So we did it – yes we made our way to IKEA which has now been open for over a week in Ireland.I have to admit I am not a huge fan of IKEA – I guess that’s down to the fact that when we bought our first house 20 years ago it was fitted out with IKEA furniture – from top to bottom. So yesterday we ventured out to the new IKEA Dublin store with the children in tow. Actually we were looking for bunk beds. (Any suggestions for where to find great bunk beds in the Dublin area is welcomed!) It was about 2pm when we arrived and as we had not had lunch we thought we would stop at the cafe first. The prices are very reasonable with childrens meals under 2 euro and deserts around 1-1.50 euro. I could not believe the long line of customers – I am guessing that the IKEA restaurant is probably going to serve the most covers in any one week in Dublin (maybe even Ireland) if it continues to be as busy. The total bill for 5 of us including 2 starters, 5 main courses, 5 deserts and drinks was well under 30 euro. The range of options is not extensive and it’s no frills – but there is no disputing it was good value for money. The only thing you need to be careful about is making sure that you keep your wallet closed as you head through the childrens department – which is right next to the restaurant – or you could be in for an expensive time with the kids wanting to redecorate their bedrooms. Be sure to register for the family discount card which earns you points and which also gives up to 25 percent discount on certain items. I also spotted a few other great ideas for budding entrepreneurs. If you have a trade show to attend there are some great glass cabinets priced at under 50 euro. If you have a basic office to equip there are desks and swivel chairs from around 25 euro. There are also some basic but useful folding chairs at just 7.99 euro. There has been a lot written about IKEA in the last 2 weeks and some comparisons in pricing suggesting that the store in Belfast is less expensive. However with just about everyone leaving the store carrying a purchase there is no disputing that Ireland consumers are happy IKEA is finally with us.
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