My Dublin: The city according to Foxrock businesswoman Pat Kane

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Pat Kane is the owner of Reuzi, a shop in Foxrock that specialises in eco-friendly, sustainable products. Born in Brazil but liiving in Dublin for many years, she tells Dublin Live about her favourite haunts in the city.

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I live in Foxrock, Dublin 18, with my husband Stephen and my two kids Thomas and Conor.

How I get around the city:

Usually, I either cycle or drive if I’m with the kids. But if I’m by myself I would be basically cycling, or I have an electric scooter.

The best place in the city for a date:

Locally, we love Bistro One [in Foxrock]. We can walk to it so it’s really handy – it’s just a few doors down from my shop. The food is amazing, the staff is amazing and it’s always a winner.

In town, we love going to the Iveagh Gardens, having a stroll around town and having lunch at WILDE in the Westbury – it’s one of our go-to the daytime spots.

We also love Taste at Rustic – they have a great bar and we tend to end our nights there.

Iveagh Gardens (Image: Google Maps)

My favourite pub in the city:

My favourite wine bar is La Ruelle, just off Dawson Street. I adore that place for drinks!

The best meal I’ve ever had in Dublin:

I was celebrating my business’s first anniversary at Bistro One, and I had a vegetarian pasta dish with goat’s cheese and fresh tomatoes, which was to die for. If they have it on the menu, I will order it – I don’t care what else is there.

My go-to café or coffee shop:

I don’t drink coffee but I’d say Ladurée on South William Street, because it’s so nice and the macarons are so lovely.

Hot chocolate and macarons at Ladurée
Hot chocolate and macarons at Ladurée (Image: Ladurée / Facebook)

Where I get my exercise:

I run – we would go from Foxrock to Dún Laoghaire pier and back. That’s seven miles, more or less – it’s great because you get to see a bit of the area and the pier is so beautiful – you’re running along the coast. It’s definitely a good one.

My favourite shops:

When it comes to kids’ clothing, I would always go to Dún Laoghaire. There is a shop that was online and now they’ve opened an actual store, called The Little Wooden Peg. Gorgeous kids’ toys, clothing and that sort of thing.

If I want something a bit more fun for the kids or even for myself, there is also one in Sandymount called Mira Mira. That is pretty gorgeous.

In town, I would always go to Scout in Temple Bar. They have a very nice selection there.

I try to stick to independents and small shops because I know how hard it is.

Kids' shoes from The Little Wooden Peg in Dún Laoghaire
Kids’ shoes from The Little Wooden Peg in Dún Laoghaire (Image: The Little Wooden Peg / Facebook)

My favourite place for a haircut or pampering session:

I go to a hair salon in Ranelagh called The Studio – I’ve been going there for years and it’s fantastic.

And if I want a bit of pampering there’s a place in Foxrock called Iconic Beauty that has everything you need on the non-hair side of things – mani-pedi, eyebrows and that sort of thing.

Then when it comes to facials, there is an incredible place [in Dublin 2] called Floraison.

My favourite place in Dublin to get away from it all:

We tend to get a room in town, at the Merrion or something like that, and just take the night off. We tend to do that maybe twice a year, just for the weekend. It’s a treat.

We would get a treatment at the spa, and then we’ll go somewhere for dinner or even at the hotel – the restaurants there are amazing. And then just back to the room and sleep until we wake up – which doesn’t happen very often when we have two kids!

The Merrion Hotel
The Merrion Hotel (Image: The Merrion Hotel / Facebook)

My favourite place to let my hair down:

Most of the time, we would just party at friends’ houses.

I find it very hard in Dublin to find a place for my age group, but the bar upstairs at Fade Street Social is nice. The music’s nice, the atmosphere and it’s always packed – or it was! That’s a nice place to go, and the No Name Bar too.

The last live event I went to before lockdown:

I went to see Gavin James at the O2 arena in mid March, literally the week before lockdown. It was amazing, he’s a true artist. He’s really incredible.

Gavin James performing live
Gavin James performing live (Image: Getty)

Dublin’s best kept secret:

The Shrine of St Valentine [in Whitefriar Street Church] – it’s a beautiful spot and perfect for those planning a romantic proposal. I always say that to my hubby, though we got engaged in Miami – not so romantic!

Source: Dublin News