I am about to embark on my latest adventure, a much anticipated trip to the capital of Ireland–Dublin.
My bags are packed and I have my list of …“Ten must see bookstores in Dublin.”
Located near Trinity College, this small bookshop has a lovely selection in a wide range of topics. Founded in 1978, this shop has an excellent staff and commitment to good books.
36 College Green Dublin 2
The largest independent bookstore in Dublin, you can find just about anything here, from new to used. At 30 years old, they certainly know their way around books! Here you’ll also find the Lighthouse Cinema Book club, and can rent the self-guided audio walking James Joyce ‘Dubliners’ Tour.
1 Ivy Exchange,
Parnell Street, Dublin D1
De Búrca Rare Books
Over 20,000 rare books are located in this posh antiquarian bookshop.
51a Dawson St
Ireland’s oldest bookshop. Founded in 1768, this venerable bookstore is now owned by Waterstones. It was mentioned in Ulysses, by James Joyce. Relaxed atmosphere, and extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff (which you’ll need, because the place is so large).
56-58 Dawson Street
Irish Film Institute Film Shop
Of course, you’ll find films here – but also plenty of amazing books about, yes, Irish Film.
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Remember the pharmacy in Ulysses, by James Joyce? None other than Sweny’s, now a (very small) used bookstore run by volunteers. You can also find local crafts and a very famous lemon-scented soap! I love their description from the facebook page: “Quite possibly Dublin’s worst Pharmacy. Est. 1847 and immortalized in Joyce’s Ulysses, we sell books, lemon soap, have readings and imbibe in all things Joycean.”
1 Lincoln Place
The Company of Books
All new books. This store started in 2009, and features an online book club.
Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
The Gutter Bookshop
Also opened in 2009, this store is named after Oscar Wilde’s epigram, ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’ – a fitting name for a bookstore, indeed. There are two locations.
Tel: (00353) 1 6799206
20 Railway Road
Dalkey, Co Dublin
Ulysses Rare Books
Formerly known as Cathach Books, Ulysses is an antiquarian bookstore where you can find books of Irish interest, as well as rare books.
10 Duke Street
Named from the Yeats poem, “My soul. I summon to the winding ancient stair/Set all your mind upon the steep ascent…” This bookstore sells both new and used books, and plenty of Irish authors, literary magazines, and gifts. Also serves coffee, tea, and wine.
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Lunch: 12pm-5pm, Dinner: 5:30pm-10:30pm