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Shopping in Dublin


Dublin is the perfect city for weekend breaks, having the right mix of food, culture and shopping. FOREX Bank’s Travel Economist went to Dublin and was pleasantly surprised by this city of shops.

  The city offers a good choice of shops and fashion, from vintage to high-end couture, all conveniently situated in the pretty and easily accessible city centre. Here are a few of my favourite shopping areas:

●      Grafton Street

   Shoppers intermingle with musicians, street artists and many of the classic boutiques on Dublin’s most fashionable street. Even if you are not particularly interested in fashion you will probably visit this street at some point as it is also the link between the popular park, St Stephen’s Green, and the Temple Bar area.

●     George’s Street Arcade

    Go to George’s Street Arcade for a more relaxed shopping experience. The arcade is in a traditional Victorian building which was originally Dublin’s first department store. The store was rebuilt and made into a pretty indoor market where you can find everything from vintage clothes and books to kitsch furnishings. There are a couple of nice cafés too that have ecological coffee and luxurious sandwiches. 

●     Henry Street and Mary Street

   You will find more the affordable clothes shops on Henry Street. A little further down the road, Henry Street turns into Mary Street. Both streets have a combined total of around 200 shops. 33 million shoppers find their way here every year. Many of them are attracted by the big department stores, Arnotts and Jervis Shopping Centre. At Penneys you can find fashionable bargains that are not too dissimilar to H&M’s.

●     Avoca

   At the Irish chain store, Avoca, you can find things from flowery, retro dinnerware and toys to fashionable clothes and accessories made from natural textiles. Plan your visit for lunchtime so you will have an excuse to visit the quaint café on the top floor where you can order proper salads, hearty soups or impressive pastries. 

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