Dublin Journals

A Day in Dublin

A January 2007 trip to Dublin by morph!

Quote: Dublin's fantastic for a day away with friends! Shopping, eating out, pubbing and clubbing: the capital of Ireland's got it all!

Aston Hotel

Hotel

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This was a brilliant base for two days of Dublin shopping. Just off O'Connell Street and right beside Temple Bar, the Aston Hotel doesn't look like much from outside. Once you enter, however, it's clean and fresh.We had pre-booked a triple room over the phone and paid on arrival. It cost only €105 for the three of us, with a further €7 each if we wanted a continental breakfast the next day, or €10 if you wanted the full Irish fry.Although we arrived too early for our rooms to be ready, the friendly staff let us leave our bags over so we could shop with free hands. The same applied the next day after checkout.The room was clean but small, perfect for us who planne...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2007

Aston Hotel
Aston Quay
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 677 9300

Half Moon

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Restaurant | "The Half Moon"

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Bored of bagels? Sick of sandwiches? Consider having crepes as an alternative lunch or snack, at the Half Moon crepe company in Dublin's Temple Bar.Pancakes are pretty much staple diet here, with everything from savoury to sweet being served up. My sweet tooth loved the cinnamon, apple, and ice cream creation, quite a bargain at under five euros in price. My friend opted for banana with Nutella sauce spread on - she said it was super sweet - almost too much so for lunch!The crepe shop caters for anyone, it seems. I've visited a few times and it's always pretty full with a mix of families, shoppers, and students making up its main clientele.Prices suit people who may be on a bud...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2007

Half Moon
Crown Alley, Temple Bar
Dublin, Ireland

Arnott's

Attraction

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It would take a whole day in Dublin to 'do' Arnotts completely! My favourite department store, it sells everything from furniture to fab designer clothes.We started our visit with a much needed coffee. The shop has at least three restaurants, but the top floor one, hidden away behind bedlinen, seems to be the best, less busy, although the prices reflect the better service. One scone with jam and butter later, we were ready to hit the rails of clothes.Downstairs, 'Impulse' is for Arnott's younger clientele, with concessions including Tommy Hilfiger, Pepe jeans, Firetrap and Diesel. And once you've bought the beginnings of an outfit, you can cross the shop floor to find the perfe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

Arnott's
12 Henry Street
Dublin 1, Ireland
+353 1 872 1111

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A one-stop shop for girly gifts, Avoca is a splendid place to spend some shopping time!The shop has four floors, each with its own character. When you enter the shop there's immediately a lovely atmosphere. The staff must work really hard to keep this shop looking as lovely as it does! You need plenty of time to thoroughly enjoy the array of clothes (floaty dresses, woolly shrugs and superb skirts!) and gifts stretching right across the shop's ground floor.Downstairs in the basement there's cooking utensils, interesting edibles and food to go. We tried the freshly baked scones and found them fantastic!Children are catered for upstairs in the shop, with teddy bears, doll...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

Avoca Handweavers (Dublin)
11-13 Suffolk Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 677 4215

Brown Thomas

Attraction

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The place to shop if you've got money, want to be well dressed and are a shopaholic! Brown Thomas is the big designer store in Ireland and one of the best places to visit if you're visiting Dublin for a shopping day.Brown Thomas has branches all across Ireland, but Dublin's is by far the best. It's got everything: make up and high fashion for ladies and bars and barbers for the bored men they've brought along!The handbag section is stunning, as is the surrounding selection of boutiques. Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Fendi are among some of the brands you can buy. If you've money!There's a floor for designers most of us will never be able to afford, but if you go upstairs on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

Brown Thomas
88-92 Grafton Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 605 6666

BT2

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Attraction

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BT2 is the sister shop of Dublin's designer emporium Brown Thomas. It sells a mix of upper end high street and designer diffusion ranges alongside less known and up and coming brands. It's the perfect place to spend time - and money! - on a day trip to Dublin!Clientele tend to be young and trendy, with the shop catering for both men and women. Expect brands like Miss 60, French Connection, and Fornarina, along with Custo Barcelona, Diesel, and Hilfiger.As with all of Grafton Street's boutiques, the clothes in BT2 don't come cheap - an outfit here is likely to cost at least 200 euros. So the best time to visit is in summer and winter sales, when mark downs are sometimes even 70% off!...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2007

BT2
28/29 Grafton Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 605 6666