From thriving high streets to historic emporiums, Dublin’s shopping hot spots are as varied and vibrant as the city itself. Whether you want to browse for bargains, purchase souvenirs, or experience Ireland’s answer to the super mall, here’s a rundown of your best shopping options in the Irish capital.
Despite its narrow and winding layout, Grafton Street is one of Dublin’s busiest shopping areas, with a history of world-famous buskers and pop cultural references that make it something of an icon itself. From coffee shops to department stores, high-street brands to luxury apparel, the pedestrianized street offers something for everyone.
George’s Street Arcade
As one of Europe’s oldest purpose-built shopping centers, this Victorian-era arcade provides a laid-back alternative to the buzz and bustle of Dublin’s major shopping precincts. Today, the red-brick building hosts around 50 independent retailers, selling everything from vintage clothes and souvenirs to fresh food and fortunes—opt for a guided experience to find your way with ease or to learn more about the historic building.
Set inside a Georgian-era townhouse, this specialty shopping center is best-known for its upscale antiques, fashion, jewelry, and home decor. The lavish interior is an attraction in itself, best admired over a full Irish breakfast in one of the charming on-site cafés.
Lined by independent eateries, design stores, and vintage outlets, Drury Street is a close contender for the title of Dublin’s trendiest street and a must-see for foodies and fashionistas alike. On this super-cool thoroughfare, you’ll also find Asia Market and the back entrance to George’s Street Arcade, making it an easy stop on a tour of the city’s off-the-beaten track attractions.
If modern shopping malls are your thing, County Dublin has plenty to keep you occupied, from the central St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre to Ireland’s largest complex, Dundrum Town Centre. But for first-time visitors, the Blanchardstown Centre, just outside the city limits, offers the widest choice, with 180 stores spread across three sections, plus a library, entertainment complex, theater, and cinema.