Shopping / Streets / Areas, Dublin
Grafton Street, located between Trinity College and St Stephen's Green, is a pedestrianised street lined with fashionable stores and shoppers to match.
It is a little bit more up market than some of the other shopping areas in the the city.
What to buy: All the usual types of shops are here - Clothing, shoes, jewellery, department stores etc, plus plenty of cafes for that mid-shop break.
Grafton Str. is where all of the " trendy" stores are located. The prices believe it or not were comprable and not that marked up.
At the end of Grafton Str across from St. Stephens Green there is a shoppng mall of the same name. It has lots of chain stores and a food court.
There are also lots of restaurants and coffee shops.
What to buy: Clothes, gifts for people back home, or a rolex for yourself.. anything
What to pay: 1-30,000 Euro
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 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.
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.
Grafton Street is the most famous shopping street of Dublin, situated between St Stephen's Green Park and Trinity College. It's a pedestrian street, which makes it nice to stroll around and shop for clothes, cd's, gifts, shoes, ...
As it was Valentines Day, the flower sellers were doing a roaring trade. It seemed that EVERYBODY in Dublin was buying flowers that day... carrying armloads home to loved ones. The lovely ladies selling flowers were quite happy to give directions to daft tourists too.
What to buy: All kinds of flowers!
What to pay: Hmmm...as I wasn't buying any, I'm not sure what they cost... but Dubliners seemed happy enough.
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 is a nice pedestian street, with lots of shops (clothing, music, gifts, flowers, etc.), department stores, Internet cafe, ATMs, etc.
Street performers are often seen on this street.
What to buy: Have a nice cup of afternoon tea at the Bewley's. :)
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.