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Housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (IMMA) is one of the finest 17th-century buildings in Ireland – it’s worth a visit for the courtyard alone, and curates some of the country’s most dynamic contemporary art. (Military Road, Dublin 8, 01 612 9900; imma.ie)

INDUSTRY would not be out of place in Berlin or Copenhagen. It’s a homeware store selling vintage, upcycled and new textiles, plus beautifully handcrafted furniture and accessories, amazing wool blankets and great gifts. (Drury Street, Dublin 2, 01 613 9111; industrydesign.ie)

An insider’s guide to

Dublin Living Dinners chef and pop-up princess Katie Sanderson takes us on a tasty trip across Dublin city.

GROGAN’S PUB A favourite watering hole of the poet Patrick Kavanagh, it’s the perfect place for long conversations with strangers and somewhere that “just the one” often turns into many pints. Grogan’s is still a preferred destination for many poets and artists, and also a wonderful people-watching spot. (South William Street, Dublin 2, 01 677 9320; groganspub.ie)

Starting at 8am on Saturday,, TEMPLE BAR FOOD MARKET is where e locals go to get some of the city’s best st vegetables (from the McNally stall), fresh h baked sourdough (Le Levain), oysters, s, coffee, juice and all-things edible. Gett there early to avoid disappointment, a walk through Temple Bar in the morningg is probably the nicest time to visit thiss cultural quarter – before the rest of the tourists arrive! Also, stop by the Gutter er Bookshop (gutterbookshop.com), or checkk out the shops around Cow’s Lane..

MATTHEW THOMPSON

More about out Katie

Katie Sanderson was born in Hong a, Kong, lived in Kenya, in but has called Dublin home for the last 15 years. She has th worked as a chef both here and abroad, and last year launched a series of raw food pop-ups called Livingg Dinners in unusual locations (livingdinners. com/@livingdinners). She also collaborated on a temporary vegetarian café in Temple Bar Gallery called The Hare, and this summer is working on Dillisk, a temporary restaurant in the west of Ireland: a converted boat shed serving up tasting menus made from nationally sourced produce.

Over on Merrion Row, ETTO (01 678 8872; etto.ie) is a new wine bar and Italian-inspired eatery, above, that does great lunches, brilliant dinners, and has a wine menu that focuses on interesting grape varieties and small producers. Relatively small – so frequently packed, due to its deserved popularity – it’s best to book well ahead to secure a table. It’s also a stone’s throw away from Dublin’s brilliant Natural Museum of Ireland – Natural History, left (01 677 7444; museum.ie).

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