Where to go shopping in Dublin

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  • Where to go shopping in Dublin

    A CREATIVE HUB OF SHOPS

    The clutch of independent galleries, antiques shops and restaurants in the Georgian Powerscourt Townhouse makes it a great place to start scoping out the Dublin scene. Inside the main door is The Garden, a theatrically designed florist owned by Ireland’s most sought-after floral designer, Mark Grehan, filled with potted cactuses and buckets of anemones set against vintage mirrors and historic portraits, as well as gifty incense sticks and rope-tied soaps. Pink-walled jeweller Chupi is known for its handmade pieces, from hammered-gold charms to salt-and-pepper diamond rings, and owner Chupi Sweetman offers video consultations for bespoke creations ahead of a visit. And sustainable fashion hero Atrium carries eco-minded labels such as Flamingos’ Life and Mara Hoffman alongside local discoveries Electronic Sheep and Natalie B Coleman.

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    Men’s Streetwear

    Along the pub-lined cobbled paths of Temple Bar, menswear store Indigo & Cloth is a hip little hangout. On the ground floor a stripped-back but serious café serves up flat whites and just-baked pastries, as well as selling unique bean blends and the tools of the coffee trade. The sparse showroom upstairs, with its raw-brick walls, polished-concrete floors and smart bike racks, houses a well-curated range of basics from brands such as Norse Projects, Sandqvist and Oliver Spencer, plus edits of unisex accessories, Aesop skincare and a decent selection of indie magazines.

    Address: Indigo & Cloth, 9 Essex Street E, Temple Bar, Dublin, DO2RW53, Ireland


    Website: indigoandcloth.com

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    Shops running workshops and creative classes

    The community-led Irish Design Shop showcases artisanal homeware created using both traditional and modern methods. A focus on collaborations with standalone makers results in shelves of hand-cut whiskey tumblers, willow skibs (a basket for straining potatoes) and chemical-free West Ireland sheepskins, which can all be shipped if they don’t fit in hand luggage. Cross the River Liffey to seek out the Smithfield studio of contemporary linen brand Jennifer Slattery (for colourfully stitched napkins) and Arran Street East, a pottery where ceramicists of all levels book in for throwing courses and workshops.

    Address: Irish Design Shop, 41 Drury Street, Dublin, Ireland; Jennifer Slattery, 74 Benburb Street, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland; Arran Street East, 1 Little Green Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 K744, Ireland


    Website: irishdesignshop.com; jenniferslattery.com; arranstreeteast.ie

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    The best bookshop

    A generations-old establishment sandwiched between the big-name stores and the museums, Ulysses Rare Books specialises in first, signed and collectible editions by Ireland’s finest writers past and present (and the best authors from around the world, too), including a rare copy of its namesake James Joyce title. Each one is sourced by brother and sister Aisling and David Cunningham, whose father Enda started the shop. The children’s section is a particular treat, with all kinds of illustrated magic by way of modern classics from Roald Dahl and heirloom gems – look out for a signed edition of Twenties storybook Irish Fairy Tales.

    Address: Ulysses Rare Books, 10 Duke Street, Dublin, Ireland


    Website: rarebooks.ie

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    Where to go for cool glasses

    A fixture on Dawson Street since 1993, Optica is where in-the-know spectacle wearers come to shop. There are designs from well-known names such as Theo, Thom Browne and Kuboraum, but its USP is the in-house collection, Wolfhound Eyewear. Each frame is named after a writer or poet and the colourways are inspired by the landscape with mist, moss, gorse, turf and, of course, stout.

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    Concept stores

    There’s a loud and colourful interior at buzzy concept store Hen’s Teeth – refreshing for a retail genre that sometimes takes itself too seriously. Championing contemporary graphic art and photography and projects between local artists, it peddles books and journals, plus a line of T-shirts, totes and sweatshirts – the staple uniform of creatives. Previously known as This Greedy Pig, the brand also organises events, performances and talks. Look out for the unscheduled supper club, which could involve a meet-and-eat with actor Joseph R Gannascoli, who played Vito in The Sopranos, or head to the in-store diner for wine and small plates in the evening.

    Address: Hen’s Teeth, Blackpitts, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, D08 A9FD, Ireland


    Website: hensteethstore.com

    Pictured: A brightly painted Dublin pub

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    High Fashion

    Havana boutique in Donnybrook is the go-to for upscale labels you won’t see anywhere else in the capital. In addition to cool-girl styles by Cecilie Bahnsen, Ulla Johnson and Dublin’s own Simone Rocha, it stocks beachy finds Kalita and Three Graces, and candles and fragrances by Timothy Han. For a more understated wardrobe, head to Scout, an earthy store on Essex Street West, where international brands such as Saltwater sandals and YMC are mixed in with independent natural skincare and chunky-knit cardigans from the Original Aran Company.


    Address: Havana, 2, Anglesea House, Donnybrook Rd, Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland; Scout, 5 Essex Street W, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland


    Website: havanaboutique.ie; scoutdublin.com

    Pictured: South William Street

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    The loveliest children’s shops

    At the entrance to Barn there’s the most beautiful selection of toys and books – the kind you don’t need to hide when visitors come over. Further inside are Nordic-style clothes made from organic fabrics in unisex designs, party supplies and quirky kids-room decor inspiration. It’s the little sister to Industry & Co across the street – also worth a peek for its contemporary glassware, slick kitchen gadgets and a café selling Irish-made chocolate and tea blends from Dublin’s Wall & Keogh.

    Pictured: Government Buildings

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    WHERE TO STAY

    Housed in what was once a ‘Home for Bewildered Women’, The Wilder has been thoughtfully refurbished to leave period details intact; they appear beside Maison Margiela potions in the bathrooms, House of Hackney wallpaper and contemporary Irish art. Settle in at its Tea & Gin bar for an afternoon pick-me-up.

    Address: The Wilder, 22 Adelaide Road, Saint Peter’s, Dublin 2, D02 ET61, Ireland


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    Local know-how

    ‘The beauty of Dublin is that you can walk to most of the galleries in one circuit – RHA is an incredible space, but also keep an eye out for the new wave of independent addresses such as Hang Tough.’

    ‘Try a croissandwich at Daddy’s, a café I recently designed the artwork for.’

    ‘I prefer a simple pub: The Long Hall, O’Donoghues, O’Brien’s. But if I’m out for a bit more craic, the atmosphere is as lively as the food at Ukiyo, Coppinger Row and 777.’

    ‘Ticknock trail is my favourite walk in the Dublin mountains – you’ll see the whole city from the top.’

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