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Dublin's street to shop
I'm not much of a shopping person, so I went through this street pretty quickly, but you won't be able to miss it. It is between Trinity college and St. Stephen's Green and consists of a pedestrian road (which is nice) with lots of stores on either side. The stores are pretty expensive, but if you're looking for anything you'll find it here.
There's a song called "Dublin can be heaven" and it sums up the city perfectly. Dublin can be heaven if you love it as much as i do!
There's a part of the song that goes "Grafton Street's a wonderland, there's magic in the air, there's diamonds in the ladies eyes and gold-dust in their hair" and this is so true of Grafton Street! The song was written a long time ago but still holds true today.
There's a very magical atmosphere on Grafton Street, and the air buzzes! The shopping is fantastic, with Brown Thomas flying the flag as home of designer shopping. Hermes has recently opened on the ground floor, alongside Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Burberry and Fendi. The Shoe Rooms on the first floor is a must for any discerning shoe-lover, with everyone from LK Bennett, Gucci, Gina, Jimmy Choo and Bertie to Christian Louboutin on sale in this complete shoe temple! Worshipping is a must!
There are the usual suspects of the high street here on Grafton Street too - River Island, A-wear, Nine West and Jigsaw, and Oasis just at the top of the street, at St. Stephen's Green. The St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is at the top of Grafton Street with four floors of shopping! Bring walking shoes!!
There are loads of great restaurants and bars just off Grafton Street such as the Bailey on Duke Street where you can sit outside and watch the world go by after a hard day's shopping. The trendy Cocoon bar is just off Duke Street for the cool crowd.
Afternoon tea at the Westbury is lovely too on colder Dublin days, and this hotel is located on Harry Street, just off Grafton Street. For warmer days take a picnic to St. Stephen's Green itself and laze on the grass taking in the Dublin air!!
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Shopping, especially in the week before christmas, is a great way to spend your weekend. At least, thats what we think. Hence, the women only part.
There are many shoppingcenters and warehouses in Dublin. The older ones are worth a visit, just to look at the archtiecture, styling en decorations. Very stylish! Even windowshopping is great., one of the warehouses on Grafton street made their windows in to detailed fairytale storybooks, amazing! Just look at the pictures!
The prices in Dublin are fairly reasonable, especially compared to London.
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Grafton Street - THE shopping Street.
If you want to do some shopping in Dublin, you have to check out Grafton Street.. Although it might be one of Europes most expensive streets, it's definately woth checking out.. And I'm sure you will end up buying something ;)
A multinational street
Grafton Street in Dublin2, just south of Trinity College is one of the largest shopping streets in Dublin and pretty much always crowded with people. It is also a sure place to see some street musicians, which usually range from real bad to really good! Check my intropage for one description.
There are all kinds of shops there, a few restaurants and cafés and in the southern end of it is a Sshopping centre and more importantly the entrance to St Stephens Green which you shouldn't miss when you come here!
Shopping and restaurants
One of the main shopping areas of Dublin, which contains stores such as Brown Thomas, HMV etc.
The street is pedestrianised making it safe to walk.
St Stephens Centre is a fine shopping centre, with 3 floors of small shops selling almost everything.
Bewleys Cafe which serves a fine cup of coffee!!!
plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from
A tribute to Phil Lynott
Dublin's newest statue (aug 2005) is located at the corner of Grafton Street and Harry street.
Phil Lynott was a member of the seminal rock group 'Thin Lizzy' and was brought up in the hard Dublin back-streets. It is good to see Dublin honouring this skilled musician, but it is also an unitentional warning to Dublin's current youth - Phil died at the tender age of 36 after years of chronic drug addiction.
On the day of the unveiling I heard his mother being interviewed on thr radio. She remarked that she didn't normally look at Dublin's statue, except for O'connell, and he was "Full of ***e", she corrected herself, a little mischeiviously by saying "Bird ***e, that is, always covered in it". I suspect Phil's impressive mop may suffer from the same problem.
Shop first, worry about the bill later
Grafton Street is all about shopping. It's where all the trendy shops in Dublin are located. It's also where my wife used the Mastercard the most. There are a variety of street performers that we saw and some were very good.
Even if you don't want to shop it's worth a trip to Grafton Street just for the people watching. If it's raining you can also check out the St. Stephens Green Mall which is off Grafton Street.
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Molly Malone Statue
"Cockles and Mussels, Alive, Alive": Molly Malone the most famous irish fish salerwoman and the protagonist of the most known popular irish song has her bronze statue in Grafton Street near Trinity College.
Bewleys Oriental Cafes are a Dublin institution with more than one location. However the one on Grafton Street is the most well known one with its Victorian interior. Its also known for being where Bob Geldof wrote "Rat Trap"
I didn't eat there but I believe its a popular breakfast spot
This is an easy sight, and you'll happen upon it as you make your way to St. Stephen's Green. This is where Dublin's street performers are. I saw some good musicians here, and then I thought to myself, "this has been the best variety of street performers of any european country I've been to..." BUT, then I turned around and saw five girls (approx. 19-22 years of age) setting up a banner and music equipment. Intrigued, so I watched...then walked away in embarassment. They played horrible music from a cassette tape and then tried to do a choreographed dance routine to it. I think they were trying to promote themselves as a new girl music group. All I can say is that it's like the saying goes...God loves a try'er!
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Bewley's Oriental Cafe at Grafton Street
The Bewley's Oriental Cafe is the landmark of Grafton Street. It is not the oldest branch of the 150 year old institution of Dublin but very popular amongst tourists and residents. It has preserved a great victorian charme, and the balcony on the first floor is very good for people watching!
The Grafton Street is a pedestrian zone and a very popular shopping street in Dublin. It goes from Trinity College to the large St. Stephen's Green Shopping mall with it's glass facade and roof. The street is always busy and there are always street artists or musicians entertaining the people passing by. Many pubs are in this region, so there's no problem finding a place to relax between the stroll through the many shops.
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Dubliners like nothing better than wandering around window-shopping in Grafton Street on a Saturday or a day off work. This street is in the center of Dublin and is lined with shops and flower-sellers on the streets.
This is a great place to shop, and watch local street performers. It's always busy, and has great atmosphere! There are some great little cafes and stores, especially on the side streets, where you can usually find better deals.
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