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Top 7 Places for a First Date in Dublin, Ireland

Here are the best places in Dublin, Ireland for a first date

Dublin, Ireland is easily one of the most romantic countries in the world, with its gorgeous landscapes and friendly people. It’s also full of students, both Irish and international, and meeting someone special could happen instantaneously. Here are the top seven places for a first date in Dublin, Ireland.


Howth, Ireland is only a thirty minute DART train ride outside the city center. Catch the DART from Connelly Station, and enjoy the coastal scenery on the trip over. Howth has a pleasant cliff walk out to the lighthouse, cute cafes, and an amazing outdoor food market. Be sure to bring a jacket, as it gets windy along the cliffs.


•National Botanic Gardens

A thirty minute walk from Dublin’s O’Connell Street city center, or a quick bus ride into Glasnevin, the National Botanic Gardens will not disappoint during any time of the year. With lots of flowers, trees, and other plants in bloom both outside and in the many greenhouses, this is an ideal setting for a romantic first date. The Botanic Gardens also has a tea room for when you get hungry.

•St. Stephen’s Green

Located right in the city center, and near the shopping district on Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green will give you both a break from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. The park is full of plant life at any time of year, with pretty ponds and lakes complete with swans and ducklings in the spring. The footbridge is the perfect location for a selfie- or a first kiss!

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•Phoenix Park

A twenty-minute from the city center, the expansive Phoenix Park is one of Europe’s largest parks. Be sure to bring cut up carrots or apples for the roaming deer in the park- they’ll come right up to you and eat out of your hand! Phoenix Park also is home to the Dublin Zoo. Around Valentine’s Day, the Dublin Zoo will be decorated, setting a perfect backdrop for your first date with a special person.

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Feeding the deer at Dublin’s Phoenix Park

•The Bald Barista

For a rainy or cold day, check out some of the best espresso in the city. Located on Aungier Street, the Bald Barista has incredible coffee, and some of the finest latte art around. The Bald Barista also has one of the best and least expensive Irish breakfasts in the city. Try the full Irish breakfast with a hot mocha and you’ll be warm and full all morning!

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Breakfast at the Bald Barista

•The Brazen Head

Located along the River Liffey, the Brazen Head is the Ireland’s oldest pub in Ireland – opened in the twelfth century! Besides a large drink menu, including a warming Irish coffee, the menu has some of the most authentic Irish food in the city. Be sure to sample the bangers and mash, or the fresh fish and chips! The live music every night after 9:00  will add some excitement to a first date and here are more places to go for a night out in Dublin.

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•Caffe Amore

What could be more romantic than a cafe named for love? This adorable Italian restaurant is nestled right in the city centre, with Dublin’s most delicious homemade pizza menu. Not only are the pizza and pasta dishes phenomenally prepared, the menu is perfectly priced for a student budget. For drinks, try a spritz, an Italian beverage made with orange liqueur and sparkling Prosecco.

7 Best Places for a first date in Dublin, Ireland

The 7 Best Places for a first date in Dublin, Ireland

Mary Sheehan

Elon University | 12 stories

I am currently a senior at Elon University studying creative writing. I participated in Semester at Sea in summer of 2014, and spent my junior year abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I enjoy reading, writing, and of course, traveling.

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