A weekend in the Irish capital of Dublin has much more to offer than a trip to the Guinness factory, with stylish lifestyle stores, speciality coffee shops and tempting eateries popping up across the city. The Shopkeepers share their top spots for capturing insta-worthy shots while you shop, eat and drink your way around the streets of this friendly destination.
Arran Street East - Arran Street East is a stoneware studio hidden behind Dublin’s Victorian covered market. The Victorian Fruit & Vegetable market in Smithfield inspires the stoneware colour palette, and walking into the studio you are surrounded by beautiful handmade creations amongst fresh flowers straight from the market. If you’re lucky, you can even peek through the back to watch their potter at creating new pieces, all of which are made, glazed and packaged in the studio. Neighbouring Oxmantown, famous for their sandwiches, is Arran Street East’s creative director, Laura Magahy’s, favourite coffee shop.
Find - Located on Cow's Lane in historic Temple Bar is vintage emporium Find. Filled with antiques, handmade and retro-style goods, there is something for everyone. I always love having a good browse at Find, and am particularly partial to their wonderful range of prints and church art and statuary. The narrow cobbled streets and lanes of Temple Bar are home to several interesting independent shops so have a wander, and there's lots of interesting architectural facades to capture on camera too.
Fish Shop - Fish Shop on Benburb Street is by far the best fish and chips restaurant to be found in Dublin. This relaxed little wine bar/fish and chip shop has the freshest of fish and will not disappoint. Beautifully decorated with a simple menu, take a seat and rest assured that the wine suggestions will perfectly compliment your mood and dish. If you would like to linger longer over dinner I'd recommend making a reservation at their sister restaurant around the corner on Queen Street which won 'Best Seafood Experience in Ireland' at the 2017 Irish Restaurant Awards.
Industry - Every trip to Dublin must include a visit to lifestyle store Industry. The look is a blend of vintage and modern sourced from around the world; from furniture and lighting to books and home accessories. At the front of the space there is a café serving healthy Middle-eastern style lunches and freshly baked cakes and treats - a great place to sit and take a break, or in warmer weather take a pew outside and watch the passers-by. Read our more in-depth post about this lovely shop here.
The Lilliput Press - The Lilliput Press is an independent Irish publisher founded in 1984. It is one of the most prestigious publishing houses in Ireland, specialising in Irish interest books with a focus on biographies and historical non-fiction, as well as memoirs. The charming shop front invites you into a room filled with beautiful books and a gorgeous greyhound named Phoebe welcomes you. Across from The Lilliput Press you will also find the Lilliput Stores, a small independent food store selling delicious sandwiches, coffee and a range of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Love Supreme - Love Supreme's second coffee shop is located in Portobello and has been nominated 'Best New Cafe' by coffee culture website Sprudge. A short stroll from the Grand Canal, I have always admired the beautiful historic shopfronts on Lennox Street, but the black and white graphic interior of Love Supreme behind the gridded glass frontage, makes me love them even more.
Stop here for a great coffee accompanied by cake, cookie, sausage roll or pie made in their own mini bakery.
Lyon Loring - Lyón Loring is a charming lifestyle store carrying handpicked vintage products from clothes and jewellery to kitchenware and gifts. They opened this store due to a love of history, specifically the way small pieces - such as jewellery - have such a rich story. All their pieces are handpicked both locally in Ireland or as far afield as San Francisco.
Scout - Scout owner Wendy Crawford has a keen designer's eye for curating and editing a lovely mix of women and kids clothing, accessories and homewares. Alongside international designers, there is a selection of the best of Irish design, such as knitwear by sought-after design duo Electronic Sheep, baby sized traditional Aran sweaters and ceramics by the award-winning Arran Street East. (see above)
Indigo and Cloth - Another spot located in the famous in Temple Bar area is Indigo & Cloth, a cafe, menswear store and studio. Arranged over three floors with the cafe on the ground floor, you'll find a great assortment of magazines and accessories, with their menswear range located upstairs.
The Garden - In 2010 Mark Grehan transformed the foyer of Powerscourt Townhouse into a floral oasis. This landmark Georgian building serves as a picture perfect environment for Mark's flower shop - The Garden - from the gorgeous tiled floor to the magnificent architectural doorway details and mantlepiece - making The Garden Instagram gold.
The Wool Felt Shop - The Wool Felt Shop occupies an old butcher shop which has maintained its original facade, but it’s the little felt mice and sheep that will catch your eye in the window. The Wool Felt Shop also shares the premises with Jennifer Slattery, a textile designer who creates napkins, table runners, place mats and cushions. The Wool Felt Shop is open Friday & Saturday but if you see someone working inside on other days, don’t be shy to give a good knock on the door!
Thanks to Paula and Laura for sharing these great locations. Recently named by Conde Nast as one of the top Instagram accounts to follow for travel, The Shopkeepers is packed full of stunning shops to drool over, so make sure to pay them a visit!