The centuries-old golden mile of Dublin shopping (and it’s not even a mile long), Grafton Street, famously commands some of the highest rent in the world (this year it slid into eighth place compared to last year’s fifth) giving it an exclusivity—in Irish eyes at least—akin to New York’s Fifth Avenue or Paris’ Champs-Élysées. It hasn’t been immune to recession though. Flagship department store Brown Thomas has been on the pedestrian promenade since 1849 and stocks the world’s most prestigious brands, from Gucci and Cartier to Tiffany & Co and Waterford crystal in its fashion, jewelry and house ware stocks. Opposite BT you’ll find Weir & Sons, a family business selling exclusive jewelry and watches. Further up the street, stop for a coffee and a sticky bun (or lunchtime snack) in the famous Bewley’s Café, there since 1927. Elsewhere on the street you’ll find Karen Millen, Ted Baker, Monsoon, River Island and A|wear.