For grocery shopping here is a list of the more reasonable supermarkets
Dunnes Stores - Stephens Green Shopping Centre
Tescoes - Jervis St shopping centre (fairly limited in product range!)
Lidl - Parnell St
Aldi - Parnell St.
What to pay: Less than most other convenient Stores
There are at least four of these that I know and no doubt there are countless more. To be honest if you are into what I would call expensive rubbish then these places are fine. They sell everything from Leprauchaun key rings to Irish Rugby jerseys, save your money and spend it on something worthwhile. The Irish Rugby jerseys that they sell? You would be better off buying one in Dunnes Stores or Pennys at a fraction of the price (both are large and extremley reasonable department stores!)
What to buy: Nothing
What to pay: Through the nose
This store was mentioned in the Guide Book I picked up before my trip to Dublin. I made note of it as a place to possibly pick up a gift for a friend. I passed by it for real after my visit to the
National Gallery and made note (no pun intended) of the location. Little did I know I would be visiting it for myself.
The Celtic Note is a great shop for all your Celtic Music needs. Located on Nassau Street a short walk from Grafton St. The Celtic Note sells CD and DVDs from national/Local Irish musicians and world renouned ones as well. For all your Irish music stop by the Celtic Note.
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So why did I go to the Celtic Note. To buy concert tickets to see Sinead O'Connor at Dublin Castle. While not a HUGE fan of hers I do enjoy her music and couldnt think of a better way to end my Dublin visit. I did stop at another shop on Nassau St. which said they sold records (LP's ) and tickets but was told Sinead was sold out and I had no chance in Hades to get a ticket. Thanking them I remembered that if I kept walking further on I'd come to the Celtic Note. Thinking that the man I spoke to in the other shop was probably right went in expecting to be told the same but the woman working, who was extremely nice and friendly, said a ticket would be no problem.
After my ticket purchase I wandered the shop and wondered at the selection. I was tempted to buy a CD for everyone but alas that wasnt to be but still a great place to come even if you just want to browse through albums of all the great artists that Ireland produces.
What to buy: Irish music CDs & DVDs. Concert tickets (Ticketmaster outlet).
What to pay: About the same as in continental Europe.
About three quarters of the way up Grafton Street, at the junction with the small street on the right that leads to the Westbury Hotel, you will always find the street stall flower sellers.
They are all local people and have their own friendly way - do strike up a conversation as you choose your blooms.
They sell cut flowers only but the varieties available are incomparable. You can buy a bunch of one variety or, if you prefer, they will make up a particular bouquet to your specifications.
What to buy: Cut flowers and bouquets of every kind and description.
This is the type of shop that I would avoid like the plague. I refused to walk over the threshold and browse, despite the fact that the manager of the shop is a good friend.
My wife, on the other hand, would happily re-mortgage the house and sell off most of her family for medical experimentation in order to get her hands on the designer handbags that this place sells.
It is located on a road just off Grafton street, so , guys, stick to the main road and you should be able to avoid it.
What to buy: er...handbags...if you must...why does anyone need more that one anyway.
I often wonder what Hot cakes are supposed to sell like ? Hot cakes ?
The Kilkenny design store, is not some strange reference to the "South Park" series, but rather a kind of Irish department store of 'giftware'. The Waterford Crystal range gets pride of place, and you can happily observe droves of Americans taking great pride in clearing the shelves en bloc for transportation to the states.
The selves also feature many ofter Irish manufacturers in ceramics, cutlery, clothes and so forth.
The centre also contains a well-regarded cafe on the second floor selling 'Traditional and modern Irish foods' (so does that mean a manky bag of fries with a curry garlic dip ?)
What to buy: Speaking as a man - Nothing if you can avoid it
Speaking as a husband - beware you could lose you wife in here for weeks at a time
Wonderful, wonderful service!!!
It is a little on the pricey side for Dublin, a cut & blow dry would be around ?50, however you are fussed over from start to finish, with complimentary WINE (note the caps!) and sandwiches if you want one, as well as various types of coffees, teas and juices and all the magazines you want and even a TV per customer chair. (ooooh!)
They are justly renowned for their massage shampoo service, which reason enough for me to go there. ;)
What to buy: It is mainly a colouring hair salon (duh!), but they offer manicures and the usual cuts, blow dries, GHD styling, conditioning treatments.
What to pay: ?35-150
Wanna go shopping in Dublin? Be careful!
Grafton Street and Stephen's Green Shopping Centre are great, but quite posh and expensive. If you want to save, you're better off in the North Side (Henry Street, Jervis Street.) But be careful because it is more dangerous there (for tourists and not) than in the southside.
Dundrum Shopping Centre, opened recently, is really nice. You can get the LUAS (tram) from city centre, get off in Balally Station, cross the road... and shop!!
Little towns, such as Bray, also have nice shops.
Be careful with tourist shops in places like Powerscourt: they'll fleece you!
What to buy: In O'Carroll's gift: Tacky but cute leprechauns, Guinness things, mad hats, tops, jumpers etc
What to pay: Dublin is very expensive by all standards
One of the more stereotypical things you would think of Ireland is wool of course. Cleo carries a full line of handknits and weaves that are well made and built to last. If you want something nice and bordering along the lines of traditional that will last you a long time (and is functional as well), then maybe you should check out Cleo. It's a small shop with a unique selection.
What to buy: Many things wool.
What to pay: A little above average most likely.
Market at Meeting House square. Specialised in food, but there is much more on offer.
What to buy: Irish cheese. I bought a cheese from cowmilk which was really nice. But there is much more choice as you can see in the picture.
What to pay: Not cheap.
I don't have any sense of smell (I know, weird, right?), but my then-boyfriend told me you can smell the Lush shop from down the street. He said it wasn't a nasty soap smell, either - - like the laundry detergent isle - it was fresh and clean.
I've been a big fan of Lush since forever. They don't test on animals, they don't use animal products, and their soap / cosmetics are de-friggin-vine. I used to have to order it from a friend of mine in London, and then they went online, but I can tell you that there's nothing like getting the soaps fresh from the shop. The bath ballistics were fizzier, the conditioner was creamier, and the soap was soapier. Save room in your suitcase.
What to buy: Here's a run-down of my favourite Lush things: Chai body wash, Veganese Conditioner, Cynthia Slyvia Stout Shampoo (so much better from Ireland), Back for Breakfast, Creamy Candy Bubble Bar, Two-Timing Tart Bubble Bar, Coal Face Soap, Red Rooster Soap, Think Pink Bath Bomb, Candy Fluff, Silky Underwear, and anything Karma. I've never gotten anything bad from there, though, but these are things I can't seem to live without.
What to pay: The soaps and such are a little more than, say, Dial, but oh-so worth it.
Avoca in Kilmacanogue is a large shop with a cafeteria, they are selling nearly everything from clothes to sweets, from books to household goods. Everyone who wants to get a souvenir from Ireland will find something here.
What to buy: We bought some chocolate with Irish cream and a very nice cooking book. You can also shop for marmalade, honey, coffee, tea etc.
What to pay: We paid around 5 Euro for the chocolate and 13 Euro for the book.
Things to buy
1. Get yourself an Ireland Soccer or Rugby jersey........for anyone coming from the states these are good buys as not many places over there will sell them....I only found 3 in NYC and 1 in Chicago (while i was living there)
2. Irish food.......Irish honey, Cheese, Butlers Irish choclate, Cadburys choclate, Tayto Irish Crips.....stuff like this will make a good present for the family back home.
3. Irish T shirts.......you can get a wide variety if Irish T shirts in O'Carrolls gift stores dotted around the city.
4. Books......theres some great books stores in Dublin you can pick up some really good Irish history books....most are on Henry and Grafton streets.
5. Irish sports wear.....Irish GAA and Hurling shirts, jerseys etc.....best place to buy these are on Henry street in a place called Arnotts....any locals will tell you where exactly its located.
6. Guinness store located on Grafton street...you will get some nice T shirts here.
There's some good stores for desigher wear but you will find them alot cheaper in your own country.
What to pay: euros