Cool and low cost amazing things to do in Dublin

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You won’t need much to miss Dublin for the rest of your life.

It takes a pic casually found no matter where and Dublin, and all the magic that this word contains, will come up to your mind and you’ll just miss it as if it was your homalend.
I’m not going to bother you and your life with my nostalgia, I will only tell you some incredibly beautiful things that you can do and in my opinioni you really MUST do) in this city.
These are very low cost or even absolutely free activities, so ready to take note, okay?

#1 – Vintage and Open air markets
Dub is so full of it! In my opinion they are a major part of the soul of the city because they keep the memory through objects awaiting their second life.

They are not just suitable for those who want to buy or who love vintage stuff. They look nice, they are ‘well done’ and, you know, I’m an Italian girl and to me beauty is even more important than life itself. Choose, for instance, the Brocante Vintage (Newmarket square) where you can be inspired to take pictures or have small great ideas of gifts or shabby chic design for your home. (I DO love shabby chic)


For the small gift to yourself or to those waiting for you to (finally) come back home – or wherever else – , my personal and not strictly required advice, is to look to one of the many flea markets all around the city. Old and second hand items are not the only items: there are are also exhibitors of small paintings and photos. One way to take away a bit of Dub inspiration.

See other info on Dublin Flea Market  very cool website.

#2 – Street music

So, let’s be clear: listening to the buskers in Grafton Street is not like listening a students band walking down a common street of the world. Here you’ll often find the most navigated artists who have been playing for a long time. It’s a kind of social local habits of those who choose music as a life companion: they stop making other works at 5.00 and go in Grafton and play (yes, just like in the movie Once, which I really suggest you to see before going to Dub, or after).
They are real concerts which leave a free giveaway and, in the case, buy a CD.

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#3 – Doors, windows, green spaces

As a fan and follower of contemplative idleness, I must suggest you to have a rest in one of the many green spaces in the city, in the early stages of the day when the sun alternates with rain.
Similarly advice to get away for a while, let’s for one afternoon, from the busiest areas of the center to learn about the peaceful and quiet suburbs. No Starbucks, better to choose some semi-empty cafe or pub (open during the day). Looking out the window will be a bit like watching a melancholic movie without sound.

The city thrives on its most commonplace, and you can better understand, perhaps, away from Temple Bar.

Yes, all right, but in the end of contemplation you must go to Temple bar! With the cost of just a pint you’ll enjoy very very good music, and music is the real FREE soul of this open air asylum.

Out of temple bar, I suggest you at least one night at the O’Donoghue’s Pub (15 Merrion Row). Also connected to an cosy cheap hotel, for me it was love at first sight!

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  • Shobha

    I’m going to Dublin in April! I love this list especially the brocante market. I love that stuff in Paris and didn’t know there was the same in Dublin.

  • Melissa Douglas

    Cute! I’m all about quirky market places where you can find one of a kind pieces so I’ll definitely check it out 🙂 I’ve been to Ireland a few times but not Dublin yet :O

  • Wanderlustingk

    I haven’t yet visited dublin, but I’ve only read great things about it and really interested in the flea market you mentioned!

  • Naomi

    I went in December to Dublin and fell in love with the city! I loved the whole atmosphere and the vibe. Loved publife!

  • Jo

    Hi Sabrina, I visited UK couple of years ago but didn’t have a chance to see Ireland. Your blog post puts this in my bucket list. If for nothing else then cheap Irish beer for sure. *Burp* – Thanks for sharing.

  • Lauren of Postgrad & Postcards

    I visited Dublin for a month and some of these things are new recommendations even for me! But I’m surprised to find Temple Bar on a low-cost article since Temple Bar’s prices are tremendously higher than other (much better) pubs. But it is a classic tourist stop!

  • Anne

    Great information! Thank you for that, I’m planning a visit to Dublin for later on this year atm.

  • jo

    Noted! How ever it took me a couple of moments to figure out if this was Dublin Ohio or Dublin Ireland! Got it when i got to ODonoghue pub!

  • Alice Teacake

    I’m embarrassed to say I have never been to Dublin even though I am next door in London! Terrible really…and what is on offer there looks so lovely and right up my street! I love vintage clothes and live music. Time to get my ass there!

  • Geri

    Lovely post, Sabrina! Will keep these in mind for the time when I visit Dublin. It is in my bucket list 🙂

  • Hugo

    I spent a few days in Dublin and surroundings and must confess I didn’t enjoy it that much. And I was lucky enough with the weather.

    I rank it as a nice enough city to visit as it has a few interesting bits.

    • Sabrina - In My Suitcase

      Well, you know Hugo, when I first saw Dub I understood that if I had looked for the monuments and scenarios I would have enjoyed very little. I was lucky because I was in the right mood to feel the ‘vibes’. And I found them when I went back again. I think Dub is a matter of vibes I couldn’t find anywhere else.

  • Aileen Adalid

    These are really great suggestions! I haven’t been to Dublin yet but you bet that I’ll be keeping these in mind 😀 It looks absolutely fun too so I look forward to seeing this part of the world!

  • Holly

    I haven’t visited Dublin yet. I will keep this in mind for when I get the opportunity.

  • Carol Colborn

    This makes me castigate myself for not passing by Dublin after seeing all of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland! I knew Dublin would have been this charming with open markets and pubs! I will have to go back.

  • Vicky and Buddy

    I went to Dublin a few years ago and loved it. The vibe of the city is so fun and alive! And I loved the architecture too. Like you suggested, I loved to look at the different types and colors of doors. 🙂

  • Jackie

    I haven’t been to Dublin, yet, but your love for the city shines through in this post. The street music scene (a la Once) sounds like such a cool, authentic experience to get a local feel. It goes along with the idea of Dublin and its people embracing common spaces. I hope to get this local, friendly, open experience when I visit.

  • Mar

    Great ideas! Love street music and markets, Dublin is a lively place despite the weather and the Irish are quite friendly. Wonder how they manage with the awful winter weather! Pubs certainly help

    • Sabrina - In My Suitcase

      A friend of mine, Italian living in Dub, said that there are places in the world where the energy coming by the earth goes straight into the heart and Dublin is (like Salento, south Italy) one of these. No matter what the difficulties are (and Ireland had to face a lot of social issues due to colonialism and economic bad situations) people has always a seacret energy.

  • Brenda Tolentino

    Would love to visit Dublin sometime soon. I do love a great flea market, I’m sure there are so many treasures to find at The Dublin Flea Market. I’m also very keen on having a pint of Guinness at the O’Donoghue’s Pub.

  • Kate

    Yes! I agree. I went to Dublin for my 18th Birthday (I’m now 30!) and I still miss it. I loved the Irish culture and people were so friendly. Temple Bar was crazy but fun and I love St Patricks and the parks. There was so much great stuff to do and see. Live music is one of my favourite things and it didn’t disappoint in Dublin. Your post makes me want to go back!

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