Top things to do

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 knowledgeable staff should be able to locate even the most elusive recording f…
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…
Bar in Temple Bar

Octagon Bar

The days when the Octagon Bar was the likeliest place at which to spot a local celeb (including its owners, Bono and the Edge) have long since past, but this handsome bar all decked out in art deco elegance is still…
Fashion & Accessories in Temple Bar


This hip Irish label takes the best male fashion moods of the 1950s and serves them back to us, minus the mothball smell. US college shirts, logo T-shirts, Oriental and Hawaiian shirts, Fonz-style leather jackets an…
Theatre in Temple Bar

Olympia Theatre

This theatre specialises in light plays and, at Christmastime, pantomimes. It also hosts some terrific live gigs.
Indonesian in Temple Bar


Friendly, cute and full of character, Chameleon is draped in exotic fabrics and serves up perky renditions of Indonesian classics such as satay, gado gado and nasi goreng. The rijsttafel set menus are a popular choi…
Italian in Temple Bar

Il Baccaro

Want a free Italian lesson? Drop in to eavesdrop at this fabulous trattoria that is like a rustic piece of the Old Boot. The food is exuberantly authentic, and includes bruschetta, homemade pasta, Italian sausage an…
Contemporary Irish in Temple Bar


The dishes at this welcoming restaurant are standard but tasty: corn-fed chicken, barbary duck and a fine 6oz rib eye feature, along with lamb shanks and the fish-of-the-day. Since early 2015 the operators have also…