When Jacek and I had our day in Dublin back in January we went for lunch in one of the quirkiest and coolest café's I have ever been to, Hippetys in Temple Bar. The café immediately caught my eye with its bright blue exterior, artwork and many lights in the windows - I'm always attracted to lights! I just had to pop in and see what it was all about.
If my blog had it's own café Hippetys would be it. The inside is decorated so beautifully and has quite a kitsch and cool vibe to it. The tables are hand-painted, my favourite being the pink one above with the hearts and cupcake tree, if I could have a table like this in my own kitchen I'd be delighted! There were individual pink roses on each table, floral wall paper, vintage radios, lots of lights and scatter cushions, it was the perfect place to enjoy some good food and drink and have deep conversation with my other half. If I lived in Dublin I'd probably pop into Hippetys for some lunch whilst doing some blog work on my laptop, it has such a relaxing atmosphere. Everywhere I looked there was something interesting, I loved the mismatched, shabby chic feel decor and all the artwork on the walls. The staff were really friendly and attentive. They didn't mind me taking pictures and even offered to take a picture of Jacek and I, I declined out of embarrassment, the tribulations of a blogger trying to take review pictures without being noticed!
As we were on our first break away together since 2013 we decided to push the boat out and enjoy a bottle of wine together. We went for the Chablis and I have to say it was one of the nicest wines I've ever had, I wouldn't mind another glass right now. As the weather was absolutely freezing and so windy (why is it always much more windy up the country?) Jacek went for a hot toddy. To be honest, I should have had one of these to soothe my chest infection but I stuck with the wine. I loved that his drink was served on a little vintage saucer, these little touches made Hippetys even more special for me.
Jacek went for the Whiskey Pizza, something neither of us had ever heard of before and he had to choose it just for the novelty alone. He thought it was absolutely delicious and ate every single bit of it - I guess you could say the novelty paid off! As it was lunch time I went for a brown seeded roll which came with chicken, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, I have been recreating this roll myself at home for lunch ever since I had it, the mix of ingredients perfectly compliment each other. The chips were delicious too, I had them with lots of mayo - sauces being a weakness of mine.
I honestly can't wait to visit Hippetys again. We'll be in Dublin again at the end of April and I'm hoping we can squeeze in another visit and maybe another bottle of Chablis... I'd love to try their scones and desserts next time too.
I highly recommend a visit to Hippetys if you're in the Temple Bar area. It's such a unique little café which has a lot to offer. It's worth a visit alone just to admire the fab decor.
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Hippetys Facebook page.