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).
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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 ;)
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!
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