Welcome! To Cool & Dandy
Cool & Dandy is our space to share our passion for contemporary design, original style, innovative food and unique travel adventures in different cities around the world.  We are committed to supporting our own communities but also the ones we visit or call temporarily home. We do this by promoting independently owned businesses and discovering those special places off the beaten track that won't be found in any city guide book.  
Cafe Hanamizuki

Hello friends!  After a long absence due to exams and life demands we are finally back in full swing and full of suggestions for the Summer!  The past couple of months have been a “transitional period” for all of us, …

Chancery Lane Theatre and Café

Chancery Lane is one of Dublin’s latest exciting performing arts venues right in the city centre. Owned by couple Gavin and Elaine, the 50 seater space is offering not only an intimate and cosy theatre, but also a cute little …

A day in NYC around Chelsea and Midtown

It’s seldom that the whole Cool and Dandy team has the chance to get together, but even when just two of us get together, especially if we meet Elena in New York, it’s always a special occasion. This time I …


When it comes to fashion, New York really is a wonderland.  And there is something for everyone, from the luxurious and expensive brands from Madison Avenue to the more affordable high street labels that most tourist come to shop every …

Green Fingers

Spring is finally making a slow appearance in NYC.  It’s been a long, dreary and frigid cold Winter but the signs are unmistakable: green shoot sprouts, daffodils bulbs and tulip buds are beginning to emerge all around. The warm season …

Abner Browns Barber Shop

Abner Browns Barbershop is a barbershop by day and the coolest intimate venue holding live music sessions for a lot of up and coming bands at the weekend. Ever think you would put the two together? …and yet it is …


How exciting is it when you discover a new place that could be your ‘secret’, except, that it is Bark Coffee shop that I am talking about and definitely something that should be shared. Nestled perfectly in Alan Hanna’s bookshop, …

The Primary Essentials

When I arrived home yesterday I had the last issue of Kinfolk waiting for me in the mail.  It’s always such a treat to snuggle in my living room with a blanket, a cup of chamomile tea and my favorite …

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Mish/Mash is one of those places that you could easily miss when walking through the streets of Dublin. Thankfully a friend of mine recommended the recently opened coffee shop to me and I’m so glad he did. Karolina and her …


The Lower East side has become one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC.  It still retains that authenticity of its working class and ethnic roots, a mix of old and new, rough and chic, bohemian and upscale. It is in …