May 11, 2016
With the best shops in Dublin the Irish capital has shed its old-fashioned reputation with the help of these modern, hip shops. Long lacking for great boutiques aside from tourist shops peddling Waterford glass and knit sweaters, Dublin now has a slew of interesting stores. And the best part? They’re all within walking distance of one another (and the rest of this compact, charming city). Here are the best of the bunch.
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And if you’re lucky . . . You’ll be in town for one of Makers & Brothers’ events. The brainchild of design-obsessed brothers Jonathan and Mark Legge, the brand is known for finding and creating some of the best contemporary Irish products—including hand-hewn stools, minimalist takes on Irish linen, and tweed cushions—and beautifully arranging them in pop-up shops a few times a year.
Industry Aspirational Scandinavian style meets its sensible Irish match at this store on a stretch of Drury Street. Its neighbors are a punctilious coffee shop (Kaf), a market under an archway with a cute food stand (Lolly and Cooks), and various other boutiques. The store itself has a health-conscious café plus all manner of lifestyle-blog-worthy homewares, from wire-and-rattan baskets to tinted glass vases to muted Irish wool blankets.
Indigo & Cloth This minimalist menswear store could do what every other minimalist menswear store does by carrying only niche European labels with no regard to local talent. And while it does stock a selection of cool international brands—such as Norse Projects and Saturdays NYC—Indigo & Cloth is also an expert collaborator: The store’s café is a partnership with Dublin tea shop Clement & Pekoe; it does a line of ceramics with local (and internationally renowned) designer Derek Wilson; and it’s even dabbled in candles with a woodsy scent in partnership with Dyflin, an Irish homeware brand.
Fallon & Byrne A Dublin institution, Fallon & Byrne (above) is a greengrocer, deli, restaurant, event space, and wine bar spread over four floors of a redbrick building on bustling Exchequer Street. It’s also the ideal place to buy food souvenirs: Think handmade Irish chutneys and marmalades in every flavor imaginable, brown-bread crackers from the local cheesemonger, and rich, buttery fudge.
Nowhere One of the coolest clothing stores in Dublin (above), Nowhere’s bright white men’s and women’s shops sit beside each other on an inauspicious stretch of formerly dodgy Aungier Street. And yet they’re drawing stylists, writers, and designers from across the country—and even the world—with carefully curated stocks of designers ranging from institutions like Marni to relative upstarts such as Stutterheim. The shop also carries Irish clothing designers, chief among them Rory Parnell-Mooney, whose architectural menswear fits perfectly in the simple men’s shop.
Article Cards and ceramics are the focus at this cute little shop (above) in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, a stately Georgian pile transformed into a shopping center filled mostly with independent boutiques. There’s little chance you’ll leave without a treasure in tow—it might be obscure (an ostrich feather duster), rare (a pristine midcentury armchair), or a memento that’s easy to lug home (a sailor-striped vase).
Avoca Ireland’s answer to Anthropologie, Avoca is a small Irish-only chain filled with all manner of accoutrements: clothes, candles, jewelry, and home items. The company started in the 1700s by shearing sheep to turn into blankets, based in a woolen mill in County Wicklow, a region south of Dublin known as “the garden of Ireland.” And the best buy remains one of the thick, soft wool blankets or throws—which are still woven in Avoca’s Wicklow factory.
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