Dublin Shopping

The only known specimens of leprechauns or shillelaghs in Ireland are those in souvenir-shop windows, and shamrocks mainly bloom around the borders of Irish-linen handkerchiefs and tablecloths. But in Dublin's shops you can find much more than kitschy designs. There's a tremendous variety of stores here, many of which are quite sophisticated—as a walk through Dublin's central shopping area, from

O'Connell to Grafton Street, will prove. Department stores stock internationally known fashion-designer goods and housewares, and small (and often pricey) boutiques sell Irish crafts and other merchandise. Don't expect too many bargains here. And be prepared, if you're shopping in central Dublin, to push through crowds—especially in the afternoons and on weekends. Most large shops and department stores are open Monday to Saturday 9 to 6, with late hours on Thursday and Friday until 9. Although nearly all department stores are closed on Sunday, some smaller specialty shops stay open. You're particularly likely to find sales in January, February, July, and August.

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Royal Hibernian Way

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On the former site of the two-centuries-old Royal Hibernian Hotel, a coaching inn that was demolished in 1983, this complex is home to...

St. Stephen's Green Centre

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Dublin's city center's largest and most ambitious shopping complex, St. Stephen's Green Centre resembles a giant greenhouse, with Victorian...

Stokes Books

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A gem of an antique bookstore, Stokes has a great used-book section and specializes in Irish history and literature. While on the small...


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The rapidly expanding British fashion chain has its flagship Irish store on St. Stephen's Green. Its mix of creative and affordable continues...

Tower Records

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With the demise of HMV, Tower is the last big mainstream music store in Dublin. It carries all the latest CDs, DVDs, music books, vinyl,...

Trinity Woollen Mills

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They might sell sweaters and scarves but Trinity Woollen Mills is also your one-stop shop for everything kitschy Irish, such as trashy...

Ulysses Rare Books

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Head here for a fine array of first editions of Irish literature and many other books of Irish interest, plus old maps of Dublin and...


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Fancy your own bodhrán (Irish hand drum) or tin whistle? Waltons is the place to come for any Irish traditional instrument, or indeed...

Weir & Sons

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Dublin's most prestigious jeweler, Weir & Sons sells not only jewelry and watches, but also china, glass, lamps, silver, and leather.

Westbury Mall

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An upmarket shopping mall, the Westbury is where you can buy a stylish range of designer jewelry, antique rugs, and decorative goods.


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