a great way to get talking to people, if you like that sort of thing, Dubliners love talking).

              For coffee ... Bewleys have three branches in the city centre, in Grafton Street (the main street everyone goes to first – it’s pedestrianized and has some of the 'classier' stores, like Richard Alan and Brown Thomas), George’s Street – both on the south side of the river Liffey, and Henry Street (cross the Ha’penny Bridge from the south side of town, walk through the first street opposite the bridge and then turn left; it should be on your right). However, on your way you may see many other little coffee shops, and – they’re all good! (Mostly.) For example, on a journey from, say, Grafton Street or Trinity College diagonally to the river, you will come across the IFC (Irish Film Centre) – a doorway in a poky little street off Dame Street brings you down a corridor into a large open three-storey-high space with tables … you can buy a book or a postcard about the movies, ticket(arthouse and foreign-language movies) or buy a beer or a coffee; and they serve light meals too.
              There’s a great little Italianized coffee shop called Pane e (something) on the quay near Ha’penny bridge; it’s very small and the pastries and coffee are really good, continental European style.
              Again, if you go up Grafton Street, walk through Stephen’s Green, up Harcourt Street (on the same side of the Green as is Grafton Street), there’s an incredibly great coffee shop / take away deli called Café Sol (it’s some kind of a chain, see below). Brioche, pain au chocolat and great café americano (espresso coffee but you keep running the water through for a bigger cup).
              There are two shopping centers (maybe you would call them “small malls”) near Grafton Street where you can find good coffee shops: O’Briens is good value for sandwiches, and La Croissanterie for all kinds of croissants in the Grafton Street shopping center, at the top of Grafton Street, on a corner with Stephen’s Green (both of these are part of a chain); while there are more individualistic coffee shops in the Powerscourt center (go down the alley near the Grafton Street Bewleys and the center should be just in front of you).
              Finally, and lest I forget – Café Java in Duke Street or Anne Street (on the left as you go up Grafton Street) – great for sitting outside on sunny days! And Munchies in the IFSC (International Financial Service Centre) near Custom House; a friend of mine has a friend who works there and the coffee is good! (And the National Gallery in Merrion Square – ditto about the friend, another one; café / restaurant with a great open space, modern feel.) Also, Café Pharo near the Abbey Theatre in Abbey Street; small, busy, popular; they used to make the kind of coffee where you could see the oil from the coffee bean floating on the top – my kind of coffee!

              I’ve just looked online and here are some addresses for Café Sol
              · Cafe Sol, Baggot Street, jnt Fitzwilliam Street
              · Cafe Sol, Harcourt Road
              · Cafe Sol, Harcourt Street, jnt Hatch Street
              · Cafe Sol, Earlsfort Tce.
              · Cafe Sol, Clare Street
              · Cafe Sol, upstairs in Habitat, St. Stephens Green
              It’s also in Kilkenny.

              Link: http://acourseinmiraclesinternational...