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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on April 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm
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Dublin One Stop Shopping

If there’s one thing I hate about shopping abroad it is when all I can find is the same international brands with the same choices that I could find at home. Any souvenir I really treasure has been found at an off the beaten path location, a shop that I stumbled upon often when I was lost or was just wandering without a destination in mind.

When it comes to Dublin shopping, you don’t have to go home with a sweater made in the Aran islands (although these are pretty cool!) to find something that is authentically Irish. There are two places I would recommend if you want to explore what Irish designers are currently creating. One of them you might find on your own, the other is a little known marketplace that has some of the best jewelry, vintage finds, and independent sellers in the city.

1. Kilkenny Designs: Located on Nassau Street right next to Trinity College, odds are, you will walk by Kilkenny Designs during a trip to Dublin. Many visitors don’t know however that everything inside is Irish made. If you’re feeling like a splurge, pick up some Waterford Crystal for someone special at home. Other more reasonable options include clothing, housewares, and jewelry. This quirky shop has a bit of everything, and for once while you’re shopping abroad, you will actually be able to say that you couldn’t find those items anywhere else.

Address: 6 Nassau Street, Dublin 2. (map)

2. The Market at Powerscourt Townhouse: Powerscourt Townhouse is a small shopping center in what used to be an old mansion. Even if you have no intentions of buying, it is worth stopping in for a coffee or lunch. There are lots of options for shops within the Powerscourt Townhouse, but the best one is on the top floor. Called ‘The Market’ this shop is one big open space shared by a variety of designers, vintage sellers, and jewelry makers. You will only find this space open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm – 6pm (and sometimes on Friday afternoons as well). Don’t be afraid to ask questions, everyone is very helpful, and all the sellers share a fitting room so go ahead and try something on. For unique dresses, delicate jewelry, and vintage scarves and bags, the Market has it all.

Address: Upstairs, the Powerscourt Townhouse, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2. (map)

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