You really can shop until you drop in Ireland.
While there are many independent retailers on high streets across the country, Ireland now boasts some of the largest and most modern shopping malls in Europe, such as The Blanchardstown Centre & Liffey Valley outside Dublin city centre, the Dundrum Centre on Dublin’s south side, and the Merchants Quay Centre in downtown Cork.
Grafton Street is Dublin’s best-known shopping thoroughfare, with beautiful historic buildings housing iconic Irish businesses such as Brown Thomas, Weir & Sons and Bewley’s Grafton Street Café.
“Under Clery’s clock” on O’Connell Street remains a typical starting point for shopping trips (as well as romances) though the shop itself closed recently.
Looking for a covered market offering a wide range of tasty delicacies? Then head for The English Market – it’s in Cork, not England.
And shopping opportunities aren’t hard to find in Galway either – just ask your way to Shop Street!
Supermarkets & convenience stores
Ireland has an abundance of supermarkets to suit all needs and budges. The top names (by number of stores) are Supervalu, Lidl, Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Aldi, Eurospar and M&S Food Halls.
Plus you will find many local convenience stores such as SPAR, Centra and Londis.
As well as the supermarkets, you will find excellent local butchers and grocers who offer a more personal service as well as lively street and farmers’ markets.
Hours of business
Shopping hours vary from shop to shop so the following are guidelines only. Department stores, bookshops and record shops are generally open from 09:30 to 19:00 Mon-Sat, except Thursdays when they open until 20:00 or 21:00. On Sundays they typically open 12:00 to 18:00. Smaller shops (clothing boutiques, speciality food stores, etc.) are typically open from 09:30 to 18:00 Mon-Sat, except Thursdays when most open until 20:00. On Sundays some open 12:00 to 18:00.
Supermarkets keep longer hours, typically from 08:00 to 21:00, or later. On Sundays supermarkets typically open from 12:00 to 19:00.
Convenience stores are often open 24 hours or at least from about 07:00 to 23:00.