Shopping / Streets / Areas, Dublin
Lush store concept is truly unique. The hand-made natural soaps are shaped like foods such as cakes, fudge, cheese slices, very cute. Entering Lush store is just like entering your local delicatessen, except that it smells strong perfume. I have never tried its products, but I think they are worth trying.
I found the store for the first time while walking around Nottingham, UK. So when I encountered Lush in Dublin, I took the chance to examine the store to see its latest development. It is always a pleasure for me to observe unique business concepts worldwide.
If you're shopping on Grafton, take a coffee break in Bewley's. It's a huge store with all kinds of sweets (don't worry, you'll walk it all off with more shopping :) and things to take home for friends.
A pedestrianised street, on the south side of the Liffey, full of shops - the usual high street chains, department stores as well as cafes, smaller shops, boutiques and pubs. There are also some market stalls on some of the side streets. Its always bustling with people and there is some entertainment in the way of street performers.
On Grafton Street and other nearby streets, Dublin has a great pedestrian shopping zone. This area is great for a stroll because motor vehicle traffic is restricted. In this area, you will find many stores, restaurants, and pubs.
This area is located in Merrion Square. It's a wonderful place to go for an afternoon stroll and to see Irish Painters selling their master pieces. The paintings hand on the railings outside Merrion Square Park on Saturday and Sunday only. Bring lots of money if your thinking of buying something, as most of the paintings are expensive. However if you do have a few Euros to spare you can pick up some delightful paintings of Dublin.
Grafton Street is considered to be Dublin's "primier" shopping street. I found it to have a few interesting retail stores like a few jewelry, clothing and shoe stores, but nothing that I would considered to be "premier".
We walked along Grafton weaving in and out of a few stores, but we didn't really find anything that caught our attention.
I usually start the day with some fruits, and if I can buy them in a market rather than at a supermarket I'm msot happy. My favourite place - just because it's so central - it's the fruits and veggies market in Moore street.
What to buy: Plenty of stalls selling fruits and veggies, obviously, and occasionally a few fishmongers, too. Fruits are delicious and cheap, there... and the quality isn't bad, either. if you go in the morning, there's obviously more choice.
Grafton Street in Dublin is the main pedestrian shopping area of town. All the big stores are located along here and you'll find just about anything you're looking for. You will also find annoying performers who think its a good idea to set up shop in the center of the street and obstruct the passers-by and then have some kind of demand that they must pay you if they take your picture. Try having that one held up in court. Ok. So you can guess I HATE these kinds of people.
marks and spencers in Grafton St south of the river and I believe it is Parnell st north of the river are about the only places apart rom your hotel room where it is free to use the toilet! In a few of the shopping centres they charge you to use the toilet.
Grafton Street is famous the world over; the commercial value of the property here to rent is now the highest in the world. This makes Grafton Street one of the most popular (and profitable) shopping streets on the planet. There is a famous song in Ireland that has a line: 'Grafton Street's a wonderland, with magic in the air, there are diamonds in the ladies eyes and golddust in her hair - if you don't believe me, come and meet me there ..' Well that summarises it for us too. We've been to a lot of countries and we've seen a lot of streets, but Grafton Street is still the best: not even Marienstrasse in Munich can compete with Grafton Street (and please don't embarass us with comparisons to the Champs Ellyses)
At any time of the year we recommend this street; if just for the atmosphere, the spirit that's in the air, the street entertainers, the banter with the street vendors ..
As regards particular shops: Brown Thomas is the most upmarket and exclusive store on the street. There are many other options along the street though, with traditional shops as well as old reliables. Eduarda recommends Grafton Street for all your shopping needs. (But actually, the Dubliners themselves prefer Henry Street, hint, hint!)
This is a great place to go if your looking for something different. Giant size ashtrays, rude birthday cards, huge chandlers, and funky clothes. Lots of different types of music on 3 floors in Temple Bar. This shop has its own DJ. If your looking for unusual stuff this is the place to shop.
What to buy: The funny birthday cards
What to pay: Anything from a few euros to a few hundred.
The creme de la creme of upmarket shopping streets in Dublin is Grafton Street. Hang out here any day and you are mixing with the rich and famous of Irish and international society.
The flagship of this street is Brown Thomas department store, where you can buy just about anything you desire. It's Ireland's answer to London's Harrods.
Pop up the street for the more youthful BT2 (Brown Thomas 2).
The street is an entertainment in itself, as talented buskers line the street, playing and singing for donations. Many are students of the renowned local music schools.
Grafton street is wonderful in that you can shop, drink up the atmosphere, then (I would recommend) indulge in afternoon tea at the glitzy Westbury Hotel, or enjoy a pint of plain (Guinness) at any of the nearby pubs.
Saturday on Dublin's Grafton Street is a legend in itself. The street literally hummms.
Grafton Street is located on the South Side of the city. You will find lots of shops, from very expensive clothes shops to cheap souvenirs, record shops to street sellers and a few restaurants. Really packed on Saturdays, early in the morning is probably the best time to go if you don't like crowds. Brown Thomas is probably the most famous store. It's simple know as BT. This department store is for the seriously rich. Every designer name is found here. You will also find a lot of English stores from FCUK, Monsoon, and River Island. Great place to go and listen to buskers or take a coffee in the famous Bewleys coffee house. Stroll up to Stephens green and feed the ducks. It is also a great place to go at night. Be sure to dress up though, most of the pubs have a strict policy.
For shopping in Dublin, Henry St is a great place to go. A bonus is that it is a pedestrianised shopping street.
On Henry St you will find: Arnotts (large department store), Dunnes (gents and ladies casualwear), Debenhams (UK chainstore), Roches (department store), Waterstone's (bookstore) and plenty more.
You will also find phone stores (like O2), electronic stores (selling TVs, MP3 players, etc.), and small clothes and shoes boutiques along here as well. Plus there are two shopping centres on Henry St as well, Jervis Centre and the Ilac Shopping Centre (both housing numerous stores and cafes in them)
Grafton St is the most popular shopping street in Dublin. It is lined with trendy, upscale stores that carry women/mens clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories etc. etc. etc. It is pedestrian-friendly and the perfect place to window shop! Usually there are street musicans and bands playing in the streets, which gives it a fun, upbeat atmosphere. Sadly, the people I was traveling with do not enjoy shopping, so I was unable to browse as much as I'd liked to through all of the stores. If you love to shop, you will LOVE Grafton St. !