In this post, CAPA blogger Sydney Smith shares six of her favorite places in Dublin to grab a bite to eat.
What is the best part of studying abroad aside from meeting great people, seeing historical sights, or exploring a new city? FOOD. Yes, really. Trying new food in a new place is an incredible experience. Being a bit adventurous by simply being abroad allows you to expand your palate and add a little bit more adventure to your resume by trying something new. Here, in detail, are some of my favorite places that I’ve enjoyed a tasty treat or meal in Dublin.
1. K CHIDO MEXICO! K Chido Mexico! is just what it sounds like—Mexican food, but with a twist. This “restaurant” is really a food truck located inside a warehouse. Wooden palates have been transformed into colorful benches and tables. It is unlike any other place that I’ve eaten before and the food is fantastic. Seeing as my favorite place to eat at home is a Mexican restaurant, any other Mexican place would have tough competition. K Chido has risen up to the challenge and reminds me of my favorite place at home—it’s that good. Their food selection ranges from tacos to burritos to nachos (Oh my!). They also have a lovely little tea and coffee stand for those of you who need a caffeine fix. Eating here is a must.
Photo: K Chido Mexico! by Sydney Smith
2. THE QUEEN OF TARTS. Have you ever wandered through the streets in search of something sweet? Well wander no more because the Queen of Tarts is here to satisfy your sweet tooth! This is a busy little café that is well worth the wait. I enjoyed a chocolate walnut tart that melted in your mouth at the first bite. I also enjoyed a fantastic latte with my treat. It was the perfect afternoon pick me up!
Photo: Queen of Tarts chocolate tart by Sydney Smith
3. NEON. If you like a great atmosphere, community style seating, and some awesome Asian cuisine, then Neon is the place for you! This trendy, hip restaurant is located on Camden Street and is a great place to sit and chat with friends over dinner. It’s also incredibly busy, so once you get seated the food seems to taste even better. Also, a free ice cream cone comes with every meal. Who doesn’t love that?
Photo: Asian street food from Neon by Sydney Smith
4. NOSHINGTON'S. Conveniently located across the street from Griffith College campus, Noshington’s offers a great variety of (amazing) food. Honestly, I’ve never had anything from here that I didn’t love. They also have homemade desserts (aka homemade oreos) that are to die for. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t go there every day my first week in Dublin. Oops!
Photo: Noshington's lemon blueberry cheesecake by Sydney Smith
5. BRENDAN'S COFFEE SHOP. This is the most interesting and simple place that I’ve had the pleasure of eating at in Dublin. It is a “hole in the wall” café located on the north side. It is inexpensive and very plain, but the food is amazing! If you’re looking for a traditional Irish breakfast that’s the real deal and satisfies cravings you never even knew you had, then you need to stop here.
6. BOBO'S BURGERS. As an American student, I feel like I am entitled to a juicy cheeseburger craving every now and again, but since I discovered Bobo’s I have a cheeseburger craving at least once a week… Not only do they have your typical burgers, but they have lamb burgers and pork burgers and all of the toppings you can imagine. I’m salivating just thinking about it. The double bonus to Bobo’s is that *drum roll* you can get it delivered just by ordering online through Deliveroo. If you find yourself in Dublin and you’re craving a burger, skip McDonald’s and stop in to Bobo’s!
Photo: Bobo's by William Murphy
Sydney's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!