Though Dublin is renowned for its Guinness and drink-fuelled evenings, it is such a joy to wander through the city’s streets during the day! Visiting boutiques, exploring fantastic art and meeting locals all friendlier than the next are just a few of the pleasures visitors can enjoy.
Though Dublin’s city centre is compact enough, it can be tough to find your bearings when you are used, like me, to perpendicular, straight streets. I must admit that I have sometimes gotten lost, but isn’t getting lost in a new city one of the best ways to explore unexpected places?
Dublin is home to great chains like Penneys (also known as Primark) or Dunnes Store, but also to small places that provide pleasant shopping and where you may unearth local designer items or unusual souvenirs to bring back home.
Shopping in Dublin: six places not to be missed
Start by enjoying a coffee from Tamp & Stitch and stroll in Temple Bar. In this neighborhood, you will find superb clothing and locally made jewelry. Follow your instincts, wander through the streets from one favorite encounter to the next and explore the Dublin that locals love.
As sports are a true religion in Europe, a stop at Casa Rebelde is a must. It is the store par excellence to find a jersey in the colours of your favorite team. Think of the loved ones who stayed at home, this type of souvenir is always a favorite!
Georges Street Arcade: second-hand clothes and accessories
Ireland’s oldest shopping center, George’s Street Arcade is also one of the most beautiful. It is both a 5-minute walk from Grafton Street, the ultimate shopping street if you like great brands and global retailers, and highly sought-after second-hand clothes, collection items and accessories made by local designers. It’s also a great spot to grab a bite if you are feeling peckish. I recommend the frozen yogurt parlor Yogism.
Ha’Penny Flea Market
If you are looking for very unique souvenirs, head to the Ha’Penny Flea Market. Not far from the bridge of the same name, this market opens every Saturday from noon to 18h00. It takes place at The Grand Social. Here, you will find vintage furniture, but also items that fit well in a suitcase such as tea towels and second-hand clothes.
Here, you will find the The Loft Market boutique, which offers a great selection of clothes and accessories created by local designers. Open since 2006, it is very popular with locals as it houses new designer names and an inventory that is constantly renewed. Still at the Powerscourt Townhouse, the spot par excellence for those who enjoy all things feminine and delicate, MoMuse offers a great selection of jewels crafted by Margaret O’Rourke in a boudoir-like setting.
Finally, Scout offers a range of second-hand findings, including many clothes that come directly from Paris! In addition to a host of home accessories always chosen with care, the shop also has clothes created by local and international designers.
In other words, prepare your suitcase and book a flight for Dublin! You just have to make sure that you’ll have enough room in your suitcase to bring all your souvenirs back home. Enjoy your shopping!
Tamp & Stitch: Unit 3 Scarlet Row, Essex Street West
Casa Rebelde : 4 Fownes Street Upper
George’s Street Arcade : S Great George’s St
The Grand Social: Lower Liffey Street
The Loft Market: Powerscourt Townhouse, 59 South William Street
Scout : 5 Smock Alley Court
Cover photo credit: Béatrice Bernard-Poulin