Dublin shopping is one of the pleasures of the Irish capital. If you have a little extra room in your budget, there are plenty of ways to spend it. From spa treatments to fine dining, Dubliners know how to appreciate the finer things in life. Shops in Dublin are no exception—they offer a wide range of choices from popular brands to luxury boutiques. If you’re looking for some Irish-inspired souvenirs, these are also found in great abundance in the city center. So go ahead, forget about the exchange rate, and bring home something special.
Grafton Street is the shopping center of the city. This pedestrian boulevard connects St Stephen’s Green to the corner of Trinity College (home to the Book of Kells), and it is lined with shops, cafés, and upscale department stores. If you happen to be in Dublin around the holidays, walking up Grafton Street is even more enjoyable. Spectacular Christmas decorations, especially at the department store Brown Thomas, are sure to impress. Other popular stores along Grafton Street are Marks and Spencer, BT2, Karen Millen, and Ted Baker. If you’re looking for books, CDs, shoes, or souvenirs these can also all be found along Grafton Street.
On the north side of the River Liffey, Henry Street shopping is the best location. Shopaholics will always find something at Zara or H&M, and there are often great sales at the shoe shops along this pedestrian street. Also on the north side, Talbot Street Dublin has some discount shops that some tourists can’t resist. If you’re looking for traditional souvenirs full of shamrocks and Guinness ads, the stores along O’Connell Street will also be a good place to look. If you prefer your shopping a bit less tacky, head back across the river to the south side where many boutiques and vintage shops can be found.
Dublin shopping is at its best around South William Street. Located near Grafton Street, South William Street is home to Powerscourt Townhouse, which has many unique shops and art galleries. If you’re looking for fashion, a vintage shop called The Gallery on the top floor of the townhouse brings together multiple independent sellers on weekends. Another vintage option in the area is called Le Harlequin. While Dublin shopping is known for its quality, prices usually match as well. Sometimes going vintage will help you to stretch your money a bit further. Another vintage shop is Wild Child, located in the quirky Georges Street Arcade.
Shops in Dublin do have great sales though, so be sure to take a look around if one store looks especially appealing to you. Boutiques often have a sale rack towards the back even if they aren’t advertising a sale in the window. Other options for shops in Dublin include antique shops (where unique souvenirs can often be found), jewelry shops, and specialty stores; even the famous Blarney Woollen Mills has a branch in Dublin, on Nassau Street. Many visitors to Dublin love the Avoca Store with its interesting gift ideas for your home and unique clothes. If you’re looking for discounts, head to the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre for good bargains. Be sure to start your day of shopping in Dublin with a substantial breakfast—you’ll need the energy to get the most out of your shopping experience.
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