Walking Around Dublin, Ireland
From The Westbury, you can walk to most of central Dublin within 15 minutes.  You will walk from  the grand Georgian squares to cobbled alleys, making your own discoveries. Begin your walk on Grafton Street, the pedestrian shopping street near the hotel, and a real meeting  place. It is here that you might well encounter one   of Dublin’s local street entertainers. They are often of a very high quality as the street is becoming known for being a place where talent is launched.

This is the older, better-known Dublin – but there’s a newer city to discover too. Slip out of The Westbury’s Clarendon Street entrance and you will emerge in the ‘Creative Quarter’, a central district that includes such historic thoroughfares  as South William Street, George’s Street, Lower  Stephen Street and Exchequer Street. This area is now a fantastic hub of Irish design and innovation: from boutiques and artists’ studios to cafés and restaurants. See the fashion shops then, for a change of pace, browse in George’s St Arcade: Ireland’s oldest shopping centre, full of quirky stalls. At Grafton Street’s northern end is St Stephen’s Green, one of the loveliest 19th century urban parks in northern Europe, with ducks, flowers and a garden devoted to William Butler Yeats.

Close by is Dublin’s key museum quarter, where you step from wide streets into noble storehouses such as the National Museum of Archaeology and History and the National Gallery of Ireland. They’ll swallow a few hours of anyone’s time, by which time you’ll be ready for coffee. You can caffeinate at Kaph on Drury Street, a coffee connoisseur’s delight. Try one of their madeleine cakes with a flat white – a real pick-me-up after walking the city.

Head down to Temple Bar. By night this revived industrial area is crowded with revelers and by day is a handsome collection of cobbled streets, pubs, vintage shops,  and great coffee and cake pit-stops such as Queen of Tarts in nearby Dame Street. The Temple Bar Food Market is truly a foodies paradise and well worth a look for all kinds of fine artisan produce and even Irish-made red wine!  Then, perhaps time to reward yourself with a  sundowner after a long, lustrous day’s walk in Dublin. 

Shopping Local
  1. Stable
    The Westbury Mall, Balfe Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  2. Industry and Co.
    Industry and Co.
    Industry & Co., 41 Drury St, Dublin, Ireland
  3. Irish Design Shop
    Irish Design Shop
    Irish Design Shop, 41 Drury St, Dublin 2, Dublin 2, Ireland
  4. Article
    Powerscourt Townhouse, South William St, Dublin 2, Ireland
  5. Designist
    68 S Great Georges St, Dublin 2, Ireland
  6. Scout
    5 Essex St W, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
  7. Kilkenny Shop
    Kilkenny Shop
    Kilkenny Shop, 6 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  8. Paula Rowan
    Paula Rowan
    The Westbury Mall, 2 Balfe St, Dublin 2, Ireland
  9. Solomon Fine Art
    Solomon Fine Art
    The Westbury Mall 2 Balfe St, Dublin 2, Ireland
  10. Scoop's Gelato
    Scoop's Gelato
    Aungier Street, Dublin
Scoop's Gelato is the place in Ireland when you need a gelato fix.  It isn't always available but the Henrick's Gin & Tonic gelato is a creamy and boozy creation that is very refreshing. Gelato and G&T who doesn't love that? Available for over 18’s only. They also have excellent coffee and French crepes.

With a focus purely on Ireland’s rich textile heritage, Stable works with artisans from around the country to bring a luxurious edit of linen and woollen products. The brand’s Herringbone scarves for example, take 4-6 weeks to complete on looms at Donegal Yarns on the west coast. The brand’s collection also extends to homewares including table linens, towels, throws and blankets but for a real piece of woven decadence, try on a kimono-style robe made from Huck linen.

Industry & Co. has become Dublin’s largest and best-known independent design store. Brother and sister duo Marcus and Vanessa Mac Innes oversee the deli and the shop’s creative direction respectively – the store offers beautiful Irish wool blankets, locally crafted jewelry and ceramics, and features a mix of local designers alongside some of the most talented makers from Europe, the US and Japan. 

The four-story Irish Design Shop on Drury Street is true to its name – everything inside the shop is made by up-and-coming local artisans. Established in 2008, the store was the first of its kind to promote local design-led products and the people behind them. Jewelry takes centre stage but look out for the Áras range of homewares, designed exclusively for the store.  Sligo-based woodturner, Matt Jones design wall hooks  that are interesting.

​It’s located in the Georgian setting of Lord Powerscourt’s old dressing room, at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, yet Article stocks some of the best contemporary Irish homewares around. You’ll find beautiful terracotta plates and serving dishes in soft blues and pastels, dainty coloured-glass drinking glasses, and elegant trays and coasters too.  The place also smells incredible, thanks to an exceptional selection of scented candles, largely crafted in Ireland – be sure to add one to your basket. 

For something a little more quirky, be sure to pay Designist a visit. Inside, you’ll find a range of unusual items that look great and make for innovative gifts – a bright retro tea towel,  or apothecary style candles made in Cork with scents such as tobacco, cognac and oak. It’s an eclectic mix, but everything is beautifully made and most items are from Irish designers. There’s also a curated selection of  gifts, that includes everything from oak decanters to chalk board clocks.

Originally a clothing store, stocking brands like YMC, Armor Lux and Grenson, Scout in Temple Bar has expanded its offering to incorporate a selection of design-led homewares. Nowadays, you’ll find beautiful wool blankets and scarves from Donegal design studio McNutt, candles from Dublin-based Clean Slate and pottery from local collective Arran St East. Also look for collections by local girl Emma Manley while you’re there, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary fashion designers.

For the last 50 years, Kilkenny Shop has been at the forefront of promoting Irish craft and design. Now boasting 13 shops nationwide, they have three boutiques in Dublin – Stillorgan, Swords and Nassau Street, perhaps the largest emporium for Irish-designed products. The brand was the first to champion the likes of Orla Kiely and John Rocha, and continues to pick up pieces from the most talented new Irish designers. 

For almost two decades Paula has devoted her career to the finer things in life, and nowhere is this better evidenced than at her stylish leather boutique in Central Dublin.  Her approach is simple – use only the finest materials, and apply only traditional techniques in her scarves and gloves. Paula is totally commited to quality and her attention to detail is painstaking and so every choice of hide, lining and colour has been carefully considered. Every nuance of stitching and detail has been selected by a master of design. There are 14 individual stages in the making of a pair of gloves and every process is done by hand.

Solomon Fine Art is right on The Westbury Hotel's doorstep and home to fantastic rotating exhibitions.

Adapted from The Westbury Hotel Website

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