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Shopping and Eating in Dublin

Shopping in Dublin

Dublin is by no means a shopping paradise, although the selection is large and all international retail chains are represented. But you will find pretty much the same items here as at home, at the same prices or more expensive.

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The shopping streets are primarily Grafton Street and its side streets on the south side of the river, and O'Connell Street and Henry Street pedestrian north. Also take a look at Georges St Arc and Castle Market just west of Grafton Street, this is one of Dublin's best markets.

Shopping in Dublin

Shopping centers and designer shops in Dublin

Those who prefer shopping in shopping malls can head straight to St Stephen's Green Shopping Center, where you will find most of the clothing chains, supermarkets, sports shops and perfumery. The more exclusive designer stores are located at Brown Thomas in 92 Grafton Street, while the economically minded should visit Penney's in Mary Street or O'Connell Street.

Local products in Dublin

What you can get cheaper in Dublin than anywhere else in Europe, of course, is Irish-produced articles. The souvenir shops are full of both intricately decorated handicraft art with Celtic motifs and simple objects such as coffee mugs and hats in green, orange and white, often with the ubiquitous white flower clover thrown in for the sake of it.

White gold jewelery and rings with Celtic designs are popular (try Weirs, for example ), and of course the articles of the giants Guinness and Kilkenny sell very well. Ceramics and knitted sweaters can also be bargains in Dublin.

VAT refund in Dublin

Don't forget that you can get a refund of VAT at (at time of writing) 21% at the airport upon return, but be aware that not all stores have this scheme. Ask first if you are going to buy something expensive.

Eating in Dublin

As most have noted, Irish pubs seem to exist all over the world. It may seem that any town from Costa Rica to Vietnam has realized that if you call your pub The Shamrock or similar, paint the interior green, serve Guinness and have Irish folk on stage or speakers, then people settle down more, drink more and have fun.

Irish cuisine, on the other hand, has not been welcomed with equally open arms by the rest of the world. And traditionally, it's not the most exciting either.

The most famous Irish dish, which you will also find on the food menu of Irish pubs all over the world, is Irish stew. This is an easy-made dish consisting mainly of lamb, potatoes, parsley and onions. In some local varieties, Guinness, bell peppers or carrots are added. Other Irish dishes include a stew made of cabbage and bacon, and boxty, which is a traditional potato pancake.

But as the modern metropolis of Dublin has evolved to become, you will now find restaurants from all over the world. If you want to eat Chinese, French, Argentine, Indian, Thai or Danish, you will find it.

In Temple Bar you will find most restaurants in a small area, but in return it is relatively expensive. The areas around St Stephens Green and Grafton Street also have many and varied dining options, while on the north side of the river there are mostly fast food restaurants, pizzerias and kebab shops.

At lunch, most people will find something tempting on the menus of one of the many pubs, such as The Brazen Head, Dublin's oldest pub. The Brazen Head can be found at Bridge Streete Lower # 20.

If you would like to try out a traditional Irish dinner restaurant one evening, we can suggest Jacob's Ladder at 4 Nassau Street at Trinity College. This is an expensive but very good restaurant serving Irish food. A slightly less expensive option is Gallagher's Boxty House in Temple Bar 20, where you get all the classic Irish dishes in a lively setting.

 

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