Stint Faves: Melanie’s Ideal Day in Dublin

Dublin is vibrant, full-of-history, beautiful, blah, blah, and all that jazz. You’ve heard all of that before. But what’s an ideal day in Dublin like?

Well, it’s different for everyone so we decided to have a bit of fun and ask everyone at Stint HQ about their ideal day in Dublin.

First up, our founder and managing director, Melanie McDowell! Over to you, Mel…

My ideal day in Dublin… well, the sun would be shining, obviously! So I would head off on the DART along the coast to Dun Laoghaire for a dip at the Forty Foot, then stroll up the hill to Glasthule for a well earned breakfast at Weafer & Cooper at a table on the street, watching the world go by, and marvelling at the fact that I am in Dublin, not somewhere in the South of France. My perfectly made Bloody Mary and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon will arrive and be inhaled. A dander then in some of the lovely shops, picking up a few cards, a book, or a bottle of wine and making my way down to the pier to catch a boat across the bay to Howth.


I will be feeling particularly energised and active after my morning swim, good feed, and fresh sea air, so I would walk along the cliffs of Howth taking in the stunning scenery, and then get fish and chips from Beshoffs and eat them on the pier watching the seals at play.

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Then I would get the DART back into town, and my energetic morning will have earned me a lazy afternoon. I would cut through Trinty campus to walk across the cobbled courtyard, taking a little trip down memory lane, and my student days there.

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I’d then walk up Grafton Street to see which buskers are playing, past Stephen’s Green and onto my preferred, lesser known park, Iveagh Gardens and with the sun still shining (obviously!), I might pick up a paper or my new book and flop out there taking in the last few rays. For dinner, I love trying new places and there are always brilliant restaurants popping up in Dublin, the one I am reading most about lately is Forest Avenue so I would gather a group of friends for a meal there.

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After some amazing fine dining there, we would roll into O’Briens Pub on the corner for perfect pints of Guinness and live music.

I love Dublin’s seamless transition from nature, to civilisation, to craic!