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A friendly city with international status and local charm, there is something for expats of all persuasions among the Irish capital’s attractions and activities. The lifestyle in Dublin is characterised by high energy and clean living, offering expats in the city an excellent quality of life. Those who are after a pint will certainly have no shortage of lively pubs, or fellow local revellers to frequent them with.
There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping in Dublin, along with a slew of historical attractions, vibey eateries, as well as good entertainment venues, sports facilities, annual events and spas.
Shopping in Dublin
Shopping in Dublin is centred in two main areas, which are conveniently a 20-minute walk apart. Jervis Shopping Centre offers clothing, cosmetics, jewellery and electronic goods, while Blanchardstown Centre is the largest mall in Ireland, housing almost anything an expat could want. Grafton Street hosts expensive boutiques and is one of Dublin's main shopping streets, along with Henry Street. The Blackrock Market is another essential shopping spot stocking local souvenirs, crafts and delicious food.
Markets in Dublin
Expats in Dublin will be able to find open-air markets taking place almost every day of the week. Expats need never miss their home food for too long, as artisan stalls usually cater to every national food group possible. And in spite of the glam shopping streets everywhere, Dubliners still find time to browse clothing markets too. The Howth Market and Harcourt Street Market are two excellent shopping outings for new expats in the city.
Nightlife in Dublin
If there is one thing the Irish are known for, it’s imbibing. Unsurprisingly, this reputation is rooted in a lively nightlife scene. With a plethora of pubs, expats will have no problem finding a local haunt for a post-work pint. For a night out on the town, clubs, lounges and live music fill the streets of the Temple Bar District.
Outdoor activities in Dublin
With one of the biggest enclosed outdoor spaces in all the capitals of Europe, Dublin has a wide selection of outdoor activities sure to appeal to expats who prefer fresh air and green fields. The sprawling grounds of Phoenix Park are a perfect place for a stroll, and visitors to the park may also spot some wild deer roaming the grounds. There are many buildings of historical significance in the park too, along with Dublin Zoo.
Sporting expats can round up some friends to play ancient Irish sports at Experience Gaelic Games. Those after something at a slower pace can cruise down the River Liffey, or hire a kayak of their own. There are also a number of options for expats looking to maintain their fitness in Dublin, including hiking, cycling and surfing. For those who prefer to watch sport rather than participate, the city has a selection of sports teams of a variety of codes to support, including Gaelic games, rugby, football and cricket.
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Niamh is a former expat now making a life back home in the leprechaun capital of the world: Dublin, Ireland. She's a writer and course developer with an addiction to Thai Boxing, rugby and the odd glass of wine. Oh, and she travels just a little too! Follow her blog, Irish Wanderings.
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