Guide to Shopping in Dublin
No trip to Dublin is complete without spending a least a few hours at Grafton Street commercial area. With car rental in Dublin, visitors can easily connect from their hotel to Grafton Street, at which point they can park, disembark and set out on foot. There is plenty to see, do and most importantly purchase on this pedestrian avenue.
Grafton Street lies south of the River Liffey and runs from College Green to St Stephen’s Green. The street is named after the First Duke of Grafton, who once owned the land. Development began in the early 18th century, but the area’s commercialisation took hold later.
A dynamic mixture of music, food and shopping await Grafton Street’s visitors. Famous establishments include Bewleys Oriental Cafè and the Westmoreland Street cafè. This is also a buskers’ haven, street performers abound, ranging from mimes to musicians. Travellers may recognise a few of the Irish musicians who got their start on Grafton Street. Among them are Damien Rice and Glen Hansard.
The other commercial hub in Dublin is Henry Street. It runs from Liffey Street to the Spire of Dublin on O’Connell Street. It is home to more than 200 shops, ranging from major department stores to small independent operations. Buskers also frequent Henry Street.
Both Grafton and Henry streets have been pedestrianised since the 1980s. Having a hire car in Dublin is a must, but finding parking is important when visiting commercial walking districts like these.