Top 10 Shopping destinations in Dublin

Fancy a little retail therapy? Here are our Top Ten Shopping Destinations.

1) Ilac Shopping Centre

Located just a 5-minute walk from The Castle Hotel, this Shopping centre is packed full of shopping and dining opportunities and so, you are bound to find what you are looking for. Shops range from Clothing, Jewellery and Shoes, to Home Wares, Ornaments and Electronics. The two large main department stores are Debenhams and Dunnes Stores. They are then surrounded with an array of smaller boutique shops.

The centre has a good blend of affordable and designer labels. If you find yourself peckish, you can pick up a sandwich and cup of coffee in O’Brien’s or the Bagel Bar, or even some fast food in MacDonald’s or Burger King.

As another point of interest, the centre also houses one of the city centre’s quaint libraries, it is the perfect place of serenity to unwind away from the hustle and bustle with a good book.

One of the Centre’s main entrances opens onto Henry Street, which makes it a great base and starting point for an enjoyable shopping day.

Open Daily from 9am – 6.30pm

Open till 8pm on Thursdays

2) Jervis Street Shopping Centre

Also located on Henry Street, the Jervis Street Shopping Centre is a modern sophisticated hub of shopping.

A huge variety of shops and eateries will keep you on your toes. The large centre oval has an array of small boutique, ice cream and sweet stalls.

There are large designer clothes outlets for the shopaholic, arts/crafts and hobby shops for the art enthusiast, electronic and music shops for the music/gadget lover, bookstores for the avid readers, ice cream, sweet and chocolate shops for the sweet tooth and for everyone else there are general supermarkets, department stores and much much more.

The Main Department Store, Marks and Spencers, offers the keen shopper 3 floors of shopping heaven.

The decorative glass elevators, spiral staircase and 2 escalators conveniently bring shoppers through 2 floors of shopping, 1 floor dedicated to a food hall and the many floors of car parking.

Open Daily from 9am – 6.30pm

Open till 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays

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, you will be amazed by the beautiful layout and impressive architecture that is evident throughout. Walking in, your eyes are immediately drawn upwards to the white arches, glass façade and grand glass clock dominating the centre platforms.

There is an array of foliage and plants dotted around the 4 levels of shopping heaven, which give a fresh uplifting ambience to the walkways.

Where do you begin with over 100 outlets to choose from? Well, the extremely helpful interactive store directory should be your first port of call. The options are endless, other than the abundance of clothing boutiques the centre is well known to tourists for gift ideas. There is everything from high-end fashion and designer wear to authentic Irish produced clothing, antiquities, and giftware.

Another unusual and enjoyable aspect of the centre is the chic Art Gallery located along the top floor. You can leisurely browse the hundreds of paintings from our up and coming artists. Then, if one takes your fancy, you can purchase it first-hand.

After an exhilarating day of shopping, you can take your pick of one of the many coffee shops, sandwich bars or buffets to rest and pick up a bite to eat.

Open Daily from 9am – 7pm

Open till 9pm on Thursdays

4) Powerscourt Shopping Centre

This hidden gem is quite a find. Deceptive from the front, it opens up into a bright contemporary and chic speciality shopping centre. Originally a grand Georgian House built in the 1700’s and owned by Richard Wingfield 3rd Viscount Powerscourt.

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, ornate antiques, bridal wear and jewellery.

One of Ireland’s leading jewellers, Appelbys, has an exclusive diamond shop within the east wing of the complex, a must-see for the jewellery enthusiast.

The Centre, although being mostly dedicated to high-end retail, 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 10am –6.00pm

Open Sundays from 12 midday

5) 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 leisure plex 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, Debenhams 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

6) Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

Another of Dublin’s largest Shopping Centres is the renowned Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. About 30 minutes drive away from the City Centre, the centre is extremely family and disabled friendly as nearly the entire shopping experience is accessible on the one floor. Opened in 1998, it is home to Ireland’s largest and busiest Cinema, The Vue Cinema. With 14 Cinemas and 3804 seats, the cinema offers one of the best viewing experiences for all the latest blockbusters. With a dedicated VIP section in all of the main theatres it is always first to use the latest and greatest in Cinema technology.

You will be spoiled for choice with the extensive range of shops and boutiques and also a wide range of eatery options. Whether it is grabbing something quick from one of many kiosks throughout the mall or sitting down in the centre food court and choose from the fast food outlets or sandwich bars/cafes. If you would prefer a table service that is also available in one of the four mainstream restaurants located at the front entrance.

Along with the huge range of in house stores, there is also a large retail park attached to the centre. It homes massive warehouse style stores including PC World, Currys, Argos and B&Q to name a few. There is also free parking in abundance around throughout the centre’s surrounding complex.

Although there are no food supermarkets in the complex, it is home to Ireland’s largest Marks and Spencers, Boots, Dunnes Stores and Next which are currently the anchor tenants. An extremely enjoyable and interesting shopping experience overall.

Open Daily 9.00am – 7.00pm

Open till 9.00pm Wed - Fri

Open from 11.00am on Sundays

7)  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 chic and trendy shopping Mecca is a 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.

It has 160 stores all together with the anchor store being House of Fraser (the only one in southern Ireland). The 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 Weekends 9.00am – 7.00pm

8) 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

Open Sunday

12 midday – 6pm

9) 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, while the Superquinn offers an upmarket food shopping experience. 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.

Opening hours:

Mon–Fri: 9.00am – 8.00pm

Sat: 9.00am – 6.00pm

Sun: 10.00am – 6.00pm

10) The Square Shopping Centre

The Square is one on the largest and also one of the oldest running centres in Dublin. For quite a while it was the largest in Dublin until rival centres in Blanchardstown and Liffey Valley opened up. The Complex is spread over 3 floors with huge floor space and over 120 stores to visit. The various shops include clothing, sportswear, home furnishings, shoes, jewellery, music and electronics. The anchor tenants in The Square are Tesco, Debenhams, Dunnes Stores, HMV and River Island. The Debenhams is very large and has a range of subsidiary brand stores within it such as Jane Norman, Vera Moda, Miss Selfridge and Red Herring. They then also stock a range of designer names such as Fred Perry, Calvin Klein, Julien MacDonald, Jasper Conran and John Rocha to name a few.

The centre is serviced by a number of busses that come from the City Centre and also the neighbouring suburbs. It is also the final stop on the Luas (tram) Line from the city centre. There is ample car parking around the complex and is extremely good value as it is free for 2 hours if you are shopping and 5 hours if you are going to see a film.

The impressive cinema has 13 screens to catch up on the latest movies and is open 7 days a week from 12 Midday – 12 Midnight. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and fast food eateries to choose from. Or if you are looking for something on the go you can visit one of the food, sweet or ice-cream stalls that are dotted throughout the mall.

Opening Hours

Mon, Tues and Sat: 9am-6pm

Wed, Thurs and Fri: 9am – 9pm

Sun: 12midday – 6pm

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