For the next stop on our five healthy days tour, we’re heading to the beautifully historic city of Dublin, Ireland. While the city may be about a thousand years old, it has managed to adapt to changing times while also maintaining its traditional Irish culture.
When in Dublin, you can expect to find yourself visiting a historical attraction that dates back to the 13th century and then walking through a modern art museum right after. You can dine in a traditional pub or taste cuisines from the other side of the world. Or you can take a yoga class and then learn traditional Irish dance. It’s a wonderful blend of tradition and modern city life.
So here you have it—your guide to five healthy days in Dublin:
- Breakfast: Welcome to Ireland! Start the day at Bewley’s Cafe with a glass of freshly made juice, organic yogurt, and whole-wheat toast.
- Workout: Go for a jog around St. Stephen’s Green, which is a beautiful park that’s known for keeping its vibrant green color all year long.
- Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch at One Pico. Try the Atlantic cod or the roast-free range chicken.
- Mind/Body Balance: Head over to the private Iveagh Gardens and take a relaxing stroll among the rolling green hills and tall hedgerows.
- Must-See Attraction: Learn about Ireland’s ancient Celtic heritage at the National Museum in Dublin. View the museum’s famous medieval collection and exhibits that contain artifacts dating back to 2200 B.C.
- Dinner: Unwind after a busy day with dinner at the Michelin-starred favorite, Thornton’s. Try the scallops with vegetables or opt for something on the vegetarian menu.
- Breakfast: Enjoy a great cup of coffee at the Fixx Coffeehouse and try the Irish oatmeal, which has fruit, sunflower seeds, and honey.
- Workout: Take a yoga class at Dublin City Bikram Yoga. Namaste!
- Lunch: Grab some grub at Olesya’s Wine Bar. We suggest trying the summer salad with free-range lemon chicken.
- Must-See Attraction: The Dublin Castle is over 800 years old and is one of the most famous landmarks in Ireland. Walk around the castle grounds and enjoy its vast beauty and Gothic-style architecture.
- Mind/Body Balance: Catch a live performance at the Olympia Theatre, where modern acts from musicians to comedians regularly perform. Do remember to take note of your surroundings in the beautiful Victorian building as well.
- Dinner: Dine on organic Italian food at Toscana City Centre. While there are plenty of healthy options, watch out for the pasta dishes!
- Breakfast: Kick off the day with a tasty breakfast and cup of joe at Costa Coffee.
- Workout: Rent a bike at Cycleways and take a self-guided tour of Dublin’s local neighborhoods.
- Lunch: Enjoy soup and a hearty salad at Brother Hubbard.
- Mind/Body Balance: St. Michan’s Church is one of the most famous protestant churches in the city—but that’s not all. What intrigues most tourists is St. Michan’s crypt, located underneath the holy building. Visitors can walk through the passageways below, which are lined with coffins, skulls, bones, and even mummies.
- Must-See Attraction: The National Gallery of Ireland is home to a variety of work by artists such as Van Gogh, Jack B. Yeats, and select French Impressionists.
- Dinner: While there are plenty of delicious dishes at Dublin’s French restaurant The Blackboard Bistro, you may want to try the wild venison if you’re feeling somewhat daring. Interesting health tip: Venison is actually quite high in nutrients and lower in fat than other types of red meat.
- Breakfast: Grab an egg sandwich or try a delicious crepe at Lemon Crepe & Coffee Co.
- Workout: Learn how to play the Irish games of hurling, Gaelic football, and handball at Experience Gaelic Games. You can even learn some traditional Irish dances!
- Lunch: Have a hearty salad and try the fresh Irish soda bread at Kilkenny Shop/Restaurant (and get a little souvenir shopping done after you eat!).
- Must-See Attraction: Head over to the beautiful campus of Trinity College, which is the alma mater of famous writers such as Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift. You’ll also want to stop and see the college’s impressive library, The Long Room.
- Mind/Body Balance: Watch a play at the famous Abbey Theatre, which was opened by Irish writers W.B. Yeats and Lady August Gregory in 1904.
- Dinner: Finish the day with dinner at the Ely Bar & Brasserie, the oldest wine bar in Dublin. Try the vegetable gratin or the free-range Irish chicken supreme with mushrooms.
- Breakfast: Enjoy free-range scrambled eggs, whole-wheat toast, and a fresh cup of coffee at LimeTree Café.
- Workout: Head over to Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed park in Europe. Go for a long walk or run and visit attractions along the way, such as the Willington Memorial or a castle that dates back to the 15th century.
- Lunch: Try the filet of salmon or the soup of the day and a salad at La Maison.
- Mind/Body Balance: St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is one of the most renowned in the world. While you’re there, be sure to also gaze around and note the ornate Gothic details of the building.
- Must-See Attraction: Yes, we held off on the Guinness until the last day. Did you know that Guinness actually helped sustain the country’s economy for centuries? You can discover the story behind the famous stout and more at The Guinness Storehouse, which all visitors can enjoy.
- Dinner: Whether you choose from the regular dinner menu or the vegetarian one, Brasserie Sixty6 offers a wide selection of dishes—so take your pick!