Often spanning centuries and steeped in history; each one has its own unique story to tell. Step forward Sweny’s Pharmacy – as featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Or Christy Bird’s; Ireland’s oldest antiques shop, packed with furniture, ornaments and general bric-a-brack looking for a loving new home!
Some of our favourite shops have been re-appropriated and given a modern twist by their talented and creative new owners. Lilliput Stores in cultural quarter Stoneybatter sells fresh fruit and artisan cheese, meats and olives, while the Bernard Shaw (established way back in 1895 and named after the iconic Irish poet) is run by achingly cool dance collective Bodytonic, who welcome live acts and DJs through its doors every weekend.
In the middle of Temple Bar, you’ll find Siopaella; a funky second-hand clothes store, while cosy Le Petit Parisien serves up tasty French pastries and delicious coffee. Fancy a lazy afternoon brunch? The Brother Hubbard team opened this independent café on Capel Street a couple of years ago, and it’s been packed ever since! To satisfy that sweet tooth afterwards, be sure to stop by the Candy Lab, a bright new addition to the city’s repertoire.
On Mary Street, you’ll find an authentic slice of ‘old Dublin’ in the form of Christy’s Walk-Round, which sells all manner of hardware and souvenir items! Tech fans meanwhile will want to check out Makeshop on Leinster Street. Attached to Dublin’s famous Science Gallery (well worth a visit in its own right!), Makeshop offers a variety of alternative daily walk-in workshops, where you can learn to build anything from robots to clocks and synthesizers!
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Other shopfronts are just nice to look at! The Kiosk, a charming, tiny red-brick structure on Leeson Street was designed back in 1929 as a water pressure station, public toilets and kiosk. It’s now home to a small café.
So check out our gallery above - we’ve taken snaps of some of the city’s quirkiest shopfronts… and of course, their loving owners!
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