Luxury in Dublin: a guide for the business traveler

Luxury in Dublin
"To say that Dublin is known for its ceol agus craic (music and fun) is an understatement," says The Life of Stuff blogger Edwina Elizabeth. Here, she and two other Dublin devotees share their insider secrets on how to make the most of a high-end holiday in the Irish capital.
Shopping in style
"For up-and-coming Irish and Irish-based designers, head to Atelier 27 in Dublin 2," Edwina advises. Home to a concentrated network of bars, restaurants and trendy boutiques, the Dublin 2 district is just a 30-minute drive from our Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport.
"Not far from Atelier 27, in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre," Edwina continues, "you will find the Design CentreMary Grant, The Loft Market and MoMuse, each boasting their own selection of Irish and Irish-based designer clothing, jewelry and/or millinery."
Male shoppers are equally well-catered for, as Ian O'Keefe of men's style site Threadhouse, notes: "We're in a bit of a pivotal period with new and amazing menswear stores popping up all the time. Indigo & Cloth has long been my go-to store for excellent quality clothes and accessories. Store owner Garrett hand picks every item and stocks some of the best international brands you otherwise wouldn’t find in Dublin. The store is a winning combination of cool interiors with even cooler clothes."
 Luxury in Dublin
"Castle & Drury is a relatively new store based in Dublin’s Creative Quarter, but it was an instant hit because of the high-end labels they stock," he adds. "The store is small, but filled with all the right garments."
"When I'm looking for something a little more unique, Nowhere is the place to go," says Ian. "They’re located on Aungier Street and offer some really contemporary, lesser-known labels. The price point can be a little high, but you won’t mind paying because you’ll leave with a really high-quality product."
Dressing for dinner
Amanda Scobie of Dine in Dublin says the city is in the midst of a culinary Renaissance, so you can rest assured that you'll find restaurants worthy of your new finery. Amanda's top five picks include the hottest new arrivals and some stalwart staples.
"Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has been a center of fine dining in Dublin for the last 33 years," she says of the two-Michelin-star holder. "It is renowned as one of the best restaurants in Ireland and also internationally acclaimed." Dishes like the Annagassan blue lobster prove a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
Another Michelin star-holder, "Chapter One uses local, artisan suppliers to produce luxury Irish meals inspired by the landscape, raw materials, artisan producers, and craftspeople of Ireland," explains Amanda.
"Over 25 years on, L'Ecrivain is going from strength to strength providing the best cuisine in Dublin, says Amanda. "Chef Derry takes huge inspiration from French cuisine in each of his delicious dishes."
Luxury in Dublin
Next up is Pichet, which Amanda describes as "split into three unique areas. The front room is airy and spacious, the main dining room offers guests a front row seat to the theatrical displays provided by Pichet’s team of chefs, and the quaint conservatory presents guests with an intimate dining experience."
Amanda's final pick, The Wilde, offers "a fine dining experience in contemporary, metropolitan surroundings [with] menus of simply cooked, exquisitely presented dishes."

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