Arnotts: a Dublin Landmark and Shopper’s ParadiseOn September 7, 2018 by johnny
No trip to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the capital’s most historic shopping quarter in Dublin’s northside, anchored by Arnotts, one of the oldest and most beloved department stores in the city. Visitors can combine an exciting day of shopping with a historical tour of the famed General Post Office (which still bears the bullet holes of the 1916 Rising) and a photo opportunity at the beautiful Ha’penny Bridge.
Just a short stroll away lies Moore Street, where dedicated foodies can immerse themselves in fresh fruit and Irish banter in one of the country’s liveliest food markets. If you get lost, be sure to meet under the Clery’s clock — a famous Dublin rendezvous point for generations of Irish people on first dates, family days out, or seasonal shopping trips.
The iconic Arnotts department store is considered an Irish landmark, and this year it celebrates its 175th year in business. History buffs can peruse a special in-store museum display, which charts the history of Arnotts since its foundation in 1843, from supplying military uniforms to Countess Markievicz in 1916, to welcoming The Beatles in 1963.
Fashion aficionados will find themselves in a retail paradise, with seven floors and 300,000 square feet of sartorial treasures to explore. Arnotts is home to more than 700 global labels, with everything from high street fashion like Karen Millen to internationally-recognised luxury designers such as Coach and Chanel. Those keen to pick up an authentic piece of Irish design will be thrilled to find a wealth of home-grown talent available, including Aideen Bodkin, Caroline Kilkenny, Niamh O’Neill and Roisin Linnane.
The ground floor now features the grandest beauty and fragrance hall in the city, packed with international brands, cult classics and exclusive collaborations. The experts are on hand, too, if you’re in the mood for a makeover.
Homeware fans won’t be disappointed either, with an entire floor dedicated to furnishings, textiles and kitchenware. Artisan and craft products make ideal gifts and souvenirs; over 100 beloved Irish brands are featured, including Belleek, Newbridge, Foxford, Celtic Candles, Ulster Weavers and of course, the world-renowned Galway and Waterford Crystal ranges.
If all that shopping leaves you breathless, there are plenty of spots to rest a little or grab an energising drink or a sweet treat; Joe’s Coffee and Homemade at Arnotts are firm local favourites. The elegant Kitchen on the upper second floor is a must-visit for gourmands — an oasis of calm, with table-service, a bright, open décor and an attractive, reasonably-priced menu. Diners can take a seat on the balcony, enjoying the view while sipping on a refreshing glass of wine or a wild elderflower juice.
A little pampering is a great excuse for a temporary break from shopping. Arnotts offers an on-site skincare clinic, barbers and hairdresser. Guests in need of a helping hand can call on a complimentary personal shopper for assistance, who will guide them through the luxurious departments, helping them select key pieces for a very special Irish wardrobe. The best part? Visitors from outside of the EU can avail of Premium Tax-Free shopping, making Arnotts just the spot for a stylish souvenir from your travels.