Dig out plenty of bargains on the Limerick shopping scene, with this handful of small but perfectly formed budget corners. Limerick is on the cheap side compared to pricey capital Dublin, but it’s in the charity stores, markets and crafty corners that you’ll find your best value for money, with plenty of quirky items to remember Ireland by. Time to dig out some souvenirs, talking points and a little bit of local history, then…
A real Limerick hidden gem, Quay Books is a ramshackle, packed-to-the-rafters style budget bookshop hidden from view in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre. Quite how this place came by such a sporadic assortment of tomes is beyond us, but if you can’t pick a gem from this broad assortment of thrown-together chaos (much of which is local-leaning), you’re really not a reader. Quay Books takes in beautiful hardbacks and wafer-thin pamphlets on local history, with cooking, novels, literary journals and things last seen in long-forgotten attics all found within.
Arthur’s Quay Centre, Limerick, Ireland +353 858511760
Sure, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to actually grab a bargain at Limerick’s main market shopping spot The Milk Market, but don’t let that put you off: what’s here might be a mix of crafty and high-end, but there are still deals to be found. It’s also a must-see on the Limerick tourist trail, with over two hundred years of history, plenty of activities going on (especially during the Christmas holidays), and a playful abundance of traders looking to hawk their wares. Vibrant and essential.