Dublin in detail

Shopping

If it's made in Ireland – or pretty much anywhere else – you can find it in Dublin. Grafton St is home to a range of largely British-owned high-street chain stores; you'll find the best local boutiques in the surrounding streets. On the north side, pedestrianised Henry St has international chain stores, as well as Dublin's best department store, Arnott's.

Traditional Irish Products

Traditional Irish products such as crystal and knitwear remain popular choices, and you can increasingly find innovative modern takes on the classics. But steer clear of the mass-produced junk whose joke value isn't worth the hassle of carting it home on the plane: trust us, there's no such thing as a genuine shillelagh (Irish fighting stick) for sale anywhere in town.

Fashion

Men’s bespoke tailoring is rather thin on the ground. Designers have tried to instil a sense of classical style in the Dublin male, but the species doesn’t seem too interested – any pressed shirt and leather shoe seems to suffice.

There's a burgeoning vintage-shopping scene, with a number of shops in Temple Bar well worth a rummage, and well-curated stalls in the city's various markets, too.

At the other end of the fashion spectrum, you’ll find all the knit and tweed you want at Avoca Handweavers.

Markets

In recent years Dublin has gone gaga for markets, but the fluctuating rental crisis has seen many of them pushed from location to location, which means it can be hard to keep track of what's happening where. The best now happen in static businesses, such as at Lucky's or the George.

Shopping Centres

Dublin offers a handful of 'under the one roof' shopping experiences. North of the Liffey, the Jervis Centre has a handful of high-street shops, as does the St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre south of the Liffey. The beautiful Powerscourt Townhouse is home to a selection of independent boutiques, but by far the biggest centre of them all is the Dundrum Town Centre in the southern suburb of Dundrum, home to more than 100 stores.

Need to Know

Opening Hours

  • 9.30am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • 9.30am to 8pm Thursday
  • Noon to 6pm Sunday

Duty Free

Non-EU residents are entitled to claim VAT (value-added tax) on goods (except books, children's clothing or educational items) purchased in stores operating the Cashback or Taxback return programme. Fill in a voucher at your last point of exit from the EU to arrange refund of duty paid.