Departments Store, Cork
This shop or rather a whole complex is housed in one of Ireland's oldest woollen mills just a short distance from Blarney Castle. The complex consists of a shop, a hotel and a restaurant with a real millstone inside and it's as much of a tourist attraction as the castle itself.
They deal in all kinds of luxury and souvenir-type items, like china, chocolate, liqueurs, local craft, to mention just a few. But their main merchandise are clothes, especially knitwear - traditional aran sweaters and cardigans, gorgeous woollen scarves and hats. I didn't have much time to browse as the shop was about to close when I came, but I noticed quite a few items that I liked. Unfortunately, I always like the most expensive ones, not that the others were cheap by my standards.
What to buy: Traditional Irish knitwear, souvenirs of all sorts
What to pay: You will be tempted to spend a lot here, be prepared.
Penneys is one of the department stores in St Patrick's Street, the main shopping street of Cork. If you look around, you will see many passers-by carrying their brown paper, and therefore recyclable, carrier bag. The shop is extremely popular with Corkonians and tourists alike, offering real bargains in comparison with the other department stores. It sells all kinds of clothes and accessories. You will find women's and children's clothes on the ground floor and men's on the first floor.
What to buy: All kinds of casual clothes.
What to pay: You can get a man's T-shirt (in all possible sizes and many colours to choose from) for as little as EUR 3.5 - 5, a real bargain. The other clothes are very reasonably priced too.
The best places in Cork for shopping are Patrick's Street, Oliver Plunkett Street, Paul Street, North Main Street, Merchants Quay and Grand Parade.
Go down the side streets aswell, you would never know what you would find.
Main shopping streets in Cork are St Patricks St, Grand Parade, Paul St and all the little side streets connecting them up.
What to buy: All the UK big names are there of course. But there also lots of smashing little vintage stores and classy boutiques. Lucky me picked up a lovely black lace top for only €20 in a sale there!! :)