*Sigh*, there’s really nothing quite like dedicating a whole afternoon (or, if you’ve got the energy, a whole DAY) to vintage shopping. To forget about your worries and simply enjoy a few hours of leisurely browsing; ogling over what you can’t afford, and treating yourself to something that you can, is a sweet luxury that should be enjoyed at least once a year. And what better a place to get the biggest range of vintage shops than our nation’s capital?
We’ve summed up the ten best places to get everything from old school fashion, to clocks and furniture, and what’s more, they’re all within walking distance of each other!
1. Siopaella, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Handbags. All shapes, all sizes, and all from the world’s most desirable designers. Of course, this shop is famous for more than just their incredible range of high-end handbags – they have clothes and shoes of all types as well, but if you’re in the market for a Celine or Vuitton, this is where it’s at.
2. Lucy’s Lounge, Fownes Street, Dublin 2
Lucy’s Lounge is an uncontestable cavern of whimsy and weirdness. When you decide to delve into their array of vintage delights, just be sure to have a coffee beforehand. And make it a strong one.
3. Dublin Vintage Factory, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
Situated on Smithfield Square, the Dublin Vintage Factory is a warehouse of hipster shirts, novelty jumpers, and groovy jeans. The perfect remedy for when you’re next hit with a wave of nostalgia.
4. A Store Is Born, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2
The only thing better than real cashmere, is real cashmere sold at a discounted price. The quality of items sold at A Store Is Born is second to none, just bear in mind that they only open on Saturdays, 10am-6pm.
5. Deja Vu, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Deja Vu, with its tiny blushing facade and shuttered windows, is a must-visit for any woman on the hunt for a bargain. Proof that bigger is not always better, this teeny shop is selective with its stock but generous with its offers.
6. Christy Bird's, South Richmond Street, Dublin 2
A family business and possibly Ireland's oldest vintage store, Christy Bird offers high quality (and often quirky) furniture that dates back to the days when they knew how to make it, and at reasonable prices. A lovely place to explore if you’re looking to add a bit of character to your home.
7. Tola Vintage, Fownes St Upper, Dublin 2
The crowd behind Tola Vintage have made it their mission to find amazing, colourful vintage clothes and accessories for men and women who long for the fashion of a bygone era. Lots of fantastic 80’s jackets, oversized jumpers and preppy t-shirts.
8. Nine Crows, Temple Lane South, Dublin 2
Based in both Dublin and Galway, Nine Crows has established itself as somewhat of a leader in trendy vintage retail here in Ireland. A must-visit if you’re looking for something that will stand out at your next festival or party, these guys will sort you out.
9. The Harlequin, Castle Market, Dublin 2
An especially authentic vintage boutique, The Harlequin boasts an incredible array of secondhand clothes and accessories dating as far back as the 1920s. Catering to both men and women, their impressive collection includes men’s tweed jackets, footwear, smart evening attire and glitzy occasional wear.
10. Time Piece, Patrick Street, Dublin 8
Timepiece is a specialist clock shop set in the heart of old Dublin that is home to a veritable Aladdin's cave of clockwork wonders. Clocks of all shapes and sizes grace the floor and walls of the shop, each piece meticulously chosen and providing an incredible insight into the unique world of antiquarian horology.