5 Best Street Food You Must Try In Dublin, Ireland

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Celeste
Celeste 
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Visitor’s to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, will be astounded by the historical richness of this modern city as they stroll along the cobbled streets lined with colourful shop fronts, restaurants, and pubs. Take time to visit medieval Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the numerous museums, and Dublin Zoo while making U2’s city your base for visiting the rest of Ireland. Besides experiencing traditional cuisine such as shepherd’s pie, seafood chowder, and Irish stew made with lamb, potatoes, and other vegetables, sample some of Dublin’s street food during your visit. Please check out the following list of the best street food you must try in Dublin, Ireland to get your fill of trendy steamed buns, savoury pizza, and classic fish n’ chips.

1. Steamed buns

Pork Belly Steamed Buns - Duroc pork belly, cilantro, scallions, radish, boiled egg, Chinese black vinaigrette, hoisin BBQ sauce
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Dubliners can’t seem to get enough of this Chinese delicacy which is a palm-sized sandwich made from a hot steamed bun. The bun is folded over similar to a taco and filled with pork belly, delicious sauces, and a variety of fresh fillings. Fillings may include cabbage, pickled vegetables, peanuts, etc. These mouthwatering delicacies make the perfect lunch item or snack when spending time sightseeing in Dublin.

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2. Pizza

Neapolitan pizza
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After strolling through the cool stone hallways of Dublin Castle, make certain to search out a pizzeria to savour a hot and delicious pizza. New York and Neopolitan-style pies are favoured throughout Dublin and are usually prepared by the wood-oven method. Diners will get a chance to experience more than your traditional supreme or pepperoni classics when scouring Dublin’s alleyways for pizza places. Besides traditional pizzerias, artisanal ones litter the scene, serving up gluten-free and whole wheat pies overflowing with leeks, home-made cheeses, and savoury sauces, peas, salami, pepperoni, olives, peppers, and numerous other delicious toppings.

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3. Falafel bites

Falafels
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For a quick bite between exploring Guinness Storehouse and Old James distillery, stroll into one of the shops serving Mediterranean delicacies to try out some falafel bites. Falafels are made from fresh chickpeas, onions, garlic, parsley, cumin, cinnamon, and other spices and then fried to create a crunchy exterior while the inside remains soft and moist. A simple but filling option would be a healthy wrap filled with lettuce, tomato, falafels, and other veggies which can be taken to go in order to continue sightseeing. If you have more time to sit down and enjoy your meal, choose a falafel burger with a side of crispy french fries or a side of falafels accompanied by a fresh salad.

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4. Spice bag

Spice Bag
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While shopping along Grafton Street lined with its colourful historic buildings, make certain to check out menus at the numerous food establishments to try out a generous serving of spice bag. Enjoy a plate full of this popular Asian-inspired dish featuring fries, pieces of chicken, chili peppers, onions, peppers, and exotic spices. Be certain to visit a Chinese take-out or chip shop to sample this mouthwatering dish full of tantalizing flavours. This delicious option should stick to your ribs and keep your stomach filled to continue sightseeing on cooler days experienced when in Dublin.

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Dublin (Region) Tour Guide

Dave Kavanagh

Dave Kavanagh

Hello, My name is Dave and I am a local and national licensed Tour guide in Dublin, I operate walking tours taking you to some of Dublin's most iconic landmarks and buildings while discussing our great heritage and culture, we are known here in Ireland for our storytelling so expect lots of great stories on this tour.

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Diana M

Diana M

Hi there! I am Diana :) My passion in life (next to my loved ones) is travelling and meeting new people, showing others the beauty of the world, art in various forms. My private guided day tours are experiences that are unique and are a great way to do an interesting activity without being overwhelmed. You get to do something only few other travellers would get to do and a chance to gain a local perspective. As your guide, I want to open you the door to Ireland's untouched beauty, from scenic cliffs to fairytale like forests and would point out many details you wouldn’t uncover on your own. You might also like to do an activity which can be difficult without local knowledge, like hiking or horse riding, - I am here to help and guide you.  I’ll handle all the planning and the driving on the left hand side of the road, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and soak in the beautiful sights and compelling stories. Ireland won’t leave you untouched and I will be delighted to be your guide and ‘local expert’ here. Hope to see you on one of my trips to the heart and soul of our beautiful country!

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Anne Browne

Anne Browne

Hi - I’m Anne - a native Dubliner. I love this ancient city and am passionate about sharing the history and hidden gems. We have cathedrals, Georgian architecture, castles, distilleries, museums, libraries. Let me show you where the Vikings arrived and founded Dublin 1000 years ago. I also like to visit Wicklow and Newgrange - prehistoric sites an hour from Dublin. I always ensure visitors have a fun day out - and when you have earned it - shopping is option or a pint of Guinness. Contact me for any questions or requests.

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5. Fish and chips

Fish And Chips
Source: Photo by Flickr user Smabs Sputzer (19... used under CC BY 2.0

After visiting the immaculate Museum of Decorative Arts & History to view its collection of armour, Asian objects, furniture, lace, costumes, etc. stop by a local fish and chip shop counter to pick up a hearty serving of fish and chips. Throughout Dublin, you can find shops serving flakey cod encompassed in a deep-fried beer batter covering accompanied by chips. Order this combo and take your to-go container to enjoy at Phoenix Park or at a streetside table. If you have more time, find a restaurant overlooking the waterfront and enjoy a full meal of fish and chips with a glass of Guinness.

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Sampling street food while in Dublin

Those visiting the Emerald Isle and calling Dublin their base will enjoy strolling through its historical castles, spacious parks, and taking a boat cruise along the River Liffey to admire the surrounding natural scenery of the mountains. Before departing Dublin to drive the Wild Atlantic coastal scenic drive and admiring the jagged imposing Cliffs of Moher, make certain to taste its street food cuisine from local markets or smaller shops. Head home refreshed after indulging in delicious Irish cuisine and pints of Guinness and witnessing some traditional Irish folk and dance performances at either a hotel or nearby pub.

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Celeste is a writer based in British Columbia with a profound passion for travel and the exploration of new destinations. Her adventurous spirit leads her to engage in exciting activities during...Read more

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