The anything-goes quirk of Foam Café’s interior won’t be for everyone, but those who love it will never want to leave. The walls are covered in weird and wonderful artworks, figures and decorations, and it seems like every available surface and corner holds a new detail to discover; from a plastic flamingo to a full-size wooden birdhouse to a year-round Christmas tree festooned with ribbons and cardboard stars. The cakes here are delicious too.
Foam Café, 24 Strand Street Great, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland +353 86 052 1245
For a bit of peaceful opulence away from the rat race, take yourself to the The Gallery upstairs in The Westbury for a drink. An elegant five star hotel designed by Sheehan & Barry architects, its lobby-adjacent seating area overlooks the shoppers of Grafton Street, and is filled with deep, soft armchairs and twinkling chandeliers. The beverages and afternoon tea here are pricey, but it’s worth it for the ambiance, comfort and people watching.