I’ve known about Petria Lenihan’s plans for a second Dolls boutique partnered by a cafe run by Petria’s super chef sister Maisha for sometime and I knew it was open but was saving it up for a day when I knew I needed a little cheering up. Deirdre Mc Quillan (Irish Times fashion editor) has been raving about it to me for some time and told me it had become a community central point for the largely residential area off the South Circular Road. Last week I dropped by and met designer Richard Lewis with his dog as he was just leaving Bibi’s cafe. Petria tells me he is a regular.
The South Circular area was inhabited by many of the Irish Jewish community and when I was a child this is where we came to visit aunts, go the Kosher butcher, bring my brother to the Jewish school on Bloomfield avenue and where I spent many Sunday mornings in the Jewish deli collecting bagels, smetana , smoked salmon and chopped herring for our usual Sunday family brunch. The area has moved on since then and become uber trendy, inhabited by artists, artisans, designers and chic families.
Dolls boutique is filled with fabulous clothes, shoes and accessories and I can only advise a visit. Of course you won’t be able to resist the adjoining Bibi’s cafe with it’s mouth watering cakes and food. When I arrived it was around 12 mid day and was filling up fast. I did a vox pop among some of the customers about to settle down for lunch. One of them said ‘This is nicer than anything in Notting Hill’ and another added that it ‘feels like you are on holiday‘!
If you live in the area then you are already a regular and if not then you soon will be. An ideal spot to browse for fabulous understated wearable and beautiful clothes and gifts and a fantastic venue for a quick or better still lazy lunch.
Dolls & Bibi’s is on the corner of Emorville Ave, & Ovoca rd, Dublin 8 off the South Circular Road and 10 minutes from Grafton Street
Opening Times Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
+353 1 4736256
Dolls is also open at it’s original location 32b Westbury Mall, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2