Grafton Street Dublin 2. Dublin’s main shopping area runs right through the city center. Now a pedestrian-only zone during business hours, this red brick-paved street stretches for several blocks and is home to international stores as well as local gems. Though crowded with shoppers on Saturdays, it is always a fine place to stroll and be entertained by street performers or to peel off for a side-street restaurant.
Bewley’s Cafe & Restaurant 78-79 Grafton St. Dublin’s oldest and biggest cafe, this place has been around since 1927 and is famous for its architecture and Harry Clarke windows. Check out the bakery section in front as you enter so you know what you want to order when you sit down; then find a seat in the small cafe area in front or in the larger open room in back. You can also go upstairs to the third floor and sit on an open-air balcony overlooking Grafton Street. In addition to house-roasted coffee, huge scones, sticky sticky buns, and glittery frosted cupcakes are on the menu. So is stew and shepherd’s pie, and take-out is an option.
Bewley’s Cafe Theatre presents afternoon shows and evening entertainment on the second floor.
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