Dublin might not be the first city you think of when planning a get away with health and fitness in mind. Pints of Guinness and raucous nights in Temple Bar are probably what springs to mind!
But don’t be fooled. This vibrant city just one hour flight from London has a growing wellness community with plenty of producers and business owners ready to surprise you if you want your city break a little more health conscious.
YogaHub, 27 Camden Pl, Dublin 2
Tucked away on a quiet close behind the busy shopping streets of Dublin Happy Food at YogaHub is a vegan foodie haven. Serving delicious lunches until 3.30pm every week day, it’s the perfect place to go for a bite to eat if you’re tired from beating the tourist trail. Classic dishes include Pad Thai noodles, black bean and sweet potato Happy Burger and tofu BBQ ribs.
Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8
Describing itself as a “community cafe serving an eclectic menu of health conscious dishes and locally roasted coffee,” The Fumbally ticks all the boxes for anything from a quick coffee to a sit down dinner. The Fumbally also run its own series of events called EAT:ITH including workshops, events and talks surrounding food culture in Ireland with collaborations from some of the country’s most passionate producers, chefs, farmers, sommeliers, baristas, food writers and activists.
The guys from the Fumbally are also hosts of Irish foodie podcast With Relish which is a fantastic listen for all the latest news on Irish food trends and producers if you want to add to your education.
Balfe Street, Dublin 2
The restaurant based in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel offers a sophisticated place to dine away from the shopping mayhem of Grafton Street. A brunch hotspot – their menu for this ever popular meal has some great dishes created in collaboration with gym Body by Byrne’s which aim to provide “nutritional healthy breakfast and brunch menu options with health conscious diners in mind.”
2-5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
I couldn’t give you a Dublin guide without letting you know about Dollard & Co. Food Hall and Grill – a food market with a difference set in the historic Dollars Printworks, under The Clarence Hotel.
With an amazing fish and meat counter, huge selection of freshly made breads as well as a chilled out cafe with views over the River Liffey and a grill restaurant seated around the chefs at the flames, this is another brilliant ‘caters for all’ stop boasting the best in Irish and international fare.
Perpetua, 9 Hanover St East, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
Newly landed in Dublin as of September 2017, Hot Pod Yoga has hotfooted it from London and has set up in the trendy Grand Canal Dock area of the city in gym Perpetua. Their launch offer of unlimited yoga for 2 weeks for just 20 EUR is too good to resist – go get your sweat on!
9 Fields Terrace, The Triangle, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Hayley and Annie at Project Revive run fantastic Pilates sessions at their tiny studio above Ranelagh based cafe Urban Health (which incidentally is also a fab vegan friendly place to eat).
As well as their weekly schedule, Project Revive also offer Pilates & Prosecco sessions once a month at hotel The Dean. The three hour sessions give you time to mingle with other pilates enthusiasts, take part in a 90 minute pilates session and then get rewarded with a glass (or two) of prosecco and yummy snacks like energy balls and homemade hummus and flatbreads provided by Urban Health.
1 Plaza Level, Beacon South Quarter Shopping Centre, Sandyford, Dublin 18
Another import from the world of fitness, F45 arrived in its first location in Dublin in Sandyford in 2017. With a city centre location opening imminently, F45 has been kicking Dublin’s ass with its trademark fusion of circuit training, great music and supportive team atmosphere. Highly recommended to burn off that massive portion of Irish stew!
1 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin
One of the new spots in Dublin, this funky bar and restaurant boasts stunning views over the Liffey in a bright and airy roof-top space. The bar offers delicious cocktails and the menu features dishes like Irish crab salad, organic chicken with chermoula and delicious vegetarian options too.
Open late (like most places in Dublin) with a DJ playing funk and soul to pass the evening this is a great spot to dress up and head to in the evening with a classier feel than the rest of Temple Bar.
People’s Park, Park Rd, Glasthule, Dublin
A little bit further out of the city centre but well worth a visit. Most of my Sundays are spent chilling out down in Dún Laoghaire, a coastal part of Dublin with a beautiful double pier and an amazing food and craft market.
When the weather is good (and it does happen in Ireland!) there’s nothing better than stretching the legs walking out on the pier to spot seals before heading to the market to get food from the plethora of stalls. Crepes, Korean kimchi, Chinese dumplings, slow cooked pork buns or hand rolled ice-cream, there’s definitely something for everyone.
15 William St South, Dublin 2
You didn’t think I was going to let you go to Dublin without getting an authentic experience of an Irish pub did you?! If you want the real deal then try Grogans: a really traditional Irish pub, higgledy-piggeldy artwork by local artists lining the walls that serves Guinness and the Irish favourite bar snack – cheese and ham toasties.