Emily's Guide to Dublin's City Centre

Dublin, Ireland

Name: Emily, Dublin-based author of From China Village
Neighborhood: City Centre
City: Dublin, Ireland
My Home: One bedroom apartment — what they call a granny flat

Most "neighborhoods" on the north side of Dublin, where I've been living with my husband for the last couple years, are too tiny to have many stores or specialty shops. They usually have just a convenience store, maybe a fish and chips counter and a bank, so you have to go into the City Centre to get the good stuff! Here are some of my favorites!Emily's Guide to Dublin

1. Favorite Neighborhood Home Store

    STOCK: 33 - 34 S King Street, Dublin 2
    Stock carries everything you could need for your kitchen or dining room. Great dishes and serving platters, as well as a huge range of baking supplies from cookie cutters to piping bags.

2. Go-to Shop for Gifts

    AVOCA: 11-13 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
    Avoca is a Dublin institution — 4 floors of cosy home accessories, woolen scarves in beautiful colors, a food hall and top floor cafe.

3. Best Vintage Shop, Thrift Store, or Flea Market

    POWERSCOURT CENTRE: 59 South William Street, Dublin 2
    Powerscourt Centre is a giant old stone building filled with little antique, clothing and home furnishing shops. Great for vintage jewelry — you could spend hours browsing!

4. Favorite Bookstore

    HODGES FIGGIS: 56-58 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6774754
    Hodges Figgis is a peaceful, calm and distinguished bookstore. They have a wide range of Irish authors as well as a huge (but classy!) bargain section in the basement.

5. Favorite Coffee Shop, Café, or Restaurant

    CARLUCCIO'S CAFE: 52 Dawson Street ,Dublin 2
    In a city of dark, wood paneled pubs, Carluccio's is bright and cheery, and serves great, strong coffee. They have sidewalk seating which is great for people watching.

6. Best Hardware/Paint Store

    KNOBS AND KNOCKERS: Nassau Street, Dublin 2
    Gorgeous door handles, cabinet pulls, and all those other knobs and knockers you might need!

7. Best Place to Pick Up Groceries

    FALLON AND BYRNE: 17 Exchequer St Dublin 2
    Fallon and Byrne has a great restaurant, a wine bar and also a food hall with fruits and veg, a deli, and lots of condiments and exotic ingredients. It's the only place to get Lucky Charms in Dublin (but they're so expensive!).

8. Best Place to Buy Flowers

    Street vendors on Grafton Street or Henry Street. Gorgeous outdoor flower stalls all year round and the ladies who run the stalls are as Dublin as they get!

9. Best Neighborhood Park

    ST. STEPHEN'S GREEN: Top of Grafton Street
    Perfect place for a stroll on a mild day, or for a lounge on a sunny day!

Thanks, Emily!

Photos: Emily Westbrooks

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