Dublin Tax Refund
Dublin has plenty of shops, boutiques, and department stores and visitors will be able to get whatever they need whether it be discount or luxury items. However, the city's 21% sales tax keeps the prices of general goods at relatively high prices. Citizens of non-EU countries can often get a sales tax (VAT) refund on purchases so be sure to look for refund sign and ask in shops before buying anything. Note that most shops will only offer VAT refund coupons on the same day of purchase.
Dublin Shopping Areas
The area around Grafton Street probably has the greatest selection of goods, in addition to being THE place to find high-end products. It runs between St. Stephen's Green and Trinity college and is home to Brown Thomas and its sister store BT2, Dublin's most famous (and expensive) department store. Other popular shopping areas are north of the river on O'Connell Street and Henry Street.
Irish crafts such as Waterford Crystal, Aran sweaters, and Belleek Pottery can be found in many of the shops on Nassau Street, which runs alongside Trinity College. Some of the more popular shops include Kilkenny Design, House of Ireland, and Blarney Woollen Mills.
Several large bookstores can be found on Dawson Street, which runs parallel to Grafton. Two stores offering good selections are Waterstones and Hidges Figgis. Chapters Bookshop at the top of Henry street also have a good selection and the prices are often a little cheaper. Clothes, galleries, local designer jewelery, and cafes can be found at Powerscourt Centre, located adjacent to Grafton Street. Cafes, vintage clothes, accessories, vinyl, and club fasion can be found at the Market Arcade (aka George's Street Arcade).
Dublin Airport Duty Free Shopping
Also, Dublin Airport's duty-free stores sometimes have cheaper prices than in the city.