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Be it comic books, manga or merchandise of your favorite TV show or movie. For all the nerds out there, Babylon Radio has compiled a list of the 5 best Comic Book Stores in Dublin.
Located almost directly in the city centre ca. 2min away from the Temple Bar and in 10min walking distance from O’Connell Street and the Spire, Dublin’s Forbidden Planet is the comic store to visit when in Dublin. It has three floors full of comics, manga, posters of your favorite shows and movies and a lot of other merchandise. There is even a whole wall full of new releases. Forbidden Planet is by far the biggest comic book store in Dublin and a must-see for every nerd and geek out there.
Location: 5-7 Crampton Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Opening Times: Mon.-Sat. 9am-8pm; Sun. 11am-6pm
This comic book store is located a bit further away from the city centre; in Dundrum to be exact. Although you can get there easily, either with LUAS’s Green Line or by bus, keep in mind that you need to plan your day so you don’t get stuck in Dublin traffic. The store itself is pretty cool, with a great collection of different comic artists and quite a number of graphic novels. They even have a small table full of Irish artists if you want to delve a bit deeper into Irish culture.
Opening Times: Mon.+Tue. 10am-7pm; Wed.-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-9pm; Sun. 11am-7pm
Sub City Comics actually has two stores, both of which are located in the city centre and are easy to reach with the help of public transport. They pride themselves on being the longest running Irish owned comic book stores in Dublin and are run by a pair of Irish brothers. The stores are not as big as the ones mentioned above, but still have a sizeable collection of comics and manga. A speciality of theirs is a collection of older comic book editions. If you take your time browsing you may find some surprises among them.
Opening Times: Mon.,Tue.+Sat. 9.30am-7pm; Wed.-Fri. 9.30am-7.30pm; Sun. 12pm-6pm
Furthest north on our list, Dublin City Comics may be relatively small, but has a lot to offer for our comic-loving hearts. It does not have as many recent releases as the rest of our Top 5 but instead it offers a plethora of figurines and collectibles; two full walls of them. Be it Star Wars, Transformers, Marvel, DC or some Japanese brands like Gundam or Bandai, Dublin City Comics has them all. And if you have any questions, the staff will be happy to help you find what you are looking for.
Opening Times: Mon., Sat.+Sun. 12pm-6pm, Tue.+Fri. 10am-6pm, Wed.+Thu. 10am-8pm
Our last tip isn’t actually a comic book store but a regular book store, but we thought it deserved the mention. Hodges Figgis is actually the largest bookstore in Dublin and part of the famous Waterstones chain. Located close to Trinity College, it has four floors full of books of different kinds. And if you look the 1st floor, you will find a small comic book section nestled next to the Science Fiction books. If you want to grab a regular book on the way out: the more the better, right?
Location: 56-58 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Opening Times: Mon.-Wed.+Fri. 9am-7pm; Thu. 9am-8pm; Sat. 9am-6pm; Sun. 12pm-6pm