The best foodie places in Dublin
In Ranelagh, a few minutes walk from home, Morton's is one of my favourite food shops in Dublin. This family run business hasn't changed much since 1930 when it first opened, and although the prices are definitely not in the Tesco range, it's a great place to come and shop for the finest meat, cheese, breads and any delicious food product. They focus on Irish products but also offer a selection from regions of Europe.
The first time I walked past it, I could tell by the smell slipping out of the shop unto the street. It's hard to resist their breads and cookies, but their gelati (very popular after school snack I have noticed from the swarm of kids queuing in the middle of the afternoon) and their range of italian products always make me very excited.
Bread, wine and cheese are the things I miss the most from home - sometimes more than friends and family. When I need a taste of home, amazing cheese can be found thanks to Sheridans, the most famous cheesemonger in Dublin. They offer some delicious Irish as well as European cheeses and have a stall in Morton's, as well as our local Dunnes in Rathmines.
Would it be going overboard to say that Fallon & Byrne is one of my favourite things about Dublin ? The first time I visited it, I felt like I had found an Irish branch of La Grande Epicerie de Paris (incidentally one of my favourite places in Paris) and that made me so happy I might have shed a tear. The foodie Mecca in the center of Dublin city includes a restaurant, a food hall, a wine bar, and a ballroom. If you are looking for something delicious, you will find it in Fallon & Byrne.
With two locations in the city center, Queen of Tarts is a very popular place for a sweet break. As a result of its success among locals and tourists, it can be a bit tricky to find a table so get a takeaway if you can. They make the best carrot cake ever, very moist and with icing in the middle and on the top, but which didn't feel heavy at all. One of my goals is to try every single type of cake or treat they offer. Now that's my kind of personal challenge.
Dunnes Stores are like the Irish version of Marks & Spencer - which also exist in Dublin but not everywhere. Dunnes have a great, great range of for the home as well as a very decent clothes section, but their food section is really what brings me to the one next to our house in Rathmines. Not only is the shop super cute, clean and always nicely displayed, they have the simple day to day stuff as well as some delicious fine international food.