Grafton Street and its nearby areas are considered Dublin's high street. There is a wealth of unique and affordable shops in this area along with St. Stephen's Green park and many museums and galleries. This area is also densely populated with restaurants and bars catering for a broad range of tastes.
See & Do
If you want to meet your culture quota with ease then head to The National Gallery of Ireland on Nassau Street or The Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen's Green. Both have wonderful collections and The Little Museum features trinkets and artefacts that represent Dublin throughout the 20th Century.
Grafton Street is smack bang in the middle of plenty of fantastic restaurants, you can get a great steak and seafood at Shanahan's On The Green or a wonderful meal at The Pig's Ear. There are also plenty of cheap places to grab a bite to eat and lots of early bird offers to boot.
Naturally this is also an area of high density for pubs and bars and whether it's an authentic Irish pint you want or an interesting glass of wine or even a cocktail there's somewhere to pique your interest. Try Bagots Hutton for old world wines and great charcuterie, The Blind Pig for an element of secrecy and great cocktails and The Bailey for a classic Irish pint.
High end hotels like The Westbury and the famous Shelbourne Hotel are really close in proximity to the action and are renowned for their stunning interiors and great services. There are also a wealth of guesthouses, hostels and budget hotels nearby or within walking distance of Grafton Street so you will never be stuck.
This entire area is dedicated to shopping and you'll get everything from the quintessential high street stores to the more unique boutiques and vintage shops. Stop in to Brown Thomas or the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre for some high-quality goods from Irish and international designers alike. Meanwhile shops like The Harlequin and the George's Street Arcade cater for those on a different budget.