Dublin’s retail epicentre, the Grafton Street quarter, is just over 12 minutes’ walk away. While Brown Thomas has been a magnet for upmarket shopping for well over a century, its surrounding streets are equally unmissable. Fascinating stores, large and small, can be found around every corner. Also worth exploring is the 18th century Powerscourt Centre, home to a rich jumble of couture establishments, jewellers, antique specialists and smart cafes.
Nearby, the Georges Street Market is an eclectic Aladdin’s cave selling everything from gourmet olives to vintage clothing. If you’re hunting for pre-loved, Francis Street is Dublin’s antiques paradise. Here, shop after shop is packed with sumptuous furniture, paintings, clocks, mirrors and knick-knacks from bygone centuries.