Traditionally, December 8th, the ‘Feast of the Immaculate Conception’ was the day when bargain hunters from all over Ireland descended on the big smoke to pick up their Christmas shopping. With the spread of better regional shopping centres, not to mention online shopping, the tradition is no longer as popular, but that doesn’t mean Dublin isn’t a great place to find quirky and uniquely Irish gifts. The following is Travel Edits’ pick of the best this year…
- Avoca Suffolk Street: Irish handmade goods, cute and quirky homeware, books and gifts and also a nice food department downstairs and restaurant upstairs.
- Fallon and Byrne Exchequer Street: Boutique–style supermarket/delicatessen, impressive range of imported international ingredients and products as well as local specialities. Perfect for Irish-themed gourmet hampers.
- Brown Thomas, Grafton Street: High End Retailer- check out The Marvel Room – very cool gift ideas. Also, See BT2 on Grafton Street – it’s the younger, slightly less expensive version of Brown Thomas.
- Arnotts, Henry Street: Department store with a slightly edgier range than Brown Thomas. Excellent cosmetics department and interesting fashion labels. Their recently added shoe garden is a real treat too.
- Kilkenny Nassau Street: Selection of Irish designed jewellery, homeware, clothing and artwork.
- Designist Georges St: Cool design pieces including art, kitchenware and lighting – all with an Irish influence.
- Article Powerscourt Town Centre, South William Street: Trendy and creative (mostly Irish –designed) homeware and gifts.
- Mr Simms Olde World Sweet Shoppe, Dame Street: Selection of retro sweet hampers and sweets displayed in glass jars like in olden times.
- Butler’s Irish Chocolate Café, Wicklow Street The home of Irish chocolate, hot chocolate and other tempting treats.
Where’s your favourite place to shop in Dublin at Christmas time? Leave a comment and share your tips!