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 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
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
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
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