In a country obsessed with cheese (there are more than 50 farmhouse producers making some 150 different types), where do you go to taste the best? Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, in a row of colorful storefronts near the shopping hub of Grafton Street, has a mouthwatering and comprehensive selection. It’s hard to go wrong with the superstar of Irish cheese: umami-forward Cashel Blue from the dairy heartland of County Tipperary. But try some lesser-known varieties, too. We love pockmarked Saint Brigid, a strong, creamy, slightly pungent raw cow’s-milk cheese from County Cork that’s great with a dark beer. Next, take your picnic up the block to leafy St. Stephen’s Green, where Dubliners head for alfresco lunches, or to the secret idyll that is the Iveagh Gardens. Storm clouds looming? Save lunch for later and walk up the steps of a Georgian townhouse opposite the park to enter the Little Museum of Dublin. This quirky space, split over three floors, is packed with more than 5,000 items donated by locals: there’s a room dedicated to U2 with photographs and fan memorabilia; a copy of James Joyce’s death mask; and everyday ephemera charting Dublin’s 20th-century social history lining the walls. Hatch & Sons café beneath the museum is a cozy place for a mug of Barry’s (the best Irish tea) while
you wait for the skies to clear.
Sheridan’s Cheesemongers is on St. Annes Street, between St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College. You’ll easily be able to spot the store from the green and white candy stripe exterior. The Little Museum of Dublin is on the street surrounding St. Stephen’s Green, on the corner where it meets Dawson Street. Hatch and Son’s Irish Kitchen is in the basement of the museum.
SHERIDAN’S CHEESEMONGERS: 11 S. Anne St.; +353-(0)1-679-3143;sheridanscheesemongers.com
LITTLE MUSEUM OF DUBLIN: 15 St. Stephen’s Green; +353-(0)1-661-1000; littlemuseum.ie
HATCH & SONS IRISH KITCHEN: 15 St. Stephen’s Green; +353-(0)1-661-0075; hatchandsons.co