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Do you know who did we meet in Grafton street? James Joyce, would you believe? He didn't accept any kind of conversation, but didn't refuse a picture. Not bad, but I do prefer his words to his image.
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Grafton street is the most commercial street of Dublin. Closed to traffic, you may find there... the usual!
All the great brands that are taking control of the world, and all locals and visitors in a constant parade.
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Shops, buskers, and Molly Malone!
Grafton Street is Dublin's most popular shopping street. I loved the fact that no matter what time of the day I happened to be walking up this pedestrian street, it was always full of people and action. There are plenty of chain stores, including Brown Thomas, Ireland's most exclusive department store. Apart from shopping, Grafton Street is also well known for its numerous buskers, and while some had clearly better try to find another day job, others are very talented and fun to watch or listen to. Another well known landmark on Grafton Street is the statue of Molly Malone, the fictional heroine of the popular song set in Dublin. The beautiful fishmonger is represented as a rather busty young lady, clad in a pretty revealing dress. Of course, this goes hand in hand with the legend that Molly Malone might have been selling more than cockles and mussels, and it didn't take long before Dubliners found a nickname for the statue which became known as "The Tart with the Cart"!
Window Shopping & More
Grafton Street is a pedestrian street running between Trinity College and Saint Stephen's Green that is primarily a shopping district, but provides much more. The street is lined with various shops, including some designers. Stores include Brown Thomas, River Island, jewelry, and a Ted Baker boutique. In various parts of the street are performers of different styles, including guitar musicians, a string quartet, statue impersonators, didgeridoo musician, and others. It is a great way to spend time strolling, enjoying the talent (a various levels), and people watching. There are cafes along the street including the famous Bewley's (although I did not enter it). At the north end of the street is the Molly Malone statue, and at the south end is St Stephen's Green and a shopping center.
A little shopping in Grafton Street
Located in the heart of Dublin is the pedestrian only cobble-stoned street with plenty of shopping and activites.
There are a few nice shops for some retail therapy as well as some places to stop to have either something to eat or a few drinks. You'll also find a lot of activity like hawkers and buskers to entertain you.
At the end of Grafton Street you will find St. Stephen's Green as well as St. Stephen's Green Shopping center.
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Every major city has one. A street just for tourists and shoppers. Grafton Street is that street in Dublin. Grafton Street runs from St. Stephen's Green to College Green and is the main pedestrian mall in the city. We did not spend a lot of time here, but did want to take a walk on the famous street and see some of the sights. We were here in early January so the Christmas decorations were still hanging across the street.
A pedestrian street, where the rental is the highest in Europe according to our tour guide. Not sure if that is quite correct, but have to believe the man. Grafton Street is all about shopping. It's where all the trendy shops in Dublin are located.
Grafton Street is an up market shopping area in Dublin's city centre. It is pedestrianised for easy movement (in theory, because it might be quite busy with "traffic" sometimes). It is very hard to dodge the traffic down this short street on Saturday afternoon when all Dubs (and tourists) go out for a walk, a sip of Latte or for a shopping spree. And Grafton Street is a shoppers paradise!
All popular brands have their shops out there (River Island, TopShop and TopMen, Marks and Spencer Next, Dunnes Stores, La Senza and many others). Also there is the famous and extremely expensive Brown Thomas there! The poshest place of all posh, where on the bottom you can buy MAC cosmetics (well, not only but MAC only has it's store there) and upper levels have clothes and accessories for women, men and children. But... Brown Thomas is most famous for the portier that opes the door :)
It is a fun place not only for shopping but also because of the live street performances.
It is true what they say:
"Grafton Street's a wonderland
With magic in the air . . ."
So come, visit, shop or just enjoy a Bewleys mocca (or Starbuck's Latte if you wish). Grafton Street leads you to the green where you can sit down and relax after a busy morning.
Wander Grafton Street
We wandered Grafton Street and it's many shops bracing ourselves against the wind. We then hopped the Dart and sat across from two colorful gentlemen, one who was chatty with a wonderful Irish brogue and one who had too much Guinness.
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Grafton Street - shopping and pedestrian area
If you want to find the liveliest streets daytime, then go to Grafton Street and the surrounding area. This is the main shopping and pedestrian area in Dublin. It is also a nice looking area, nice tile buildings in different shades of colours.
This area is nice to walk around, even if you didn't buy anything. It is nice to take pictures and to "smell the athmosphere" of the lively street.
I found a heaven in earth - Butlers Chocolate Cafe! Go in and taste on of the speciality coffees or hot chocolates. Just irresistible. The place can be found in 51 Grafton Street (and has other cafés in a couple of other addresses too).
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Grafton Street... Dublin's pedestrian shopping street - always full of activity... go there on a Saturday afternoon to see it fully packed: heaven and hell at the same time - but full of life. People shopping and people-watching, with a large number of street musicians, poets, mime artists and street painters as a frame.
Grafton Street runs joins St. Stephen's Green in the south and College Green/Trinity College in the north and was named after the first Duke of Grafton, who owned the area around there and a country lane - now turned into this busy street. Don't expect it to be long: it takes 5 minutes to walk it, if you ignore the shops and the performers. Personally it never works for me: I tried timing it on a quiet day: 20 minutes including window-watching stops; on a busy saturday afternoon it took me 45 minutes.
Basically, anything you need to buy can be found in this street - or in one of the side streets. There's only one things that this street doesn't have: pubs! It must be the only publess-street in Dublin...
A Nice Stroll. . .Mind the Crowds
We spent part of a Saturday strolling up Grafton Street - because it's one of those things you do when you're in Dublin. We weren't alone - in fact the street was packed with so many tourists that we didn't take our time at all!
It was a nice stroll in a city that is already very pedestrian friendly. I got a couple gifts for friends at home from one of the vendors.
I think Grafton Street would be nicer on a week night when one had time to shop a bit.
We spent Alot of time on Grafton Street
Just walking up and Down Grafton Street is a treat! The shops are really nice (albeit quite pricey) There's all kinds of food, if not on Grafton street itself then right off Grafton Street. It's a great place to be! There is a strange, somewhat creepy statue of a Teddy bear right at the top of Grafton Street. It was so odd, I had to take a picture of it!
Keeps the rain out
Grafton street is generally considered to be the premier shopping street in the capital, and it is crowned at one end by the fairly impressive St Stephen's green shopping centre.
At least it tries to make some sort of architectural statement. I thinks that it looks like a cross between a Mararajah's palace and a tacky cruise liner, but what do I know ?
Inside the light airy space is added to by the impressive ironwork, the cafes and a huge freestanding clock.
The shops tend to more of the run-of-the-mill high-street variety than anything else, but if you have to do shopping...then it has to be done.
5th most expensive in the world
People will pay 300,000 euro to live in what is basically a glorified cardboard box in Dublin. It is not therefore surprising that Grafton street, the premier shopping street has the fifth highest rents in the world.
Despite this the shops are pretty much 'mid-market' with the addition of the fairly upscale department store 'Brown Thomas'.
Grafton street was pedestrainised many years ago, and this makes it a good place to wander. Numbers have risen significantly since the arrival of the LUAS trams than depoisit people at the top of the street by St Stephen's green.
The street is often populated by buskers of varying quality. Some are virtually professional and draw large audiences. Others, well...
Sunday is often the best day to catch the better ones.
The street is also home to a few flower sellers who have impressive displays of their wares out on the street.
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