•Channel your inner shopaholic in Dublin’s new Hipster Triangle
•Stock up on one-of-a kind pieces from local artisans and designers
•Get caffeinated with single-estate coffee
•Browse concept boutiques stocked with big name designers and avant-garde Irish fashion, too
If you’re looking for the newly beating heart of Creative Dublin, look no further than the so-called Hipster Triangle (formally the Creative Quarter) around Drury Street and George’s Street Arcade. You can easily spend a whole afternoon wandering this patchwork of streets to get the up-to-the-minute pulse of modern Irish design. In the fine old bones of the Powerscourt Townhouse, Article has beautifully curated displays of contemporary tableware and cool, patterned linens. Pick up botanical-print collages and clean-lined illustrations of city landmarks by Fergus O’Neill at the Irish Design Shop, which runs jewelry-making workshops in the studios upstairs. Right next door, Industry stocks edgy homewares, eco-leather bags, and the ultimate hipster essential—beard cologne. There’s also a funky little café in the shop, perfect for refueling, or cross the street to Kaph, which serves smooth shots of single-estate coffee. Follow the insouciant crowd to the bench outside and watch the plaid-shirted locals walking down Drury Street. For a chocolate fix, drop by into Cocoa Atelier, a few doors along. Pyramids of pastel-colored macaroons draw you in to the shop where rows of exquisite handmade chocolates beg to be tasted. Long-established boutique Costume stocks coveted brands such as Isabel Marant, Roland Mouret, and Antonio Berardi, while Om Diva displays avant-garde Irish fashion, alongside a good collection of vintage frocks. Walk through red-brick-fronted George’s Street Arcade, passing funky record shops and antiquarian bookstores, to Designist, where you can pick up quirky souvenirs such as an Irelandopedia. Next, head south on Aungier Street to Nowhere, one of the coolest menswear stores in Dublin, which stocks everything from APC to Marni. Finally, it’s time for a loop back toward the city center to Rhinestones, a treasure trove for antique and modern costume jewelry.
You’ll find Article in the Powerscourt Townhouse shopping center on South William Street. The Irish Design Shop is on Drury St. You’ll find the grey fronted exterior close to where it meets Exchequer Street. Industry is just across the road. Kaph has a dark blue storefront further up the road, and Cocoa Atelier Is just next door. Costume is further down the street, on the corner where it meets Castle Market. Om Diva Is slightly further on, with a baby pink storefront, and Designist is further up Drury St towards the Dame Street end of town. Nowhere is on Aungier Street, close to where it meets Longford Street Lower. Rhinestones is on St. Andrew Street, close to where it splits into Trinity Street.
ARTICLE: Powerscourt Townhouse, S. William St.; +353-(0)1-679-9268; articledublin.com
IRISH DESIGN SHOP: 41 Drury St.; +353-(0)1-679-8871; irishdesignshop.com
INDUSTRY: 41 A/B Drury St.; +353-(0)1-613-9111; industryandco.com
KAPH: 31 Drury St.; kaph.ie
COCOA ATELIER: 30 Drury St.; +353-(0)1-675-3616
COSTUME: 10 Castle Market; +353-(0)1-679-4188; costumedublin.ie
OM DIVA: 27 Drury St.; +353-(0)1-679-1211; omdivaboutique.com
DESIGNIST: 68 S. Great George’s St.; +353-(0)1-475-8534; designist.ie
NOWHERE: 64 Aungier St.; +353-(0)1-475-9519; anowhereman.com
RHINESTONES: 18 Andrew St.; +353-(0)1-679-0759