Dublin has long been a must-stop on any proper European trip. The Irish capital, which is bisected by the scenic River Liffey, has much to offer travelers, after all: Its streets were once wandered by literary stars like James Joyce, while Trinity College houses centuries-old texts like the famous Book of Kells. Most notably, Dublin has always been a great place to drink, whether you’re grabbing a pint at a local pub or touring the Guinness Storehouse. But these days, Dublin is where you go to eat.
“Dublin has become a more vibrant food city over the last decade,” says Catherine Cleary, food critic for the Irish Times. The economic crash is partially to blame; as rents tumbled across the city, a new generation of chefs could suddenly afford to open their own restaurants. But Cleary says Dublin’s restaurant boom also owes a debt to the Nordic food movement, which “inspired chefs to look to the abundant Irish larder of ingredients for inspiration and deliciousness.” In everything from Michelin-starred dining rooms to crab shacks, chefs are serving beef raised on Ireland’s iconic Burren, wild Irish fish, and lobster hauled straight from Dublin Bay. Dublin dining has also extended beyond traditional Irish fare, with first-rate Indian, Italian, and Chinese restaurants taking their rightful places at the top.
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