A few weeks ago we decided to go to check out the Kildare Outlet Village. Now, a word about Outlets there are good outlets centres and some not so good outlet centres. About five years ago we were in Italy and went to visit an outlet centre just outside Florence, and since then I've been holding that in my mind as the gold standard of outlets.
So what did we think of Kildare, first off it was really easy to find so that's a bonus- and it took us two hours to get there which is manageable for a family day out. As you drive up you can see all the shops and cute coffee kiosks. There's plenty of parking, which is free too.
The first thing that struck me is how clean it is, and I mean spotless, no litter or anything. It's been open for years but everything still looks brand new. Our first port of call was L'Officina for coffee, we had croissants and danish pastries too. Our daughter ordered an apple juice which was freshly squeezed and delicious. Then we hit the shops.
I was really impressed by the selection of brands, premium brands that are worth driving two hours for. There weren't too many people about, despite it being during the Easter holidays and the only shops that were especially crowded were Ralph Lauren and Superdry. The buildings and benches had been decorated with giant flowers for spring and when the sun came out it was lovely.
I really enjoyed Kate Spade, the girls were lovely and welcoming and were chatty and friendly and not at all pushy. There was a special offer on too of an extra 20% off over the Easter break. So, it would be rude not to buy something! After much deliberation, and a lunch break, I settled on a Newbury Lane bag in the most beautiful shade of posy pink. I was worried about it marking easily, but the sales assistant told me it's Saffiano leather, so would be hard wearing. A fact I can now confirm, I've used every single day since and it still looks brand new. I just love the colour for spring / summer, it's a pale pink, an almost neutral colour so I've been wearing it with everything. It has shoulder straps, a practical necessity when hanging onto kids, car seats, coats, car keys and the kitchen sink. There are two compartments, separated by a zipped pocket, plenty of room for all the
junk essentials I cart about. The bag, after all the discounts was about 175 euros.
We had lunch back in L'Officina as we had peeped at the menu earlier and my other half had been drooling thinking about the burger. I got a bag and he got a burger - seems fair enough to me.
We also went to the Tommy Hilfiger store and I found some new skinny jeans for 65 euros and a belt for Graeme. We got a gorgeous top for our eldest daughter in Kildare Kids, bright pink and decorated with a gold sequin bow. It was by Billeblush and she picked it herself and was so excited to go to the "trying on room". Then in DKNY there were loads of nice bags and clothes, I spotted a pale grey, long sleeved top on the clearance rail for 39 euros. I was especially pleased with myself about that one!
Then we were running out of time and money too, to be honest, so we headed for home. We all really enjoyed our day out and had a great time. As something of an outlet shopping addict, I can highly recommend the Kildare Village. With a great range of shops, lots of lovely places to eat and a really nice atmosphere. We will certainly be back, once the bank account has recovered.
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