Orla Kiely Shares Her Travel Notebook

Dublin, London, Seoul, Paris and New York: Irish designer ORLA KIELY shares her FAVOURITE SPOTS in each city … 

Etto restaurant.


“My parents and family live in Ireland so I travel back and forth four times a year. I always spend Christmas in Dublin.”

I eat … at Etto, 18 Merrion Row, Dublin 2.

I revisit … The National Gallery and love the renovations.

I shop at … Optica, 6 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Killiney, Co Dublin.

A family ritual is … walking on the beach from Shankill to Killiney.

A favourite view … is from Killiney Hill.

I admire … Mary McAleese.


I live … in a Victorian house in Clapham, South London.

A morning ritual is … Walking the dogs Olive, our labradoodle, and Ivy, a westiepoo.

Favourite gallery … Tate Modern.

I am inspired by … walks through Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon.

I shop at … Liberty London, Great Marlborough Street.

Coffee … Monmouth Coffee, 27 Monmouth Street.

Necessary indulgence … Theatre.

I listen to … the Isle of Dogs soundtrack, which includes music from Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Drunken Angels.

Favourite gadget … iPhone.

La Casa hotel.


“We had a memorable family trip when we took the kids to Japan, where we combined business and a holiday.”

I stay at … La Casa hotel, 527-2 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gs.

Restaurant … Volpino, 10-7 Dosan-daero 45-gil, Sinsa-dong.


Favourite district … Ikaewon.

I stock up on … Face masks.

Travel essentials … Dr Jart skincare products.

Le Pavillon de la Reine.


“Dating from the 17th century, Le Pavillon de la Reine is in Le Marais, an area we love.”

I sleep at … Le Pavillon de la Reine, 28 Places des Vosges.

I eat at … Chez Omar, 47 rue de Bretagne.

I buy … vintage from Porte de Clignancourt market.

Place des Vosges.

I walk … around Place des Vosges.

Design destination … Centre Pompidou, Places Georges Pompidou.

Bookstore … Ofr Bookstore, 20 rue Dupetit-Thouars.

Favourite quartier … Haute Marais.

I spa with … Espa products.

Orla Kiely boutique, Mercer Street.

New York

“When we found our store on Mercer Street we instantly fell in love with the space and thought the area was perfect for our customer.”

I pack … My favourite dresses and cardigans.

I stay … At The Bowery; 333 Bowery, New York 10003.

I book … The latest play; I was lucky to see Hamilton on Broadway.

I read … A good guide book.

Five Leaves.

I eat at … Five Leaves (18 Bedford Avenue) and Roberta’s (261 Moore Street) both in Brooklyn and Kiki’s in New York (130 Division Street).

Culture vulture … Cooper Hewitt Museum, 2E 91st Street.

Best discovery … 10ft Single by Stella Dallas in Brooklyn – a great vintage clothing boutique.

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London from May 25 – September 19.

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