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When visiting a city for the first time, it’s common to head to the popular places that appear in all of the guide books. After all, if you’ve never been there before, how are you to know where else to go? As a local, however, you will know of all the other places that are away from the tourist traps, and often, these are the places to find as visitors, too.

Dublin is one of the thriving, bustling cities that are big hits with tourists from all over the world, and any local Dubliner will tell you that what tourists do during their stay in the Irish capital, aren’t necessarily the best things to do. Stay at one of the Travelodges in Dublin and take heed of some of these recommendations, from people in the know.

• Temple Bar is a hotbed for tourists during the evenings; it’s not where the locals go for a good night out. You may find that it’s overhyped, and overpriced. There are still plenty of good bars in the city centre though, or you could take a stroll to Wexford Street, about 10 minutes out of town.

Image source: The Temple Bar pub

 • During the day, a visit to Temple Bar is recommended – there are some cultural spots, such as the Irish Film Institute, that are well worth popping by.

• If you want a day on the beach – albeit a blustery one – Portmarnock, just north of Dublin, is where to go. If you’re planning on staying around the city centre though, St. Stephen’s Green is an ideal spot for a little outdoorsy fun and relaxation.

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• Dublin is packed with excellent restaurants, ranging from the Michelin-starred numbers, such as Chapter One, Patrick Gilbaud and L’Ecrivain, to the more affordable, including Matt the Thresher and The Winding Stairs.

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 There are popular places, such as the Guinness Storehouse, that, despite the onslaught of tourists, are still recommended by the locals.

If you plan your weekend to incorporate some tourist faves, and some local alternatives, and you can have the best of both worlds.