St Stephens Shopping center is set in a magnificent building at the northwest corner of St Stephens green across from the archway. It has an open greenhouse conservation type feel for it and houses Europe's largest indoor clock. On a sunny day, the light cascading into the building is amazing. Aesthetically this place checks all the boxes and is photographed quite a bit both inside and out.
Down the downside would probably be the lack of variety of shops. The main shops Dunnes, Boots, TK Maxx, Argos, Mothercare certainly make the shopping center useful, especially with its great location. I find that if I need a good toy store for example, I need to head to Henry street or Dundrum (due to my lack of a car to more far flung locations).
One gripe also is the 20 cent charge for the restrooms on the top floor and the lack of a restroom for customers in the larger stores like Dunnes. Couldn't they even allow paying customers the use of restrooms for free by displaying a receipt?
Overall, this place still warrants four stars and is a place which I am a frequent customer.
I really wish I could give St Stephen's Green a better rating than this but I don't feel I can! Despite the abundance of shops it just feels like there's nothing there! Most of the shops are budget brands (Dunnes/TK Maxx etc) with just one or 2 boutiques and a handful of Irish souvenir shops. Not great really!
However the food court is excellent, the location is excellent, the building itself is beautiful and there are plenty of shops in the area around the centre to keep you entertained.
Also note that you must pay 20c to use their bathrooms which in my opinion is an absolute joke!
Whenever I go shopping in town, I always find myself wandering into Stephen's Green Shopping Centre and to be honest, over the years I have just become more and more disappointed. Don't get me wrong, some of the shops are great, but on average, I find myself getting less and less in the SC and relying more on the area around it. Which is a real pitty, as the place itself is one of my favourite places to go!
With its ornate white detail and raised greenhouse frame, I really thought this was a refurbished building from the 19th century, an Irish landmark of historical importance. Imagine my surprise to find out it opened only in 1988 taking over a car park surrounded by punk stalls where U2 played during their salad days. Now it's a tri-level shopping center with inconveniently located escalators and random stores that frankly didn't hold that much appeal to me. The only stores that could be considered flagships are Dunnes, presumably Ireland's answer to Target, and T.K. Maxx, the European version of T.J. Maxx.
Otherwise, it's a series of shops that feature goth clothing, novelty items, and a whole lotta shoes. It just strikes me as a waste of prime real estate since it holds such a central location off the main commercial corridor of Grafton Street. It's also right across the road from its popular namesake park. I was in there looking for something to eat for lunch and only found a food court that was quite similar to any that I've seen stateside in a suburban mall including a very unappetizing Chinese fast food counter. Once I got out of there, I ended up dining at Harry's on the Green on the outside of the shopping center. It turned out to be its saving grace.
Stephen's Green. Arguably the most beautiful building in Dublin.
Like stepping into a giant conservatory, if you HAVE to go shopping on a sunny day, at least you can feel like you're outside!
The only downside with the layout is the practicality of it all. It is quite higgledepiggledee (Yes that is how you spell it!). Not a place for a power shop. Then again, despite housing over 100 outlets (including Dunnes, TK Maxx, and Boots), there's something not quite 'there' about the shopping selection. There seems to be only the option of chain shops, or low-budget crappy-quality kinda places. Of course there are exceptions, but generally speaking, an overhaul of stores here would probably do this place the world of good.
(Obviously Wrestling Mania would still make the cut - the only place in Ireland devoted to wrestling, UFC, WWF, and all the rest of those particular brands. Random or wha!)
Either way, if you fancy a leisurely Sunday stroll, away from the elements, the Green is an alright place to start.
Be careful if you're parking your car here though. It's an extremely narrow car park, with lots of opportunity for scrapage (yes, personal experience, there, I said it!) Also - it's extremely expensive, nearly 4 euro an hour. If you're going to be there for the day, I would advise logging on to Qpark and you can get 24 hours for €15, or €5 overnight. If you're paying per hour, make sure you take note of the 'or part thereof' bit in the pricing! I parked here the other day for an hour and five minutes and paid about 7 yoyos for the privilege!
As shopping centers go this is one of the best in Dublin. It's big and airy with lots of natural light, I'd even go so far as to say it's quite a nice building in itself.
And the FM104 booth is a great way to remember why some of our favorite radio presenters haven't made the crossover to television(ah ha ha ha! BURN, swish, high fives all round).
The Kylemore on the first floor is good for a quick bite between friends of different tastes. And there's an asian buffet upstairs for the really hungry.
The top floor houses a nice gallery. Lots of famous caricatures mixed and mashed in with 'real' art-the way it should be, I don't believe in Gallery's.
Oh yeah, there's a load of shops tacked on too.
Stephen's Green Shopping Centre looks an awful lot older than it is: the big steel and glass structure is like a shabby version of Crystal Palace, and yet is only about twenty years old.
The shopping centre probably has best location in town, situated as it on St Stephen's Green (funnily enough) and at the top of Grafton St.
Shops-wise, the big Dunnes Stores is probably, as they say in the retail industry, the 'anchor unit', but there are plenty of other big shops, too. There's a Tk Maxx, a big Boots and an Argos, the only one in that part of town, if my memory serves me correctly.
There's also lots of boutique clothes shops (though passing the shopping centre recently, a number of these seem to be in the process of closing down), and also some stange but endearing shops, such as The Hat Shop (it does exactly what it says on the tin).
Stephen's Green is a good shopping centre as such things go, but there is one thing about it that really annoys me. There is an escalator up to the first floor right inside the entrance, but if you want to get back down again, you have walk half way along the building to find one. A bit enervating.
There's a few handy shops in Stephen's Green, and I guess that the building is nice and bright and airy, but there isn't exactly anything unmissable there, so if you're visiting Dublin and you don't get to see it, don't worry too much about it, it's not the end of the world.
I like Stephen's Green Shopping Centre because, unlike a many airless, artificially lit shopping centres, it spoils shoppers with natural light, from the actual sun! Although as Cathal says, it now looks a little the worse for wear, to me the glass exterior seems strangely creative in a city full of generic grey square shopping centres.
Stephen's Green isn't the trendiest or most modern shopping centre in Dublin. It isn't home to many upmarket boutiques but it is pleasant to walk around in and it has a certain charm (perhaps this is related to the ever-enticing pick'n'mix counter or the eternal smell of warm croissants!). It houses many stores for 'practical shopping' such as Holland and Barrett, Boots, Sony Centre, The Laptop Shop and Dunne's, a number of fashion outlets, the largest being TK Maxx, and some specialist shops for perfume, greeting cards and hats.
I think this is actually such a waste of a shopping centre. Grafton Street/Stephen's Green area of Dublin is really lacking a proper shopping centre with known brands and store names.
La Croissanterie is still there too? WTF? This just reminds me of my early teens in the mid 90's thinking I was so cool having a ham and cheese croissant in Stephen's Green.
Paying to pee in the ultra violet junkie proof toilets.
Lack of well known stores/brands [although this has slightly improved in recent years] but still for the size of this place it really is immersed in awful random stores.
Trying to get downstairs - it's not easy sometimes.
TK Maxx [although I do despise the TK Maxx experience it is good for bargains on branded clothing]
Lack of horrible little skanger teens and tweens who saturate Jervis and the ILAC centre. I'm no snob, I'm from Stoneybatter. I just really don't want to be surrounded by skanger kids when I'm trying to enjoy myself and shop. If I wanted that experience I would go to Meath Street.
THE place to meet people in town...you always see at least 20 slightly harassed-looking patrons peering anxiously into your face as you walk by, before compulsively checking their phone for the umpteenth time, just to be sure that it was the shopping centre and not the green itself (and let's face it, who hasn't made that mistake?!) that was the rendez-vous point.
It's one of those 'landmark' buildings that everyone knows, tourist or local, and it does have some fairly cool shops...the fact that Dublin now has a Qicksilver shop is one of the best new additions, though there's still the old favourites as well. Home to a myriad of tacky, yet sublimely cheap, girl's clothing shops, it's got pretty much everything you could ask for...homeware, tattoos, groceries, clothes, books...more all embracing than many other shopping centres and better located too.
Not a bad shopping centre, 20c to use the loo's though which is a bit harsh.
There's a few food places but never tried them.
Lots of clothing stores, I have probably brought more in here than anywhere else in Dublin.
Lots of escalators and lifts, lots of space to walk around with and best of all free WI-FI.
Worth a look if its raining!
Stephen's Green Shopping Center is a traditional indoor mall, which is something not typically found in European cities like Dublin. It is huge structure with a big domed glass top, letting in a lot of natural light and making it seem really airy. It has lots of the stores and services one might need all jammed into one location. From Boots to Dunnes to Peter Mark salons (there are several!) to Argos, to drycleaners, to art dealers, this place has just about everything you could need. You could probably live inside here forever, actually. What with the bedding displays and food vendors, you'd never need to leave. You could consider yourself a high-class mole person. I mean mall person. Anyway.
Overall not a wholly unpleasant shopping experience, but definitely not unique.
I like the St. Stephen's Green SC mostly due to it's great interior, and all the small independent galleries, shops and tattoo studios on the top floor. The bigger high street-chain-shops on the levels below are a bit limited when it comes to size and assortment, mostly due to the age and setting of the building.
Nevertheless, it gets cramped on the weekends.
Always end up spending too much money here. Decent selection of stores, really love my TK MAXX. Since the centre is so large, you'd think they'd have it filled with many more appealing stores. Nice to walk around on a chilly day.
lovley place to wander around on a rainy day!
i always feel tired looking around this shopping center as it is so big and has so many floors so i usually just head to Dunnes. the shops seem to change a lot and i keep meaning to dedicate a couple of hours to wandering around the center but i always run out of energy
they have a fish ped place for your tired feet. i think it's about €12 per go but i haven't tried it yet.
i don't really like the kylemore cafe on the first floor, i think the food is so bland and lacking in imagination but maybe they have changed since i was there last.
there are a couple of quirky shops on the first floor too and if you like paintings they have a corridor full of paintings for sale on the third floor close to the carpark lifts. they can be expensive tho.
There weren't a lot of shops that interested me. The quality of goods were quite poor.
Stephen's Green is a class shopping centre, or 'mall' as they say in the states. It's got three floors with pretty much everything. Around Christmas time they do the place up proper and it always makes it feel so much more like Christmas when you come here during the holidays.
I have to say that the mall itself is very nice but the stores and the food court are pretty bland. I, as a tourist, walked up and down each floor and didn't see any stores worth going into so I left after only a little while. However, the street stores across the way and on Grafton St. (around the corner) are much nice and more plentiful so that's where I wound up spending a good bit of time.
This shopping centre is quite handy, as it is located just at the end of the luas line. It is a great place to go for lunch, as there are quite a few cafés and restaurants on the second floor. It has a mix of shops, with something for everyone. In particular, the argos and dunnes grocery are large and well-stocked. As for clothes shops, my favourites are motion (very cheap clothes!), swamp, sasha and dunnes (there is a huge clothes section).
I enjoyed shopping here as it wasn't too hectic and there was a wide variety of shops that I don't usually see. I was able to get tinned fish, a new belt and a wine-coloured lipstick within half an hour. So naturally I spent the rest of the afternoon stuffing myself with black forest gateau in the 3rd floor cafe!
St Stephens Green Shopping centre is very spacious with a large variety of different shops and places to eat. I love going here in my lunchhour to have something to eat and to look around the many shops. Shops that you would not get many other shopping centres.
Looking at the shopping centre from the outside it looks really nice and inside its quite clean and well presented too. The place is located on Stephen's Green so many buses pass here and the Sandyford Luas Line terminates just next to the centre too. It has 3 floors, with some of the big shops like Argos, Dunnes etc. There are a number of places to shop for clothes, particularly womens clothes. I find though there's nowhere really good to get food in here so you can just grab something outside (Grafton St is next to here). What also annoys me about this place is that once you get to the second floor you have to walk right to the other side to get back down to the bottom floor to leave.
A lovely bright shopping centre (lots of glass and windows). Not your usual shops here, there are a mixture of designer shops and cheaper shops. There are 3 floors of shops. I definitely recommend the coffee shop on the top floor, they do a great iced coffee. Go! You'll spend plenty of time in there going in an out of shops...you may also spend lots of money too! :-)