Dublin has received another positive review, this time from the readers at Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, who recently voted Ireland’s capital city in fifth place of the world’s top shopping destinations. Dublin also featured well ahead of New York, Paris and London which are seen as shopping meccas. This prestigious title comes soon after Condé Nast Traveller Magazine voted Dublin as one of the world’s friendliest cities.
Another great win for Ireland’s capital city, this new prestigious title is sure to boost visitor numbers of those planning a trip to Ireland, specifically for shopping. This is also a boost the Irish tourism board who recently launched a marketing plan for 2015 complete with an ambitious plan that envisages attracting 7.74 million visitors taking a vacation in Ireland in 2015.
The travel bible also gives a big mention to Dublin city centre’s fashionable “creative quarter” as a must-see, giving lots of praise on the area’s “eclectic mix of shops, cafes, galleries and Dublin city restaurants”. Barcelona came in first place, with Philadelphia coming in a close second, followed by Hong Kong in third place and Chicago the windy city coming in fourth place.
“Need a day wandering from store to store after a night of one too many pints?,” its writers ask.
“Most guidebooks will recommend Grafton Street, but you can escape the chain stores (and crowds) by heading a few blocks west to Dublin’s Creative Quarter,” they recommended.
“The aptly-named area is bursting with artsy stores and cafes, including the Irish Design Shop, which offers Irish-made souvenirs and workshops in its in-house studio.”
Thomas Burke, director of Retail Ireland, the IBEC group which represents the Irish retail industry, said: “This endorsement is another positive news story for an industry which has only recently stabilised after bearing the full brunt of years in recession.”