Who says you need to go abroad to experience all the food and fun of a Christmas market? Add this one to your pre-Chrimbo ‘must-do in Dublin’ list, stat: the Gibson Hotel’s glorious Christmas food market is open once again, hurrah! Transforming the hotel courtyard into a mini-German Christmas market, this winter wonderland includes cute little chalets bubbling over with hearty festive favourites Santa Claus would totally approve of.
See what I did with the headline? Boom boom (groan!) With all the cute cafes, hotly tipped restaurants and non-Starbucksy coffee shops in Dublin, it’s easy to overlook the restaurants in the city’s many fine hotels when it comes to eating out. I’m as guilty of this as the next person so last week it was a rare treat to sample dining at one of Dublin’s popular hotel picks, none other than the Hilton. Was it worth writing home about? You bet.
So you’re going to be in Dublin and you want to know where the cool kids stay? Let me tell you…
In my mind I divide hotels into three categories: first, there’s kind that’s so lovely you could take your mam to it. Secondly, there’s the semi-fancy kind you and your friends or you and your Ryan Gosling-esque (if you squint) boyfriend can take over for a weekend. Then there’s the third category and the most elusive one of all – the super-stylish hotel where you expect to see a fashion shoot taking place at each turn. Dublin’s Gibson Hotel is the latter.