Shopping in Dublin

People shopping on Grafton Street

Luke McLeod | Last Updated 26/09/2023 | 7 Minute Read 

Grafton Street

Grafton Street 

One of Dublin’s most famous areas, Grafton Street is home to a lot of Dublin’s designer stores. With lots of side streets, and a shopping centre just off it. It is fair to say that when people talk about Grafton Street, they mean the area rather than just the one road.  

Brown Thomas, Grafton Street 

Undoubtedly one of the more well-known stores on the street, Brown Thomas is a luxury department store that opened in 1848. Offering designer brands, cosmetics, boutiques, dining rooms and high-end coffee. The store is home to a fabulous seasonal store, with Halloween and Christmas feeling extra special in this Grafton Street Shop.  

Peter Mark, Grafton Street 

If you’re staying in one of our Boutique Rooms before a big occasion, then a visit to Peter Marks salon is a wonderful experience. Open seven days a week, the Peter Mark hair salon is just a short walk down Grafton Street from the hotel.  

Grafton Barbers 

Rather going to a Barbers? The Grafton Barbers is a long running family business with several locations across the city. Stop by for a haircut and beard trim and have a beverage while you wait.  

Zara, Grafton Street 

Dublin's Zara is a fashionista's dream come true. The shop supplies a wide range of fashionable and trendy apparel, shoes, and accessories to suit different tastes and preferences. Next to H&M, another excellent clothing store where you can find similar styled items.  

River Island 

Another of Grafton Streets long standing retailers, River Island has traded for over 60 years. Offering new fashion each week, the store commits to responsible sourcing their fashion pieces.  

Weir & Son’s 

A long standing jewellers stand at the bottom of Grafton Street. Weir & Sons is in its 5th generation of family and is one of the most well-known retailers. Specialising in watches, jewellery & more. Other sections of the store include the Silver and Leather department, the Fashion Room, their China and Glass department, and Antique department.  

Restaurants Near Grafton Street

Shopping on one of Dublin’s largest shopping streets can be a long day. There are lots of restaurants to choose form for a quick bite.

Shop and Stay at the Arthaus Hotel

Take the stress out of travelling and stay in Dublin’s Shopping District, just seconds form one of Ireland’s most well-known parks.  

Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in one of our boutique rooms in the heart of Dublin. Inspired by the best of the Bauhaus Art Movement our stylish and creative rooms are the perfect touch of luxury to begin your Dublin journey. 

Our artwork in the Boutique rooms features works inspired by the Bauhaus teacher Wassily Kandinsky, often hailed as the pioneer of abstract art. In his own words, ‘’Colour is a power which directly influences the soul. 

Stay two nights at the Arthaus Hotel and get €20 off per night.  

Buskers on Grafton Street

While you may be in the heart of Dublin’s shopping district, you aren’t far from some of Ireland’s hidden talents. The Buskers have become one of the area’s attractions. They help to bring Grafton Street to life and ensure that music and cheer fill the air.  

Some well-known musicians have found fame from busking on Dublin’s shopping streets. Such musicians include Rodrigo y Gabriela, Glen Hansard, Bono, KeyWest and Damien Rice, just to name a few. 

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

Located at the south end of Grafton Street and beside St. Stephen’s Green Park, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre offers a sanctuary for shopping enthusiasts.  

It's beautiful interiors combined with its shops, offering anything from clothing, accessories and food to exceptional items like Irish Knitwear supply a unique and relaxed shopping experience. This shopping centre has something for everyone.  

There are always new openings in the centre, with seasonal stores opening in one of the centre’s pop up units. So, you’re in for a treat next time you check out Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.  

Art lovers will find the Green Gallery on the top floor especially intriguing.   

George’s Street Arcade

The Arcade is Ireland’s first purpose-built shopping centre. It also boasts being Europe’s oldest city market. The city centre crafts & arts indoor market stands out with Its Victorian style red-bricked walls. Found between Drury st and Georges st, the arcade is less than 400m from the Arthaus hotel.  

There are several shops, independent boutiques and stalls selling a variety of items of arts, fashion, food and even a fortune teller tent. Some notable but not all businesses are listed below.  

  • 3 Accessories (fun, nerd, costume),
  • Doni Doni (crafts from Mali & West Africa)
  • Heads up (hat shop)
  • Lir Coins (World coins, notes and medals)
  • Loose Canon (Cheese and Wines)
  • Maktus (alternative gifts & souvenirs)
  • Rare (Asian, nerd, comics, K-Pop accessories)
  • Retro (Vintage clothing)
  • Seeking Judy (alternative clothing shop)
  • Spin Dizzy (Record shop)
  • Unique (crafts and design)
  • Stokes Bookshop
  • Tarot Reading by Keith Kavanagh
  • Watch Sales (Old watches and collectables)
  • Zaatar (wood fired manakeesh pizza)

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Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

The townhouse was just that in 1774, when the 3rd Viscount Powerscourt and his wife Lady Amelia moved into it. Their country house is the well-known Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow. Over the years the Georgian house just off Grafton Street has become a centre for shopping, arts and partying.  

It houses some of the best Arts & Crafts, Antiques and Irish Design Shops. Mixing these unique home brands with exciting international brands like All Saints and French Connection. There is no surprise as to why shoppers of all ages like to visit the townhouse.  

Tired of shopping? Enjoy a beauty treatment in one of the salons all catered for in this historic shopping centre. 

Henry Street

Shopping in Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Henry Street, one of Dublin’s most loved shopping destinations.  

While not on the south side of the Liffey, Henry St has long been known as a must stop on your shopping trip to Dublin.  

This bustling street boasts names like Arnotts, Ireland’s oldest and largest department store and houses two shopping centres Ilac and Jervis. This shopping paradise filled with your favourite high street fashion outlets is for sure the place to shop till you drop.  

The Wrap Up

When you are shopping in Dublin it will always start with a visit to Grafton Street, and why should it not? Dublin’s premier shopping street has all that you need from the latest styles, footwear, kid’s toys, designer fashion and so much more.  

You can stop along the way in one of many restaurants, sip on coffee in Bewley's, grab a drink in Lost Lane or simple stand still in time and be mesmerised by Ireland’s best buskers on Grafton Street.  

Whatever way you spend your day shopping in Dublin, you can come back and get refreshed in the Arthaus hotel, a boutique hotel on Stephen’s Green. Wake up relaxed and enjoy breakfast in Lazslo’s restaurant before checking out the best tourist attractions in Dublin.  

About the Author 

Luke McLeod is the Arthaus Hotel’s travel and culture editor. Hand-picking must-see experiences, venues, places to eat in and much more for you to enjoy on your next holiday in Ireland.