One Day in Dublin City Itinerary: Sandymount and Ballsbridge

One day in Dublin itinerary: Walk from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse

About This Dublin City Itinerary

One Day in Dublin City Itinerary Rating: Intermediate
This Dublin itinerary is recommended for people with the following interests: food, hiking, non-touristy experiences

Sandymount and Ballbridge Non-Touristy Dublin Itinerary in Brief

  1. Breakfast Choices in Ballsbridge
    • Foodgame
    • Farmer Browns
  2. Hike from Sandymount Strand to Poolbeg Lighthouse
  3. Pub Stop
    • Mulligan's in Sandymount
    • The Bath
  4. Dinner Choices in Ballsbridge
    • Chophouse
    • Junior's
    • Paulie's Pizza
  5. Enjoy a glass of wine at the French Paradox

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Sandymount and Ballsbridge are both close to Dublin City Centre and are popular with locals. For breakfast choose between two locals favorites: Foodgame and Farmer Browns. The Foodgame is always packed and does excellent expresso drinks along with a full Irish breakfast or eggs on toast. The owner, Ross, is always there and super-friendly. Sit with a newspaper and enjoy a leisurely start to the day. 
Dublin in a day: Farmer Browns for brunch
Farmer Browns is located just around the corner from Foodgame. Go to Farmer Browns if you get a later start. Foodgame opens at 8 am, while Farmer Browns opens at 10 am and is extremely popular for weekend brunch. Farmer Browns is generally packed within 30 minutes of opening on the weekend. You'll be ushered into a colorful dining room with artwork lining one side of the room and a giant mirror on the other (great for people watching!). Start with a well-crafted cappuccino with a sprinkle of Flake on top. Any place that puts chocolate crumbles on top of my coffee definitely wins points in my book! We also ordered an Americano which was dressed up in a flower covered glass. Farmer Browns features American-style comfort food. The French toast with bananas, candied walnuts, and bacon was an amazing treat. We also sampled 'The Healthy Option' featuring two perfectly poached eggs, salad with avocado over brown bread sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and bacon. 
Days out in Dublin: Sandymount Strand and views of Poolbeg towers
Head to Sandymount Strand next for iconic views of the Poolbeg smokestacks and the Irish Sea. At low tide, you'll find locals walking their dogs in the sand. Hug the coast for a heart-pumping hike out to Poolbeg Lighthouse. Poolbeg Lighthouse is situated at the end of Great South Wall which has sat at the entrance to Dublin harbour since the early 1700s. You can either reverse your steps and walk back or hail a taxi with the MyTaxi app to bring you to the pub. 

Order a well-earned pint at Mulligan's in Sandymount or the Bath Pub in Ballsbridge. Enjoy dinner close by at Junior's, Paulie's Pizza, or Chophouse.
Dublin in a day: Grab a pint at the Bath Pub in Ballsbridge
You can sit outside in the covered porch year round at Juniors because they give you a hot water bottle ("Hot Stuff!") to keep warm in the winter. I can recommend the tomato soup to start followed by roast squash risotto. It tasted divine. 

Paulie's is one of the most popular pizza places in Dublin and offers a range of imaginative pies served with beer or wine in a two story house. 

If you're looking for a good steak, The Chophouse is your obvious choice. The waiter will stop by the table with sample cuts of meat. The final product is presented with a flourish: tasting rich and juicy and served with chips (French fries for my readers from the U.S.).

Finish the evening with a quiet glass of wine at the French Paradox in Ballsbridge.

Map of This Dublin City Itinerary: Sandymount and Ballsbridge

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Guide to Sidewalk Safari Dublin City Itineraries

  • Leisurely: No need to get up super-early to start this itinerary which is always good if you experienced a little too much of Dublin's famous craic the night before. Take your time exploring the sights on these itineraries or take detours that you discover on your own in the process of following my suggestions.
  • Intermediate: You should be able to comfortably fit in the activities recommended even if you don't get an early start. There is a far amount of walking involved in these itineraries to get from place to place.
  • Ambitious: Lots to see plus a lot of walking. Make sure to get an early start or you won't make it to everything on the list.
The perfect formula for a day out in Dublin City includes: breakfast/coffee, morning activities, lunch, afternoon activities, a pub stop, dinner, and evening fun.

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