Kilkenny is known as a great place to shop. Most shops are open 09:00-18:00, with late opening on Thursday nights till 21:00.
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Kilkenny Design Craft Centre - (Opposite Kilkenny Castle on The Parade). 10am - 7pm. Home to an amazing selection of Irish hand crafted gifts and the finest crafts in the city.
Allens - (Opposite the Book Centre on High Street), 9:30am - 6pm M-Sa. Stockists of a large array of giftware, cookware, bedlinen and other household accessories over two floors.
High Street - This is the main street to shop on. Includes Kilkenny's many boutique shops, as well as the usual High Street brands.
Padmore and Barnes - Wolfe Tone St. Famous old shoe factory now converted into a huge factory shop stocking a huge array of footwear, fantastic outdoor clothing and equipment shop. Canoeing, hillwalking, skiing, camping etc.
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre - (Beside Railway station). A new shopping centre that includes many excellent stores. It also has some of the finest cafés around in the brilliantly renovated Work House and old Railway Station (It includes a Great Famine Memorial Garden).
Market Cross Shopping Centre - (Off High St).
Kilkenny Beer - While Kilkenny's brewing tradition extends to Smithwicks and other beers, nothing beats the 'home branded stuff'. This Irish cream ale is similar in many respects to Smithwicks.