How to Live Life Dublin Style

Aug 3, 2019 10:37:00 AM / by Katie Berlin

Get this on your radar: Katie makes a very compelling case as to why Dublin is the place to be. It's a city with adventures waiting just for you. From sharing local everyday spots anywhere under the sun such as parks, coffeeshops, and food joints, to suggesting events and day tours, Katie has several lists lined up for you to take your pick. A dose of spontaneity is required, so be ready to live life as a Dubliner!

Welcome back, readers!! Today, I am very excited to reveal some of my experiences living in Dublin all summer long. Throughout this blog post are just a few categories of the places, activities, and restaurants everyone studying here should try at least once.

My first week here was a whirlwind. We arrived in Dublin and got immediately thrown into our new apartment with our roommates. Orientation happened, and within the first week we immediately began our courses and internships. What was an interesting turn of events was a majority of the program did not know one another. Many people could potentially see this as awkward, but as a group we have gotten to know each other through sporting events, nightlife, movies, and so much more. It is crazy you can meet people from all across the country, or even people who live down the street from you, by living in the same "hive" as each other.

The entire UF program in front of Trinity College
The entire UF program in front Trinity College.

Here are a few easy-to-get-to spots to help you get to know the area as a local during your first few weeks:

Free Places to Go:

- Phoenix Park
- St. Stephens Green
- The Eat Yard
- George's Arcade
- Grafton Street
- Houth Cliff Walk
- Trinity College


- BounceBack
- Ginger Cafe
- Bunsen
- WowBurger
- Market Bar
- Bubble Waffle Factory
- Boojum

Bubble Waffle Factory-1Bubble waffle from the Bubble Waffle Factory!

Dublin got most interesting for me when I decided to spontaneously partake in local events. The city of Dublin has something going on every week, so to get involved in the city and with your surrounding neighbors is so easy. Every Monday you receive a "Monday Memo" from CAPA Dublin that highlights all class necessities as well as potential opportunities to check out around Dublin. I got to go to a local Music Festival that had big-name headliners from the U.S. like Cardi B and Future. There are literally countless opportunities for you to do here as long as you are willing to just GO FOR IT!

Taylor and I at Phoenix Park-1Phoenix Park is a large green space in the city and it’s completely FREE to visit!

Here are some recommendations for the local pub culture and touristy spots!

Must-Visit Pubs:

- Dicey's
- Flannery's
- Bad Bobs
- The Globe
- The Token
- Woolshed
- Copper Head Jacks
- Temple Bar


- Guinness Storehouse
- Jameson Distillery
- Hop-on Hop-off Tour
- Tea Tour Bus
- Game of Thrones Trips
- Dublin Zoo
- All Museums
- Book of Kells

While Dublin is a capital city full of industries and undergoing a serious identity discovery, the beauty that can be found throughout the city is absolutely amazing. Phoenix Park, for example, has hundreds of deer that will walk right up to you. Not only are there parks throughout the city, but there are also mountains that surround the city. This weekend a group of us went to a Ropes Course in the mountains to go ziplining. If someone told me I would be going ziplining in Dublin I would have laughed at them, but Dublin is packed with so many different adventures just waiting for you to discover them all.

ZipIt Outdoors Zipline and Ropes CourseZipIt Outdoors Zipline and Ropes Course. 

Finally, here are some great options for what every study abroad student needs: Coffee & Day trips!


- Craft Coffee Roasters
- Liberties
- Clan Brassil House
- Third Space
- Simon’s Place
- Cafe Noto
- Bean Hive
- Noshington

Day Trips You Can Take:

- Giant’s Causeway
- Game of Thrones Tour
- Cliffs of Moher
- Northern Ireland Highlights
- Blarney Castle
- Kilkenny
- Newgrange and Hill of Tara
- Wicklow and Glendalough

A small group of us beginning our Houth Cliff Walk
A small group of us beginning our Houth Cliff Walk.

One thing that continues to add to my time here is spontaneity. If someone offers you the chance to do something you even find remotely interesting, do it. The worst thing that can happen is to go on this amazing program and miss out because you do not know everyone well. Everyone on this program has been so kind and welcoming, very much like the Irish. You came on this trip for you, so make the most of it by surrounding yourself with these incredible people. Talk to you soon!!

Farewell, for now.

Thanks, Katie!

Katie Berlin


Katie Berlin is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2019, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Industrial and Systems Engineering major at University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

Katie's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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Topics: Dublin, Ireland, Local Culture