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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.
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
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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