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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
This completely pedestrianized street is probably the most famous in Dublin. It runs from College Green in front of Trinity College up to St. Stephen's Green and is lined with shops, cafes, street performers and flower sellers. Some of the highlights include Dublin's most famous cafe, Bewley's Oriental, upscale department stores like Brown Thomas and Mark's & Spencer. There's also a cool bookstore, simply called Dublin Bookshop.
This pedestrian street is the main commercial artery south of the Liffey. It’s packed with interesting cafés, expensive boutiques, and traditional Irish craft shops. In a word, everything for the tourist. Nevertheless, what I most enjoyed of the place is that it seems to be the preferred place for the streets artist of the city to play their performances. For instance, the specialty of this girl was to play the violin with her eyes closed… and she was fairly good in doing that! :-)
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.
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.