Grafton Street, Dublin City
Grafton Street is situated on the south-side of Dublin city and is one of the main principal shopping areas in Dublin (along with Henry Street on the north-side), and runs south from Trinity College up to St. Stephen’s Green Park. In between these two landmarks lie a plethora of shops and eateries on this bustling street, with numerous buskers and street performers to keep you entertained as you make your way along the street.
One of the most well-known department stores in Dublin - Brown Thomas is located here with a wealth of designer goods to test your wallet- Louis Vuitton, Victoria Beckham and Ralph Lauren to name but a few. One the most popular and indeed well-loved statues, lies at the Trinity College end of the street - Molly Malone - sometimes easy to miss as people crowd around her to take a picture with our most famous Dubliner.
Bewleys Oriental Cafe situated roughly at the street's midway point is certainly worth a visit to. It was opened in 1927 and soon became an important part of the city's social, artisan, political and musical life. Writers who were regulars include Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Sean O'Casey with musicians such as Bono and Sinead O’Connor also spotted there. The cafe has a sumptuous menu whether just for a snack, lunch or dinner and really is a worthwhile visit! It has Victorian feel and is a little oasis in this busy part of Dublin. Don't forget to look out for the impressive stain glass windows!
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