(Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Dublin is without doubt the one of the main centres for shopping in Ireland and the numerous districts provide a shoppers' paradise. Whether you are looking for Irish fashion, antiques, furniture or home accessories, rest assured that Dublin will provide you with a huge choice.
To the south of Dublin, just outside the city centre, is Blackrock. This is one of the most customer-friendly shopping centres in the city and it contains many shops, cafés, restaurants and a giant food store. The two-level shopping centre overlooks a large, inner courtyard and can be easily reached by the DART line train.
Probably one of the busiest in the whole of Ireland, this pedestrian-only street has an enormous selection of wall-to-wall shops, including two large department stores - Marks and Spencer and Brown Thomas. With many cafés, international chains, individual shops, outdoor stands, street performers and an exciting atmosphere, this is the place to do some serious shopping. Grafton Street is also a great place for strolling and people watching, and has several malls which provide useful places for sheltered browsing on rainy days. There are many smaller streets nearby, full of interesting craft shops and designer shops.
North of the River Liffey, this street and the surrounding area is the main inner-city shopping area. There are many smaller roads lined with shops, that branch off O'Connell Street at various points. Moore Street has a regular open-air market, Abbey Street is best known for its craft shops and Henry Street is pedestrian only with chain stores, departments stores and indoor shopping malls. Clery's, one of Dublin's largest department stores is located here, together with a post office and a large book store.
This street is in the city centre, east of Grafton Street and nearby St. Stephen's Green. With Waterstones and Hodges Figgis, it is the city's street for bookstores.
The Liberties is the oldest part of the city. Both the street and the surrounding areas have many shops and this could be considered as the centre of Dublin's antiques trade.
Located just off O'Connell Street, many locals shop on Henry Street, which is full of reasonably priced goods, ranging from CDs to footwear, clothing to food. Arnotts department store is the main shop. Marks and Spencer and the Jervis Shopping Centre is also located here.
A popular place for tourists, this is the place for classic Irish gifts. Nassau Street is not frequented by many locals.
Located just west of Temple Bar, this area is widely considered one of the city's most fashionable shopping districts. Recently developed, there is a good mixture of shops, including modern interior design, leisure wear and an Internet café. Old City covers the area between Fishamble Street and Castle Street. At the centre of Old City is Cow's lane, a traditional, cobbled road which links nearby streets together.
Near the river, Temple Bar has quickly become Dublin's trendiest neighbourhood and has many small boutiques, quirky shops, fashions, vintage clothing and generally interesting stores worth browsing in. Cafés and pubs transform this colourful, bohemian district into a popular nightspot.
Major department stores include:
Address: 12 Henry Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 805 0400
- Brown Thomas
Address: 15-20 Grafton Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 605 6666
Address: Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 878 6000
Major shopping malls and arcades
Address: Blanchardstown, Dublin
This huge shopping centre is the largest in the country and crammed full with a wide range of shops, including many favourites. It is easy to reach by bus and is a great place to shop for bargains.
Address: off Henry Street, Dublin
This was Dublin's first large and modern shopping centre. It is north of the River Liffey and contains literally hundreds of shops, some restaurants and two department stores. There is also a free car park.
Jervis Shopping Centre
Address: Jervis and Mary Street, Dublin
Located off Henry Street, the Jervis Shopping Centre includes many major UK chain stores. A free car park is available.
Tel: +353 (0)1878 1323
- 59 William Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 822 1356
Located in the heart of Dublin, where Grafton Street meets St. Stephen's Green, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is the former town home of Lord Powerscourt and was built in 1771. With an interior courtyard, coffee shops, restaurants, original Irish fashion outlets, craft stores and antique shops, this is a great place to shop.
Royal Hibernian Way
Address: 49-50 Dawson Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 679 5919
Full of small, stylish and expensive shops selling the latest fashionable clothes, the Royal Hibernian Way is built on the former site of the 200-year-old Royal Hibernian Hotel, which was demolished in 1983.
St. Stephen's Green Centre
Address: north-west corner of St. Stephen's Green, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 478 0888
This is one of the city's largest shopping centres and the modern design is predominantly glass, with Victorian-style ironwork. There are over 100 small shops, three floors and a variety of crafts, fashions and household goods for sale.
Tower Design Centre
Address: Pearse Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 677 5655
East of the city centre is the Tower Design Centre, with more than 35 different craft shops. It is actually a converted sugar-refinery tower and is located near the Waterways Visitor Centre. There are many unusual outlets here, including a workshop devoted to Irish pewter. There are many other interesting stores on the six floors of this shopping centre.
Address: Westbury Hotel, off Grafton Street, Dublin
This city centre shopping mall is rather up-market, with designer goods including antique rugs, jewellery and many decorative items.
Dublin Antique Shops
Antiques and Collectable Fairs
Address: 85-86 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 8295
In the city centre, the Antiques and Collectables Fairs take place at Newman House every second Sunday throughout the year.
Address: 21 Clanbrassil Street, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Tel: +353 (01) 453 7323
Conlon Antiques sells a diverse selection of antiques, ranging from furniture to china.
Ha'Penny Bridge Galleries
Address: 15 Bachelor's Walk, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 872 3950
North of the River Liffey, Ha'Penny Bridge Galleries has four floors of interesting curios, including a large selection of china, bronzes and also silver.
Address: 43-44 Francis Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 454 1143
With customers including famous celebrities, O'Sullivan Antiques specialises in 18th and 19th-century furniture.