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Celebrate World Book Day in #DublinTown

  • Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Celebrate World Book Day by visiting some of the many bookstores in Dublin city!

Bookworms get ready, World Book Day in Ireland takes place on March 1st. In celebration of the day that promotes and encourages children and adults to continue to read, we’ve listed some of the many bookstores around DublinTown where you’ll find your next big read:


An obvious option is Easons! Located on lower O’Connell Street, Easons is a reliable source for any book lover. Whether it’s the latest book high in demand, a classic, an informative book or comedy novel, your guaranteed to find your favourite here. Their wide selection is constantly updated and staff are on hand to answer any queries or questions you may have.

Books Upstairs

Located in the heart of the city, Books Upstairs is Dublin’s most famous independent literary bookshop. Celebrating 40 years in business this year, staff are extremely welcoming and can inform you on literature, history and society. Don’t be surprised if you run into writers, Books Upstairs is somewhere you’ll experience a genuine Dublin literary ambiance. Check out their literary café on the first floor and ask about their regular reading and literary events.

Dubray Books

Located on Grafton Street, Dubray Books is one of eight stores located around the country. The store often runs the best deals on their stock. The flagship store has a wide variety of books from must have reads to those local interest books that might grab your attention.

Chapters Bookstore 

Chapters Bookstore was established in 1983. Previously located in various locations around the city, it’s now the largest independent bookstore in Ireland and located on Parnell St. The store has a large range of books, DVDs, music both new and secondhand in their secondhand department. If something is not in store, they provide a customer ordering service to get what you’re looking for. Their staff are book lovers themselves and on hand to offer any help or advice that you may need.

Hodges Figgis

Famously mentioned in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, Hodges Figgis on Dawson St is Ireland’s oldest bookshop. Founded in 1768, the shop is a book enthusiast’s dream. A whimsical building, its three floors are crammed with everything from travel books to cult classics. Check out the bargain basement – one of Dublin’s best kept secrets – for some cheap thrills.


The Winding Stair

If you’re looking for a different experience of enjoying your book and some nice food then the Winding Stair is where to go as it’s a combination between a bookshop and restaurant. The bookshop specialises in unique, unusual reads that are normally unavailable in larger chains as well as second-hand publications. The restaurant works off a simple organic menu with lots of choice on their wine list. Sit overlooking the Ha’penny Bridge this World Book Day and delve into the book of your choice.

The Secret Book and Record Store

Located on Wicklow Street, The Secret Book and Record Store really would be Dublin’s best kept secret if it wasn’t for the man standing outside holding the placard. Commercialism hasn’t quite reached this secondhand store yet making it somewhere to escape and get lost in their wide selection of books. It’s slightly shabby and old décor adds to the ambiance of the store which makes it so endearing. Stop by and check it out for yourself!

Leave a comment below and let us know what you get up to this World Book Day. Happy Reading!