Irish-Italian actress Aisling Franciosi made her name in The Fall and Game of Thrones, and starred alongside Gemma Arterton in psychological thriller Black Narcissus. Now based in Los Angeles, Aisling was born in Dublin and spent a stint in Italy, returning to study languages at Trinity College. Given it's a city that still holds a place in her heart, we were delighted to catch up with her to find out where she makes a beeline for when she's back in town.
My favourite coffee shop is…
Kaph on Drury Street — it’s my go-to whenever I’m in town.
The best spots for brunch are…
Plenty to choose from, but I love Bread 41, Brother Hubbard and The Fumbally.
For dinner, don’t miss…
The Vintage Kitchen, and Pi or Sano for delicious pizza. Kinara does great Pakistani food, and I love The Butcher Grill, a neighbourhood steakhouse.
Sole Seafood and Grill is perfect for a special occasion. It’s so hard to choose in Dublin! There are also many high end and Michelin Star restaurants.
For a post work cocktail I’d recommend...
Drury Buildings — their cocktails are great and I’d definitely recommend trying the food too!
The coolest hotels to stay in are…
My mum’s house is always my number one choice! But if I were to treat myself, I’d go for Number 31 or check into The Dean, or for a special occasion The Merrion.
For a slice of culture you can’t beat...
Francis Bacon’s art studio at The Hugh Lane Gallery, The Old Library and the book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Don’t leave without catching some traditional music at O’Donoghues bar on Merrion Row.
Lastly, my hand luggage travel essentials are:
- a multi country adapter
- a notebook for journaling
- sneakers for getting around speedily.
- a travel steamer if I’m travelling for work!
- sunscreen. Yep, even in Dublin.
Aisling travels with the Antler Clifton suitcases. Shop yours here.