One of the world’s first purpose-built department stores, this retail mecca has occupied the same space since 1853. Being on Dublin’s main street, Clerys has witnessed and experienced its fair share of history - most significantly when it was destroyed during the 1916 Easter Rising - and is now a listed building, both for this and architecture reasons. In 2004, a €22m revamp saw the department store emerge butterfly-like as a bright, shiny shopping marvel. It still retains its historical grandeur and offers a great selection of fashions, furnishings and fabulous gifts. And, if you're relocating to the city, check out its ingenious Apartment Fit-Out Package designed to take the strain out of your moving experience.