If you’re studying abroad in Dublin, it’s inevitable that you’re going to spend a lot of time enjoying the lively atmosphere, delicious foods and great shopping of Grafton Street. It’s fairly well-known across the world that Grafton Street is the principal shopping street within the Dublin City Center. Every day, the street is packed with hundreds of shoppers, street performers and tourists. It can be overwhelming trying to venture through this busy, world-famous street on your own. We’re here to make sure you get the real, authentic Dubliner experience (and lots of clothes if you’re shopping) during your first trip to Grafton.
Let’s start with what’s on everyone’s mind: the shopping. You can find a wide range of styles and prices within the stores of Grafton. While there’s endless shopping throughout the entire city center, the shopping on Grafton is a bit more on the prestigious side. You’ll definitely bump into many stores you’ll recognize in this area, including American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Aldo, and H&M. There are also many European boutiques and chains you can find on this street. We can confidently say that no matter the article of clothing, you will absolutely be able to find it within one of the many stores on Grafton Street.
After burning all those calories shopping, you’ll definitely need a little pick-me-up to get you through the rest of your day. If you’re in the mood for something filling, Thorton’s is a beautiful, but expensive, restaurant that offers delicious pastas, seafood, and meats. You can check out a variety of affordable options as well, which include Bewley’s, Pacino’s, or Londis. If you’re not in the mood to venture away from your American tastebuds, there’s a Subway, Burger King, and McDonald’s in the area as well.
The one place we just can’t seem to avoid when on Grafton Street is Gino’s Gelato. This partially may be because there are two of these gelato stores on Grafton, but it’s mostly because the gelato is just so delicious. If you have time and room in your stomach, definitely try to make a stop in here for a snack. They offer a range of flavors and like to switch them up everyday!
If you somehow manage to have energy leftover after your Grafton Street adventure, be sure to check out the St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, a mall located at the top of Grafton. Even more shopping (and damage to your credit card) can be done inside this plaza.
Keep your eyes open for a band playing outside the front of the shopping center as well; there’s usually a huge crowd of people, but these performances are almost always worth stopping for!