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Top Choice Museum in North of the Liffey

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

Once the world’s largest military barracks, this splendid early neoclassical grey-stone building on the Liffey’s northern banks was completed in 1704 according to the design of Thomas Burgh (he of Trinity College's …
Top Choice Gallery in North of the Liffey

Dublin City Gallery – the Hugh Lane

Whatever reputation Dublin has as a repository of world-class art has a lot to do with the simply stunning collection at this exquisite gallery, housed in the equally impressive Charlemont House, designed by William…
Top Choice Modern Irish in North of the Liffey

Chapter One

Flawless haute cuisine and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere make this Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement of the Dublin Writers Museum our choice for best dinner experience in town. The food is French-inspire…
Top Choice Museum in North of the Liffey

Old Jameson Distillery

Smithfield’s biggest draw is devoted to uisce beatha (ish-kuh ba-ha, ‘the water of life’); that's Irish for whiskey. To its more serious devotees, that is precisely what whiskey is, although they may be put off by t…
Top Choice Pub in North of the Liffey

Cobblestone

It advertises itself as a 'drinking pub with a music problem', which is an apt description for this Smithfield stalwart – although the traditional music sessions that run throughout the week can hardly be described …
Top Choice Cafe in North of the Liffey

Oxmantown

Delicious breakfasts and excellent sandwiches make this cafe one of the standout places for daytime eating on the north side of the Liffey. Locally baked bread, coffee supplied by Cloud Picker (Dublin's only microro…
Top Choice Seafood in North of the Liffey

Fish Shop

The menu changes daily at this tiny restaurant (it has only 16 seats) to reflect what's good and fresh, but you'll have to trust them: your only choice is a four-course or tasting menu. One day you might fancy line-…
Top Choice Chinese in North of the Liffey

M&L

Beyond the plain frontage and the cheap-looking decor is Dublin's best Chinese restaurant…by some distance. It's usually full of Chinese customers, who come for the authentic Szechuan-style cuisine – spicier than Ca…
Bar in North of the Liffey

Token

This arcade-style bar is fitted out with retro video games and pinball machines. As well as a full bar, the restaurant serves up generous portions of innovative, gourmet fast-food. Book ahead for groups of more than…
Church in North of the Liffey

St Michan’s Church

Macabre remains are the main attraction at this church, which was founded by the Danes in 1095 and named after one of their saints. Among the ‘attractions’ is an 800-year-old Norman crusader who was so tall that his…