Grafton Street, starting with the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, and Henry Street/Mary Street, have high street stores to beat the band. Nassau Street has an abundance of Irish craft and gift shops where you can find one-off or limited edition pieces in pottery, glass, bog oak or even peat! Irish clothing is so much more than Aran sweaters although you’ll find lots of those too! Traditional fabrics like linen, lace, tweed and wool find new life in the latest fashion shapes.

Even the most resolute dieter will have a tough time passing by purveyors of coffee, chocolates, liqueurs, whiskeys, cheeses, breads and smoked fish. Most supermarkets have good selections, and there are some specialised food stores both in the city centre and surrounding villages that are to be avoided by those of us trying to be good ! The organic food markets in Meeting House Square, and Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar attract a faithful crowd of foodies every Saturday.

Francis Street is where you should head if you’re an antique aficionado, although antique shops are dotted all over the city. Temple Bar is Dublin’s second-hand clothes mecca and on Saturdays there is a second-hand book market on Temple Bar Square. Speaking of books, it is no surprise that a city that reared a plethora of Literature Nobel Prize-winners has a plethora of excellent book shops where you can pick up the works of the latest young Irish writing sensation, or add a rare or special edition to your antiquarian collection.

Grafton Street, the Westbury Mall and Powerscourt Townhouse nearby are home to many jewellers where you’ll see a gleaming array of Celtic designs in gold and silver, and of course the Claddagh ring, the traditional Irish wedding ring. If the tiny hands point the heart towards the wearer, you’re wasting your time lads, she’s taken.

Spend a day shopping in Dublin and whatever your romantic situation, you’ll be buying yourself a claddagh ring to wear, heart turned in, to show to all your attachment to Dublin.

Restaurants, Cafés and Pubs in Dublin

Dublin is a great place to visit if you enjoy eating out. Whether your enjoying a relaxing lunch in a comfortable Dublin café, dining out with friends in one of the city's fine restaurants, or enjoying a pint in a Dublin pub, you'll feel like you never want to leave.

Just walk around the streets and you’ll see the diversity; cool bars, all pale wood and aluminium, alongside traditional old pubs complete with the snug for secrecy; the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingling with the distinct smell of hops from the Guinness brewery; traditional craft skills wrought in a thoroughly modern and stylish way; fine dining worth every single award, good old-fashioned fish and chips, sushi bar and Victorian tea-shop – they’re all here !

The pub is a place dear to the heart of every Dubliner but you'll find that cafés, coffee shops and tea shops come in a very close second! There are hundreds of cafés in Dublin offering the finest coffees and teas from around the world along with a wide selection of delicious food and sweet cakes to accompany them. When your in Dublin, take some time to sit back and relax with a delicious hot cup of your favourite brew, and watch the world go by.