Powerscourt Centre, a speciality shopping centre located just off Grafton Street at 59 South William Street is a historic Georgian building that was the home of Richard Wingfield 3rd Viscount Powerscourt in the eighteenth century. Lord and Lady Powerscourt had fine tastes and employed the best artists and craftsmen to decorate the townhouse. Today, there are tours available through the building taking the following route:

1. The Kitchen and Cellars – Pygmalion Bar
2. The Entrance Hall – The Garden
3. Lord Powerscourt’s Dressing Room & Bedroom – The Bonsai Shop
4. Lady Powerscourt’s Dressing Room & Bedroom – Pzazz Hair Salon
5. The Music Room – The Town Bride
6. The Ballroom – The Powerscourt Gallery
7. The Dining Room – Lost Society

The Powerscourt Centre is now a beautiful location for shopping with a selection of stores selling fashion, jewellery, antiques and interiors. Along with fashion brands such as French Connection and All Saints is The Design Centre, created for new up and coming designers along with established names to showcase and sell their designs. Current designers at the centre include John Rocha and Philip Treacy. On the top floor of the centre is The Loft Market, a collective of artists, fashion designers and vintage collectors.

There is a great selection of places to eat in the Powerscourt Centre including Terazzo Italia serving Italian and international cuisine, The Pepper Pot offering homemade organic food, Café Togo for sandwiches and pastries and Pygmalion Café which specialises in breakfast, lunch and coffees. Powerscourt offers great night-time entertainment with the Pygmalion bar which changes from a café and bar to an intimate nightclub at night with renowned DJs often playing in the club. The Lost Society lounge and club is an exciting venue where you can drink dine and dance in The Basement Club.

The Powerscourt Centre has become a creative hub in Dublin, its location in one of the most beautiful Georgian buildings in the city makes it a must-see for anyone visiting the Grafton Street area.

Laura Finn

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