Dublin is best for...

Traditional Irish cuisine: Get lamb shanks, Irish seafood chowder and beef stew from Little Kitchen and O'Neill's Pub

Great beer: Delve into Dublin's craft beer scene and make sure that you try a selection of the beers produced in the country

International restaurants: From French dishes to North African cuisine, Dublin has plenty of delicious food for you to feast on

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Dublin is English

Currency: The currency used in Dublin is the Euro

Local time: Dublin's local time is the same as throughout the UK

Fly to: Dublin's main airport is Dublin Airport

The Irish have a deserved reputation for great hospitality. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in the restaurants, cafés and bars of Dublin. Traditional Dublin food is comforting, hearty and full of flavour, often helped by a large glass of Guinness to wash everything down smoothly. There’s also a vibrant choice of international restaurants and casual eateries that have sprung up across the city, ensuring every taste is catered for.

As the nation’s capital, Dublin is home to restaurants run by many of Ireland’s best-known celebrity chefs, including Marco Pierre White. However, don’t worry if you don’t fancy going for top-end cordon bleu wallet busters, as there’s also something here to suit every budget. Irish seafood chowder and Coddle (a sausage stew) are just two local Dublin delicacies that will tantalise your taste-buds and ensure you’re well fed at the end of a busy day enjoying the sights. Head down to the harbour to feast on fresh cockles and mussels down in the seafood haven of the Dublin Bay area. This is also a great place to try sweet and juicy Dublin Bay prawns. You can take a break from sightseeing with cake and coffee at an artisan café. Treat yourself to a pre-theatre supper at one of Dublin’s best restaurants, the perfect start to a night of culture. Or party into the night at one of the countless lively bars serving up the best local brews.

Finding the best restaurants in Dublin will depend on your point of view. If it’s local Irish fare with a twist that you’re after, head to Chapter One close to the Gate Theatre. As well as a delicious a la carte menu, this high-end restaurant offers a great value set-menu for lunch. Another option for a delicious lunch after a morning at the National Museum of Ireland is Wuff. This smart café is located a short stroll from the museum and serves an excellent coffee and lighter bites.

Wherever you go in the world, you’re never far from an Irish bar, where you know you can enjoy a great pint and even better craic. Dublin is full of bars where everyone bursting into song is bound to happen at some point in the evening. Some of the liveliest and best bars in Dublin can be found in Temple Bar, the party-strip area of town. Remember beer is not the only local drink. Head to The Palace Bar in Temple Bar, which has an upstairs area dedicated to local whiskey. Or if you’re looking for ‘hipster cool’ for your night on the tiles, you’ll love Stoneybatter, located in the north of the city. Here you’ll find a choice of gastropubs and micro-breweries serving up craft ales and all vying for the crown of best bar in Dublin. The Guinness Brewery at St James’ Gate is the place to sample a pint of the black stuff, poured to perfection (did you know that takes 119.5 seconds?).

Just like the city, Dublin food and drink is here to be discovered and enjoyed. And that makes it the perfect place to taste the very best the Emerald Isle has to offer.