With enough funky, affordable properties in the heart of the Treaty City, even high heels or stiff trainers won’t kibosh an energetic itinerary for any member of an incoming entourage.
For cutting edge chic and bold style, The George Boutique Hotel is bang central and The Old Quarter Townhouse has brand new digs close to the Milk Market. The Limerick City Hotel is beside one stop makeover hub, Bellissimo – while The Stand offers panoramic city views.
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No point in wasting valuable time – hit the decks in style on Friday Night with any of our Cocktail Bar suggestions. With old reliables, non-alcoholic and creative mixes on the menu – everyone can get the party going with a splash of flavour.
Limerick’s diverse dining options cater to every whimsical taste – try at taste of the east – maybe sushi at Taikichi or Kyoto by ambient, riverside George’s Quay. Afterwards, linger on in the lamp lit fresh air at The Locke Bar to sample Limerick’s craft beer scene.
Start the day with a visit to the famous Milk Market to find fresh food or kitschy keepsakes, and then get down to business – shopping in Limerick City is convenient and comprehensive, with high street chains along Cruise’s Street and Bedford Row.
Time for brunch?
Try Canteen for artisan produce or the Buttery for a hearty refuel. Brown’s Café in the city’s finest department store – Brown Thomas – provides sustenance before exploring the four floors of designer, up to the minute style.
Head back in time for vintage clothing and paraphernalia at Lucky Lane and The Edge Clothing Company which is near the Milk Market, both offering unique fashion statements or try Spice Vintage at Harvey’s Quay for something special. Portabello Antiques on Ellen Street and Hamptons on Roches Street are an Aladdin’s Cave of vintage jewellery and collectables.
Linger along The Fashion Quarter for a selection of fine boutiques. fashion boutiques like Amee’s, Be Fabulous, Cinderella Boutique, Dani’s Closet, Gretta Gibbs, Irish Handcrafts, O’Donnell Boutique and White Feather Boutique.
And then to Lunch
Limerick has the finest produce from farm to plate. The Hook and Ladder has a crowd pleasing menu while Bella Italia offers the best of Italian food at sensible prices. Milano Limerick on the Quays proffers good food and wonderful, riverside views.
Or afternoon tea – anyone?
For something sweeter, head to MM Café on Thomas Street or Bean a Tí Bakery and Café on pretty Little Catherine Street. No 1 Pery Square, The Savoy or Miss Marples Tea Rooms might be your cup of tea, for a flavour of sophistication– or head out of town to the spectacular Adare Manor for the ultimate afternoon tea experience.
Get on your bike
Take time to retreat to the hotel to deposit the spoils from all of that retail hunter gathering, before trying something more energetic. A walk around Limerick’s Three Bridges that span across Ireland’s largest river, or hiring a bike to see the city on two wheels are refreshing ways to take in this city of architectural contrast – but for a completely different experience, let NevSail show you the city from a kayak on the Shannon.
Or maybe not
Of course, not everyone wants to take to the river or road – some visitors want to chill down – and that’s another Limerick speciality – check out our best Spa days that will leave you ready for a night on the town.
Limerick City also comes up trumps in the pampering department, with some of the most talented professionals in the country who can sculpt, groom and style - like award winning Niall Colgan’s Salon or busy Bellissimo Studio – the cure for a blustery afternoon on a bike or kayak.
Pre drinks and a glitzy meal is the way to put the best foot forward – Treaty City Brewery is Limerick’s craft beer of choice, while cocktails overflow at House , 101 O’Connell Street , The Bedford , and The Old Quarter - places that will launch an epic night. Top dining tables to be seen in include Maggie Choo’s at 101, Hampton’s Grill or The River Restaurant at The Strand. Finish off the night at Dolan’s Warehouse or Nancy Blake’s for great atmosphere and live entertainment.
Discover the past – the morning after…
Explore Limerick’s medieval quarter with a visit to the impressive King John’s Castle, a place with interactive story telling that gives Limerick’s incredible 1,000 year backstory throughout the ages, with a stunning Shannon River backdrop for some Instagram magic. Splendid Gothic St May’s Cathedral and The Hunt Museum (opened from 2 PM) are a stone’s throw away.
Before leaving the Treaty, stop by Crescent Shopping Centre for a last blast at shopping before lunch at any of the delicious food outlets there.