Portobello is as close a city-suburb as you can get, a stone's throw from the action. It's a decidedly trendy and cosmopolitan neighbourhood with a plethora of great and interesting bars and restaurants to choose from. This is a great neighbourhood to walk to with ease from the city centre.
See & Do
There are supposedly less that 1,000 Jews left in Ireland today and this little museum, housed in an old synagogue on residential Walworth Road. The Irish Jewish Museum receives no funding from the government and yet houses decades of history from the Irish Jewish population including documents and original artefacts unseen elsewhere in the country.
Something about Portobello has created a haven for brunching and you'll find some of the best spots in Dublin to have a mid-morning/early-afternoon meal at around the ten euro mark. Head to The Fumbally on Clanbrassil Street, seek out Bibi's Café on Emorville Avenue or the Lennox Café for perfect eggs. You won't be disappointed.
While the facade of The Bernard Shaw might give it the appearance of another 'Irish pub' the interior tells a different story. This trendy bar is run by a record label and features regular club nights, a sprawling smoking area with a pizza restaurant on a double decker bus and drinks deals that are second to none.
One of the things you'll notice if you stroll over the canal and along South Richmond Street and into town is the number of antique and curios stores selling their wares. One of the oldest and most reputable is Christy Bird's which specialises in furniture but features collectables as well. Well worth having a look inside.