Shopping
Shopping areas in Dublin are like the city its self divided between north side and south side and new and old. On the south side you have the pedestrianised Grafton Street and St. Stephenís Green area and the newly build Drundrum Shopping Centre.. These areas feature up market shops such as Brown Thomas, one of Dublinís finest shopping centers; The Powerscourt Town House and Boutique Stores.Here you will also find dublinís leading and most exclusive jewellers, including Weirs Jewellers. Other principal shopping streets in the area include Wicklow Street, Dawson Street, and South Great Georges Street. Also close by is The Georges Street Arcade, an indoor market well worth a visit. The southside's largest and one of the city's best shopping centres, the St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is located at the top south end) of Grafton Street. Some of the city's main bookshops are just around the corner on Dawson Street.

Drundrum Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre in Dublin, located about twenty minutes outside the city centre features such shops as Harvey Nicholes, House of Fraiser and River Island. Just west of the city centre Temple bar is well worth a visit with lots of small artisan shop and quirky clothes shops and when your legs are tried there are plenty of cafes and pubs to rest your tried body in. The oldest part of the city the Liberties near Christchurch is home to a vast selection of Antiques shops and also hosts a number of crafts and gift shops.




To the south of Trinity College, Nassau Street is the main area for quality Irish design, including tweeds and woollens (both modern and traditional designer styles) and also glassware and ceramics. There are a number of heraldic shops for those of Irish ancestery. So along with the designer shops Nassau Street is the ideal place for Irish gifts and souvenirs. The main bookstores are also nearby, with Eason's on the corner of Nassau Street and Dawson Street and also Hodges Figgis and Waterstones on Dawson Street.

On the north side of the city is pedestrianised Henry Street, it has department stores such as the popular Arnotts, and an assortment of popular clothing and footwear stores. The ILAC shopping centre, the newer Jervis Street Shopping Centre are both here. The well-known and long surviving outdoor food market of Moore Street an open fruit and veg market is always worth a trip, even if its just t to hear the cries of the mongers. The nearby O'Connell Street, Dublin's main thoroughfare, is home to the excellent Clery's Department Store and Eason's Booksellers as well as several other shops but not the main shopping area by any means.

The average rate of Vat is levied at 21% but may vary depending on the goods. Tax-free shopping is available to non-EU residents, who can redeem the tax at the airport on production of a completed tax-free slip.
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