Leaving The Marker behind, the next morning I stroll into the city’s famous Temple Bar, but I ignore the pubs and the Dublin Wall of Fame and instead make for Industry and Co. This cool café-cum-homewares store is thronging with people when I step inside to admire the grey woollen blankets, squirrel-cage lightbulbs and soy-wax scented candles. Opposite, coffee shop Kaph also looks inviting, and the queue of people outside seem to feel the same way. Walking further south from the gallery is The Powerscourt Centre, where Irish fashion and accessories designers are beginning to find a home in new store, Atrium. Powerscourt was once an extremely grand town house but now its rooms and courtyard are home to a range of independent boutiques and eateries.
In the neighbouring district of Rathmines I discover the Stella Theatre, a newly refurbished cinema. Much like the old docks, it fell into disrepair and was closed completely for many years. However, a team of redevelopers have painstakingly brought this old movie house back to life and it is now set to breathe new life into the area.