Highlights of the Silver Coast
A walled town complete with castle and battlements, all intact and beautifully preserved. Inside the walls are white washed houses with red-tiled roofs and brightly coloured doors and window frames. All over the town beautiful vibrant and fragrant flowers tumble over the walls with the odd lemon or orange tree laden with fruit. Walk on top of the walls taking in the commanding 360 degree views and then amble your way through the tiny and quiet cobbled streets. Picturesque is an obvious choice but it describes it exactly.
Porto das Barcas
The church at St. Anne's is a beautiful backdrop for the twinkling canopy on Anne Street South, especially during sunset.
The narrow, cobbled Johnson's Court leading to Powerscourt Town Centre is straight out of a Christmas card.
Head over to the North Side to Henry Street. It's filled with bright stalls for last minute stocking fillers and the lights leading all the way to the Spire will bring out your child-like love for the season no matter how cynical you are!
Over in Smithfield Square you’ll find probably the best Christmas tree in Dublin. This Square hosts a Christmas market every year as well.
Christmas Window Shopping
We hate shopping at the best of times but the it's worth stepping inside St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre for its decorations. Head up to the very top of the building to the food court for the best view.
The shop windows of Brown Thomas on Grafton Street are visited every year by Irish from all over the country. It’s sort of a tradition and thankfully you don’t have to spend all your money in this exclusive high street store to see them!
Powerscourt Town Centre only beats the decor in Stephen’s Green because the building itself is one of Dublin’s most beautiful Georgian houses. It boasts some unique, albeit expensive, shopping including wares from Irish designers.
Farrier & Draper in Powerscourt Townhouse has open fires and proper christmas trees that waft that lovely pine scent when you walk through the doors. This is the place for instant festive feels and you can relax with a mulled wine in a comfy sofa chair.
You will be tempted to spend money in George's Arcade because it hosts some of the most unique and interesting shops and stalls to be found in Dublin. It’s one of Europe’s oldest shopping arcades and it looks its best at Christmas time.
Eatyard beside the Bernard Shaw Pub on South Richmond Street becomes Yuleyard for Christmas and it doesn’t disappoint. Hot festive drinks and loads of delicious treats on offer every weekend right up to Christmas. If you keep missing the Christmas markets (like we did) get in here!
There you have it! We hadn’t really felt Christmas-y until we visited all these spots around Dublin and it takes a lot to get us in the festive mood.