Double Your Bargains — Go Shopping in Dublin!

Dublin shopping street by flickr user UggBoy

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Dublin, but this Irish city has always had a special place in my heart, not least for the Guinness! If you’re heading to Dublin, this post by Melissa should help you get you shopping fix on. Enjoy!

From the famous shopping avenue of Grafton Street to the prestigious Brown Thomas department store, Dublin has many great shopping options. One of the reasons why Dublin is the perfect shopping city is because of its size. It is the perfect balance — large enough to offer a wide range of shops and distinct shopping districts but small enough to explore on foot.

When you are shopping in bigger cities such as London or Paris, it can be exhausting because the city is so huge. In Dublin, you can easily stroll between the different areas of the city and any trendy boutique or designer store you are looking for is probably nearby.

Where to Go Shopping in Dublin

There are two main shopping areas in Dublin that are pedestrian-only and great for walking around, so this is where you should start your shopping adventure. The first is Grafton Street, which is located on the south side of the River Liffey. This street was recently designated as an “Architectural Conservation Zone,” meaning the city has recognised the historical charm of the area and the importance of preserving it.

On Grafton Street you will find Brown Thomas, which is the most famous (and expensive) department store in Dublin. If you are looking for chic designer clothing and elegant jewellery, this is the place for you. If you are looking for shoes, the highest concentration of shoe shops can be found along Grafton Street and especially where it joins Wicklow Street.

Just off Grafton Street you will find the Powerscourt Centre, located in an elegantly resorted 18th century townhouse. This is arguably the most attractive shopping centre in Dublin. It has a great collection of clothing shops, galleries and shops selling jewellery and handicrafts.

The other main shopping area is Henry and Jervis Streets, which is on the north side. The Jervis Street Shopping Centre is the main complex in this area.

Guinness sign Dublin brewery

If you are looking for funky alternatives to the mainstream offerings found at the larger chain stores, check out the Temple Bar area. This part of town has a number of small clothing boutiques with edgy independent designers and vintage clothing shops.

Another fantastic place for a shopaholic is the Cows Lane Fashion and Design Market. This is the largest designer market in the city. It offers a range of great handmade designs and original pieces. This market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. It is located along Cows Lane as well as indoors at Dublin’s Viking Adventure.

Shopping Malls in Dublin

If you love to shop at the mall, there are a number of shopping centres located in Dublin. You can visit Blanchardstown Centre, which can be easily reached by the number 39 and 70 bus routes. Also, there is the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre as well as The Square.

Of course, the best is the Dundrum Town Centre, which is the biggest shopping centre in Ireland. There is an incredible range of stores here and if you can’t find what you are looking for in this expansive shopping centre, it probably doesn’t exist. The Dundrum Town Centre was named “The Best Shopping Mall in the World” in 2006 and it can be reached via the Luas Tramline from St. Stephen’s Green.

Tips for Your Shopping Trip

When you head to Dublin on a shopping adventure, here are some tips to keep in mind to have the best possible experience:

  • Most of the shops and malls will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. This means you will want to plan your shopping for the day time. However, there is late-night shopping available on Thursday nights and some of the larger stores are open until 9 p.m.

  • The Luas line is the best way to get from the city centre out to the different shopping districts if you don’t feel like walking. It costs between €1.80 and €2.50 to ride.

Have fun and enjoy the numerous shopping possibilities in this great city!

Image by UggBoy From Flickr’s Creative Commons

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