Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is an impressive shopping centre located off Grafton Street. It is perhaps the most elegant shopping centre in the city of Dublin. There are approximately 40 outlets and eateries in the shopping centre, dealing mainly in antiques, gifts, art and crafts, bonzai plants, trendy fashion wears as well as jewelleries. The shopping centre is located in an old Georgian building which was designed by Robert Mack. It was constructed in the middle of the 18th century as a townhouse built for Lord Powerscourt. The townhouse was turned to a shopping centre only in 1980s.
If you walk through the main entrance through South William Street, you will be able to see the old entrance hall together with an old grand staircase. It is certainly pleasant to wander around the shopping centre especially when it is rainning outside, do some window shopping and perhaps have some tea break at the cafe on the ground floor. We wandered around the shopping centre to kill time before our Riverdance show at the Gaiety Theatre nearby. Opening hours to Powerscourt Townhouse Centre are between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and between 12.00 noon and 6.00 p.m. on Sunday.
George's Street Arcade is a colourful flea market rather than a shopping centre. It is located in an old Victorian style building with red brick walls and has lovely old Victorian architecture. George's Street Arcade is a tourist attraction even though you are not buying anything in the arcade and are merely walking through. It is fun to just wander through the arcade and look at some of these old things. Who knows you may just find something you really like to bring home! George's Street Arcade opened for business since the late 19th century. It is Dublin's oldest shopping centre.
Most stalls deal in unique and strange articles and things. So it is a great place to pick up some strange and unique gifts. Most of the stalls deal in items such as portraits, pictures, hats, old postcards, secondhand books, paintings, coins, stamps, prints, old records, costume jewelleries, even used clothes, flowers shop, home accessories, antiques, body-piercing and some junk stores. Opening hours to George's Street Arcade are betweem 9.00 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 12.00 noon to 6.00 p.m. on Sunday. In our opinion it is well worth a visit especially if you are very fond of items from the flea markets!
St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is one of the largest and finest shopping centres located right in the heart of the city of Dublin. It is located on the south end of the busy Grafton Street next to the Fusiliers Gate and St. Stephen's Green Park. The famous Gaiety Theatre is situated just opposite the shopping centre. St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre has more than 100 shops and eateries spread over four levels. Some of the well-known shops include TK Maxx, Boots, Mothercare, Dunnes Stores, Hallmark and The Lapptop. However most of the shops in the shopping centre deal in boutiques clothing.
The shopping centre opened in 1988 with lovely architecture both inside and outside and it offers free wi-fi to shoppers and visitors. Toilets are located on the top floor and they charge 20 cents for the use of toilets. It is really a plesant place to wander around especially when it is rainning outside. The interior of the shopping centre has a large clock erected roughly in the center of the shopping centre. Opening hours of the shopping centre are betweem 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily. You may e-mail to the following address for more information:- firstname.lastname@example.org
What to buy: We were mainly wandering around the shopping centre to enjoy the sight. However we purchased some greeting and anniversary cards from Hallmark store on the ground floor. Prices of greeting cards from Hallmark are fixed and the same everywhere in the city.
How could anyone forget U2,Cranberries! Other bands worth checking out are the Devlins, Picturehouse and while not rock maybe Secret Garden (half Norwegian/Half Irish), Corrs and I have to throw in Johnny Logan ,love his stuff!
We got real cheap Irish souvenirs from Carrolls. They offer all kind of stuff from jewelry, keychains, shot glasses to t-shirts and bags that have Irish element printed on. For certain items, they offer cheaper price if you buy more than 3 pieces. It's indeed cheaper compared to other souvenir shopa at the places of interest.
What to pay: From EUR1 to t-shirts of EUR12-15
If you need any medical supplies whilst in Dublin you will not have to walk far to find a pharmacy/chemist. There seems to be at least one on every shopping street in the centre of the city.
There are also walk-in doctors' practices around. One is located on Dame Street, near Temple Bar.
Avoca is a 7 level mini-department store with a colourful mix-match of men and women's fashion, kids clothes, household goods, aromatics, ceramics and lots more.
This unique shopping experience stocks everything from fancy dress clothes for kids(sequin pink fairy dresses with matching haloes!) to beautiful Aran style 'his' and 'her' jumpers. Household goods include luxurious throws that are woven in the Avoca Mill in Co. Wicklow using natural fibres made from lambs wool, mohair, cotton and linen.
What to buy: ... pretty much everything :)
But my favourit is the lovely soft stripy scarves in all colors .. for ~ 30 Euros
What to pay: WHO cares ;) as long as it's pretty and the credit card limit isn't reached hihi
Everything Irish can be bought here including great food items. If you are from NON EU don't forget to claim your tax back.
What to buy: Irish writers coasters & table mats of Irish homes. Heavenly scented candles with real Irish scent. Don't buy the little peat burning blocks they don't smell as good as the candles.
What to pay: $$$ ££ Euro!!
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Shopping opportunities in Ireland, and expecially Dublin, are plenty. Most shops all over Ireland cater to the tourist needs with every imaginable piece of clothing dyed green. There are sheep, Celtic cd's and whatever. The truth is that you can often find nice little gifts between all the junk!
What to buy: For art lovers there are the outdoor painting galleries in the larger cities during weekends - the pic features Merrion Sqaure on a Sunday afternoon. Book fans will be delighted with the quality and choice here and music fans won't be disappointed either: Irish music ranks among the best in the world!
there are several interesting shops, so i'll just name the best known of them. The department store Stephen's
Green (at the end of Grafton Gtreet) all made of glass, and Dublin Woollen Mills (northside, right after the ha'penny bridge), a small sweather shop.
What to buy: at Stephen's Green: hats, irish silver jewels, t-shirts, general local handycrafts, lace. At Dublin Woollen Mills hand and machine made traditional sweaters and general souvenirs
What to pay: hats: about 30 euros, silver jewellery: 10-30 euros. sweaters: 100-200 euros, t-shirts: about 15 euros
If you are into shopping Dublin is the place for you. There are hundreds of good shops, nice shopping malls and shopping streets. I love to spend a whole day shopping here when I am in Ireland!
What to buy: Shoes, Books, Clothes, whatever you want! I had to find sunglasses here once and it took me ages though... maybe that's because of the Irish weather ;)
What to pay: Unfortunately I have heard that Ireland is now the most expensive of the "Euro-Countries" but I never found it too expensive!