Treat yourself to some high-end shopping in Brown Thomas, Dublin's most prestigious department store. You'll find a treasure-trove of exclusive brands, top designers, and classic Irish design such as Waterford crystal. Its central Grafton Street address is also home to top jewellers Weir & Sons (look out for their Celtic Jewellery collection). The Powerscourt Centre in the new Creative Quarter is set in a stunning Georgian townhouse offering antiques, beauty salons, art & craft and fashion, with Ireland's leading concept store Atrium on the top floor. Wander nearby to find irresistible independent boutiques tucked away down smaller lanes.
With four Nobel Prize winners for literature and a Unesco City of Literature title, Dublin is a haven for book-lovers. An inspired way to connect with the city's literary heritage is to dip into some legendary watering-holes. Poet WB Yeats liked a tipple in the warm snug of 200-year-old Toners in Baggot Street, which was also a haunt of Dracula author Bram Stoker. Order a glass of burgundy at Davy Byrnes like Stephen Bloom from James Joyce's classic novel Ulysses, or join the convivial spirit of poet Seamus Heaney for a Guinness at the 19th Century Palace Bar.