US magazine says Dublin tourists shouldn't bother with Grafton Street or Irish breakfasts

Or Temple Bar.

Travel Trip Dublin on a BudgetSource: AP/Press Association Images

COMING TO DUBLIN? Don’t bother with Grafton Street, Irish breakfasts or Temple Bar.

That’s the advice Condé Nast Traveler has for tourists visiting the capital.

The travel publication just published an online feature entitled “What Not To Do In Dublin” in which it lists dos and don’ts for visiting the city.

For one thing, tourists should avoid Temple Bar at all costs.  Journalist Emily Westbrook warns prospective visitors that it you will “pay twice as much for a pint” and you won’t be getting an “authentic Irish experience”.

Instead, she advises people to drop by some of the city’s less touristy watering holes like Grogan’s or Hogan’s.

Bewley's cafe loses rent-hike fightSource: Artur Widak

The magazine says that people shouldn’t even bother with Grafton Street with the street’s only appeal being the “prevalence of buskers”. The nearby Creative Quarter (South William Street) gets the magazine’s seal of approval, though.

Open-top bus tours, cheesy souvenirs and expensive tourist destinations like the Guinness Storehouse are also on the publication’s list of don’ts.


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The magazine also warns people not to bother looking for a plate of bacon and cabbage, as you’ll only find it in tourist traps.

Ditto Irish breakfasts, which they describe as being “gluttonous” only to be eaten when “hungover and looking for something to soak up the last night’s pints”.

Visitors are instead told to try “porridge or yoghurt”.


- Amy O'Connor

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