It may not be on the same scale as London or New York, but Dublin’s creative scene has been absolutely booming of late, with loads of slick places to check out in the city. Whether you want somewhere quirky for a coffee that will be ultra ‘Insta-worthy’, or an art gallery off the beaten track for some afternoon browsing, we’ve got seven of the best spots in town that creatives will love.
1. Seven Wood – Portobello
A seriously inspirational lifestyle and wellness company, Seven Wood offers a curated selection of furniture, home and apothecary ranges sourced from home and abroad. Get design envy and be prepared to fall in love with canvas prints and other trinkets that you never knew you needed – but really, really do. Top stuff in store include framed prints of iconic The New Yorker covers, marble LED lamps, and pop-art cushions designed by local artists.
2. Pallas Studios – The Coombe
Pallas Projects is an umbrella label for a variety of spaces, exchanges, off-site projects, exhibitions, talks, and has some of the slickest art and happenings in Dublin right now. Their studios are an open pop-in for a browse sorta place, and regularly host showings of visual art and events with some of Dublin’s most exciting creatives. Their current exhibition showcases David Turner’s portraits of famous world leaders as ordinary young people created using Lego bricks or Hama Beads, and is a colour-popping display of brilliance.
3. Love Supreme – Portobello/Stoneybatter
Quite possibly the prettiest coffee shop in town, Love Supreme is a design junkie’s dream come true. The black and white parquet flooring and trendy hanging planters are an added bonus to the scrumptious sausage rolls and freshly brewed coffee, roasted by the fab Koppi Fine Coffee Roasters. Their Portobello base is linked with nearby MART studio, meaning the walls are covered with funky prints and illustrations from up-and-coming artists. It makes for very pretty viewing as you sip on your flat white…
4. Block T – Basin View, D8
An artistic and social haven, Block T is a fab spot to check out for intriguing workshops, performances, talks and other artsy events. There’s a coffee shop on site as well as a pop-up of Damn Fine Print, true legends in the screen-printing sphere who have fun prints that will brighten up any dreary apartment. Block T is also a great place if you wanna explore new hobbies, with an upcoming intro to the performance and production of electronic music – ideal for wannabe DJs.
5. Filmbase – Temple Bar
One for the film buffs out there, Filmbase provides a huge variety of masterclasses, workshops and interesting exhibitions on all things film – from directing your own horror movie for beginners, to live podcasts on topics such as budgeting for creatives. Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to make a movie in Dublin, this is the place for you. There’s also a fantastic gift shop (Christmas is creeping up on us, after all) with gorgeous coffee table photography books. Exhibitions are always popping up, and are well worth the wander.
6. The Brocante Market – Newmarket Sq.
One of Dublin’s best and most original weekend markets, The Brocante takes place in The Greendoor Market, and is a real treasure trove of vintage bits ‘n’ bobs. Wanna pick up any furniture, lighting, vinyl, ceramics, clothing, art, jewellery, books, or local crafts? Consider this your one stop shop of charming curiosities and eclectic items you won’t find anywhere else. Taking place on the 3rd Sunday of every month, The Brocante also does fresh coffee and hot food, making it ideal for a li’l stroll around in the afternoon.
7. The Gutter Bookshop – Cow’s Lane
An independent bookstore in one of the prettiest parts of Temple Bar, The Gutter Bookshop aims to provide something a bit different from the range you find in large chain bookshops, as well as offering the opportunity to discover something new and exciting that you’ll struggle to uncover on an internet bookshop search. Staff are always on hand to recommend something new to read when you can’t decide what to delve into next, and there’s also instore bookclubs and other book-related events. Basically, it’s a lit-lovers dream!