Dublin shopping

Find the good places to shop in Dublin

Dublin is a fantastic city to shop in. Several pedestrian streets have become popular Dublin shopping districts, with international brands and fashion department stores moving in from abroad.

Dublin’s shopping districts are split into two areas: Henry Street on the north side of the River Liffey, and Grafton Street on the south side. Grafton Street is perhaps the most famous Dublin shopping district, and it is where you’ll find the likes of Brown Thomas (Ireland’s own upmarket department store), Marks & Spencer, Vero Moda and Laura Ashley, as well as a number of shoe stores, mobile phone stores and jewelry shops. In addition to its draw as a Dublin shopping haven, Grafton Street is also a popular spot for buskers - street performers - who set up shop and give impromptu outdoor performances along the length of the street.

At the north end of Grafton Street is the St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, a multi-level indoor mall with a striking white wrought-iron exterior. Stores inside include United Colors of Benetton, Argos, Hughes & Hughes bookshop and Zumo, among many others.

Just west of Grafton Street is another Dublin shopping gem: the Georges Street Arcade. This indoor-outdoor style marketplace is home to rows upon rows of unique vendors selling hats, secondhand books, records, scarves and trinkets, many at cheap prices.

On the north side, Henry Street, which leads west from O’Connell Street, the main thoroughfare, is another pedestrian shopping district with a much more local atmosphere. Stores here include H&M, Zara, the Body Shop and Arnotts. The street is flanked by two malls, the Ilac Shopping Centre and the Jervis Centre, both of which contain a number of fashion stores, ATMs and food outlets.

For Dublin souvenirs, there is no better place to go than Carrolls Irish Gifts (57/58 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1; +353 (0)1 8735709; www.carrollsirishgifts.com). This chain souvenir shop has outlets all over the city and stocks every type of Irish knickknack you might want, from Guinness t-shirts to collectible crystal. Many also come to Ireland in the hopes of picking up a uniquely Irish wool sweater and Blarney Woolen Mills (21 Nassau Street, Dublin 2; +353 (0)1 6710068; www.blarney.com) is perhaps the best place in the city to find woolen items.

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