Irish Craft & Design Shopping Destinations in Connemara

Want to skip the city this week and find a new spot to shop? Connemara boasts an array of stores where you will find everything from local crafts to bespoke designer pieces.

We’ve rounded up the best places to browse and shop in Connemara.



A one-stop shop for all things home and gift related, there is something for everyone at Whistlestop. Located on Market Street in the heart of Clifden, Whistlestop is celebrating almost 20 successful years in business. You will find a large selection of gifts, home furnishings, garden products, ceramics, glassware, baby gifts and jewelry in the bright and airy shop. With an extensive range of gift ideas for every occasion, browsing through the spacious store is a truly enjoyable shopping experience.

WHISTLESTOP Market Street, Clifden, Co. Galway


Design Platform

Located right in the heart of Clifden, Design Platform is a unique lifestyle shop offering the customer a relaxed and inspiring shopping experience. Stocking a large selection of Irish and international designer labels, step into style at this exquisite fashion haven. With beautiful collections from all over the world including fashion, accessories, and interiors, the bright and spacious store ensures stress-free shopping with exceptional customer care. All of the collections are carefully chosen with individuality and quality in mind.

DESIGN PLATFORM Clifden Station House Courtyard, Clifden, Co. Galway



Founded back in 1946, Standún has become a landmark in the picturesque town of Spiddal in Connemara. The store reflects all that is best in Irish and international produce marrying the traditional and contemporary to stunning effect. From humble beginnings, the store has grown from strength to strength over the years with the third generation of Standúns, Cliona, and Laragh, now at the helm. The hardworking sisters recently celebrated their first successful year in business in their second store in Oughterard. Continuing the tradition of housing the best in traditional and Irish design, as well as an extensive selection of giftware brands and clothing from Newbridge Silverware, Tipperary Crystal, Nicholas Mosse, Rebeka Kahn, and Foxford Woolen Mills, the store also houses the famous Standún Aran sweater and an extensive knitwear collection.

STANDÚN Spiddal, Connemara, Co. Galway & The Square, Oughterard, Co. Galway


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