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Avoca, Dublin

11–13 Suffolk Street
Ireland 2
Tel: 353 1 677 4215's insider take:

In 1974, the Pratt family stepped in to save an 18th-century wool mill in Avoca, in County Wicklow, from being turned into a holiday complex. Thirty-five years later, they run Grand Central Station for yummy mummies. Avoca's Suffolk Street store is the only one in Dublin's city center, set on four floors rising from a basement food hall through areas devoted to clothing, kitchenware, accessories, and toys. Amanda Pratt's Anthology label marries rustic frills with free-flowing fashion; mohair scarves and rugs come from the original Wicklow mill; and other merchandise ranges from polka-dot luggage to kiddie gardening tools. It's pricey and overpopulated but remains a lovely place to be—particularly if you manage a hearty Irish lunch at Avoca Café on the top floor.

Open Mondays through Wednesdays 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm.

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