Rathmines has been on the up and up over the past decade or so, bringing new blood and a hip vibe to the area. It’s comes as no surprise that it’s one of Dublin’s most desirable neighbourhoods to live in, with plenty of great schools, green areas, and food and drink to keep your bellies and social calendars full. While the area used to be known as student-heavy, the array of beautiful (read: massive) red-brick homes mixed with cosier cottages and apartments continue to attract buyers and renters alike. They may speak differently with that D4 accent, but Rathmines is Dublin at its finest. Affluent? A bit. Accessible? Totally. And the 30-minute walk into city centre makes it even more so.
Rathmines encompasses the area south of the Grand Canal down both sides of the Rathmines Road to Rathgar between Harold’s Cross and Ranelagh. Brilliantly located close to city centre, Rathmines itself is walkable with plenty of bus routes and the Luas Green Line to get you from point A to point B in no time.
Swan Leisure has about everything you’d need from a gym to a pool. Get your stretch on at one of several yoga studios in the area (Yoga Rathmines and more), but if tennis or cricket is more your speed, there are clubs for both of those. For a breath of fresh air, walk, jog, or cycle along the canal, or spend the day kicking a football around one of many parks within walking distance.
Rathmines is a foodie’s paradise. Take Pot Bellied Pig for instance; the perfectly pink cafe is known for its--you guessed it--pork menu items. It’s a must for brunch. Make that a drag brunch. Then there’s Farmer Browns, which is a bit more chilled and serves up some tasty staples like salads, sambos, and burgers.
But we’ve barely scraped the surface. There are loads of diverse options for food in Rathmines--and loads is probably an understatement. Craving falafel? Hit up Umi Falafel. Italian on the mind? Try Manifesto or Green Italia. There’s also Japanese, (Tippenyaki), Indian (Tadka House), Mexican (Little Ass Burrito Bar), Palestinian and Middle Eastern (Shakshuka), or French (Voici Crêperie & Wine Bar), to name a few.
How do we take our coffee? Seriously, that’s How. And we can attest to the fact that there are some seriously good coffee spots in Rathmines. A Vietnamese coffee in the outdoor seating area at Two Fifty Square makes for the ideal summer day. Bark Coffee is not to be missed, even if it is tucked away in Alan Hanna’s Bookshop. Grab a book or two and spend the afternoon getting buzzed on caffeine and the thrill of a good read.
Blackbird fills up quickly and for good reason: a class beer selection, candy while you wait on that beer, and games to play as you drink said beer. There’s outdoor seating for when the weather’s good, but it’s hard to step away from the candlelit seating inside (aesthetic, baby!). As for other pubs in the neighbourhood, Rody Bolands is open past 2 AM and has a pretty decent menu to boot. The Bowery boasts “Rock ‘N’ Rum,” and they deliver on both. Then again, you can’t go wrong with a pint and a toastie at Murphy’s Pub or a round of pub quiz at Mother Reilly’s.
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Step back in time at the Stella Theatre. After a full-on makeover, the iconic cinema will trick you into thinking it’s 1923--the year it originally opened. Sip on fancy cocktails amidst velvet and chandeliers for a luxurious movie-watching experience. Prefer the book over the movie? Alan Hanna’s Bookshop is a hidden Rathmines gem. For a day of strolling about, make a stop to shop for a good cause at the Irish Cancer Society (one of the best charity shops for the vintage obsessed. Trust.) or peruse the art exhibitions in The Mart.
DwellDown on Rathmines:
Average Rent: €1,330 (2 bed)
Public Transport: Dublin Bus (14, 15, 65, 83, 140), dublinbikes (Stations: Portobello Road, Portobello Harbour), LUAS Green Line (Station: Ranelagh)
Popular with: Families, Students, Young Professionals
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