A townhouse suggests a more compact property, suited to city living, Powerscourt, however, was once the residence of Lord Powerscourt and is of mansion proportions. Now glass-roofed, and the rooms filled with retail and restaurants, it’s a great spot to while away an afternoon: coffee and a sandwich at the Pepper Pot, browsing for antiques (serious enthusiasts should also hit up Frances Street). Article is one of its more noteworthy stores, occupying what was once Lord Powerscourt’s dressing room and home to a thoughtful assortment of homewares, knickknacks, and textiles. If you’re lucky, a musician will be playing the grand piano at the base of the staircase, filling the space with music that somehow manages to soar above the din of a hundred or so people shopping, dining, and chatting.

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