If you\’re in Dublin for a few days, you\’re entire trip, or just stopping by before heading to the countryside, my Clean Travel Guide to Dublin, Ireland is for you!

This Clean Travel Guide to Dublin shares some Dublin & Ireland insights, clean eats, health food shops, great places to stay, and activities that highlight Irish culture and contribute to our health and wellness.

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and the main hub to fly in and out of. So, more than likely, you\’ll be spending some time here.

There are plenty of places to stay, clean quick eats, longer sit-down eats, health shops, and some great historical and health-boosting activities to discover in this historical city.

I hope this Clean Travel Guide to Dublin is helpful and spurs on a trip to this beautiful Irish city!

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Things to know before traveling to Dublin

  • There really isn\’t a need to rent a car if you are in Dublin. Taxi\’s are extremely easy to get (try Free Now app to book), most things are easily walkable, and there is also public bus transportation.
  • If you decide to drive, they drive one the Right side of the car and the Left side of the road. *Pro Tip – The driver will always be driving next to the center line on the road.
  • Make sure you pack the correct outlet converters…these are not the same as UK outlet converters.
  • Most hotels, guesthouses and B&B\’s have USB ports for chargers and such.
  • Basically everyone speaks english, especially in the larger cities. You\’ll encounter more Irish/Gaeilge when traveling to the west coast.

STAY

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Cassidy\’s Hotel

We stayed at Cassidy\’s Hotel while we were in Dublin. It is a great location, on Upper O\’Connell Street – in walkable distance to the city center and most popular Dublin attractions.

Cassidy\’s has a fancy hotel bar that is open for daily tea, bar food, and drinks. They also have a fancy restaurant called Restaurant Six that offers a great menu with locally sourced Irish produce and meats.

Breakfast is not complimentary, but you can add it to your room fare when you book or when you check in.

Gardiner Lodge

Gardiner Lodge is in Dublin\’s city center on Lower Gardiner Street. It\’s a fantastic 23 bedroom, remodeled Georgian Townhouse with great rates and complimentary Full Irish and Continental breakfast!

Fitzpatrick Castle

Fitzpatrick Castle is a 4-star hotel in south Dublin, just next to Killiney Hill on Dublin Bay. We stayed here on our last night before leaving Ireland. We wanted to be close to the airport, but not in the city so we wouldn\’t have to drive in traffic.

This is a family-owned, remodeled castle. It has a great atmosphere and is very family-friendly. They have several restaurants and drink options on-site.

The real treat about staying here is the proximity to awesome attractions like Killiney Hill, Dalkey Village, and Island. Swimming in the bay is a popular activity when the weather allows!

The Westbury

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The Westbury is smack dab in the middle of Dublin, just a hop and a skip from St. Stephen\’s Green. This is a beautiful 5-star luxury hotel.

Wilde and Bafles are the two restaurant attractions at this hotel. They have great vegan and vegetarian options, all of their meat and poultry are farm to fork Irish products, and they make an effort to offer healthier options!

We ate brunch at Bafles while we were in Dublin and loved it! They had milk alternatives for our lattes and some great healthy breakfast options for our paleo dietary preferences.

EAT

A Clean Travel Guide to Dublin wouldn\’t be complete without healthy places to eat! Thankfully there were several. These are some of our favorites.

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Cornucopia *Highlight!*

Cornucopia was a Dublin highlight! This is a 100% plant-based cafe that specializes in vegan and vegetarian food. They label all of their dishes with the allergens they contain and have great gluten-free and paleo options as well.

We came here twice, we loved it so much. They serve organic coffeeorganic wine, and specialty drinks. The cakes and pastries are vegan and from their 100% plant-based bakery.

If you\’re looking for something to grab and go, they have the perfect setup. You\’ll also find a cooler in the front of the café with drinks, and Leamhain ice cream sandwiches (vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free).

*Be careful of soy exposure, added sugar, and oils.

Little Bird Café & Yoga

Little Bird is located in Dublin 8 neighborhood and has a great seasonal, local, and organic (when possible) menu! They serve vegetarian dishes with vegan options.

Green Bench Café

Green Bench is a local cafe. They use local Irish meats and poultry, free-range eggs, and fresh produce. They have plenty of dairy-free and gluten-free menu options and use NO preservatives.

Kale & Coco

This cafe serves breakfast bowls, smoothies, nourish bowls, and treats! They have healthy options including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian dishes. Organic ingredients are used when available as well as locally sourced ingredients.

The Old Spot

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If you are in Dublin for Sunday, you can\’t miss a classic Sunday Irish Roast! The Old Spot is the perfect gastropub to experience this.

The vibe of this place has a perfect Irish gastropub feel. It’s warm, comfortable, and the staff was so nice.

They did a fantastic job in accommodating all of our dietary requests, and it was delicious. There are several gluten-free and dairy-free options, and we were able to maintain our paleo preferences.

Eathos

Eathos is a great local eatery in Dublin. They use fresh and quality ingredients and have options for gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan eaters!

Sprout & Co. Kitchen

Sprout & Co is locally owned and uses Organic, local, and seasonal ingredients to create its wonderful menu.

Blazing Salads

Blazing Salads is a chain that you\’ll see around Dublin. But, that\’s great, because they source from local, small farmers & Co-ops, and have great vegetarian and vegan options available.

Balfes

Bafles is in The Westbury (above) and is a great place for brunch or dinner. They locally source, use free-range meats and sustainably sourced seafood. Their menu also has a Bodybyrne meal section with healthier options, including gluten-free bread, vegetarian & vegan dishes.

I loved their atmosphere, enjoyed sitting and enjoying a dairy-free latte for Sunday Brunch. *Be sure and make a reservation…it’s a popular place!

Brother Hubbard

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Brother Hubbard is one of the coolest restaurants we ate at in Dublin. They serve Middle Eastern-style cuisine with a menu full of gluten-free and vegan options.

They locally source and many of their dishes have goat’s milk and cheeses. Brother Hubbard does a tasting menu as well!

Bread 41

Bread 41 is unique. It is an organic sourdough bakery that makes loaves of bread, pastries and has recently added a new eatery! They serve brunch and lunch at the eatery and embody their food philosophy of organic, local, and seasonal ingredients.

Chopped

Chopped is a franchise health food eatery in Dublin, with several locations. It\’s a quick way to grab a salad, smoothie, or bowl; and they have gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options.

HEALTH SHOPS

Veganic

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Veganic is a 100% organic & 100% plant-based supermarket! You\’ll find this in St. Stephen\’s Green Shopping Centre.

Taste of Health

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Taste of Health is a health food shop with snacks, household products, toiletries, and grocery items. You\’ll find this shop on Williams Street in Dublin Center.

Nourish Health Food Store

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Nourish has supplements, grocery items, snacks, and other household products. You\’ll find this shop on Wicklow Street.

ACTIVITIES

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My Self-Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

This walking tour is a great way to see many of the historical and popular sites of Dublin and passes by some of our favorite clean eats in the city.

Sites you\’ll visit on this walking tour include – Historical O\’Connell Street, H\’a Penny Bridge, St. Stephen\’s Green, Temple Bar, & St. Patricks Cathedral.

Explore the Creative Quarter

Creative Quarter is found between South William Street to George\’s Street and Lower Stephen\’s Street to Exchequer Street.

You\’ll find artisan studios, cafes, and local boutiques.

Merrion Square

Visit Merrion Square to enjoy the park and see the statue of Oscar Wilde.

Visit The Book of Kells at Trinity College

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The Book of Kells was created around 800 A.D. and is known as one of Ireland\’s greatest cultural treasures. It\’s found in Trinity College and the tour includes a walk through the famous Old Library (pictured above). It\’s pretty incredible.

EPIC Museum of Emigration

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EPIC has now been named Europe\’s leading tourist attraction 3 times! It\’s a cool museum that is very interactive, completely digital, and shares a lot of the history of Ireland.

I recommend visiting here at the start of your trip to learn more about the Irish culture and its impact on the world!

Temple Bar

Even if you aren\’t drinking, you can\’t miss the iconic Temple Bar while you\’re in Dublin! If nothing else, go for the traditional Irish music.

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Temple Bar Book Market

Temple Bar Book Market happens every Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM. You\’ll find vendors with new and used books of all kinds and even some vinyl records.

Kilmainham Gaol Museum

This is the old prison in Dublin. I am not particularly a fan of visiting old prisons, but this is quite a popular tourist destination and holds a lot of history for Dublin.

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Guiness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse Tour is fun. You learn a lot about the science behind the unique brewing and serving process of the famous Guinness Beer.

The best part of the tour is a visit to the Gravity Bar which has panoramic views of Dublin City. This comes with 1 included drink at the bar and includes non-alcoholic options.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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The famous St. Patrick\’s Cathedral is a major monument of Dublin. The cathedral is beautiful but if you aren\’t interested in seeing the inside, the outside is beautiful and there is a wonderful park next to the church with a cafe.

Check out the Books & Browsables market in St. Patricks Park on Sundays from 11 AM – 4 PM.

Dublin Castle

A historical monument from the 13th century, Dublin Castle is a huge tourist attraction in the city.

Hike up Killiney Hill for golden hour

Killiney Hill is in South Dublin on the Bay. This is minutes away from Fitzpatrick Castle (where we stayed the last night of our trip). It\’s a very popular activity, especially for hikers, and has spectacular views.

See a show at Abbey Theatre or Smock Alley Theatre

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