5 shops for book lovers in Dublin

1) Chapters Bookstore

Physically speaking, Chapters is Ireland’s largest independent bookshop and it can be a bit overwhelming, with its sprawling ground floor selling new books and its equally sprawling first floor selling second hand books. You’ll find books of every variety here and various imprints of the classics at very good prices.

Chapters Bookstore in Dublin

2) The Library Project

One of the best things that have happened to Temple Bar in years. A bit different from your usual bookshop, The Library Project specialises in photography and art publications, as well as cultural and critical Sternberg Press releases, architecture and design magazines. You’ll even find some Irish artworks here.

window The Library Project

3) Dubray Books

This is the Dublin flagship of independent booksellers Dubray Books. There’s a lot on offer here and the extremely helpful staff are specialists in their sections and always have plenty of suggestions. After a browse, why not take the stairs up to the brand-new cafe and enjoy a coffee.

Children's book at Dubray store in Dublin

4) Connolly Books

Attached to the New Theatre there is this hip and arty-looking bookshop. Founded in 1932 and named after the republican and socialist leader James Connolly, it sells mostly Marxist material, feminist literature, philosophical and progressive books. A unique bookshop with a great lay-out.

connolly books

5) Marrowbone Books

Dublin was sorely lacking in secondhand bookshops – something a town can never have too many of. Then along came Marrowbone Books with its bright yellow façade and its interior reminiscent of your living room or an old Charing Cross bookshop. Cheap prices, a good range, an abundance of comfort and occasional literary/musical events.

marrowbone books

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