To Dublin with love, this week’s #BookstoreOfTheWeek is Hodges Figgis!
Hodges Figgis is the largest and oldest bookstore in Ireland, founded in 1768. It’s noteriety is such that it even got a mention in James Joyce’s Ulysses:
”She, she, she. What she? The virgin at Hodges Figgis’ window on Monday looking in for one of the alphabet books you were going to write.”
If it’s good enough for James Joyce and all that.
The green and gold front is enough to excite any booklover who finds themselves outside it’s beautiful Dawson Street windows. Inside, there is a vast array of books, events and lovely staff who will lead you to your book if you can’t find it amongst the shelves. The store has everything you could ask for (and, if they don’t have it, the staff will usually order what you’re looking for just for you!) Once you visit once you’ll be yearning to visit again so be sure to sign up to the Hodges Figgis loyalty card for super savings! They used to have a coffee shop but closed it to make room for more books. MORE BOOKS. Hodges Figgis are a bookstore after our own heart.
A literary and cultural delight, the three floors are filled with packed bookshelves marked as Gaelige and a wide range of books from Irish authors who they consistently champion. Beyond Dawson Street, the Hodges Figgis Dublin City University store provides literary procrastination (and actual university textbooks) to students including our own Emma (but we’re not biased we swear, see for yourself!)
56-58 Dawson Street
+353 (0)1 6774754
9am-7pm Mon-Wed, Fri