Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Vegetarian in Dublin

I needed a holiday big time, so when I noticed some cheap flights to Dublin I snapped them up without much thought. It was only once arriving in the city centre, after seeing numerous pub signs offering traditional Irish food that concern grew regarding what I could actually eat there.
Black pudding, sausage coddle and all sorts of meat based stews all sounded very interesting but I needed to find myself some plant based food!

Luckily for me, there are other veggies, vegans and health conscious folk in Dublin and therefore, numerous establishments that cater for them. Here are my favourite visits

There is a fro-yo and salad bar called "PรณG", which is Irish for kiss apparently. It serves fresh juices, frozen yoghurt and build your own salad boxes. 
I went to a women's rights demo..

On the Saturday I visited a food market. There were a selection of olives, local cheese, oysters and meals. It was pretty small but I bought some organic eggs that I poached back at my hostel and they were the best eggs I've ever tasted!

This is the colourful and lively Temple Bar - a selection of quirky thrift stores, pubs and lots of live street music

This vegan falafel and hummus salad box from Staple Foods in temple bar was delicious and nutritious.

On Sunday I managed to find an incredible world culture day in this hall on the outskirts of the city. There were regional dishes from all over the world, plus yoga demonstrations, massage, belly-dancing and lots of laid back vibes. The place smelt of frankincense and beautiful food.
I sampled a Bulgarian vegetable stew which was rich with paprika and flavour. I also had Bangladeshi ginger tea and a raw chia hemp energy ball.

My favourite visit though was an amazing vegetarian restaurant called Cornucopia. They have a selection of foods for any diet, live music including harp every weekend and the serve kombucha! I had so much delicious food there, I found it very inspiring.

Kombucha at cornucopia
Veggie home made breakfast
Chocolate chilli raw vegan torte
I went on a couple of tours - the red bus one which stops all over the city and the jiffey river boat tour which gave you glimpses of the city from a different perspective. I enjoyed the latter more.

I found I actually prefer discovering a city by walking and exploring that way anyway. Places are easy to find plus it's good exercise.

The beautiful park in the centre of Dublin
Padlocks with lovers initials engraved on them on the ha'penny bridge.

The Dublin bikes that were everywhere but unfortunately as I only had a visa card, as opposed to a credit card I couldn't borrow one, so bear that in mind

A few places that I didn't photograph but enjoyed visiting were:
  • Tea Garden by the river Jiffey - really nice atmosphere in this sit down gourmet tea and shisha late open cafe.
  • Blazing salads - absolutely incredible health food bar, I was gutted to only discover this on the last day. Heaven for veggies. I bought divine shepherds pie and a date and orange sugar free slice.
  • Umi Falafel - tasty homemade falafel with lots of garnishes including baba ghanoush!
  • The Bachelors Wok - delicious Thai coconut soup and great value too.
  • The Winding Stair - really lovely bookshop with a restaurant that I didn't sample 
  • The Grand Social - nice quirky pub with an amazing flea market. Bought two dresses for 5 euros!
All in all, I had a great break. I visited 06-11/03/2014 The hostel was really lovely (Sky Backpackers), people are very friendly and even though I went alone, I met up with a couple of people off courchsurfing who provided me with lovely company and some great insider information about their hometown!


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