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Guilt Free Dublin

By Visit Dublin

2nd January 2018

Going guilt free means making good choices that don’t hurt your wallet or the world. It’s about ethical clothing without the heart-stopping price tags, healthy food that doesn’t taste like grass and doing fun activities that won’t require confession afterwards.

Fortunately, Ireland has a long and intimate relationship with the notion of guilt (and how best to get around it) so where better to explore activities free of penitence than Dublin.

Guilt Free Grub

The fear with health food is that it will involve some sort of wheatgrass-muesli-concoction that is evocative of rain gutter mush. However, delicious options devoid of guilt do exist, and warning, the below may make you salivate uncontrollably.

Two men standing outside Brother Hubbard restaurant

Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard first opened their doors at the height of the recession but boy did it pay off. Their menu includes the like of freshly made soups, halloumi sabiche, vegan avo and peppers as well as their ham hock and beans on toasted Georgian bread. Their intention is to provide simple, interesting food, made entirely from scratch, making them the perfect spot for nutritious grazing.


Watched one Netflix documentary too many and starting to feel your eyes tearing up at the sight of a burger? Maybe you should try Sushihome. It’s completely vegan but offers an assortment of distinctive sushi rolls full of meat substitutes and puts an emphasis on creativity and health. Did we mention it’s incredibly tasty?


But what about Fast Food we hear you cry! Thankfully it is also possible to get your take-out fix without the guilt marring your gastro-experience. Cocu was born from a desire to eat good quality healthy fare even if your busy lifestyle does its best to prevent it. Cocu, meaning ‘counter culture’ is a reference to their ethos of delivering fast (over-the-counter) food which is both healthy and uses local, seasonal ingredients. Bonus guilt free aspect, they’re big on sustainability and use eco-friendly processes and biodegradable packaging.

Guilt Free Shopping

After a hearty lunch, it’s the perfect time to partake in a spot of shopping. And just like food, people are paying more attention to where the purchases they make come from. There are a host of Irish labels making clothes that are eco-friendly and won’t make your wallet weep.

Blonde woman looking at handbag in vintage store


Grown produces clothing with a shared responsibility for environmental impacts and personal values. They use organic material and ensure full tractability from seed to garment and obviously forced labour, bad working conditions and excessive working hours are no-nos. They also run the Tree for Tee campaign where they’ll plant one indigenous Irish tree for every t-shirt they create.

Fresh Cuts

It’s so much nicer to buy clothes that have been good to the places and people who've made them. With this ethos in mind, Fresh Cuts produce simply designed, sustainable clothes for everyday wear. From eco-friendly hoodies to organic t-shirts, quality trumps quantity and they price is right.

Guilt Free Activities

It’s easy to use the weather as an excuse to while away afternoons on the couch, but you’re missing out on a wealth of goings-on in Dublin’s fair city. So wrap up warm, pack an umbrella and venture forth to an activity that’s kind to your wellbeing and your pocket.

Dublin Holistic Centre

Going guilt-free is a great time to start thinking about your mental well-being in general. Located on South William Street, the Dublin Holistic Centre is a hub for mindfulness. There’s an array of activities on offer from massage and reflexology to Yoga and Pilates.

A couple cycling along a Dublin canal

Dublin City Bike Tours

How about a guilt-free way to see the city? Dublin City Bike Tours offers an eco-friendly bike tour (at an easy pace) with local guides. Not only will you be benefitting from an education about all the local areas, but you’ll be enjoying some fresh air and having a gentle workout.

Picnic on the canal

Dublin’s canal offers visitors a ramble complete with wild swans, food markets and statues of Dublin’s most loved writers including Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh. Plan an afternoon around ambling down the canal paths, visiting one of the food markets dotted around on Thursdays and Fridays and settling down on a blanket for a well deserved picnic. Not only will you be flexing those leg muscles, but you won’t be too much out of pocket.

If that list has whet your appetite for what Dublin has to offer, why not have a read of how best to discover Dublin in 2018...

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