No need to go to Portobello Road in London; Dublin’s antiques dealers on Francis Street banded together to create the Antiques Quarter in 2003. With shops that are typically family-owned or run by one knowledgeable dealer with their own specific antique passion, Francis Street is a great destination for the antique lover in Dublin.
Now, a quick drive, taxi or bus ride away from Merrion Square hotels, you can find antiques to bring home with you, whether you’re looking for furniture, art, jewellery or ornaments. The only problem might be finding where to put it all if your room at the O’Callaghan hotel Dublin can’t hold everything!
Where to look for furniture:
69/70 Francis Street,
Johnston Antiques has been running since 1950 and been kept in the Johnston family ever since then. Specialising in 18th-century Irish furniture, they have an extensive stock of pieces and have had three exhibitions, all of which are available for download.
43-44 Francis Street,
O’Sullivan’s has been a fixture of Dublin’s Francis Street since 1990. Though they specialise in Regency and Georgian furniture, they also have a healthy selection of statues, lighting, mirrors, paintings, firegrates and other, more peculiar ‘objet d’art’ pieces.
Michael Connell Antiques
58 Francis Street,
Specialists in Victorian and Edwardian furniture, Michael Connell also stocks a large amount of curios including antique teddy bears. Established in 1992, they carry out restoration projects as well as managing their busy showroom.
Esther Sexton Antiques
51 Francis Street,
Esther Sexton Antiques specialises in furniture of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, as well as bigger decorative items like mirrors. The front showroom generally has some of the heavier antique chairs and tables on display.
Where to look for ornaments and decorative items:
Martin Fennelly Antiques
60 Francis Street,
With an eclectic collection that has everything from candlesticks to mirrors, travelling writing desks and jewellery caskets, Martin Fennelly Antiques is almost guaranteed to have something that draws you in. If you’re looking for speciality Irish-made antiques, or local Irish art, there’s a good chance that you’ll find it here.
96 Francis Street,
This antiques shop has a wide range of Guinness items as well as vintage posters and magazines, as well as antique glass and mirrors, chandeliers, desks and tables. The antique pub items they stock mean that anyone who’s enjoyed their stay at Temple Bar should pop into Lantern Antiques.
86 Francis Street,
Although Oxfam may not be where people initially head to when they think of Dublin’s antique quarter, the Oxfam on Francis Street might be an exception. Full of vintage homewares and furniture, this shop is a great destination for those who might want to save their euro for another Dublin experience. It even has a specialist Vintage Vault!
For a peaceful afternoon chatting to dealers, and buying some select pieces to take home with you, you can’t beat Francis Street. All you have to do when you’re done is collapse in your hotel room and admire your new finds!