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26 things you must eat in Dublin before you die

You’ve eaten in Dublin. But have you REALLY eaten?

1. Cinnamon roll, Simon’s Place

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A city institution, and a cinnamon roll as big as a baby’s head. What’s not to like?

2. Pulled pork sandwich, Brother Hubbard

Repeatedly voted the best sandwich in the city. A little pricey, but look – it’s a treat.

3. Fish and chips from Leo Burdock’s

If it’s good enough for Andre 3000, it’s good enough for you. Honourable mention also to Super Miss Sue.

4. Truffle ravioli, Terra Madre

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Hidden in a basement on Bachelor’s Walk, this living-room-sized restaurant serves up perhaps the best Italian food in the city. All presided over by the charismatic Marco.

5. Fish burger, Fish Shop, Smithfield


6. A donut from the Rolling Donut on O’Connell Street

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The stand on O’Connell Street has been satisfying lovers of fried dough for years. Happily, it shows no sign of stopping.

7. Pork belly roast, L Mulligan Grocer

Washed down with a delicious beer from their enormous selection. Sunday perfection.

8. Horse meat sandwich, Paddy Jack’s, Temple Bar market

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Paddy Jack was selling horse meat before horse meat was even a thing. Stuffed into a roll with big lumps of blue cheese and salad… prepare to get it all down your front.

9. Ricotta cookies, Il Valentino

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Small, expensive, wonderful.

10. Momos at Monty’s of Kathmandu

A giant plateful of Nepalese dumplings, served with tomato and coriander chutney in this venerable Dublin joint. Wonderful.

11. Ham and cheese toastie, Grogan’s

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The original and best. Accompany with Guinness.

12. The tasting menu at Forest Avenue

One of the finest gastronomic experiences in the city. If you can, try it at least once.

13. 99, Mr Whippy, Phoenix Park

In the sunshine, with the deer, from the van in the car park by the papal cross.

14. Four Season green beans, M&L Chinese

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In this unlikely-seeming location behind a Burger King off O’Connell Street is hands-down Dublin’s best Chinese restaurant, with outrageously good value Szechuan food. The green beans are just the tip of the iceberg.

15. Ham and cheese melt, Le Petit Camion

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Another toastie, but a very different kind. These guys use slow-cooked pulled ham, Irish Coolea cheese, and caramelised onions between organic sourdough bread. The results are wonderful.

16. Spice bag, Lin Kee, North Strand

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Hangover? Get a spice bag. Friday night? Get a spice bag. Want a spice bag? Get a spice bag.

17. The set menu at Mulberry Garden

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Tucked away behind a row of cottages in Donnybrook, this restaurant serves a new menu each week. It is reliably wonderful.

18. Avocado toast, Fumbally

Avocados, on toast, but better.

19. Sea salt ice cream, Murphy’s

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Made in Dingle, sold in Dublin, loved by pretty much everyone.

20. Doner kebab with garlic sauce, Zaytoon

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THE feed after pints. Several outlets around the city centre. And a can of Fanta please.

21. Nachos, Dillingers


In the hotly-contested battle for Dublin’s best nachos, Dillinger’s are a perennial favourite. Legend has it the last person to get through a whole serving alone had to… go for a bit of a lie down.

22. Cubanito sandwich, Juniors

A Friday special at this Bath Avenue favourite. Get there early though if you want a lunch table.

23. Pizza at 1am, DiFontaines

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DiFontaines after midnight is basically a nightclub with pizza. Join us.

24. Late-night chips, Ismael’s, Baggot St

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The smallest kebab shop in Dublin? Probably. The best chips? After several pints, absolutely.

25. Pizza in Manifesto

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This world-class pizza in Rathmines is a semi-religious experience for some.

26. Bacon cheese fries, Eddie Rockets

The junkiest, most artery-clogging side order from Dublin’s very own burger chain. No regrets.

Have we missed out your favourites? What are they? Let us know in the comments…

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Michael Freeman

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