It’s not difficult to see why Limerick city centre is the retail capital of the mid-west – and offers a very unique combination of quirky independent shops with local art and craft, high street stores with great bargains and department stores with top designer labels and haute couture. And it’s all accompanied by lively performances from local buskers and street artists.
Whether you’re shopping on a budget, splashing out or just looking for some holiday souvenirs – Limerick has it all. O’Connell and Cruises Streets are home to a wealth of cosmopolitan department stores and big retail brands – from Debenhams, Penny’s and River Island to our very own Kilkenny department store where you’ll find a beautiful selection of designer Irish jewellery, gifts and fashion. While Thomas Street and Bedford Row are both pedestrianised streets to make shopping easy and relaxed.
Brown Thomas is one of the best-known luxury department stores – famed for its designer brands and exclusive collections. From handbags to home décor, and whether its Louboutin or Longchamps you’re looking for - get ready to swoon! Then when you’re ready for a pit-stop to rest those shopping legs – the store’s restaurant, Brown’s, is a must.
Of course nothing tells the tale of a city more than the smaller, independently-owned stores – and there is a great selection here. From family-owned tailors to artisanal butchers and local designer jewellers – each shop has a story to tell and a different sort of a treat to offer.
Limerick city has also long been a shopping destination for all things wedding – and you’re sure to find something beautifully-unique here. Catherine Street, as part of the Fashion Quarter, is home to many elegant boutiques where you’ll enjoy a unique shopping experience with real personal service. Just some of the must-see spots include Ryans Jewellers, O’Donnell Ladies Fashion, Gretta Gibbs and Lady Penelope.
And if the quirky and alternative is your style – head for the little gems you’ll find around the Market Quarter, Cruises Street, Bedford Row and William Street. From incomparable antiques to trendy vinyls and vintage clothing, it’s all here – and don’t forget to make a stop at the famous Lucky Lane, home to Limerick’s much-loved ‘public piano’.