About Darragh O
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Aug 2012
18-24 year old male
Hi, my name's Darragh, I'm 24 and was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. I love travelling, there's nothing better than opening your horizons and discovering new cultures, new foods and new experiences. My most favourites trips have been a recent trip to Washington D.C. and New York City, and inter-railing (travelling by trains) across 6 countries in Europe. I'm currently living and working in London and although I am beginning to love the city more and more, nothing makes me happier than travelling back to Dublin for a weekend or longer.
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If you were to ask the average Dubliner about Sabor Brazil, the majority would never have heard of it – which is funny since this restaurant is so popular that reservations need to be made months in advance! Hidden on Pleasants Street – off Camden Street in the south of the city – this gem of a restaurant will treat you to one of the most unforgettable dining experiences of your life. The baroque-style restaurant provides a luxurious, serene and romantic location for an exceptional meal, comprised entirely of a delicious Brazilian tasting menu (there is no à la carte). At first, you may be put off by the top-dollar price, but for a 7-course tasting session of sublime dishes – plus a detailed background of each dish provided by your server – the bill will soon be the last thing on your mind!
Howth Head (or the Hill of Howth) is a beautiful location in the north of county Dublin. The summit of Howth Head is one of the most breathtaking settings in the city, and offers unforgettable vistas of Dublin Bay, north county Dublin and the Irish Sea. Travel here on a sunny day and walk near the lighthouse – you will be rewarded not only with the best views in and of the city, but the sound of the sea below is sure to make this a serene oasis, and a hard spot to leave.
If you're looking for a nice walk away from the hustle and bustle of central Dublin, Howth Harbour (Waterside Howth) is the place for you. This area is a favourite of Dubliners and travellers alike, offering amazing views of the Irish Sea and the authentic sights and smells of a bustling harbour town. The long harbour walkway, straight out to the lighthouse at the very end, is the perfect place for a walk, particularly on a sunny day; or couples may prefer to simply sit on the grass with a cone from Maud's Ice Cream Parlour, or some of the best fish and chips in town from Beshoff Bros.
If you're looking for a serene and romantic oasis in the centre of Dublin City – or just somewhere to laze on the grass for a while and eat some lunch, St. Stephen's Green is the perfect place for you. This conveniently located park on the south side of the city (next to Grafton Street) was the inspiration for Central Park in Manhattan, and you will see why when you visit. The park has many beautiful features, from bandstands and colourful plant beds to numerous higgledy-piggledy paths and plenty of green spaces for relaxing in the sun. However, the best thing about this park is that there's always a new spot, hidden feature or art sculpture to discover, no matter how many times you visit!
Looking for a relaxing coffee break? The big chains have nothing to compare with the luxurious, historical and romantic setting of Bewley's Oriental Cafe. Located on Grafton Street (the main shopping street in the city), Bewley's Oriental Cafe is decked out to the nines with rich mahogany, chandeliers and stained-glass windows – all of which provide the perfect location for a coffee and a cake with that special someone.
Grafton Street is the most popular shopping street in the city, featuring many of the biggest global fashion brands. What's great about this area is that the streets surrounding it are also full to bursting with small boutiques, chain stores and local restaurants and cafes, making it a great spot to stroll arm-in-arm, popping into wherever takes your fancy as you go.
One of the most well-known historical universities in the world, Trinity College Dublin is a beautiful setting for a stroll through well-maintained grounds and a relaxing lounge on the grass. Despite being over 400 years old, it's still an active university campus, and young couples especially will appreciate its vibrant atmosphere.
Time for a romantic detour away from the main tourist attractions of Dublin? Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church is an interesting location to add to your list if so. Still unknown to the majority of Irish people, this church houses the actual relics of Saint Valentine (!), making it a popular pilgrimage site for local lovers and lonely hearts alike.
For those looking for a beautiful and peaceful setting for a leisurely romantic stroll, the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin is hard to beat! Incredibly popular with locals, this 200 year old park features over 20,000 plants, plus architecture-award winning greenhouses and outbuildings.