claire Prouvost is an artist and illustrator from Dordogne in south-west France, whose vividly colourful and imaginative designs can be seen as street art, in commercial projects and for sale as prints via art shops in the city.
You can follow her on Instagram here.
I live in Dublin 8 with my boyfriend. We have a little cottage, the two of us, in The Tenters [in The Liberties]. It’s a friendly kind of neighbourhood where you have a lot of mixed backgrounds and families with kids. It’s a really nice place to live.
We’ve only been here for a few months – before that I was in Harold’s Cross for three years, and before that I’ve lived in Dundrum and Rathmines, all around the place. Like everybody in Dublin, you have to move often.
How I get around the city:
Cycling a lot and walking a lot. I like cycling but it can be dangerous sometimes – I was hit by a taxi about two years ago! That’s never a pleasant experience, but at least nothing was broken and I was back on my bike after a little while. You have to get back on the saddle pretty quickly.
The best place in the city for a date:
It depends if it’s a first date, or if it’s a date night with your partner that you’ve been with for a while. But I would say a place where you can have a chat, where the background isn’t too noisy, where you can have a few cocktails or beers and a few things to eat.
So maybe a place like Drury Buildings on Drury Street. You have the big terrace at the back, it’s very nice to sit there.
My favourite pub in the city:
I really like Lucky’s on Meath Street – I like the vibe there, they always have a lovely selection of beers and the staff is very friendly.
And they have things on all the time – exhibitions and other things. I really like what they’re trying to do with the place.
My favourite restaurant in Dublin:
If it’s somewhere a little bit fancy, I’ve been to Variety Jones and that was really amazing. It’s a fine dining restaurant on Thomas Street beside Christ Church; they only opened two years ago, and they’ve been doing really well. I think they got a Michelin star last year.
It’s really local, fresh produce and cuisine, really well made and presented and the people were lovely, so I really enjoyed it. It’s a tiny, tiny restaurant as well – you wouldn’t even see it if you walked by. It’s a great place.
My go-to café or coffee shop:
Beside where we live, there is Noshington – that’s our go-to coffee shop for sandwiches, and they have very nice cakes. Their homemade Oreo cookies are amazing, and their raspberry cheesecakes are great too.
Where I get my exercise:
Running by the canal at the moment, but I’m trying to go more to Phoenix Park – I would prefer to go there all the time, but the canal is just handy.
My favourite shops:
I try not to shop too much for clothes in High Street shops or fast fashion, so I would say the charity shops around the George’s Street area would be my favourite places if I want to shop for clothes. Camden Street and Rathmines have a few nice charity shops as well – I go to a few, and hopefully I find something nice.
There’s Siopaella as well in Temple Bar that I really enjoy going to, because you always find nice designer pieces, and second-hand.
My favourite place in Dublin to get away from it all:
The Dublin mountains or Wicklow – Kilmashogue is a little car park beside Marlay Park, and you can go up to the Dublin Mountain Way or the Wicklow Way through that.
That would be where we go very regularly to get away and get some fresh air. The views are amazing.
My favourite place to let my hair down:
I would usually go to Berlin [D2], pre-pandemic, so I’m not sure now where I would go now!
It’s very messy and often a bit crowded, but they have live gigs at the front, and in the basement they often have DJs playing, so it’s a nice place if you are planning on going with a few friends and letting your hair down.
The last liv e event I went to before lockdown:
I think it was at Lost Lane beside Grafton Street before Christmas 2019 – there was a gig with a few bands playing.
Before that it was Vicar Street, Thievery Corporation were playing. It seems like years ago… it literally was years ago!
Dublin’s best kept secret:
I’m not even sure if it’s a secret anymore, but Luncheonette – it’s a little basement cafe in NCAD and they make great food.
So whenever that reopens, I guess they’ll be back in business. It’s a pretty cool spot.