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06th Oct 2021

Popular Dublin neighbourhood ranked amongst “world’s coolest” in new list

Dave Hanratty

Best neighbourhood Ireland 2021

It captures the “essence and charm of the Irish capital to a tee”, apparently…

It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, if you happen to reside in Dublin 8, at least.

Time Out’s annual list of the World’s Coolest Neighbourhoods has been unleashed and Dublin 8 takes pride of Irish place, landing at a very respectable number 15.

Nørrebro in Copenhagen takes top spot on the 49-strong rundown, but let’s focus on our own for a moment.

“Dublin 8 captures the essence and charm of the Irish capital to a tee,” says Time Out.

“With much of the city being built up with cookie-cutter hotels and skyscrapers, this nook has retained much of its original architecture. But there have been plenty of positive changes in the past year too.

“Lucky’s pub has been transformed into a cultural hotspot with excellent rotating exhibitions, while Pearse Lyons Distillery is taking tours around its church distillery again.

“The neighbourhood brims with vintage and bric-à-brac shops, street art, markets, homey cafés, and it’s also where you’ll find some of the city’s hottest foodie talent. Not to mention the Dublin Food Co-op, where locals can buy organic produce and educate themselves at sustainability workshops and other community events,” concludes the gushing blurb.

Dublin 8

Image via Leah Farrell /

Over 27,000 city-based dwellers were polled for the list, offering their shouts for the coolest, most underrated and most culturally exciting neighbourhoods in their respective metropolis.

Dublin 8 is the sole Irish representation on the Time Out list and proof positive that the capital can be nice place to live in if we maybe stopped tearing down all of the unique elements that make it so.

Where else made the overall top 10, you ask?

10. Richmond, Melbourne

9. Sai Kung, Hong Kong

8. Ngor, Dakar

7. XI District, Budapest

6. Chelsea, New York

5. Station District, Vilnius

4. Leith, Edinburgh

3. Jongno 3-ga, Seoul

2. Andersonville, Chicago

1. Nørrebro, Copenhagen

You can check out the entire in-depth list here.

All in all, a decent week for Ireland on the desirable global stage, with CN Traveller’s list of the 10 best hotels in the country also making us look very cool and pretty indeed.

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