7 cosy bookshops to stock up on reading material this autumn

By Katy Thornton

September 2, 2021 at 4:26pm


There's nothing cosier than scanning a bookshop for your latest read.

The weather has cooled significantly this week, and the talk of "fall" has officially arrived. We're sad to see summer go, but autumn is a wonderful time to be in Ireland. And what activity is better enjoyed in autumn? Visiting a bookshop. All over Ireland there are an abundance of cosy bookshops, so here's our list of the best place to purchase your next read.

1. Worm Books, Cork

We are obsessed with the name of this bookstore. Worm Books on the Main Street in Schull is great for a spot of browsing. They are open every day 10-5 except Sundays, where they open 11-3.

2. Dingle Bookshop, Kerry

A pretty little shop for a pretty little village. Dingle is stunning, and made even better by their lovely bookshop, full of the latest fiction. The Dingle Bookshop on Green Street is closed on Sundays but open every other day from 10-5.

3. The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin

This store has two Dublin locations, one in Dalkey and one in Temple Bar. Named after the famous Oscar Wilde quote "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" The Gutter Bookshop is a small literary haven. You can check out their website for the opening hours of both their shops.

4. Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Galway

Galway is lucky to house Charlie Byrne's Bookshop on Middle Street. This shop at first appears quite small but opens up into many different rooms to show off their impressive collection of books. They're open 10-6 Monday to Saturday and 12-6 on Sundays.

5. The Secret Bookstore, Dublin

This expansive bookshop is tucked into Wicklow Street, almost hidden from view. The Secret Bookstore sell tons of secondhand and new books, and are not to be missed if you're a book lover in Dublin. They open everyday 11:30-6:30.

6. The Village Bookshop, Wicklow

Greystones in Wicklow is the most picturesque little village, with a matching bookshop. The Village Bookshop on Church Street, Greystones is a perfect place to potter around in. They even have a section for blind date books, where you blindly choose a novel based on theme or genre, not the cover. They close on Sundays but open 10-6 every other day.

7. Books Upstairs, Dublin

If you're looking to enjoy a coffee along with your book shopping, Books Upstairs in Dublin is the place for you. Located on D'Olier street and open 10-6 Monday to Saturday, they boast a large selection of new and old fiction. Check out their upstairs café to re-caffeinate.

Which shop are you most excited to browse?

Header image via Instagram/gutterbookshop

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