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The 11 best places to go shopping in Dublin

Find the perfect souvenir at the best places to go shopping in Dublin, from indie boutiques to markets to malls

Written by
Shilpa Ganatra
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You’ll never run out of things to do in Dublin. Every street here tells a story, lined with bustling pubs, bars, live music and more. But when you fancy a break from all that enjoying yourself, how about enjoying yourself a little more?

Dublin’s streets are full of opportunities for splashing the cash, and creativity tends to be king. Shopping here doubles up as a sightseeing adventure, where you can stroll through everything from indie boutiques to high-end names, while getting a glimpse of the city neighbourhoods and markets. Here are the best shopping spots in Dublin right now. 

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This guide was written by Shilpa Ganatra, a writer based in Dublin. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

Best places to go shopping in Dublin

It’s not only the well-maintained Victorian-era building that’s impressive – inside this city-centre arcade, a host of regularly changing stalls and shops offer plenty to keep the credit card busy. For all sorts of quirky gifts, the standout store must be Abode. Elsewhere, there’s a tarot reader for all your prediction needs, and if you need a break, the no-frills café Simon’s Place is a proper institution.

Hodges Figgis is Ireland’s oldest bookshop. Founded in 1768, it has since evolved into an expansive four-floor literary utopia (now under the stewardship of Waterstones). It’s stacked full of academic books, partly because of its location opposite Trinity College, but the renowned Irish section covers photography, travel, nature, folklore, cookery and literature, too. There’s a sizeable bestsellers section, and it hosts regular events with visiting authors.

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The streets of the Liberties overflow with history, and Liberty Market is a microcosm of all that. Inside, stallholders sell everything from toys to trainers, make-up to meat – just as they have done for decades. Locals jest with each other, adding to the market’s atmospheric buzz. The quality might not always be top-notch, but it’s cheap and extremely cheerful.

On Saturdays, Cow’s Lane transforms from a spacious pedestrianised thoroughfare bordered by offbeat stores like the Gutter Bookshop and Find, full of art and design knick-knacks, into a busy design market. On the quieter west end of Temple Bar, you’ll find embroidered pictures, hand-forged jewellery, bog-oak ornaments and other neat potential souvenirs (or gifts). Here, more than anywhere else, you get the sense you’re supporting local craftspeople – as often they’re the ones selling the goods, too. Win-win.

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The relaxed fishing village of Howth is a popular day trip, and this small weekend market only adds to its charm. Much of the area is given over to food trucks, so it’s a handy place to stop and refuel before tackling the Howth Head coastal walk. But you’ll also find stalls brimming with foodie gifts – homemade jams, juices and oils – plus handicrafts, jewellery, art and lotions. It gets busy at peak times on sunny days, so be prepared to jostle for space.

This Georgian townhouse-turned-quirky shopping mall is lined with excellent high-end boutiques, specialising in everything from plants to pendants. In the atrium, you’ll find three levels of winning stores like Article (for sophisticated homeware) and MoMuse (for minimalist jewellery). On the top floor, Atrium showcases an ever-changing mix of Irish and international sustainable designers. It’s also home to Chupi, a much-revered handmade jewellery brand.

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Famed for their Irish homeware and food, the multi-storey Suffolk Street branch of Avoca is crammed with all manner of (quite pricey) products with a modern country aesthetic – think pastel blues and pinks and stylish floral prints. Avoca’s range extends to candles, soaps, bohemian-tinged clothing – and some eye-catching blankets.

Opened in 1849, Brown Thomas is the chicest department store in Ireland and the first port of call for Prada, Gucci and Chanel fiends. Make your way past the uniformed attendants greeting customers on Grafton Street, and spread across four floors, you’ll find a designer jewellery, homeware and clothing paradise. There’s a restaurant and café, an extensive lingerie section, and a make-up bar for those readying themselves for a night out.

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Bringing together Irish and international makers, Designist offers a decent selection of refined gifts that give equal primacy to form and function. They’re strong on baby presents, stylish kitchenware, and Dublin-related art and books. Their cards are designed by Irish illustrators, so blow-ins might not get all the references, especially when they’re in Gaelic, but that makes them all the more fun to riffle through.

Ideal for rainy days, Dundrum Shopping Centre is the largest mall in Ireland. It’s mostly filled with international chains, so expect to amble past Hollister, Harvey Nicks, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, H&M and Penneys (aka Primark). All the usual extras are here; bars and restaurants, a playground and crèche for kids, and a 12-screen cinema complex that often hosts preview screenings. It’s south of the city but easily accessible by tram.

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Drury Street
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11. Drury Street

Parallel to Grafton Street, you’ll find a cluster of independent shops packed with high-quality products you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Drury Street is home to Om Diva, your first stop for contemporary Irish design and vintage fashion for women, and Industry & Co, which sells plush homeware and furniture. Its next-door neighbour, Irish Design Shop, is also decent for gifts, and Carousel, on the corner, is where to find cute dresses and accessories. Don’t miss Jenny Vander, a glamorous vintage clothing store, and Fresh Cuts if you’re into your ethical fashion.

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