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Stoneybatter is Dublin's new tourist hotspot, according to The Guardian

“Little Williamsburg by the Liffey.”

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STONEYBATTER’s “BOUTIQUE moustaches and pedantic coffee connoisseurs” are now a recommended spot on the Dublin tourist trail, according to The Guardian.

An article published today in the paper’s Holidays sectionrecommends the “working-class charm and gentrified allure” of Manor Street and surroundings to travellers from the Guardian’s primarily UK readership.

Stoneybatter is “a little Williamsburg by the Liffey”, it says, where ”mountain beards and craft beers are derigueur.”

Highlights include the pubs, obvs - the “fun and frisky Dice Bar” and the “agreeably diveish Frank Ryan’s” get special attention.

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Want to eat? Well, “alongside the greasy spoons and chippers there are newer, more self-conscious cafes of the produce-our-own-newsletter variety.”

The article also says Biscotti café on Manor Street does “hands down Dublin’s most satisfying full Irish breakfast.”

Then there’s the Phoenix Park, where the tourist experience takes an unexpected turn:

 It’s something of an open secret that magic mushrooms grow wild in the park. [...] It’s a lovely place to trip: as the sun goes down you can sit on a hillside bench overlooking Chapelizod [...] all of it lighting up in hallucinatory shimmer.

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And when visitors are done tripping balls under the Wellington Monument, they can head back to check out “sites of cultural and historical interest” including the Arbour Hill Cemetery and Collins Barracks.

Overall, the writer adds, “it feels like a village, but with the perks of a (currently exhilarating) capital.”

A number of commenters from Dublin have already discovered the piece, and are arguing with it. Go see.

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