When I am sad; I buy books. When I get home I look at these books and my mood is instantly lifted.
Hodges Figgis is a wonderful place for a rainy day but even when the sun is out, I could trawl the shelves for hours on end.
Smartly laid out, it is easy to navigate your way round and with staff who allow you to peruse at your own pace, by the time I've made my way through the entire store, I can barely see with all the books stacked in my arms. Decision time is never easy; what will my pocket allow and which purchase would satisfy my present craving? Never being able to buy them all, there is always fortunately, reason to return.
This is currently my favorite book store in Dublin. It's absolutely huge but still holds a cosy book shop feel. Fantastic collection of books especially speciality subjects not found in other book shops like Easons.
They also have a lovely gift section.
If they don't have it they will order it for you and having used this service twice before I was very happy with it. The staff are friendly an are always informative about titles or authors.
Good bookshop, they are always able to order in the unusual kinds of books that I read and that can't be ordered anywhere else.
Cool bookstore with a really big crime section. These are my favorite kinds of books so I like the fact that I saw the word "crime" in a bunch of different places in this store :-)
The place is pretty big and looks to have books that span a wide range of subjects. Make sure to check out the basement, there you will find lots of bargans and not all just in one big pile but neatly organized by sebject.
Great auld spot. Spent manys the hour rooting through the best selection of books in Dublin. I keep thinking, "i've a little time to kill, I'll just have a look around while I'm waiting for a bus, and then BANG I've added five new books to the collection"
When it comes to Dublin book stores, this place is the be all and end all. I went to university right beside this place and they were always well stocked with college books.
Now that my college days are all too far behind me, this is still the best bookstore in Dublin for an aimless wander in search or whatever catches your eye, or to come and find a very specific book. If they don't have it, they will surely order it for you.
Does what it says on the tin.
Nicely laid out, amazing selection (see my photo of the Europe travel section along), and nice comfortable surroundings.
The range of travel books was so vast in fact that I had to get a shop assistant to direct me in the right direction. She did more than that, and suggested other possible books that might also be good for my needs (without being asked)
My only gripe - which really would be true of all Irish bookshops - was the price! I looked up the Rough Guide on Amazon the night before and found it for €15 with free p&p. I decided to go into Hodges Figgis anyway, as the shock of HMV closing down has only further instilled in me the need to support local businesses to prevent this from happening all over Dublin! The very same book cost €28. Plus the cost of me travelling in and out of town. I can't see how these crazy prices can be justified??
It's been a shameful long time since I let my fingers run of over firm paper that feels like the texture of your cheek - go on run your fingers over it or someone elses and compare.
Today I was lured here. Too much virtual text leads to glazing over, a trait I am guilty off so I have to switch off from time to time. There is something wonderfully satisfying about turning a page.
I knew the book I wanted but I did not know the title or the author,
"I know I'm ridiculous."
"No you are not," she assured me.
"Well he's a journalist and I believe it was written a year ago."
"The publisher is Irish, it's about the Irish drinking culture - I'm sorry about doing this to you!"
"No it's fine."
And off she ran from behind the till on her mission. Upstairs, downstairs as I tried to google keywords and viola she appeared with it with a huge grin.
It's fantastic to know that the people that work there have such a knowledge of books and a patience to deal with a lazy git like me who was not bothered to write the title down prior to entering. Hats off to that girl.
I have spent several hours caressing the words out of this fabulously loquacious cheek.
After watching one of the HF managers deal with a really dodgy character last night (not me), I think this place deserves the full five stars. The guy was trying to scam money off someone else's laser card, and was getting more and more aggressive.
After a few choice words about the manager's patriarchal heritage, Supermanager performed some sort of Jedi mind trick that convinced the guy to call the Gardaí on himself. So not only is HF an excellent bookshop, but the staff have magic powers as well.
The best bookstore in Dublin, in my opinion. No doubt about it. And a fantastic building in an amazing location. This place was recommended to me by a few friends and at first i was highly skeptical. I just thought it was going to be another over-hyped venue on Dawson St, but it surprised me.
It has a vast array of books from all literary categories and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. It consist of 3 floors with the main categories on the ground level. You'll have to take the stairs all the way to the top for the Computer/Marketing section, but it's a decent collection so it's worth it.
The prices are similar to any other bookstore in Dublin, but you can get a loyalty card that gets topped up every time you spend more than 10 euros, which is very helpful. Amazon and other online stores are going to be cheaper but there's something about going into an actual bookstore and selecting one for yourself that will have me coming back here time and time again.
Fave bookshop in Dublin - there's just something so bookloving about it! Despite the sometimes apparently illogical displays I nearly always find books I want to read within 5 minutes of entering. They don't always know what they have in stock so if you're looking for something academic or specialist you're almost better off having a root in the section - you might find an oul gem there.
The selection is quite broad - from bestsellers to irish interest to specialist and academic books. They also have the lovely bargain basement and frequently do sales of interesting books. The loyalty card scheme would be good if I could find the many, many cards I have (mostly being used as random bookmarks) - if you get 8 stamps (one for each 10 euro you spend) you get a tenner voucher. I think what I like best about it is how much the staff love books... I've had so many random conversations with the staff there.
I love this place and want to have its babies. I mean honestly. I quite literally fell in love with it when I walked in and saw it had an Irish interests section larger than most apartments I have lived in. And then there are all the other books.... the fountains, heaps and oceans of books. Bargain books, cook books, new releases, old favorites, oh my word.
The most beautiful lovely wonderful part is the fact that it is like a maze in here, stairs up, stairs down, doorway after doorway leading you to more books.
I'm serious. I want to have babies with this place.
Hogges Figgis is a great bookshop.
I'm a keen reader of sci-fi and normally most book shops have a very poor selection. Hogges Figgis has a great selection and has introduced me to some new authors I never even knew existed.
Add to this the loyalty scheme, a stamp for every 5 euro spent, get six stamps and you get 5 euro off your next book it makes it the only bookshop I bother with really in dublin.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and shop itself is well set out.
There's even a bargain basement for some cheap books.
Overall everything you could want. Note its not a borders style bookshop with coffee shop and cds and dvds. Its a bookshop which made me feel happy.
The staff are helpful. Books are laid out well. I bought what I needed.
Even better I did not buy what I did not need!
This is a great book store. You could get lost here--and I don't mean it's layout is confusing--it's just that they have so many things to look at! The cookbook section must have a singularity; Stephen Hawking should investigate this. I think I have only spent 10 minutes looking at books here and 1 hour has gone by in the real world outside.
My only complaint is that there are not enough comfy chairs for tired customers to rest their feet. The few chairs they have--decked out in well worn green leather--are always taken over by 60-somethings who park themselves in a sunny window like it's a retirement home. Come on people, get up and buy something. Don't Bogart the chairs.
The staff is pretty cool. You can tell they all enjoy the camaraderie of being book minions at Hodges Figgis. I think it's cute how they can be a little cliquish amongst themselves. Anyway, the staff is always pleasant and they enjoy answering questions.
The book-club-card is good to know about. Get one if you're a local. If you're not a local, come to Dawson Street anyway and have lunch at Cafe en Seine while you're down here. That's a real treat.
Hodges Figgis is the best bookshop in Dublin by some margin. It's also one of the oldest bookshops in Ireland (my oul' lad, good Joycean that he is, tells me that it is mentioned in 'Ulysses'.)
How's that for literary pedigree?
Hodges Figgis has a wider selection of books than either Easons or Waterstones, and maybe it's just me but I find Hodges Figgis a lot easier to navigate my way around than other bookshops. It can be a teeny bit more expensive than Easons on occasion, particularly for things like new releases, but it has a loyalty card that gives you €10 off for every €80 you spend. If you buy a lot of books, this works out at as a 12% discount every time you buy a book, but even apart from that, Hodges Figgis is way nicer and better laid out.
One for the true bibliophiles.
For academic textbooks and educational material, Hodges Figgis is a better bet than the campus bookstore (if you're a UCD Development student at least). They stock a broad selection of books on global economics, development theories and politics (plus all the philosophy, history, fiction and non-fiction etc.), and if they don't have what you came for, they order it asap.
I also find the children-book section pretty good. Is always my first stop when I need to find an educational birthday present for my friend's kids.
Remember to get your loyalty card!
Dawson Street has been the mecca for Dublin book buyers for as long as I can remember. It once housed Forbidden Planet, Eason-Hanna as well as Waterstones and Hodges Figgis (both owned by HMV).
Hodges Figgis, famously mentioned in Ulysses, is reportedly the largest bookstore in Ireland and stocks 60,000 titles (approx). Specialising in Irish related books, you can spend some comfortable hours between the bargain books basement and the three floors above. It is not always the most cost effective store but it is competitively priced for larger releases and bestsellers. The staff seem to stick to their own areas of interest and each have more than a working knowledge of what books are coming out, been discussed and what is on the shelf (and where).
My favourite service in Hodges Figgis is their dedication to finding a book if it's not shelved - doesn't sound like much, but it is surprising how few stores are really interested in getting a book for one customer. The shop is vast and it is easy to get overwhelmed on your first visit but if you have a few hours to spare Hodges Figgis is one place to watch time pass by.
Although as a book shop their credentials are top notch, there's something about Hodges I just can't seem to warm too about the place.
Great on text books, Irish interest too, there's limited editions which no one can afford behind the main counter. As well as a huge stock of fiction, non fiction and countless out sub genre's. Look out for the bargain basement as well.
Loads of textbooks too, well known by students of Trinners stocking up for the academic year.
Hodges Figgis isn't my favourite place to buy books in Dublin (it's my second favourite in case you were wondering) but it is probably my favourite place just to walk around in Dublin. The place is humongous and houses thousands of books I'd say yet still has a really nice intimacy to it.
Hodges Figgis is more like an old library than a bookshop really. People stroll in and out, flitting through books and just taking in the ambience. It's a really nice bookshop with a great bargain basement as well as really good staff who actually know a thing or two about good books. I love it.
Plus, the name sounds like it came stragiht out of a Harry Potter novel, which is just flippin great.
I agree with other Yelpers when they say that Hodges and Figgis is great for academic books. In fact, when I was a student at Trinity I was told to come here and buy my books.
This bookshop has a great selection of Irish literature and history in the front section. In the back, there's all the classic novels and English literature books. Downstairs you'll find a whole section dedicated to reduced stock. If you have the time to root through all the shelves and stacks then you're bound to find something good.
Another good thing about Hodges and Figgis is their reward plan. Every time you buy a book they'll stamp your loyalty card. They even honour expired cards provided that they're not more than one year old.
The front windows of Hodges Figges are laden with books currently on Trinity student's reading lists. Situated only a 5-minute walk from the Nassau Street entrance to Trinity College this bookshop is the unendorsed and therefore unofficial bookshop for the university yet owing to its location, magnitude and versatile stockpile of books it is the first port of call for most Trinity students. The university gives the shop copies of the reading lists each term so they can pre-order stock and avoid student's having to go elsewhere.
This affords the shop an extensive and appealing range of hardbacks and paperbacks alike. Being the unofficial cohort to a university the store contains everything from scientific textbooks, 2 tonne dictionaries, 21st century Scottish Literature, as well as the thorny world of medieval prose. The shop does exude a very rich atmosphere and every time I go in I feel awakened by the great versatility of literature able to be retrieved.
NB/ It was founded in the 18th century (1768) and is mentioned in passing in James Joyce's novel Ulysses. (The shop has moved at least three times in the last hundred years, and the premises mentioned in Ulysses are now occupied by Waterstone's, almost directly opposite the present location.)
Fab place for book browsing...with a smattering of sofas for your reading comfort and a bargain basement that's the cheese, there's not more else then you could want! Add to that the fact that due to its Irish ownership it has an excellent Irish interest and history section, and a loyalty card system, you can't really beat it!
Both a historical landmark and a genuinely pleasant experience for all bookworms, if you're after a present for either yourself or another, this should be your first port of call. If you're a lover of the classics, the bargain basement is heaven, with the vast majority costing only a couple of quid - can't go wrong with that!!!
Hodges Figgis offers a great selection of books for readers of all tastes with particularly strong Irish interest and literature sections (and yes, you'll be sure to find a copy of Ulysses). It's also really handy for Trinity students because lecturers tend to slip HF their reading lists in good time for them to source the madly obscure texts that they prescribe.
It's a pleasant shop to browse around in. The staff are friendly and helpful, and if they don't have what you're after, they will try their darndest to get it! You can also pick up some classics at a good price from the basement/stairs.
Probably my favourite bookshop in Dublin. Floors and floors of books, big wide floors, a big wide staircase, and a small entrance at the back end of the bookshop which makes me feel like I'm slipping into a book version of Narnia. I could settle down in a corner of this bookshop and take root, flipping through the surrounding books forever. The cafe on the top floor is much missed but the big squashy black comfy chairs are a welcome replacement. Hurray for H&F!
The bargain basement here is one of Dublin's best kept secrets!This place has just EVERYTHING! Check out the extensive range of PG Wodehouse books, the perfect read for a summer's afternoon!
It's a pity they don't have a cafe but nip next door to Lemon for a caffeine fix!
It's one of my favourite bookshop and i highly recommend it. Although I am writing this review on an iPad and I am a relatively new consumer of ebooks, I am confident that you can't replace the great feeling bookshops and physical books provide. Even though I am a big consumer of online information, there will always be a place for physical books which you flick through, read, admire, enjoy the tactile sensation of the paper, the type face, images, the smell of the paper and the ink. iBooks and the kindle reader provide the text and a handy way to buy and I will consume but I don't think ill ever be ready to dump my books and my time in Hodges Figgis.
This is the magical land of books in Dublin (on the South side anyway, Chapters rules the North side). Its a pleasure to wander in here and browse away. They even have seats sprinkled around the place so you can sit and peruse guilt free. With beautiful window displays & a vast array, Dublin would be a lesser city without HF. Great for university books as well. They also will order in any book you want & staff are very helpful. The bargain basement downstairs is great for the classics & for cookbooks. If you're a book lover then you will love HF.
Wade through all those latte drinking yobbos and find yourself the best bargain basement bookstore on the southside...
best bookshop in dublin
most comprehensive collection
they have everything and the staff know their stuff
this place is second only to internet shopping for dublin
This is one of my favorite book shops in town. The building is fantastic; I love that bubble bay window out front and the classy sign hanging from an iron support outside. Even the central staircase inside is cool. It feels more like being invited into someone's house, instead of a retail book shop.
There is a shop in the USA called, "A Clean, Well-lighted Place For Books." That's exactly what Hodges Figgis is, without the silly name. (Ok, that's debatable, but for another time.)
They have college text books, business-related books, fiction, bargain books, and all kinds of history, cookbooks, and travel guides here. They are like Easons, but with a more focused (and possibly better) selection.
On the plus side, they have a good floorplan with CHAIRS (unlike Eason), and the shopping experience is nicer. There aren't 5 kids running round buying school supplies and getting in your way (like Eason).
On the negative side, one or two of their sales girls have a "people are stupid" attitude that rubs me the wrong way. They behave like dropouts from Trinity who are bitter about having to take retail jobs and work with the plebs. Other than that it's a great store.
When the zombie apocalypse finally does come, and by god it does feel long overdue, this is where I'm going to see it out. While the rest of you are busy fighting a chaotic battle for survival I'll be holed up in here using the vast resources to learn how to rebuild society and in the evenings when I get bored I have enough fiction here to keep me going for several lifetimes.
Ever wanted to know how to build your own gyrocopter? Grow your own luminous grass? Play the guitar with your feet? If these things are possible then somewhere in the depths of Hodges Figgis there's a book that will tell you how to do it. Covering three floors it must be the biggest bookshop in the country? Whatever you're interested in they will have an extensive selection to peruse. Like many other people I have often misplaced what I thought was a few minutes in here to realise when I leave that it is in fact tomorrow.
I used to come in here around October every year when I was in Trinity to pick up a few textbooks for the academic year. It seems that university textbooks these days have become a rather difficult thing to get hold of. Of course if you're studying English literature or Classics most bookshops will have those you need but for academic texts on things like science, engineering or maths you have to go to the internet or here. The really handy thing is that they know what books the various courses are using in Trinity so they tend to have them. Science, specifically biology, was always what I was looking for but I know they have extensive sections on law, economics and business as well. If you're looking for a college book I'd recommend checking here before going to Amazon.
The downstairs section is a bargain basement and it can be fun to come down here and take a look around. I've often found books that I wouldn't normally look at. I mean am I really all that interested in An Economic History of Northern China 1870 - 1939? Probably not all that much, actually maybe a little, but for 50c I can't really go all that wrong!
One final point of note is that as the zombie hordes struggle forth to crack open your brains and feast on the warm goo inside someone will finally find a use for Jordan's biography; barricading the door!
Strangely I came across this magical bookstore in a calendar devoted to the best 12 bookstores in the world, they were June, maybe that was due to their Joycean connections. When I settled in Dublin a year later it was my first port of call....well first after locating a pub, a launderette and a supermarket. Fantastic range of stock, you could spend a few lifetimes reading through that fiction section, and their crime department rivals anything London has to offer! Love their fantastic bargain basement too, I've saved a fortune there.............."Room " by Emma Donoghue at €4.50 , that suits me fine! I love finding a new author at a ridiculously cheap price. Nice friendly staff too, but not in your face, no "Have a nice day" mumbo jumbo, just professional people doing a job they love.
The best bookstore in Dublin. Four floors of books on almost any possible subject area. In the basement you have bargain books, novels are on the ground floor and my favourite: travel books in the first floor (along with other favourites such as language books, sociology, history, politics...). Anything you need you'll find in here and if not, they'll order it. They have a loyalty card system going where you get stamps for every €10 you spend and once you have collected eight stamps, you get €10 off your next purchase. Prices are reasonably low as well.
Hodges Figgis has a fantastic selection of books and the staff are top class. They have ordered a pile of books for me in recent weeks and have been very helpful. Best of all, it feels like a traditional bookshop should - all creaky floors and nooks and crannies.
Incidentally it is great to see, from the other reviews, that so many people still treasure books and bookshops.
Simply one of the world's best bookstores.
A good bookstore on Dawson Street. The selection is good for students in particular, they have most of the books required for Trinity students. They will order any book for you and they are extremely helpful, they will text you to let you know your book is in. They also have a good reward program, You spend 100 and you get 10 off.
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