Dublin shopping is a true cosmopolitan experience. As the capital city of a country that embraces its working class origins, Dublin has a great love and respect for local businesses. Through this, a burgeoning fashion industry has taken root in the city’s arty districts, as well as many other businesses that deal in everything from locally sourced meat and produce to handmade furniture.
If you’re on the hunt for a bargain, unique couture or a truly one-of-a-kind souvenir, a day spent shopping in Dublin will serve you very well indeed.
Grafton Street is one of two major shopping precincts in the CBD (the nearby Henry Street is the other). Packed from end to end with antiques, boutiques and assorted upscale outlets, Grafton Street is considered one of the most expensive and well-appointed shopping streets anywhere in the world. It’s a haven for fashionistas and those who simply cannot resist a bargain.
Dublin’s foremost antiquing district, Frances Street is home to some of the city’s most historic businesses and buildings. If you’re stuck for what to buy in Dublin, this is the perfect place to hunt for souvenirs that tell of Ireland’s long and varied history, as well as its many modern accomplishments. Come here if you love supporting local businesses.
Cow’s Lane is where Dublin’s independent fashion industry resides. Those who love seeking out unique new styles, fabrics, garments and ideas need look no further than this extremely trendy part of Temple Bar. Fans of high fashion will be able to lose themselves for hours exploring the many local businesses that have turned this inner-city street into a living, local legend.
Get out and hunt for a bargain! Dublin markets are everywhere, like the Ha’Penny Flea Market located in North City or the Leinster Market on D’Olier Street, and they’re filled with amazing deals on unique and interesting items both big and small. If you absolutely must have something weird or one-of-a-kind to remember your trip to Ireland by, chances are you’ll find it here.
Dublin shopping centres are home to day-to-day purchases and a refuge from the weather in equal measure. From large-scale centres like the Jervis Shopping Centre in North City to smaller outlying centres like the Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas North, you’ll find what you need in no time. Ask for a Dublin shopping guide at your hotel to find out where your nearest shopping centre is.