Grafton Street, Dublin

Grafton Street, Dublin (must see)

This busy pedestrian thoroughfare stands as Dublin's most renowned street and unofficial epicenter. Stretching from College Green to Saint Stephen's Green, it underwent a significant transformation in 1982 when it transitioned from a traffic-laden road to a car-free zone. Today, its distinctive redbrick paving sets the stage for a lively hive of activity, with a plethora of pubs, shops, and restaurants enveloping the surroundings. With its maze of side streets and alleys, it's a magnet for musicians and budding artists, who captivate audiences day and night. Who knows? You might stumble upon the next Glen Hansard.

Among the notable department stores lining Grafton Street are Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Marks and Spencer, and Weir’s Jewelers. Additionally, the famous Bewley's Oriental Café beckons with its elegant mahogany interiors and stained glass windows, offering an array of delectable treats ranging from cakes to sandwiches and pasta. For chocolate aficionados, Butlers Chocolate Café presents a tantalizing selection of chocolates, hot beverages, and desserts.

Tip:
If you're in search of unique souvenirs, consider skipping Grafton Street and instead head to Powerscourt Townhouse, located just one block west. There, you'll discover a collection of upscale clothing and jewelry boutiques, along with three top-notch cafés.

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Sight Name: Grafton Street
Sight Location: Dublin, Ireland (See walking tours in Dublin)
Sight Type: Shopping
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