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The Most Organic Places To Eat, Stay, Shop In Dublin

The city's vibrant organic scene makes it a destination for eco-conscious travelers from around the world.

October 22, 2015

Dublin is as sophisticated as any capital city. But when it comes to the current cultural shift, it's ahead of the game. It may be an urban center, but it remains so closely tied to the  pastoral countryside that unfurls to the north, south, and west. "A lot of people in Dublin grew up on farms, or their cousins run farms, or their grandparents had farms," says Grace Maher, development officer for the Irish Oranic Farmers and Growers Association. "Most people in Ireland aren't that far removed from the land." Here's where to eat, shop, visit and stay on your trip to the capital of the Emerald Isles:

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Eat Well

Dublin Restaurants
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1. Diners enjoy creative organic fare at pioneering Dublin restaurants, including Michelin-starred Chapter One, where the cooking focuses on the wares of an all star roster of Irish producers.

2. Ely Wine Bar is the only place to taste the organic meat raised on Hugh Robson's farm in the Burren, along with an inspired selection of natural wines.

3. Vegetable-centric Forest Avenue is the toughest table in town right now.

4. The craft-beer pub L. Mulligan Grocer offers farm-to-table comfort food, such as a free-range Scotch egg encased in heritage pork and herbed bread crumbs.

Visit Farms

Dublin Farms
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1. Want to green your thumb? Denise Dunne offers workshops on tending organic herbs at her garden in Naul.

2. Then drive to the Burren to visit Patrick McCormack's organic farmthe location, incidentally, for the British sitcom Father Ted.

Shop Consciously

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Stock up on souvenirs at these fine shops.

1. Temple Bar has a farmers' market showcasing organic producers on Saturdays.

2. Look for farmhouse cheeses from dairy operation Corleggy Cheeses.

3. Fallon & Byrne food hall carries goodies from all over Ireland. Don't miss Old Millbank Smokehouse organic smoked salmon.

4. Powerscourt center is home to Loft, which carries clothing from We Are Islanders.

 

5. Visit Avoca, where you can find Voya beauty products containing organic Irish seaweek, a traditional folk remedy.

6. Irish Design Shop sells exclusively made-in-Ireland items, such as a native-oak seedpod bird feeder and books on wild Irish plants.

Organic Cafes

Dublin Cafes
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Fancy a quick organic bite during your travels around the city?

1. The lively young staff makes beet hummus and charred broccoli with spiced butter and other dishes from scratch at Brother Hubbard and it's Southside sibling, Sister Sadie. Both cafes serve direct-trade coffee sourced from small-lot harvests and roasted weekly at Irish barista champion Colin Harmon's cafe and roastery, 3fe.

2. The organic juices are cold-pressed and organic at Green Beards in Rathmines, which also proffers a variety of smoothies and nut milks.

3. At The Fumbally, you'll find single-origin coffee and homemade drinking vinegars fermented from leftover juicing pulp.

Green Hotels

Dublin Hotels
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Be a greener guest in Dublin by booking a room at one of these environmentally mindful hotels.

1. Its water, energy, and waste-reduction programs garnered The Radisson Blu at the Dublin Airport a platinum award from Ireland's Green Hospitality Awards Programme.

2. Spanning four restored Georgian townhouses in Dublin's city center, the elegant Merrion Hotel received a Green Hospitality silver rating in 2010. Many rooms a the five-star property overlook lush 18th-century-style gardens.

 

3. An hour's drive south of Dublin in Wicklow, the BrookLodge Hotel is home to Ireland's only certified-organic restaurant, the Strawberry Tree, where the wild foods on the menu come courtesty of the in-house forager.