Cost of Living in Dublin
Overall, the average consumer prices in Ireland are not significantly different from average prices in other western European countries.
The capital of Dublin tends to be more expensive than other towns and rural areas, especially in regards to the price of rent and services.
- Groceries (on average): Bread costs 2.50 EUR/kg, milk .90 EUR/litre, cheese 8 to 10 EUR/kg, potatoes 1.40/kg
- Eating Out: A meal in a cheap restaurant costs around 15 EUR, and around 60 EUR in a mid-range restaurant. A pint of local beer costs about 4 EUR
- Leisure: A cinema ticket costs approximately 10 EUR, and a Fitness Club Monthly fee is about 40€
- Clothing: The price of a chain store pair of jeans is about 35€, increasing up to 75€ for a branded sport trousers. A mid-range pair of running shoes are 80€
- Transportation & Gas: In Dublin, a one-way public transport ticket costs around 2.5 EUR, a monthly transport ticket costs around 100 EUR. A litre of 95-grade fuel starts at 1.31 EUR
Some Irish specialty gifts/souvenirs are:
- Guinness customized products; key rings, t-shirts, barrel's shaped hat, etc. always with Guinness logo
- Aran Knitwear
- Celtic and Irish jewellery, including the "righ of claddagh"
- Everything with the famous "leprechaun" on it, typical from Irish magical stories
Shopping Areas in Dublin
Dublin's shopping scene is centralized around two main pedestrian streets on either side of the Liffey.
On the South side, head to Grafton Street and you will find all the classic high street retailers along with as many buskers and street performers as you can shake a stick at. It's a nice experience to hear a variety of musical and artistic influences mix on the streets as you peruse the shops and you'll be sure to find some tourist fare here.
On the North side, head to Henry Street, it features a main street with some large shopping centres adjoining. Off Henry Street is also Moore Street, where the famous open air fruit and vegetable market that often feature a witty banter and repartée between locals and vendors can be found. Moore Street also features a concentration of ethnic shops that cater for various cultures.
There are also many independent shops around the city. Some places to try:
- George's Street Arcade
- The Powerscourt Townhouse
- Meeting House Square
- O'Connell Street
To see a complete list of shopping centres and department stores visit Ireland.com shopping page.
Markets in Dublin
There are many markets within walking distance of Dublin's city centre.
Other markets in Dublin:
- Moore Street - This is Dublin's oldest food market with local produce and goods. Open Monday to Saturday
- Temple Bar - This tourist center also hosts three different markets. Saturdays hosts the food market in Meeting House Square; on Cow's Lane there is the Designer Mart with Irish handcrafts; the Temple Bar Book Market is held on both Saturday and Sunday.
- George's Street Arcade - Boutique and vintage shops abound with food markets and pop-ups regularly appearing.
Supermarkets in Ireland
There are quite a few big supermarket chains in Ireland. The most typical ones are: