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Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

59 S. William Street
Ireland 2
Tel: 353 1 671 7000's insider take:

It's hard to believe this Georgian town house was once a car park. The former city residence of the Powerscourt family has been beautifully renovated, however, and the result is Ireland's best boutique shopping center. Enter via South William Street for the full experience: The Palladian facade gives way to an entrance hall containing the only trompe l'oeil floor in Dublin, itself leading to a mahogany staircase ascending toward gloriously frilly neoclassical stuccowork. Then you may shop. Jewelers like Emma Stewart Liberty and Michael Perry stand next to a slew of antique stores; fashion outlets include French Connection and the Design Center. All circle an enclosed courtyard café, and on the top floor, the vegetarian Café Fresh has a great selection of gluten-free foods.—Pól Ó Conghaile

Open Mondays through Wednesdays 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm, Fridays 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays 9 am to 9 pm.

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