Moving to a new city can be overwhelming, exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time – which is why we’re here to help make the move as easy for you as possible! Dublin is a thriving city for students, all because of the incredible culture it inherits.
If you look online, you will find the typical tourist guide of what to do in Dublin, but these are usually written for tourists or holiday-goers. If you want to be a top tourist, then this is great! But, if you are looking to explore the deeply embedded culture, then this blog is what you need!
Keep reading to see what made it on to our Dublin bucket list!
These are common throughout Dublin and they are the perfect way to experience some Irish culture by taking a look at the local food and produce from vendors.
The Ha’Penny Flea Market is hosted by the Grand Social every Saturday from 12 pm-6 pm and has a vast array of stalls ranging from vintage clothes, vinyl records, books, and a variety of other miscellaneous bits and bobs. Many local stores including Shotsy Vintage and Wild Child also have stalls to promote their goods. You can shop whilst listening to some old vinyl’s and enjoying a pint of Guinness!
If that doesn’t take your fancy there is also the Temple Bar Food Market, also held on a Saturday from 10 am-4:30 pm at Meeting House Square in the heart of the city centre. Here you will learn about how to cook and prepare your items, as well as being able to sample some of Dublin’s finest produce.
Street Art Tour
As a student, you will be glad to hear that this will cost you absolutely nothing, as nearly every street in Dublin has Instagram-worthy art on the walls. A good place to start is the iconic Love Lane which is also conveniently located right by the Temple Bar. Another top place for street artists is Tivoli Car Park, which is essentially now an outdoor gallery for graffitists, so definitely add this to your list!
Watch a gig
Gig culture is massive Dublin, and you will find an open mic night on pretty much every corner. A great place to check out is Doyle’s on Trinity Street as they host the staple Ruby Sessions every Tuesday. FUN FACT – a lot of international acts including Ed Sheeran and Paolo Nutini are known to swing by here!
Another place to add to the list is The International Bar which hosts The Circle Sessions every Monday at 7 pm – this is perfect for the creatives who want to engage in some local culture. The weekly gathering brings together live music, poetry, and comedy – so you can let your creative wings fly.
If a gig doesn’t seem up your street, you could also head to the Irish Film Institute and catch a classic film! This little gem is the perfect place for a chilled Sunday before revising.
Get some good food
Dublin homes some of the most delicious and aesthetically pleasing cafes. Our recommendations include Boco – a former chemical factory turned bar with the most delicious pizzas. All of their food is made from scratch and the rustic atmosphere makes it a great place for eating out!
You could even try a famous brunch from Meet Me in the Morning – the café famously inspired by a Bob Dylan song, which has become even more famous for its delicious brunch options. If the food doesn’t make it to your Instagram feed, the décor definitely will!
This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring Dublin, our list is endless! There’s something on every corner for students and they don’t all have to cost the world.
If you’re looking to move to Dublin, don’t worry – we have got you covered. We don’t just provide a room for you to sleep in, we help create the perfect student experience for you.
Find out more about Aspen Student Experiences here.