Hi guys! Finally spring's here... goodbye cold and rainy days and welcome back sun! So take a break and be prepared... it's time for shopping! This month, for I love shopping around the world, I chose Dublin, the amazing capital of Irland. Oh, I love Dublin... it's really classic but also younf and full of fun. Wherever you look you can see the perfect combination of technology, innovation and tradition. I've been there few years ago my bff and I have great memories of the time spent there. But, now you know me well, a journey it's not a journey without a sane shopping session! And when it comes to shoppin, Dublin is the perfect place!
The main streets for shopping are Grafton St. and Parliament St., the best places where you can find the most classic irish products: from fabrics like tweed to garments like "ganseis" (sweater) of Aran Islands, to whiskey, totally different from the scottish one... But let's get serious. If you haven't budget issues than Grafton St. is your destination. This is the most famous area of Dublin, full of every kind of stores always more similar to London's streets. There and around you'll find the best of Dublin's shops for a five-stars shopping! Here, I suggest you stores like Ave Maria (38, Clarendon St.), is one of the most elegant boutiques of the city. There you'll find womenswear from the whole world... it's suggested to fashion addicted with a very, very large wallet; Barry Doyle Design Jewellers (30, George's Arcade), one of the most important jewellery of Dublin that sells amazing handmade jewels of every shapes and materials; Brown Thomas (88-95, Grafton St.), in this stores you will find anything you want! It's the most exclusive of the city with the most prestigious brands (like D&G and Gucci) and an ostentatius atmosphere of luxury; Costume 10 (10, Castle Market), this store is a true institution when it comes to style: the coolest trends from Europe and Japan for the most glamour addicted! Near there don't miss to check out Powerscourt Townhouse (South William St.), where you can find the most exclusive designers, jewellers and antiquarians. Upstairs there's Design Center that contains the best of irish fashion.
If your finances are more contained, theese stores are for you... Cleo (18, Kildare St.), is dedicated to all country style lovers: sweaters, skirts, scarves... everything in tweed. You will also find a great production of clothes made in natural fibers that come from knitting craft; Inish (11, Lord Edward St.), here you'll find celtic style jewels, scarves and costume jewelry with very small prices; Harlequin (13, Castle Market), if you love vintage this is the store for you. Their speciality? An amazing collection of bags; Office (7, Grafton St.), this is the store that I remeber better... you can consider it the temple of shoes of every type, color and style; Warehouse (37, Grafton St.), glamour, young and available it's perfect for youth. I suggest to pay particular attention to the amazing accessories.
Clearly you can't miss the amazing shopping malls scattered all over the city. There's Clery's & Co. (O' Connell St.), a great mall old style in a constant renovation to keep up with others; Marks&Spencer (Grafton St.), in this english mall you can basically buy everythin you want. Its reputation is know everywhere; Roches Stores (54-62, Henry St.), this the mall of youth. There you'll find all the youthful and low cost brands like Zara and The Pier; St. Stephen's Green Shopping Center, here you'll find any products of any brands. This place is so amazing to deserve a visit even just for the view from the rooftop; Arnott's (12, Herry St.), the irish answer to the english Harrod's, it's a true institution in Dublin.
And how not to mention the markets? They're so characteristic... there are Blackrock Market (Main St.), where you can find clothes and objects of every kind; Cow's Lane Market, great for vintage clothes but also crafts, photos and artworks; George's Street Arcade, this is the most eccentric market in the city. There you'll find almost everything: form exotic fruits to new age objects, from vintage clothes to tarot cards... perfect when outside rain cat and dogs!
|Cow's Lane Market|
|George's Street Market|
This journey is over... As always, I hope to be helpful.
I'll see you next time always around the world!