There are an almost endless number of places to go shopping in Dublin.
Regardless of whether you’re after a cheap pair of runners or some very pricey designer gear, there are shops in Dublin that appeal to every budget.
From upmarket shopping centres in County Dublin, like Dundrum Town Centre and Powerscourt to more everyday locations, like Liffey Valley, there’s something that’ll appeal to most shoppers.
In the guide below, you’ll discover where to find the best shops in Dublin, with a mix of quirky, fancy and run-of-the-mill shopping hubs.
Popular spots to hit the shops in Dublin
The first section of our guide looks at the most popular places to go shopping in Dublin. These are places where you’ll find endless shops to mosey around.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from The Pavillions and Liffey Valley Shopping Centre to Grafton Street and more.
1. Grafton Street
Grafton Street is situated in the centre of Dublin, between St Stephen’s Green Park and Trinity College. Enjoy your day of shopping in the centre of Dublin while admiring the beautiful architecture of the ancient buildings surrounding you!
In this large pedestrian street, you will find some of the most popular fashion brands, such as Benetton, Victoria Secret, Foot Locker and Swarovski.
If you’re hungry you can also stop and grab a bite to eat in one of Grafton Street’s fast-food chains such as Mc Donald’s or Burger King.
2. Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
Situated in Fonthill Road, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is one of the larger shopping centres in Dublin where you can shop till your heart’s content.
Here you will find brands such as Stradivarius, H&M and Bershka. While you spend your time choosing the perfect outfit for your next event!
You can even have a nice dinner here choosing between the huge selections of restaurants such as Zizzi or Philliez Kitchen. There’s a cinema on-site, too.
3. Henry Street
You’ll find Henry Street just off O’Connell Street, on the north of the city. Here, you’ll find several shopping centres (the Ilac Shopping Centre and the Jervis) and heaps of other shops.
From Zara and Pull and Bear to American Eagle, Boots and an endless number of places selling everything from designer gear to sportswear, there’s plenty of places to have a nosey around on Henry Street.
4. Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
The Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, situated in the periphery of Dublin, on Blanchardstown Road, is a huge shopping centre where you will find everything you need from the top fashion brands to restaurants, a cinema and more!
Big brands such as Penneys, Ann Summers, Bershka, BT2, and Clarks are all situated here. Blanchardstown Centre also has a vast selection of restaurants and cafes where you will be able to take a little break from your shopping.
5. The Pavillions Swords
The Pavillions, situated on the Malahide Road in Swords, is around a 30-minute drive from the centre of Dublin. This shopping centre is particularly interested in sustainability and aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Here you will find shops such as Claire’s accessories, Flying Tiger, Zara, H&M and Pandora. The Pavillions also features a great selection of cafes and restaurants such as Starbucks, Gino’s Gelato and Freshly Chopped.
Where to find the fancier clothes shops Dublin has to offer
The second section of our guide to finding the best shops in Dublin takes a look at where to go if you’d like to splurge on a luxury purchase.
Below, you’ll find places to go shopping in Dublin where you can pick up the latest and greatest designer threads, tech and home-wear.
1. Dundrum Town Centre
Dundrum Town Centre is situated in the south of Dublin in Sandyford Road. It’s open every day from 9 am to 9 pm except on Sunday when it opens at 10 am and closes at 7 pm.
Here you can leave your kids in capable hands in the Dundrum Town Centre Crèche while you enjoy your shopping.
Dundrum Town Centre is home to some of the most luxurious brands such as Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Massimo Dutti.
If you need a new pair of shoes try Timberland or Vans while if you’re looking for some jewellery, go to Pandora or Accessorize for a more accessible price.
2. Brown Thomas
Brown Thomas on Grafton Street is one of the most popular destinations for high-end shopping in Dublin City Centre.
Here you will find everything from beauty, fashion and even tech products. Some of the beauty products feature brands including Giorgio Armani, Dior and Chanel.
You can even book a beauty consultation online as well as an in-store appointment with a personal shopping consultant. In the clothes section, you will also find luxurious fashion brands such as Dolce and Gabbana, Prada and Victoria Beckham.
3. Powerscourt Centre
Powerscourt Centre on South William Street is one of the more unique places to go shopping in Dublin. It opens every day at 11 am and closes at 5 pm, except on Sunday when the opening time is at 12 am.
This centre is situated in an ancient Georgian house designed by Robert Mack where the rococo and the neoclassical style perfectly blend together.
Enjoy an afternoon of shopping while admiring the beautiful interiors of this luxurious house! Powerscourt Centre is home to several fashion brands such as French Connection, Genius and Kennedy & McSharry.
Arnotts is a department store on 12 Henry Street, in the centre of Dublin. It opened more than a hundred years ago in 1843 and you can currently visit it every day from 10 am to 7 pm except on the weekends when different opening hours apply.
Here you will find products from brands such as Calvin Klein, Max Mara, Dolce & Gabbana, Dr Martens, Armani, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
But this is not only a fashion shop! Arnotts also features a vast selection of home and electrical products as well as furniture and toys for kids.
Quirky places to go shopping in Dublin
Now that we have some of the more popular spots to find great shops in Dublin, it’s time to look at the capital’s funkier shopping destinations.
Below, you’ll find a handful of markets in Dublin that are perfect if you fancy buying your bits somewhere other than the high-street.
1. George’s Street Arcade (for bits and bobs)
George’s Street Arcade, situated on South Great George’s Street, is one of the oldest city markets in Europe and Ireland’s first purpose-built shopping centre.
In this Victorian market, you will find independent shops ranging from vinyl stores, used books stores, vintage clothes and bakeries.
The wonderful facade of this building is reflected in an even more interesting interior area that will bring you back in time!
2. Howth Market (for food)
Howth Market is a great food market situated in the northeast part of Dublin on Harbour Road, in Howth (across from the DART).
Here you will find a vast variety of fresh Irish and international products from sweets to candies, bread and fish.
Come here just before lunch to have a nice walk before the stands get busy. Apart from the many food stands, here you will also find artisan products and pieces of jewellery.
3. Hodges Figgis (for books)
If you’re a bookworm, Hodges Figgis, situated in the very heart of Dublin, at 56-58 Dawson Street, will probably be your favourite shop in the city.
According to Hodges Figgis’ website, their Irish department has the widest selection of Irish books in the whole world! Here you will find all genres of books meticulously stacked on the shelves that fill up the walls of their four floors.
On the spacious ground floor, you will find the famous Irish selection as well as fiction novels. If you’re looking for excellent bookshops in Dublin, you won’t go wrong here.
Shopping in Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to go shopping in Dublin from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best shops in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where are the luxury clothes shops in Dublin?’ to ‘Which Dublin shops are the cheapest?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best shopping centres in Dublin?
If you’re looking for a wide range of shops in Dublin, Dundrum and Liffey Valley are your best bet, as they have everything from luxury shops to euro stores.
Where are the best clothes shops in Dublin located?
Again, we’d have to go back to Dundrum, as they have such a wide range on offer. And it’s easy to get to on public transport and there’s plenty of parking.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.