Fancy a little retail therapy? Explore the Top Ten Best Shopping Destinations in Dublin recommended by The Castle Hotel, Dublin team.
The Spire on O’Connell Street marks the entrance to the one of the finest shopping high streets and districts in Europe, Dublin’s Henry Street. Henry Street and the adjacent streets such as Mary’s Street, Parnell Street, Moore Street, Liffey and Capel Street are favourites with Dubliners and international visitors.
Henry Street Shopping precinct boasts two excellent malls, the Ilac Centre and the Jervis Shopping Centre as well as luxury Department Store, Arnotts which opened in 1843. Well-known international big brands and stores stand side by side with Irish retailers such as Dunnes Stores and Pennys. Would you believe the world's first Primark Store, known in Ireland as Pennys, is on Mary Street, the extension of Henry Street?
Whether you are looking for a souvenir or that perfect gift for yourself, you’ll find just about everything. Shops range in size and sell everything from clothing, jewellery, shoes, homewares, food, gifts, electronics to gardening tools, stationary, books and toys.
You’ll stumble into a number of boutique shops and arcades too. If you find yourself peckish, there are plenty of small cafés, pubs, restaurants, kiosks and fast food restaurants You can find some great sandwiches, great coffee, crepes, sushi to grab on the go. Search out places on Bloom Lane and Capel Street for the perfect dish or cocktails after a day of shopping.
Street musicians known as buskers will delight and in the lead up to Christmas market stalls line Henry Street.
Open 7 days a week, with some stores open late on Thursday, and only a 5 minute walk from the Castle Hotel – this has to be our first recommendation for you.
Ilac Centre: Open from 8:30 am – 8pm (9pm on Thursday). Sunday 10am - 7pm.
Arnotts: Open from 10am - 7pm (8pm on Thursday). Sunday 11- 7pm
Jervis Shopping Centre: Open from 9am, closing time varies. Also open Sunday.
2) O'Connell Street - Souvenirs, Postcards and Books
Located 5 minutes from the Castle Hotel Dublin we recommend shopping on O’Connell Street. No self-respecting tourist leaves Dublin without buying a souvenir, (especially a Guinness related one), a great book or sending a postcard from Ireland’s most historically significant Post Office.
For a fantastic range of postcards and souvenirs, Carrolls Irish Gifts, have not one but two stores located on O’Connell Street where you can buy everything from knitwear, t-shirts, Guinness drink-ware, jewellery, chocolates, men’s accessories, Irish musical instruments, FAI merchandise and much more. Carrolls Irish Gifts stock locally produced skincare ranges and candles. Kit yourself out with their seasonal range of St Patrick’s Day hats, flags, t-shirts and accessories.
GPO Museum Witness History has a beautiful gift store located at Dublin’s General Post Office with a range of luxury souvenirs, collectables and gifts. We recommend you buy stamps within the grand GPO itself. Post any letters and postcards up to 6pm (3pm on Sunday) while soaking in the history.
If you love books, we recommend two stop off’s to while away the afternoon in Dublin. Chapters Bookstore, is slightly off O’Connell Street, located on Parnell Street. It’s Ireland’s largest Independent Bookstore with its second floor dedicated to second-hand books. With well over a million books in stock, their team are happy to rummage up a copy for you.
Founded in 1819, the Eason flagship store on O’Connell Street has a fantastic and extensive range of newspapers, magazines and popular books. You might even spot a celebrity author there as they regularly host book signings. A record store is also housed on their top floor.
3) St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
Dublin city centre’s largest shopping centre is a Mecca of shopping and architectural delight. Conveniently located at the top of Grafton Street and beside the beautiful Georgian Square and park, St Stephen’s Green we recommend this top shopping destination while in Dublin.
A favourite with Instagramers, your eye is immediately drawn upwards to the white arches, grand glass clock and glass façade when you walk in. Capture the perfect photo from one of the central walkways or the entrance staircase.
Another unusual and enjoyable aspect, is the chic art gallery located along the top floor. You can leisurely browse paintings from up and coming Irish artists. Open 7 days with late opening until 9pm on Thursdays you’ll also find a variety of restaurants, buffets and cafés to suit all tastes.
Open Daily from 9am – 7pm
Open till 9pm on Thursdays
4) Powerscourt Centre
This hidden gem is quite a find. Located on South William Street, off Grafton Street and 22 minute walk from the Castle Hotel, Dublin. Deceptive from the front, Powerscourt Centre opens up into a bright contemporary and chic speciality shopping centre with 40 shops. Originally a grand Georgian townhouse owned by Richard Wingfield, 3rd Viscount Powerscourt in the 1770's (His country house is located in Enniskerry Co. Wicklow).
The stunning architecture and decorative artwork is still very present throughout the entire building. The centre square is dedicated to seating for the cafes and bistros throughout the centre. There are also two terraced cafes within the complex.
The specialised boutiques offer an intimate setting for their shoppers to browse the couture fashion, beauty, jewellery, Irish design arts and crafts, ornate antiques, interiors and bridal wear.
One of Ireland’s leading jewellers, C M Weldon, has an exclusive diamond shop, a must-see for the jewellery enthusiast. Chupi, the multi-award winning Irish jewellery brand can be found at the Atrium.
Although mostly dedicated to high-end retail, Powerscourt Centre offers something for every price range. Even if it is just to admire the décor and ambience, this centre is well worth the visit.
Open Daily 11am – 5pm
Open Sundays from 12 - 5pm
5) Georges Street Arcade
Georges Street Arcade is situated in what was once Dublin’s first purpose built Victorian South City Market in 1881. Today it has a vibrant mix of vendors, stalls, boutiques, eateries and a strong sense of community. It embodies that Old Dublin charm and street food culture. In the same arcade you can find the perfect book, have a tarot card reading, pierce your ears, repair a watch and bite into a Falafel.
Located a 22 minute walk from the Castle Hotel or 15 minutes by bus, Georges Street Arcade not only has a great food to try but is also surrounded by the city’s finest restaurants and cafés along the Georges Street, Wexford Street, Camden Street axis (R114).
If you are looking for unusual souvenirs, artwork or quirky gifts you’ll find them here or even at Designist, just across the road from the arcade.
Open 10am – 6pm (Sunday 12 – 6pm)
6) Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
Further into the suburbs of Dublin is the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Originally opened in 1996, it was hugely extended in 2004 to accommodate some of the largest giants in retail. With over 180 stores and 7000 car parking spaces it is now Ireland’s Largest Shopping Centre. About 20 minutes outside the City Centre, it is well worth the visit and there are excellent transport links to and from the complex.
The centre has the most impressive range of shops, restaurants, entertainment and amenities available. There is nothing you could want for at this award-winning hub of shopping, leisure and socializing.
The family will thoroughly enjoy their time at the centre whether it is a shopping trip, watching the latest blockbuster movie in the 9-screen cinema, bowling or gaming in the modern leisureplex centre, dining and snacking in one of over 20 restaurants/cafes/bars or even taking in a show in the Draiocht performance theatre.
The centre is bright, spacious and enjoyable to walk around. The main shopping area is in the main building and this is then located adjacent to the three extensive retail parks. The Main Superstores in the complex are Dunnes Stores, Penneys and Marks &Spencers. It is also home to Ireland’s largest TK Maxx, Lifestyle Sports and 53 Degrees North.
Open Daily 9.00am-9.00pm
Open Weekends till 7.00pm
7) Grafton Street and Environs
On the doorsteps of Trinity College Dublin you’ll find a fantastic selection of shops, pubs, bars and restaurants along pedestrianised Grafton Street and Nassau Street and stretching off along all the side streets including Suffolk Street, Wicklow Street, St Anne’s Street and Dawson Street.
Look out for luxury fashion, beauty, jewellery, interiors and more at Avoca, Kilkenny Design, Brown Thomas, Decent Cigar Emporium, Celtic Whiskey Shop, Weir & Sons Jewellery and the famous Molly Malone and Phil Lynott Statues.
Bringing Grafton street alive are the many buskers, mime artists, performers and the flower sellers you’ll see throughout a day of shopping as you weave in and out of boutique and department stores. Take a moment to look up at the store facades, with a mix of buildings dating back over 170 years.
You may have heard Grafton Street mentioned in songs by The Script, Dido, Ed Sheeran or watched the story of love and busking in Academy Award winning movie “Once”. Now is your time to visit.
Open Daily - Check individual Stores for Opening Hours.
8) Dundrum Shopping Centre
One of Ireland’s largest and most exclusive shopping and entertainment centres, Dundrum Town Centre is one of the newest, most current and centralised shopping venues in all of Europe. Built from the ground up and opened in 2005, it has four floors, 80,000 sq metres of floor space and 3400+ car parking spaces. There are excellent transport links to and from the city centre to the centre. The Luas Green Line (Dublin’s Tram Line), takes you from the City Centre and leaves you just 2 minutes’ walk to the complex.
It is home to some extremely large and worldwide known stores such as H&M, House of Fraser, Harvey Nicholls, Gap and Hollister Co to name but a few.
This is a chic and trendy shopping hub of socializing, entertainment and relaxation. There are an abundance of boutiques, large well-known high fashion stores, clothing emporiums, over 40 restaurants, bistros and cafes, a creative 200-seat theatre and a cinema complex.
Dundrum Town Centre is split into 3 Districts. The Gallery, which is located in the main body of the centre, Dundrum South, which is located in the southern end of the centre and then Pembroke, which is located just past the Mill Pond.
With so much to see and experience, there is something for the whole family.
Open Weekdays 9.00am-9.00pm
Open Saturday 9.00am – 7.00pm | Sunday 10am - 7pm
9) Omni-Park Shopping Centre
One of the lesser known shopping centres with the tourists, the Omni-Park Shopping Centre is another of Dublin’s major shopping complexes and is located just 15 minutes outside the City Centre in Santry. It consists of two floors of shopping and over 70 stores to choose from. It has over 1500 car parking spaces spread over two ground level car parks and one underground facility.
Other than the main shopping mall, it has a Retail Park style surrounding which houses a large Argos Extra, Petstore and Boots. The complex homes anchor tenants Tesco and Penneys. There are also a number of boutiques and clothing stores such as New Look, Jack and Jones, Vero Moda and Tempest to name a few.
There are various cafes and sandwich bistros throughout the indoor complex such as Zumo, Costa Coffee and Subway, and then there are also sit down restaurants with table service available along the retail boardwalk such as Eddie Rockets, Chief Changs and Zao. They also sport a large drive-thru MacDonald’s at the car park entrance. You can also catch one of the latest blockbusters in the Omniplex. This is the 11 screen cinema that can seat up to 2200 people, which is situated in the retail park.
Open Mon, Tue and Sat
9am – 6pm
Open Wed, Thurs and Fri
9am – 9pm
12 midday – 6pm
10) Pavillions Shopping Centre
On the outskirts of Dublin lies one of our most enjoyable shopping centre experiences. The Pavillions Shopping Centre is located in the north of Dublin in Swords (just a mile passed the airport). It is a bright and airy complex which offers an excellent flow of shops and eateries throughout. The anchor tenants in this mall are Dunnes Stores, Penneys, Superquinn, H&M, Next, Early Learning Centre and Easons.
The Penneys, and Dunnes Stores are exceptionally large and well stocked. The many other boutiques throughout the complex offer the latest chic fashion ranges with up to date décor and very helpful staff. There are a number of enjoyable bistros and cafes which allow the ardent shopper to take the weight off their feet and give them a chance to watch the world pass by while enjoying a meal or light refreshment.
There are plenty of clothing styles to choose from, also there are a number of electronic stores, music stores, toy stores, gift shops, jewellers, etc. to delight all tastes and ages. For those who enjoy being pampered, there are also a few hair salons, nail bars and beauticians to visit.
For the movie-goer there is the very comfortable and modern 11 screen cinema with all the newest movies to watch.
There are excellent car parking facilities on offer with nearly 2000 spaces and a money saving offer with the first 2 hours free.
Mon–Fri: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Sat: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Sun: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Special Mention goes to the many shops at our museums and galleries throughout the city. There are also a range of outdoor markets held within the city centre or parks in the suburbs and villages in Co. Dublin such as Howth Market.