DUBLIN has been ranked as one of the world's greatest cities for shopping by the readers of a top travel magazine.
The capital has been voted fifth in Conde Nast Traveller's poll, with Barcelona top of the rankings and Philadelphia, Hong Kong and Chicago in second, third and fourth place respectively.
Exactly half of the shopping destinations in the prestigious list are cities in the US, while just eight are European.
But Dublin, which in recent months was named one of the world's friendliest cities by the same travel publication, comes out ahead of more celebrated shopping meccas like London, New York and Paris.
The travel bible signals the city centre's fashionable 'Creative Quarter' as a must-see, heaping praise on the area's eclectic mix of shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants.
"Need a day wandering from store to store after a night of one too many pints?," its writers ask.
"Most guidebooks will recommend Grafton Street, but you can escape the chain stores (and crowds) by heading a few blocks west to Dublin's Creative Quarter," they recommended.
"The aptly-named area is bursting with artsy stores and cafes, including the Irish Design Shop, which offers Irish-made souvenirs and workshops in its in-house studio."
Retail chiefs said Dublin's ranking was well merited and said they hoped traders in the capital would benefit from a much-needed boost.