Shopping / Streets / Areas, Dublin
Forget Henry st with its thrift cheap shops and O'connell st with its sleazy fast food restaurants, Grafton St is where you should be. Its a lovely pedestrianised streed with many people just strolling along to lap up the relaxed atmosphere. String quartets are popular here and many street entertainers will keep you occupied if you pocket isnt deep enough for the many boutiques on the street. Also take note of the side-streets off Grafton St. particularly clarendon- a really narrow little path down to a classy shopping centre called Powerscourt Centre. Most tourists gravitate towards Nassau St with its many tourist shops selling typical irish merchandise, irish crystal etc. House of Ireland is one such shop which is sure to give many gift ideas for the tiresome traveller whod like to get all their gifts in one session!!!
Your best bet for shopping North of the Liffey is along this long stretch starting at O'Connell Street and heading west on what starts as Henry Street and then turns into Mary Street and then Mary's Lane. You can also try Clery's off of O'Connell which is a large department store where I found some good gift items downstairs.
Grafton Street is a great street to shop. There are no cars and there are always plenty of people around, from street performers to flower sellers to tourists and locals alike. You'll find some great shops like Marks & Spencer and Brown Thomas to name only two.
What to buy: You can find it all here.
Grafton Street is one of Dublin’s main shopping streets. You will find everything there from department stores to boutiques, fast-food restaurants, internet cafes and gift shops. At the Stephen’s Green end there is a big shopping centre, and a smaller one (Powerscourt Centre) is just off Grafton Street. The area is pedestrianized, and usually street musicians and other performers are out in force along the street.
This picture was taken early on a Sunday morning, by the way. Expect a LOT more people here once the shops are open.
Grafton Street contains upmarket stores such as the posh Brown Thomas department store. It's closed off to traffic so it's usually heaving with people. I was there in April and there were flower stalls and market stalls selling various items including jewellry at prices that were a bit more reasonable. Bewley's Cafe is on Grafton Street and is famed for it's breakfast, albeit at an inflated price. Marks and Spencer's is there as well. At one end is St. Stephen's shopping center, across from St. Stephen's Green and at the other end is Temple Bar and Trinity College. There are lots of good shops and restaurants along Grafton Street and the smaller cross streets. There are buskers there on the weekend as well.
What to buy: Some prices may be a bit high but there are some interesting shops to have a browse in.
Grafton is the main drag for shopping in Dublin. Think Newbury street for all you Bostonites. Some street performers too. I didn't do any shopping while there, but the St. Stephen's Green mall seemed pretty cool too. I found it more fun to wander around and try to find cool little stores where I didn't buy anything anyway due to lack of euros.
What to buy: Shop for Aran sweaters (sheeps wool), Guinness memorobilia, and cool music/clothes (Dubliners were very well dressed).
What to pay: Comparable to US or UK prices depending on what you buy.
Temple Bar is a street (unlike what the name might suggest) and is probably the most touristy place in Dublin. I suppose it's interesting with cool shops and all but I usually tried avoiding it.
If it's interesting shops you're after I suppose I'll have to recommend Temple Bar but then again, if it's interesting shops your after, you're probably in the wrong country.
See my "Tourist Traps" section.
Grafton Street is one of the hotspots in Dublin. It's a pedestrian street with shops lined on either side. In fact, all the little side streets from Grafton is equally nice for shopping or just strolling.
It's the fanciest and most colourful shopping center in Dublin.
You can find all kind of shops - clothes, souvenirs and everything you want.
What to pay: Take into consideration that everything on the south side of the Liffey is more expensive, and so is Grafton Street.
It has a great collection of all your high street shops but all in one place and not all spread out. Plus, if you're travelling out from the UK, a lot of the stuff when you work out the exchange rate is actually quite cheap.
Always seems to be buzzing. A couple of great street stands selling celtic style silver jewellery, always nice as a gift idea!
What to pay: Mostly less than UK
Although I didn't buy anything here... it was recommended and it looked and SMELLED fabulous!!
What to buy: Chocolate, solid and liquid.
What to pay: Can you put a price on 1st class chocolate??
In the US we have our dollar stores, and I guess this is the equvilent in Ireland! I'm sure that these 2 Euro stores can be found everywhere, but I still thought it was kinda funny.
There are plenty of shops in Grafton Street to buy anything you want.
What to buy: Clothes, Books, CD's, Memorabilia, etc.
What to pay: From 5 to 000000000000 IEP
The main area is for the serious shopper, with a cosmopolitan array of shops and cafes, ranging from exclusive boutiques to department stores, with Street buskers adding to the atmosphere
Northside - Henry St, Jervis St, Lower O'Connell st. If you are on a budget - Talbot St, North Earl st
Southside - Grafton St. Stephens Green, Wicklow St, Aungier St, Georges Arcade.