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From high-end fashion houses in the Powerscourt Centre and Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, to the myriad mom-and-pop shops littering the winding back alleyways, great shopping is all around you in Dublin.
Pedestrian-only Grafton Street is the beating heart of City Centre shopping. If you prefer books to clothing, consider venturing to neighboring Dawson Street, where a trifecta of booksellers — Eason, Hodges Figgis and Waterstones — all hold court.
For Irish-designed housewares and souvenirs, try Nassau Street opposite Trinity College. Trinity Sweaters and Kevin & Howlin are mere steps away from one another and carry Aran wool sweaters and Donegal tweeds, respectively. Several heraldry shops on the same row will have just about anything emblazoned with your family’s coat of arms, while Kilkenny is a one-stop shop for traditional gifts, Waterford crystal and china.
A more eclectic shopping experience can be found at the S. Great George’s Street Arcade. From vintage pinup-style clothing at Retro to traditional Indian clothes and jewelry, the arcade is teeming with stalls catering to every taste. Several delicious cafés and sweet shops line the walls with particular attention to natural, from-scratch sandwiches and treats.
A visit to Dublin would not be complete without a trip to the crowded Penneys on O’Connell Street, home of ridiculously low prices. Forgot to pack a bathing suit? Pick one up for a fiver. Mustard on your shirt? Get a new one for €2.50. For higher-end shopping, cross the street to Clery & Co., an Irish institution.
Honorable mention: If you’re willing to venture farther afield, take the Luas tram to the suburbs for one of the largest shopping centers in all of Europe. Dundrum Town Centre features more than 100 high-end retailers, 38 restaurants, a theatre, a cinema and even a nightclub.