Dublin offers an impressive range of restaurants, cafés, and shops. Many of these opportunities are within a short walk from The Radisson Blu.
Ireland is home to international brands such as John Rocha, knitwear designer Lainey Keogh, hat designer Philip Tracey, and Orla Kiely of handbag fame. The country is also a cosmopolitan hub, reflected in the wide variety on offer. The central shopping area, from O’Connell Street to Grafton Street, is pedestrian-friendly and easy to navigate; you’ll find retail and speciality shopping, at surprisingly competitive prices.
The High Street brands are generally located on the North side of the city and the smaller local shops on the South side. If you are looking for gifts that are typically Irish, head for Nassau Street, which runs right alongside Trinity College. Here you will find a wide selection of woollen knitwear, tweeds, Irish crafts and traditional music in a number of shops sitting literally shoulder to shoulder on the southern side of Nassau Street.
Grafton Street is Ireland’s premier shopping mile. The wide pedestrian zone invites you to window shop at your leisure, stopping at the many different fashion boutiques, shoe shops, jewellers, and the exclusive Brown Thomas department store. Brown Thomas offers the widest selection of luxury designer labels in Dublin.
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre resembles an old time Mississippi river boat with its ornate white metalwork and glass façade. Stephen’s Green features a Benetton flagship store, fashion discounter TK Maxx, a Dunnes Department Store and several boutiques by surf wear brand Quiksilver and other labels. The centre also features more than a dozen cafes and restaurants, including a TGI Fridays and a Wagamama Japanese noodle bar.
Location: King Street South/corner St. Stephen’s Green West
Avoca combines traditional Irish wool weaving with bright, stylish designs in a small village in the Wicklow Mountains. The look fast became fashionable in Ireland and abroad, and the Avoca brand has since branched out into ladies clothing, home accessories and more – all in the trademark bohemian, slightly funky Avoca style. The Avoca flagship store in Dublin is a city centre emporium of Irish style spread over four floors. From funky kitchen utensils and delicatessen in the basement, ladies clothing and home wares on the ground floor, gifts and knickknacks on the mezzanine to wooden kids’ toys, Avoca is a great store to rummage around in.
Location: Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Designer Shopping: Dundrum Town Centre is Dublin’s most upmarket shopping mall with outlets by exclusive London department store Harvey Nichols and a dependence of Brown Thomas’ BT2. The centre is home to many UK High Street brands including House of Fraser, Next, Monsoon, LK Bennett, Molton Brown, and more. You also get branches of US brands Urban Outfitters, Timberland, and Tommy Hilfiger. The generously proportioned and landscaped centre further features cafes, restaurants and a cinema. The Dundrum Town Centre is located on Dublin’s South side and can be conveniently reached from St. Stephen’s Green with the Green Luas tram line (Dundrum stop).
Location: Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin 16
Kilkenny Design Centre is a one-stop shop for established and up-and-coming names in Irish design. In the bright and airy building opposite Trinity College you will find pottery, crystal glass, silverware, wood craft, handmade jewellery, ladies clothes, handbags, and accessories by Orla Kiely, Stephen Pierce, Nicholas Mosse, John Rocha, and more. The top floor is home to a restaurant and coffee shop overlooking Trinity College. The food and the relaxed atmosphere make this a very popular lunch destination for Dubliners.
Location: Nassau Street, Dublin 2
Georges Street Market
This covered former Victorian market hall with ornate red brick facade and glass roof is home to a funky selection of small stalls and shops. From used books to records, CDs, vintage clothes, and streetwear, Georges Street Market is a must for trend conscious shoppers.
Location: Between Drury Street and South Great Georges Street.
High Street Fashion: Henry Street and its extension on Mary Street is a popular shopping destination on Dublin’s North side, running East-to-West between O’Connell Street and Capel Street. On Henry Street and Mary Street you will find many UK High Street retail brands such as Body Shop, Game Stop, HMV, Office, Early Learning Centre, and more. Henry Street is also home to Arnott’s Department Store, a Dublin institution. Moore Street, which branches off Henry Street just before the Ilac Centre, is home to a daily fruit and vegetable market. You will also find many ethnic shops here, trading in Asian, African and Middle Eastern groceries and spices.
Jervis Centre is located directly opposite the Ilac Shopping Centre and offers a wide range of shops from ladies’ and men’s fashion to books, kids’ toys and arts and crafts. Retailers at the Jervis Centre include Wallis, Waterstones and Schuh, among others.
Location: Henry Street, Dublin 1
Ilac Centre is home to large flagship stores by fashion retailers H&M and Debenhams. It also features a dozen smaller boutiques plus cafes and Dublin’s central public library.
Location: Henry Street, Dublin 1