Wednesday 26 October 2016

'There's lots of hidden gems in the city'

Model and food blogger Roz Purcell loves living in the heart of Dublin, where the best of the city's fashion, food and culture are just a stroll away, writes Vicki Notaro

Roz Purcell
Roz Purcell

Model turned foodie and soon-to-be author Roz (25) hails from County Tipperary but has made Dublin's Baggot Street area her home for the last several years.

What does your corner of Dublin say about you?

For me and my lifestyle right now, it's all about convenience, so the apartment I rent in town is ideal. It's spacious, secure, surrounded by amazing places and because I mostly work in town, the location couldn't be better.

One day I would love to own a house and have a big garden somewhere else in Dublin, possibly outside of the city centre. But for this point in my life, this corner of Dublin is perfect.

Why do you feel such an affinity with your area?

I live between Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Squares, and I love the parks - it's so nice to be able to pop into the green spaces, and instantly you forget you're in the city. It's beautiful in the summer and autumn. Plus being a food blogger, I absolutely love to eat, and this part of the city is full of great places to dine!

Where's your favourite place to go for… a drink?

I think Toner's on Baggot Street is great - it has a really relaxed vibe.


Keshk - it's a little Lebanese place on Mespil Road in Ballsbridge and I absolutely love it.


Coppa on Ely Place. The coffee is amazing there!


Cocu and Eathos on Upper Baggot Street are both great for healthy lunches.

…a walk?

I live quite close to the canal so it's great to take a stroll along it or walk down by Grand Canal Dock.

…a date?

The Marker Hotel. The food there is absolutely insanely good!

What's the best thing about living there?

The ease of the location - it takes me five minutes to walk to the very heart of the city centre.

The vast majority of my jobs and appointments meetings are in town, so it's really handy. I also have easy access to the best cafes and restaurants so I'm never stuck for places to go!

And the worst thing?

Bin collectors at four in the morning! The street I live on is generally really quiet, which is rare in town - except for the bin collectors!

As a model, is there anywhere there that suits your signature style?

My corner of Dublin is predominately taken up with offices and food establishments, but Grafton Street is only a five-minute walk away!

I love BT2 because has a nice mix of styles. Yes, it's a little more expensive than the regular high street but for an occasion or a staple piece, it can't be beaten!

My signature style, aside from an oul' power suit, is very casual and a little boyish. I love wearing black, but like to bring in a little bit of colour or texture through my accessories.

Saying that though, the milliner Martha Lynn has a showroom near my apartment, and I always stop by there if I need a stand-out accessory for an event.

Where nearby caters to your beauty needs?

There's a nice little gem near my house called Renew Clinic. I go there for microdermabrasion, and get all my skincare products there! Other than that I'm pretty low maintenance. For a treat I love getting a blow-dry in Aviary Lane. It's on South Anne Street, which is the centre of town, but once you step in, the whole experience is very relaxing!

I also go to the Shelbourne Spa on Stephen's Green the odd time. That sounds very posh but it's a nice treat to just relax and enjoy a sauna or steam room after a long day in heels.

What's your area's best kept secret?

There are loads! The tall buildings mean lots of hidden gems are nestled away. I love Pat and Karl Henry's gym, which is hidden in basement on Fitzwilliam Street. They have really great fitness classes.

I go to the Merrion Hotel for its buffet breakfast - not brunch, an actual buffet! When my parents are up visiting, we go there because it's easy to get lost in conversation away from the noise of town.

And thirdly, I love the National Art Gallery. It's actually so nice to chill out there, and walk around looking at all the masterpieces.

What's your fondest memory of living in the Baggot Street area?

I live with my boyfriend (Bressie) and sister Rachel now, but I used to live in my apartment with one of my best friends, Doireann, and we had some serious girl's nights there! Great memories.

What are five words to describe your corner of Dublin?

Lively, beautiful, friendly, trendy, busy!

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