I have found a new vice in Dublin.
It is the coffee in Vice which lures me to leave my habitual paths and take a detour, stop, sit down, forget whatever I was supposed to do, and sip on those black drops of angels’ tears.
Vice Coffee Inc situates on the northern side of Liffey, on Middle Abbey Street where the silvery Luas line whizzes by every few minutes. Right around the corner you can see Dublin’s few most famous tourist sights, such as O’Connell Street and the Ha’Penny Bridge.
Nevertheless, Vice is real Dublin, or, I should rather say real North Dublin. Next to the coffee shop, there is a tattoo parlour and a popular music venue The Academy, which claims to have brought rock and roll to Abbey Street. The clientele in the coffee shop varies from chatty groups to lonely youths sucking their cigarettes and staring into nothingness. The tourists seem to glance curiously into Vice’s cavernous interior, but they rarely have the courage to step inside. Vice really is one of the best-hidden coffee gems in Dublin.
Ah, sighs my sinning soul as I once again give up to the temptation, take a detour, and lift a cup of coffee to my lips. Sinfully delicious.
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