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Books Upstairs

Apex House 17 D'Olier Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 8566
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Quaint little book shop downtown

This bookshop is so cute in Dublin. They have unique books based on Ireland's history. They also... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
pudds412
via mobile
Shop Staff very welcoming - Cafe staff not so much

I finally got a chance to visit this place, something I had been meaning to do for a while - on... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
KBear1980
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Dublin, Ireland
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A long-standing independent and literary bookshop in Dublin city centre, with a carefully curated stock and a dedicated staff. We specialise in the humanities - especially Irish literature, poetry, culture and history. Our beautifully preserved Georgian building on D'Olier Street houses a literary café on the first floor, and is the headquarters of the Dublin Review of Books. We host literary and history events regularly - poetry readings, book launches, interviews, discussions.
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Apex House 17 D'Olier Street, Dublin, Ireland
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+353 1 677 8566
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This bookshop is so cute in Dublin. They have unique books based on Ireland's history. They also have graphic novels for teenagers.

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

I finally got a chance to visit this place, something I had been meaning to do for a while - on entering the two ladies downstairs were really friendly and helpful - unfortunately this was not my experience upstairs in the cafe. The man was...More

Thank KBear1980
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

This shop is a bit off the tourist path, but worth the walk and time. It has very good depth and breadth - in all things Irish - from culture, to photo books, to Irish authors, to travel in Ireland, and themes / times like...More

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Reviewed 1 August 2017

If I hadn't had three young children with me, I would gratefully have spent a day nibbling delicious goodies, sipping coffee, ignoring my phone and reading at this wonderful store/cafe.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

A bookshop with a wonderful atmosphere - excellent choice of books, a lovely café upstairs, friendly staff. I made holidays in Dublin in October 2016 and June 2017 and visited "Books Upstairs" every day of these holidays.

Thank rgilster
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

What a place! This is the perfect bookshop. Immaculately laid out, beautifully curated, and with the added bonus of a lovely cafe on the top floor. I could have stayed here for hours, and will definitely go back, but if you're in Dublin you should...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2017

After visiting Trinity College and full of admiration for the Book of Kells I happened to find "Books Upstairs"...great name, witty, humorous... the narrow traditional (georgian?) building hosts the bookstore on groundfloor. A small room filled (among others of course) with a selection of great...More

Thank Elmen17gab
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

I think I visited almost every bookshop in Dublin during my time there, this is by far my my favourite. Great atmosphere, really interesting selection of books, really friendly and helpful staff and a gem of a cafe upstairs all housed in a beautiful building

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

A beautiful location for anyone who loves books. Browse downstairs, buy at least two more books than you meant to buy, then meander upstairs. Cafe area is a little makeshift and basic. They didn't spend much on the tables and chairs. The room is gorgeous....More

1  Thank dublinf2016
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We had arrived in the city at about 10.30am after travelling from the airport and didn't realise the cafe wasnt open until 12pm. When I asked the guy behind the counter if there was another close by, he spoke to me in a way that...More

Thank JimmyB183
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