Yoga Travel Guide: Dublin, Ireland

Ashtanga Yoga shala

As soon as I walked though the door here I felt at home. John and Suzanne are both so warm, welcoming and just so lovely. I was here for a week to practice with one of my teachers Luke Jordan who was visiting and I loved everything about the place and the ashtangi group in the room. The room itself is cosy and from what I remember, sweaty 🙂 There are two big bathrooms – one with a shower and one without so it is really handy if you have to function in the real world after practice. There is a lovely cave-esque room for storing your things and good quality mats that cartier bracelet love price
you can use if you don’t have your own.

You can also buy Manduka yoga mats or towel mats as well as yoga mat cleaner.

This yoga shala is right in the city centre on Upper Baggot street and is surrounded by ample cafes and shops and accessible by bus ( I used to get the no.40 from Phibsoborough and get off at Stephen’s green and walk from there)

If you are looking to start an Ashtanga yoga practice or attend some of the workshops hosted here then I would really recommend practicing here. It can be intimidating sometimes going into a yoga class or studio for the first time but I assure you as soon as you step inside here you will feel part of the shala family. There is an early morning Mysore (self practice) programme as well as mid day and evening classes. You can check the full schedule here.

 Micheal Ryan Yoga

I attended a workshop with Micheal which was focused on relieving back pain which took place at The Core Studio. I really enjoyed Micheal’s knowledgeable and accessible style of teaching and the subtle movements that were shared in this workshop. I would definitely attend a workshop with Micheal again. You can check out Micheal’s upcoming workshops and retreats around Dublin, Ireland and Corfu!

Phone  +353 86 089 0833   Email  micheal@yoga.ie

My Wellbeing

When I decided to run a workshop in Dublin city I called upon my yogi friends in the big city to recommend a space that I could use and that they liked – My Wellbeing was suggested and it was the perfect location. Quietly hidden away right in the city centre this yoga studio is a gem!

It is a great size, with enough room to comfortablly fit twenty people. Wooden floors and mirrored walls with fully equipped shelves of yoga mats, blocks and blankets. I had some cake and tea for after the workshop and there was a little staff kitchen area to boil the water and store the treats until we were ready.

It is a family run studio and it was a real pleasure to work with the girls and it was quick and easy to book the space and I was delighted to have a fully booked workshop right in the heart of Dublin city.

Location 16 Dame St, Dublin 2        Email rachel@mywellbeing.ie

The Elbow Room

I’m just leaving this here as I know some friends who practice here and they love it. I have it next on my list to practice in when I’m back in town – also to check out that amazing looking cafe they have full of organic, vegan and veggie deliciousness.

What is great about the Elbow room is the monthly unlimited pass, allowing you to check out different classes and not be fixed to a specific day and time each week – which we all know can be a challenge at times. No excuses for not getting your daily yoga fix in 🙂 There are always lots of workshops and events happening here to keep an eye out for and a great range of classes and teachers.

What more could you want from a yoga studio?

Location 32 North Brunswick Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

Phone +353 1 677 9859  Email info@the-elbowroom.com

 

The Irish Sangha Trust

The Irish Sangha Trust is a non-profit Buddhist organisation that was established to support and foster teaching and meditation practice in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. As with all of the Theravada spaces in Ireland that I know off, they rely entirely on donations and voluntary service within the organisation.

They offer a weekly meditation sitting in Ranelagh every Friday evening- with 15 minutes guided, 25 self-guided and ending with a recorded Dhamma talk and discussion. There is no charge and you can find more details here.

The Irish Sangha Trust also regularly organise events with visiting monks, nuns and members from the Sangha. You can see their current schedule here.

You are not required to be or to become a Buddhist to attend any of the events of sittings. Everyone is welcome.

Email  info@irishsanghatrust.ie  or join their Meetup Group.

 

Cafes

 

Two Boys Brew

During a recent visit to the big smoke I had been eyeing this place up every day as I passed by on the bus to yoga each morning. I was delighted when a friend suggested we meet here for lunch.

Delicious, DELICIOUS coffee, food and sweets. Super friendly and helpful staff and the space itself is great, bright and spacious.

When I visited I had their homemade courgette and basil soup with sour dough bread and off course a couple of coffees (non-dairy milk available). How about some of those raspberry and ricotta hotcakes or the sweet potato rosti with grilled halloumi for next time? Can you get a sense of this pretty sweet place now?

Freshly made treats in abundance are available and can be chosen based on your sweet-tooth preference from their varying daily options at the counter.

Grub for vegans, veggies and the carnivorous alike.

Mini shop with all your favorite coffee accessories in-store, from reusable cups, aeropress’, their coffee beans of choice and other goods to take home.

I could see this being my local of choice- if I ever were to become a Dublin local ! 🙂 You never know!

While I was waiting I had a read through their own travel guide; ‘Dublin: The considered Guide’, which is a collection of all that is interesting, artistic and cool to do in Dublin city.

Location 375 North Circular Road, Dublin, Ireland

Email info@twoboysbrew.ie

Cocu cafe

I just happened to walk by this great cafe. It has all you can ask for – clean, bright and spacious, great coffee (and oat milk available – aswell as all your other non-dairy milks). They have a huge array of vegan, raw, sugar-free treats – try the vegan bounty bar!

Their whole menu is pretty impressive – from everyone’s favourite Avocado toast and hummus, power salads and buddha hermes paris enamel bracelet by lucky \/brandon-veronica
bowls.

I came here quite a bit during my week in Dublin as it was a really nice place to get some coffee and something sweet (and healthy) to eat while catching up on some computer work. Can I just say that the sourdough bread with their homemade nutella (no sugar & vegan) with some banana and pomegranate on top is pretty amazing. Perfect post Ashtanga treat.

I visited the Chatham street cafe but they have two more locations in Dublin – Baggot street and Hatch street. Find their locations here.

Worth checking out – open Monday – Saturday.

Location 15/16 Chatham St, Dublin 2. (See other locations above)

Email chatham@cocu.ie     Phone  (01) 677 8872

 

Fumbally Cafe

Serving fresh, healthy and simple food using local and organically sourced ingredients when possible and with an ethical and sustainable ethos within the running of the cafe. They make their own non-dairy milks, drinks, vinegar and fermented goods.

The menu is simple and delicious with something for everyone. Their lunch menu, ranging from €6- €10 has all of my favourites – felafel, soup, create-your-own salads and the options are not limited to vegetarian eating. Seriously delicious specials that change daily and off course- lots of cake to go with their great coffee.

Events and courses are run here and they run themed dinners on Wednesdays, where they create a veggie and non-veggie dish based on the theme they choose – from Brazilian, Venezuelan to Japanese.

Some pretty cool events have been run here such as fermenting workshops, legal advice clinic, table quizzes and aeropress championships for the coffee fans out there 🙂

Check out the Fumbally Stables which is their adjoining space with everything from yoga classes and workshops to weaving and pickling workshops. Such a cool place and we totally need one like this in Galway!

Location  Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8

Phone  (01) 529 8732     Email  thefumbally@gmail.com

KC Peaches  

This is a nice cafe just down the road from the Ashtanga Yoga Shala Dublin and was the place to find any wandering ashtangis who go for coffee, breakfast and a chat after practice.

You can choose from a wide range of options – hot and cold breakfast (vegan friendly options available and marked) – porridge, avocado toast, omelette – the list goes on. If you just want something lighter there are an plenty of cakes, scones and super smoothies orjuices – also, depending on how long you hang around chatting, they have nice lunch and salad options too.

Nice coffee with your non-dairy options available.

Location 54 Dame Street, Dublin 2  *They have a few branches in Dublin, find one near you here.

Email  damestreet@kcpeaches.ie

Slice  

This is a lovely spot for some brunch in Stoneybatter.

We were there for brunch and I had the veggie bowl, which was delish. There is a definitely enough to choose from if you are vegan and there are even some gluten free cakes to devour, so it is a good choice for a range of dietary requirements.

Open Monday – Sunday.

Location: 56 Manor Place, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

Phone  +353 1 445 6100   Email  slicedublin7@gmail.com

Restaurants

Kinara Kitchen

I am quite partial to an Indian meal, so I am always up for checking out what is on offer and if it can transport me back to the motherland via my tastebuds for a moment.

Kinara kitchen in Ranelagh did just that. We had some of my (not so) guilty pleasure – poppadoms and chutney and then went for the early-bird set menu (Mon- Thurs 5-8pm), a three course meal for €21.95.

All of it was delicious and you got plenty for your money. I had the aloo pakora, the Jalfrazi and skipped on dessert, rice pudding or ice-cream, but went for a coffee – I did take a small spoon of my cousin’s rice pudding though and it was tasty- anything with cardamon is going to be a hit with me.

Apart from Ranelagh just being such a gorgeous part of the city, Kinara kitchen was a delight! I was also informed that they are one of the food vendors in Electric Picnic, I’ll have that in mind if I make it there again this year 🙂

Location 17 Ranelagh Village

Phone (01) 406 0066       Email   info@kinarakitchen.ie

If you are a fan of craft beers and fancy having one before dinner in a nice pub across the road then check out The Tap House.

Cornucopia

This is probably one the most well-known vegetarian restaurants in Dublin and with reason. You are guaranteed to  get a delicious meal here at a good price. There is always a constant flow of customers and a full and buzzing atmosphere with two levels of seating areas.

Whether it is a hot, nutritious meal you are looking for with their array of wholesome daily specials, a fresh and healthy salad, a bowl of soup with bread (get the vegan pate with it!) or simply have a coffee and cake then this is perfect for any of the above.

On my most recent visit I had a large bowl of coconut and lentil soup with their spelt bread and that delicious pate – at €5.50 it was great value for a satisfying lunch or light evening meal 🙂

The wall on the way inside is full of posters and information about events, yoga classes, workshops and all your entertainment needs in and around the city. The restaurant runs interesting events on a regular basis so keep an eye out for things happening.

Location 19/20 Wicklow street, Dublin 2

Phone +353 1 677 7583     Email  info@cornucopia.ie

 

Fallon & Byrne

Yes, you will pay a bit more for your food here – but I do like when I get to visit this place (on those special occasions 🙂 )

There is a really nice atmosphere in here on a Sunday for some food in the wine cellar – with some delicious sharing boards, salads, sides and other nibbles to choose from, there is also the deli upstairs or the restaurant.

The food hall is packed full of anything you need – from health food to fresh fruit and veg, specialist products and an impressive selection of freshly baked breads, cakes and I had a pretty tasty raw/vegan energy ball the last time I was up there – to keep me fueled for all of that browsing I was doing.

Location  11- 17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Email ask@fallonandbyrne.com     Phone 01 4721010

La Boqueria

This delicious tapas restaurant has since moved from their Dublin city location to Howth (this research has been going on for a while ;)!) but it is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in their area and want to treat yourself.

When we visited their spot in town we had an absolute feast of Spanish inspired tapas. Now there isn’t much on the menu that would be suitable if you are a vegan or strict vegetarian, but there are definitely the makings of some delicious veggie meals so you can get in touch and let them know of any dietary requirements beforehand.

Location 30 Church street, Howth, Dublin

Phone 00 353 (1) 832 2932  Email eat@boqueria.ie

 

 Other

Nourish

While there are unlimited choices in Dublin when it comes to  health food stores. This store is right next to Cornucopia – so nice and central and a handy location with a great variety of products in store.

Location 16 Wicklow street, Dublin 2

Email wst@nourish.ie       Phone 01 – 670 – 322

 

Lush 

If you are a fan of Lush natural (and delicious smelling) cosmetics like me then you have your store in Dublin city, two actually. Stock up – My current loves are Herbalism face wash, Ocean salt exfoliator and their DIVINE smelling Outback Mate soup (like it is so good, my room still smells like eucalyptus and lemongrass when I arrive home in the evening!

Facebook pages for both stores here: Grafton St. store and Henry St. store.

Location  116 Grafton Street, Dublin 2  and 33 Henry Street, Dublin 1.

 

Bord Gais Energy Theatre

A trip to the theatre is always a good idea- but something I don’t do half enough if I’m honest. So when it was suggested to go and see the production of The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night I jumped at the idea. I had never been to this theatre before and it is was a very worthwhile trip. The show itself was great and even at the lower-range priced tickets we still had great seats and actually got to move to upgrade as that particular show was not fully -booked.

See their current shows here.

Location Grand Canal Square Docklands, Dublin 2

Email justask@bgetheatre.ie Phone (01) 677 7999

 

Folkster   

If you like shopping or just looking at nice, funky clothes and accessories then I like this spot a lot! Vintage and just lots of awesome and gorgeous things to dress up in 🙂

Location 9 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Email hello@folkster.com        Phone  01 6750917

 

Phoenix Park

Off course I have to mention Phoenix park. It is beautiful and a perfect place to spend a day or a few hours.

Location  Dublin, 8

 

 

Check out my other Yoga Travel Guides:

 

Yoga Travel Guide: Glasgow, Scotland

Yoga Travel Guide: Barcelona, Spain

Yoga Travel Guide: A day in Edinburg

Yoga Travel Guide: Galway, Ireland

Yoga Travel Guide: Wexford, Ireland

Yoga Travel Guide: Anjuna, Goa, India

 

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