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Designers, artisans and antique traders alike will tell you Dublin is renowned as a hub of creativity. And that extends to the wares you’ll find in shops all over the city. Tourists might make a beeline to the Irish capital’s two main drags, Grafton Street on the southside and Henry Street on the north. Both are filled with international high street chains and the all-encompassing Dunnes, Ireland’s budget department store. But moments away, there’s a host of independent shops, markets and commercial complexes that add to the Dublin experience just as much as its novel bars, contemporary restaurants and one-of-a-kind hotels.
With its abundance of fine raw materials – from Aran wool to reclaimed wood – and creatives who know how to fashion them into alluring forms, you’ll find that independently-made products rival the high-end designer brands (and there’s plenty of them here, too). For those with cash to flash, here’s the lowdown on where to go and what to buy.
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