We love discovering a new city through the eyes of a local, and the recent opening of our Irish flagship store has us dreaming of a weekend getaway to Dublin. With that in mind, we caught up with born and bred Dubliner (and our new assistant manager) Serena Macari for an insider’s guide to the city.
Q. What is your favourite thing about Dublin?
A. Definitely the people. Irish people in general are extremely friendly and I never appreciated it until I travelled. I missed the Dublin banter and, as we’d call it “the craic!”
Q. Where would you recommend for a day of shopping?
A. Grafton Street. Most stores are flagships and carry beautiful stock. It’s not only the shops, though; it’s all about the atmosphere. We’re a very musical city and there are always amazing buskers up and down the street. There are some really nice restaurants, gelato shops, bars and cafés, too, and, in November and December, the Christmas lights are always a big attraction.
Q. If you had 24 hours, how would you spend your ideal day in Dublin?
A. I’d start by heading to the Dublin Mountains. They’re not far from the city and are a great place for taking long walks and going on hikes. I recently went horse trekking there, which was amazing. One of the oldest pubs in Dublin, Johnnie Fox’s, is there, as well, so I’d go afterwards for a meal and a pint. They play traditional Irish music and there’s always Irish dancing, too.
Q. What do you love about Summer in Dublin?
A. The sun! We’ve been very lucky this Summer. When the weather is as nice as it has been it changes everything. Everyone eats and drinks alfresco and I’ve been particularly enjoying having picnics on my lunch break with the team in St Stephen’s Green. We don’t see sunshine much, but when we do the parks fill with people.
Q. Where’s your favourite place to eat?
A. My grandparents were Italian, so I try to get back there at least once a year. We’re from the south, and the food is to die for – there’s no such thing as a small portion. In Dublin, I love going to Ciao Bella Roma and Fellini’s, as they’re authentic Italian, so the food is the real deal.
Q. Where would you take children for a great day out?
A. If you’ve visited Ireland, you may know Tayto are our go-to crisps. In recent years Tayto opened a theme park just outside Dublin. There’s rollercoasters, a zoo and even a water park. It’s a brilliant day out for children and adults.
Q. What puts Dublin on the map?
A. We’ve had some fantastic musicians come from Dublin: U2, Glen Hansard and, more recently, Hozier and Kodaline. There is a really big musical scene here and Riverdance is also popular among tourists. I can’t talk about Dublin without mentioning the pub scene, there’s one on every corner and they all have a lot of character. You can also visit the Jameson distillery and the Guinness factory.
Q. What are your top picks from our current collection?
A. I am currently obsessed with the Ocean Tide fragrance range. I love going on holidays and lying on the beach and the aroma literally takes me right back, even on a dull rainy day in Ireland. The Little White Company is my latest love. I don’t have children, but I can’t wait to shower all of the kids in my family with gifts. The clothing is beautiful and the quality is like no other.