There are many things one should do in life before one dies, and for booklovers in Dublin, this one is essential. I give you the top five bookshops you should visit before you pack it all together. 

Photo by Rachel Sian.

Photo by Rachel Sian.

Every passionate reader knows that special tingly feeling of joy you get when you discover a new and cosy bookshop. You instantly feel relaxed, like you have found your very own Nirvana. Some like to visit bookshops simply for the sheer pleasure of enjoying the scenery. There are shelves after shelves, brilliantly stocked with fresh books – and it feels like home.

These days, independent bookshops are rare. There are not many of them left, so they should be treasured.

1. The Winding Stair

One of the oldest independent bookshops in Dublin, The Winding Stair has been selling new, second-hand and unusual books for decades. It was revamped as a restaurant in 2006, but you can still potter around the shop on the ground floor.

Photo by craigfinlay.

Photo by craigfinlay.

2. The Company of Books

The Company of Books is a cosy bookshop nestled in the heart of Ranelagh. The shop prides itself on its ‘eclectic mix’ of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, and hosts a book club every month.

3. Chapters

 

Chapters Dublin. Photo by Cian Ginty.

Chapters Dublin. Photo by Cian Ginty.

Chapters cavernous shop is located in Parnell Street and has two floors bursting with new and second-hand books at amazing prices.

4. Dubray Books

Situated in the middle of Grafton Street, Dubray Books is an oasis of calm on the busy shopping thoroughfare. Well stocked with interesting staff recommendations, it’s hard not to stop in for a browse every time you pass by.

5. The Gutter Bookshop

The Gutter Bookshop. Photo by Ana Fuentes.

The Gutter Bookshop. Photo by Ana Fuentes.

A relative newbie on the scene, The Gutter Bookshop is a bright, airy store in Temple Bar is a firm favourite with Dubliners. Taking its name from an Oscar Wilde quote, The Gutter aims to provide something a bit different from the chain bookstores.

If you feel that a bookshop has been forgotten, please drop me a comment and I will be sure to update it.