Bookshop Crawl Recap!

​Thank you so much yet again to the 80+(!) people who attended our bookshop crawl – it was an honour to give you a little flavour of the Dublin bookshop scene. For those who couldn’t attend, and those who said they would like to stop by again, here is a little recap of the five independent bookshops we visited.

Books Upstairs

A two-minute walk from Front Arch, it can be hard not to wander in here on a rainy day. Books Upstairs has an extremely thoughtful selection of books, including an LGBT+ section and one for Women’s Studies. They are an excellent spot for buying local literary magazines, such as The Dublin Review and Banshee. They also have a gorgeous café upstairs.

The Secret Book and Record Store

Always worth a visit, once you’re in on the secret.

The Gutter Bookshop

In a gorgeous corner of Temple Bar, this beautiful bright shop is a little ways from Trinity but worth the walk. The Gutter Bookshop is happy to order a title that’s not in stock and to track down out-of-print or hard-to-find books where possible. They also have regular events, a variety of book clubs, and a great Twitter game.

The Winding Stair

On the quays, just by the Ha’penny Bridge. Visiting this shop is an experience. It has a variety of books that are political or humorous or both, a vast collection of literary journals, a cosy armchair hidden in the back corner and a fascinating window display. If you haven’t been, it’s a must.


On Parnell Street. Chapters is enormous, with a book on every topic you can think of. Their classics section is particularly lovely. The upstairs of the shop is entirely devoted to generously-priced second-hand books, and you can also exchange your own books for store credit. The second-hand Irish Fiction area is your best shout for discovering a new favourite author.

BONUS BOOKSHOPS: Planning to visit some other parts of Ireland?

Belfast: No Alibis Bookstore

Five minutes after walking into No Alibis, there’s a decent chance one of the staff will say, “I’ve just put on a pot of coffee, do you take sugar?” Found on the already-lovely Botanic Avenue, No Alibis has a wonderful selection (from Roxane Gay to Maeve Brennan) and an even better atmosphere.

Galway: Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

This place is magic – a bookshop you can literally get lost in, with lots of nooks and crannies. Combining new and second-hand books, it started off as a market stall and is now a necessary visiting spot for any book-lover in Galway.