With rambling green fields, ancient stone walls, and a higher population of sheep than people, Ireland might not seem like a haven for cutting-edge design. But, particularly in its cobblestoned cities, the country is undergoing a style revolution. Here are four of the best design shops to hit in Dublin—plus one paving the way in Galway.
Coffeewerk + Press, Galway
Stop by this bright ground-floor coffee shop in the western port of Galway for some of the city’s best coffee and tea, then follow the winding wooden staircase to two sparse rooms of beautiful design. The second floor houses artful utilitarian objects (brushes, scissors, cups) while the third floor is a quiet gallery, complete with fireplace, above the bustle of Quay Street. Pick up a few postcards of local artists’ work if you're tight on room in your suitcase.
Industry & Co, Dublin
Brother and sister Marcus and Vanessa Mac Innes’ shop on Drury Street—named the Best Gifts, Design and Interiors Shop 2015 by The Irish Times—highlights excellent products from throughout Europe. Look for revamped industrial-style lamps and Irish woolen blankets and, in the cafe, local Wall & Keogh tea (also available by the bag) and healthy Middle Eastern-inflected food.