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Top Choice Market in Temple Bar

Temple Bar Food Market

From sushi to salsa, this is the city's best open-air food market; pick, prod and poke your way through the organic foods of the world with a compact stroll through gourmet lane. There are tastes of everywhere, from…
Top Choice Japanese in Temple Bar

Banyi Japanese Dining

This compact restaurant in the heart of Temple Bar has arguably the best Japanese cuisine in Dublin. The rolls are divine, and the sushi as good as any you'll eat at twice the price. If you don't fancy raw fish, the…
Top Choice Church in Temple Bar

Christ Church Cathedral

Its hilltop location and eye-catching flying buttresses make this the most photogenic of Dublin's cathedrals. It was founded in 1030 and rebuilt from 1172, mostly under the impetus of Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembr…
Top Choice Music in Temple Bar

Claddagh Records

An excellent collection of good-quality traditional and folk music is the mainstay at this centrally located record shop. The profoundly knowledgable staff should be able to locate even the most elusive recording fo…
Top Choice Books in Temple Bar

Gutter Bookshop

Taking its name from Oscar Wilde's famous line from Lady Windermere's Fan – 'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars' – this fabulous place is flying the flag for the downtrodden independen…
Theatre in Temple Bar

Smock Alley Theatre

One of the city’s most diverse theatres is hidden in this beautifully restored 17th-century building. It boasts a diverse program of events (expect anything from opera to murder mystery nights, puppet shows and Shak…
Museum in Temple Bar

Dublinia: Experience Viking & Medieval Dublin

A must for the kids, the old Synod Hall, added to Christ Church Cathedral during its late 19th-century restoration, is home to the seemingly perennial Dublinia, a lively and kitschy attempt to bring Viking and medie…
Irish Pub in Temple Bar

Darkey Kelly's Bar & Restaurant

Once the home of Ireland’s first female serial killer, Darkey’s now boasts a killer whiskey selection instead. It has a decent range of craft beer, and is a compromise between the tourist bars of Temple Bar and more…
Market in Temple Bar

Cow's Lane Designer Mart

A real market for hipsters, on the steps of Cow's Lane, this market brings together over 60 of the best clothing, accessory and craft stalls in town. It's open from June to September; the rest of the year it moves i…
Burgers in Temple Bar

Bunsen

The tag line says Straight Up Burgers, but Bunsen serves only the tastiest, most succulent lumps of prime beef cooked to perfection and served between two halves of a homemade bap. Want fries? You've a choice betwee…