Shopping in Dublin focuses on two distinct shopping areas in Ireland's capital, the south side centre with the shops in Grafton Street and Henry Street and O'Connell Street on the north side of Dublin.
The two areas are only a few minutes walking apart from each other, but the shopping areas are different. On the north side of the Liffey River you buy what you need, while you buy what you want in the shops in the south side.
Shops in Dublin are generally open from 9 AM to 6 PM Monday to Saturdays, on Sundays they open around noon and close at 5 or 6 PM. Late shopping until 8 PM is possible on Thursday evenings.
All shops and market stalls accept payment in cash. The currency in Ireland is the euro. Most shops also accept credit cards. Visitors from non- European Union countries can claim tax back on most items purchased.
Dublin is well-known for its literary history and was in 2010 named as UNESCO City of Literature. The Irish capital is only the fourth city of literature in the world and it joins the cities of Melbourne, Iowa City and Edinburgh.
You can find in Dublin numerous secondhand and new book shops, going from large stores like Waterstone's to specialized shops like Connoly Books.
You can find fashion shops and designer clothes in Grafton Street. You will also find big British chains in this street.
For trendy secondhand clothes you should check Temple Bar or Market Arcade, while people who like to knit should pay a visit to the knitwear shops in Nassau Street.
Music plays an important role in the life of the Dubliners. You will find a wide variety of music shops in the Irish capital. You will find chain stores like HMV and Virgin in Henry Street, Grafton Street and Aston Quay, but Dublin also offers a number of specialized shops where you can find traditional Irish music, indie, dance, English and Irish folk music and much more. Shops worth a visit are Claddagh records in Cope Street, Secret Book and Record Store in Wicklow Street, Comet Records in Cope Street and Beatfinder in Upper Fownes Street.
Dublin has several shopping centres. The Powerscourt Centre is worth a visit, not only for the shops, but also for the architecture. The biggest shopping centre is Jervis Centre on Mary Centre where you can find the big chains.
Besides a wide variety of big and small shops, Dublin also offers a number of markets that are worth a visit during your trip to Dublin. Dublin markets worth checking out are: The Market Arcade, Moore Street Market, Temple Bar Market and The Liberty Market.
In December you should visit The Docklands Christmas Market, which will be filled with brightly decorated wooden huts nd chalets selling an array of unique Christmas gifts.
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