After a morning filled with 8am class, COBOL, and effectively expanding Kelsey’s wardrobe again (though I can’t say much about this one since I got a €30 pea coat for €9 at Penney’s), we were off on our third group tour of Dublin, this time of Grafton Street. Our guide of the area was Libby, who after countless hours of research and preparation, was ready to show us all around Dublin’s finest shopping district.
Grafton Street is between Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green, and is the fifth most-expensive shopping district in the world. Much of this is due to one store in particular — Brown Thomas. Situated with boutiques for Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Christian Dior, Armani, Gucci, Chanel, Valentino, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Vera Wang, Cartier, and Tiffany’s & Co., the entire store is estimated to have over €5,000 of merchandise per square meter. Needless to say, there were not any purchases made during our tour there.
We also saw other attractions (expensive and otherwise), including The Duke, HMV, Davy Byrne’s Pub, The Dublin Book Shop, The Westbury Hotel, and statues of Molly Malone (the dolly with the trolly) and Phil Lynott (the ace with the bass). We were given some time to check out stores on our own before heading to Bewley’s Oriental Cafe. Bewley’s is well known for being a frequent haunt of James Joyce, and is the largest eatery in the country.
We ended the tour with coffee and dessert, though the rest of the menu looked fantastic as well. It’s not badly priced, so I’m sure we’ll be back.
Tonight a few of us are returning to Grafton Street’s only bar, Captain America’s. It “brought the original burger to Ireland back in December 1971, and serves great American food at great value prices.”
It’s actually a comic book and guitar covered red, white, and blue nightmare, but a bunch of students from IADT have a band that’s performing, so we figured it might be a good way to assimilate. Otherwise we’ll be a bunch of American students at an American themed restaurant, and that’s just awkward.