dublin day four: disco scone + chow tour

Today was a day worth photographing. Amidst pouring rain, I spent the day walking around Dublin with a map. Yes, a map. Remember those relics from a halcyon age? I pressed my iPhone into my pop’s hand and told him to savor his time with his brothers while I plan to eat every pastry in sight. Armed with a map and euros, I made my way about the city, walking along the Liffey and across the Quay. From Christ’s Church Cathedral to the Dublin Castle and Trinity College, I roamed with abandon and it was glorious. You can’t possibly understand how good it feels to be alone. I was telling my pop this over dinner tonight, and we’re thrilled that our holiday, albeit bumpy at times, ended on a high note. My final day in Dublin was spent precisely how I like it, alone, itinerant.

When my buddy Mike, coffee connoisseur, tells me about a coffee spot, I listen. From Australia to Paris to Rome, he’s never steered me off course, and naturally he nails it with 3FE {mad props to Sorcha who chimed in with a fist pump for 3FE, as well}. Not only did I make the Odyssean trek to 3FE, but I had a delightful soya milk cappuccino using the brand’s beans at the very lovely, Kaph Specialty Coffees. Kaph is a terrific spot located next to George’s St. Arcade, and the shop is filled with delectable pastries {with a nice selection of gluten-free breads and brownies} and stocked with 3FE beans, of which they ground for my filter coffee.


The amazing Jessica sent me an incredible list of places to chow down whilst in Dublin, and I managed to tick off a few spots on my list during my brief stay. Suffice it to say, my favorite spot was the incomparable Fallon + Byrne. In a way, this food hall is an Eataly in miniature, with its impeccably curated gourmet and fresh foods selection {you don’t even want to know how many French and Irish biscuits I’m bringing home}, artisanal soups and sandwiches, as well as a restaurant that serves up in-season dishes. Not only did I leave with a sizable haul of foodstuffs I can’t get in the U.S., I also savored a lunch in their top floor dining area. Tell me that fried gnocchi sauteed in a pesto sauce paired with a roasted chicken breast didn’t melt your heart. If you’re still cruel and cold after seeing these snaps, you can’t be saved, I’m afraid.


I discovered Hansel + Gretel by accident. It’s been a while since I haven’t relied on Google Maps, so while I was futzing with my map I stumbled upon this lovely shop. Fresh scones, home-baked breads and scores of domed pies, croissants and pastries dot small tables, counters and curio cabinets in this sweet space. Believe me when I say that I nearly wanted to move a cot into the space and hook myself up to a almond croissant IV drip. Over dinner, my pop and I agreed that we were ruined people. Never will we have a better chicken. Never will we enjoy a buttered scone. We sighed, shook our heads in deep lamentation. IT WILL NEVER BE LIKE IRELAND, we bemoaned!


While Peacock + Green is situated between two tourist spots {Christ’s Church Cathedral + Dublin Castle}, which would immediately cement its gastronomic fate, believe me when I say that these scones are THE BUSINESS. Baked fresh daily, you’ll find a glorious, flavorful assortment. I had two of their scones {blueberry and raisin} today, and as Edith Piaf so sagely crooned, I have no regrets.

Clearly, I will have to bake scones as soon as I set foot in my apartment. CLEARLY.

Other Recommended Spots in Dublin: Jessica sent me a great list + I couldn’t make them all, but you should! L. Mulligans, The Greenhouse, Etto, Oxmantown, Hatch + Sons, Metro Cafe, and Sheridans {cheese shop}.


6 Comments on “dublin day four: disco scone + chow tour

  1. Ireland (and Dublin) have never seemed more appealing, both food and scenery wise! Your trip looks like it was incredible!


  2. I’m glad you enjoyed Dublin and you enjoyed Fallon & Byrne. It’s always great to see someone come to your hometown and enjoy it as much as you do.


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