Take a break and dress up: it's child's play
For anyone who's reluctant to embrace the brashness of the 80s revival, Dolls boutique is a refreshing antidote. If you're a fan of the likes of Marni and Dries Van Noten, you'll love Dolls and its distinctive selection of timeless, charming and elegant pieces.
With a store already on Dublin's Clarendon street, owner Petria has now expanded by joining forces with her culinary sister Maisha and together they have opened a neighbourhood boutique and café in Dublin 8.
With its salvage parquet floors, antique display cabinets and carved wood mirror, the light-filled interior is as inviting as they come. Quirky details like the antique Dolls house sourced in Milan and the hand-embroidered lampshade add plenty of character.
Labels include Future Classics for contemporary silk dresses in vintage floral prints, Peter Jensen for cool and quirky investment pieces, Catherine Andre for intricate knits and Fabiana Filippi for neutral easy pieces. Key accessories include bags by Mimi, jewellery by Les Nereides and shoes by Vivienne Westwood.
The thriving café serves a simple but delicious menu as well as the most mouth-watering carrot cake that will cheer up the dullest of days.
Dolls boutique and Bibi's cafe, 14 Emorville Avenue, Dublin 8. Tel: 01-473 6256