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Top healthy places in Dublin – Guest blog

This blog was written by Natalie who was a guest at Ashfield Hostel. She asked us about places that she could get healthy food and do yoga in Dublin, as we had no personal experience of these places we asked her just to write a short blog on what she managed to find.

Govindas Vegetarian Restaurant
83 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

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The first place that I came across after a Google search was a vegetarian restaurant called Govindas. They have two locations in Dublin, the closest one to where I was staying at Ashfield Hostel was on Abbey Street. This place has such a lovely atmosphere, it’s located below the Hare Krishna temple and I was told by a customer there that some nights they do their music and have talks and events there too!

On the menu is a range of lovely healthy food – the menu changes daily and you can get a small plate, large plate or a take-away. The prices aren’t too bad… €7.50 for a takeout tray and €8.50 for a special or €11.95 for an extra large special. The staff are all really friendly, also if you are into Yoga the Hare Krishna temple above Govindas run donation yoga sessions most days of the week, for the timetable check the website or pop in. The recommended donation is €5.

Sseduced Raw Food Restaurant
20 Cecilia Street, off Temple Lane South, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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This place is great as all food is wheat/gluten/dairy/sugar/soya/yeast free, organic and never heated above 42 degrees so it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Among the treats on the menu is raw pizza, wild rice risotto and carrot goji cake – yum! Prices aren’t too bad, between €8 – €15 for a main.

Blazing Salads
42 Drury St, Dublin 2

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Blazing Salads is a perfect lunchtime healthy option. They have a large self service salad bar and hot food counter with tons of super healthy take away options and snacks. The food is priced by weight and then you can take it away or eat at the counter at the window and watch Dublin go by!

Places to do Yoga
As I mentioned before Govindas holds regular yoga sessions on most days, whilst I was here I went on a Wednesday, the woman was lovely and it was great for beginners, at the end you have a meditation – it was lovely – and great value for €5.

Also if you would like your own yoga mat or want to buy some incense you can buy these from a shop called Pagoda and another shop called Dervish. Pagoda is located in the Ilac centre and Dervish is on South George Street.

Other places that you can go to yoga in Dublin are:

http://www.lotusyoga.ie/
http://www.openmindyoga.ie/
http://www.yogadublin.com/pages/classes

(I haven’t personally tried these but the website links are there to look at)

Fresh fruit and veg markets
I found this great link on the Dublin.ie website which shows where you can buy healthy and organic food from.

The Temple Bar market takes place every Saturday from 10am – 4.30pm at Meeting House Square under the new retractable canopy. There is a good selection of foods here especially cheeses. I bought some things here and then went back and cooked them at the hostel. There is also a regular fruit and veg market on Moore street every day.

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