Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, lies on the east coast of the island. The lovely coastal city is rich in history and you can see the evolution by the architecture of its buildings. Visitors enjoy coming to see St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. The city is also known for its many parks and green spaces, the largest being Phoenix Park, home to the Dublin Zoo. What you may not know is that the city is a shopper’s paradise. The first shopping center in Europe was built here in 1881, and they have two streets devoted to retail therapy and numerous farmer’s markets. To help you find just what you are looking for, we have put together this list of the 10 best shopping spots in Dublin, Ireland.
1. George's Street Arcade
Built in 1881, George’s Street Arcade was the first shopping center in Europe. Originally known as South City Markets, it is housed inside a large, red brick Victorian building. Stores include independent boutiques, clothiers, jewelers, beauty salons, antique markets and varied selection of restaurants. George’s Street Arcade is a great place to shop for souvenirs to take home with you.
George's Street Arcade
Address: 25 Priory Hall Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
Website: George’s Street Arcade
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 9am - 6:30pm; Thur - Sat: 9am - 7pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm
2. Francis Street
Francis Street is the art and antique quarter of Dublin. The area was created in 2003 by the local traders. Here you will find collectibles, Irish silver, antique jewelry, handcrafted stationery, and contemporary art. Mixed in among the art galleries and antique shops are some of the finest restaurants in the city.
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
3. Leopardstown Farmers Market
Every Friday, the Leopardstown Race Course is transformed into a farmer’s market. The majority of the vendors are inside, but you will find some stalls outside near the entrance. Besides the fresh produce vendors, there is a craft and jewelry section. The market gets quite crowded as the locals like to visit to buy their favorite food items that are only found here. You will find ready-made food, bakery stalls, and vendors selling artisanal cheese.
Leopardstown Farmers Market
Address: Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Dublin
Opening hours: 10am - 4pm (daily)
4. The Green Door Market
The Green Door Market can be found next door to the Teeling Whiskey Museum. This farmer’s market is one of Dublin’s hidden jewels. When you first enter, you will be greeted by the fragrance of fresh coffee and pastries. Grab a cup and enjoy strolling through the vendor stalls. Here you will the usual farmer’s market items, some vendors selling their handmade crafts, and sometimes second-hand clothes are available.
The Green Door Market
Address: Unit A1, Bluebell Business Centre, Old Naas Road, Dublin
Website: The Green Door Market
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 12pm - 7pm; Sat: 9:30am - 4pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm
5. O’Connell Street
O’Connell Street is the main boulevard running through the city center. While it feels like any busy street in any city, it has its own unique charms. Part of what makes it special is the artwork you can find along the way, like the statue of James Joyce, the Carlton Cinema with its painted windows, and the Dublin Spire. And like most city streets, you will find a wide selection of shops and restaurants to explore.
Address: O’Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland
6. Moore Street Market
To truly experience Dublin you must visit Moore Street market. The street is lined with makeshift vendor stalls that mainly sell fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Behind these stalls are the permanent shops which range from traditional Irish butchers to Asian and African food stores. This market street has been operating in Dublin for centuries. Keep your camera handy in case you are lucky to see a delivery being made with a horse-drawn cart.
Moore Street Market
Address: Moore Street, Dublin, Ireland
Opening hours: 7am - 6pm (daily)
7. Temple Bar Markets
Foodies should head over to the Meeting House Square on Saturdays. Once a week, the Temple Bar Market is held there. Enjoy wandering through the vendor’s stalls that sell produce, meats, cheese, and baked goods. Mixed in the market stalls are food vendors selling everything from freshly baked scones to wine and oysters, handheld meat pies, and other tasty treats. Temple Bar Markets is a great place to buy seasonal produce at great prices.
Temple Bar Market
Address: 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin City Centre
Website: Temple Bar Market
Opening hours: Sat: 10am - 4:30pm (Closed on Sun - Fri)
8. Grafton Street
Grafton Street has a long history of being “the” place to hang-out and meet up with friends. The narrow, cobblestone street runs north to south, from Stephen’s Green to the entrance of Trinity University. Here, you will find an eclectic mix of shops selling brand name clothes, local souvenirs, and the latest tech gadgets. Mixed in with the many shops are fast food restaurants, traditional pubs, and eateries. The street gets quite crowded, but especially on Saturdays when street musicians set up to play.
Address: Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland
Opening hours: 8am - 2am (daily)
9. Henry Street
Dublin has two main shopping districts, Grafton Street and Henry Street. Henry Street runs from the Spire of Dublin to Liffey Street. You will find over 200 stores for your shopping pleasure. Henry Street has more local shops, where Grafton has many big brand names. Henry Street is also said to more affordable than Grafton. You will also find restaurants and street musicians mixed in with happy shoppers.
Address: Hentry Street, Dublin, Ireland
Opening hours: 8am - 11pm (daily)
10. Powerscourt Townhouse Center
Powerscourt Townhouse Center is located in a beautiful Georgian building just off Grafton Street. The multi-level shopping center features over 40 stores, an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants, and beauty salons. You will find upscale clothing boutiques by local and international designers. Stunning jewelry stores, antique shops and so much more. Powerscourt Townhouse Center is the place to go when shopping for the perfect wedding dress.
Powerscourt Townhouse Center
Address: 59 William Street South, Dublin,
Website: Powerscourt Townhouse Center
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 6pm; Sat: 9am - 6pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm
Shop till you drop
If your dream vacation includes plenty of shopping, Dublin is the city for you. People from all over Europe have visited Ireland just to shop in the many indoor and outdoor markets that are available here. So whether you are looking for some tasty seasonal produce or a special gift for a loved one, Dublin is the place to find it.
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