Where to Eat and Drink
· Daily Grill
People dismiss this place as just another pub, but ignore the drinks here. Instead, go for the comfort food, like the gooey, made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese or the quesadillas that get a kick from Chihuahua cheese and cilantro pesto.
· The Grafton
On the other hand, if you do need a good drink, head to The Grafton, one of the few places in the city to pour a Guinness properly. Another reason to visit is the live music Sundays to Wednesdays; Sundays are the popular Irish music nights.
· Cafe Selmarie
The bakery's cases of cakes, pies, cookies and other treats steal your attention, but look past the sugary goodness and you'll see a restaurant in the back. The best time to visit is brunch. Although the menu changes frequently, griddlecakes with any kind of berries will hit the spot as will the amazing croissant French toast with a hint of orange. The meal will satisfy any sweet cravings you have and then some. Sit outside when whether permits for people-watching and a view of the fountain.
Where to Shop
· Hanger 18
This eclectic shop has a little something for everyone. You can get an AC/DC for your infant and some silver jewelry made by the shop owner for yourself. There's also purses, accessories and home goods in case you need to shop for anyone else.
Cash-strapped fashionistas will want to hit up this new trendy shop. The most wallet-friendly picks are the graphic tees, funky hats and so-cool-you'll-want-to-wear-them-year-round scarves. Bonus: The shop sends your goodies home in a recyclable tote bag.
This shop calls itself "an urban general store," and that pretty much sums it up. You can get everything from an emergency clown nose, to novelty mugs, silver jewelry and bacon floss.
· Merz Apothecary
Forget Sephora—this is the city's best beauty shop. This store has every lotion and potion you can imagine, many of which come from other countries.
Where to Hear Music
· Old Town School of Folk Music
This intimate 52-year-old music venue has hosted performers such as Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Jimmy Driftwood and Big Bill Broonzy. Come to the Old Town School to tap your foot to live folk, blues, country and world music.
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[Photos: Jennifer Kester]