Top 10 places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland

The late chef and TV celebrity adored the Emerald Isle – read on to find out the top ten places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland. 

Anthony Bourdain travelled all over the world, but Ireland always held a special place in his heart. There are many places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland. “I had some of the best moments of my life here,” he raved on his TV travel programs. 

The American chef, writer, and travel documentarian, best known for The Layover, was friends with Bono, adored James Joyce and William Butler Yeats, and had a soft spot for Irish restaurants and pubs. 

Why not plan a tour to his favourite spots on the Emerald Isle? Have a look at our ten places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland. 

10Shankhill’s Peace Wall – Belfast’s constant reminder of The Troubles

The Shankill peace wall was one of the top places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland.

Anthony Bourdain was a bit of a history buff, so when visiting Belfast, the first thing he explored were the landmarks of The Troubles, the infamous civil war between Catholics and Protestants. 

Bourdain took two black cab tours through the city – one with a driver of each belief – and described them as “one of the best ways to experience the history of The Troubles”. He was especially impressed by the Peace Wall in Shankhill, and his favourite piece was the Oliver Cromwell mural. 

Address: Falls Road / Shankhill Road, Belfast BT13 2RX, Ireland

9. Moore Street Market – another of the top places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland

Another of the top places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland was the Moore Street Market.

Dublin’s street markets have been around since the Viking times, with the food market on Moore Street – one of the many places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland – is one of the most popular ones since the 18th century.

The chef praised the diversity of the stalls – “You can literally get anything here from fish to pig heads”, and the positive influence on the food culture thanks to immigrants moving to the capital (“Dublin is only getting better.”).

Address: Moore Street, Dublin, Ireland

8. Slattery’s Bar – one of the best places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland

Slattery's Bar was another of the top places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland.
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A popular waterhole since 1821, Slattery’s Bar in Dublin 4 features everything you’d expect from an Irish pub, think trad nights, Guinness flags, and proper pints.

However, the place is most famous for its Irish breakfast, served six days a week from 7 am and on Sundays from 12.30 pm. The TV host called it the best one in the capital – so it just had to go on our list of the top 10 places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland. 

7. Gubbeen House – Cork’s number one organic, family-run cheese and meat farm 

Gubbeen House was another of the top places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland.

When filming The Layover, Anthony Bourdain visited the Gubbeen House in Schullin, Co. Cork, a family-run coastal farm producing award-winning cheese and meats since the early 1970s.   

“Gubbeen Farmhouse is a model of organic sustainable agriculture, but it’s first and foremost a home for the Fergusons,” he said. “It’s people like them who make the world better, who keep tradition alive, and remind us consistently what they might be missing, I am glad they are here.”

More info: HERE

Address: Gubbeen House, Gubbeen, Schull, Co. Cork, Ireland

6. Howth – for the best seafood in the Dublin area

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The charming fishing town of Howth, just half an hour north of Dublin by DART, was another of the places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland. 

“The small town is known for the quality of their catch and as the primary seafood supplier in the Dublin area,” he explained in his TV show.

His favourite spot in Howth? “King Sitric Restaurant – the fish there are so fresh they could literally walk out of the restaurant and go swimming with their relatives after lunch.”

When there, Bourdain had shellfish and lobster accompanied by white wine. 

More info: HERE

Address: E Pier, Howth, Dublin, Ireland

5. The Crown Liquor Saloon – Belfast’s best pub according to Anthony Bourdain

Looking another of the top places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland, check out the Crown Bar.

Had Anthony Bourdain lived in Belfast, The Crown Liquor Saloon would have been his local. “You really haven’t had a Guinness until you have had one in Ireland,” he declared on the Travel Channel, calling The Crown Saloon “the best pub in Belfast”.

The classic Irish pub with its distinct, colourful windows, wood carvings throughout, and burnished primrose yellow, red, and gold ceiling dates to 1826 and is now owned by the National Trust. 

If you want to follow in the TV host’s footsteps, order an Irish stew or Guinness pie and a pint.

More info: HERE

Address: 46 Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7BA, Ireland

4. The Clarence Hotel his favourite Dublin hotel owned by Bono and The Edge

Owned by Bono, it's one of the top favourite spots.
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The Clarence Hotel, in the heart of Temple Bar, has been a celebrity hot-spot for decades – and Anthony Bourdain was one of the many regulars at the U2-owned hotel.

“This is the hotel where I always stay in Dublin,” he said in The Layover, joking “it’s owned by some band, the lead singer’s name is Bono or something.”

When Bourdain passed, Bono dedicated a song to the late television star at the U2 concert in New York.

More info: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 HT44, Ireland

Address: https://theclarence.ie/

3. Cork City – Bourdain called it the “gastronomical capital of Ireland”

Cork City is loved my many who visit.

Dublin and Cork have always had a playful rivalry. And, while discussions are still ongoing, in terms of food, for Anthony Bourdain, Cork was the clear winner.

The celebrity chef called the Emerald Isle’s second-largest city the “gastronomical capital of Ireland”, pointing out its diversity in restaurants and quality of food. Besides eating out, he also enjoyed pints and trad nights at the pub, “Cork is one of the best places for traditional Irish music.”

2. The Chop House – the chef’s favourite Dublin restaurant

The Chop House is a delicious place to grab a meal.
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A top-notch restaurant with a cosy pub vibe, The Chop House has been a fixture in Dublin’s culinary scene since 2009 – and it’s another one of the places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland. He famously claimed he had “the best meal in Dublin” there. 

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The Chop House is proud of using 100% Irish products, with their beef (sourced from farms in Louth and Roscommon) being the most popular on the menu. On a plant-based diet? Don’t worry, they also have vegan and vegetarian dishes.

More info: HERE

Address: 2 Shelbourne Rd, Dublin 4, D04 V4K0, Ireland

1. The Gravediggers – Anthony Bourdain’s “little piece of heaven” in Ireland

Looking a great night out, check out The Gravediggers pub.
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Anthony Bourdain loved a proper pint of Guinness, “a magical beverage”, as he used to say – and his favourite waterhole was John Kanavagh, better known as The Gravediggers. 

“I have all my happiest moments in Irish bars like this,” he told the viewers of the Travel Channel and even left a note for the staff calling it “a little piece of heaven”. 

Opened in 1833, the pub got its nickname because it’s built into the wall of Glasnevin Cemetery and gravediggers used to come in for a round of pints after a day of digging. To keep the original, slightly morbid vibe, singing, dancing, and watching sports are banned, even to this to day. 

More info: HERE

Address: 1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin, D09 CF72, Ireland

There you have it, some of the top places Anthony Bourdain visited and loved in Ireland. Be sure to check them out yourself.

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