The days of the independent bookstore have long been numbered – in Dublin anyway. The Celtic Tiger swallowed up some of the oldest. Technology has stolen most of their thunder with people too busy to stop by to peruse the latest hardback or sit in a corner leafing through a renowned paperback. But thankfully one of the last bastions of tangible literature is still alive and well a short stroll from O’Connell street in the heart of Dublin.
The Winding Stair Bookshop and Restaurant sits elegantly across from the historical ‘Halfpenny Bridge’, overlooking the river Liffey. Up the beautiful old – and slightly rickety – winding stair, you will find a classicly styled restaurant serving good old-fashioned fare with a heavy leaning towards fresh Irish produce. The weekly brunch is a highlight, but pop in for lunch and you will be treated to some good early bird deals to make the most of your euro.
If you aren’t quite peckish yet and just fancy a coffee while sniffing out the latest literary offering, you will love the bookstore on the ground floor. The name of the whole place derives from the William Butler Yeats poem. And it certainly has an old world charm familiar to Yeats and his contemporaries. Once you have lingered over the bookshelves enough, take a seat at one of the tables in the window and sip a coffee or an organic lemonade while watching the world go by. The days of the independent bookstore aren’t dead yet.