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If you want an authentic taste of the originality, creativity and variety on offer in Dublin, you’ve got to make a trip to one of its markets. They take place across the city and throughout the year, so there’s bound to be at least one on when you visit.
The arcade opened in 1881 as Ireland’s first dedicated shopping centre and it remains packed with vendors to this day. Although not your traditional outdoor market, the Arcade features many independent, boutique retailers, plying wares from jewellery to vintage clothing, handmade artwork and artisan foods.
Set in the heart of old Dublin city on Meath Street in the Liberties, this market sells just about everything: clothes, jewellery, fresh flowers, lighting, toys and arts and crafts are all on offer, sold by vendors who have worked here for anywhere between three and 40 years. You’re guaranteed huge discounts compared to the high street – but it’s the people who make the place, and a chat with a friendly Liberty Market Dubliner will be worth the trip in itself.
This is the quintessential Dublin market: fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, all advertised with loud cries from competing vendors, each with a thicker Dublin accent than the next! Locals love shopping here, trading news at the same time as doing their shopping. If you’re seeking a slice of authentic Dublin, Moore Street is the place to go.
Based in George’s Square in Balbriggan, north county Dublin, the Fish and Farmers’ Market takes place every Friday morning into the afternoon, selling organic fruit and vegetables, fish, cheese, baking, eggs and more.
From 10:00-16:00 each Saturday, Bushy Park comes alive with dozens of stalls serving food and drink of every description: crêpes, falafel, organic burgers, paella, Polish pierogi, woodfired pizzas, coffee, smoothies and juices – to name a few! Music, outdoor yoga and craft stalls round out a perfect, wholesome weekend lineup.
Dublin’s largest and most eclectic designer market, offering handmade one-off original designs: clothes, art, jewellery – it’s all here, outdoors at the quieter end of Temple Bar. Open every Saturday on Cows Lane from 10am-5pm. Found outdoors and indoors in the old Viking Centre.
This is a market for foodies: serving Italian, Lebanese, Portuguese, Thai, Indian and many other cuisines, Leopardstown makes quite the Friday afternoon treat. More than 20 stalls serve up organic fruit and veg, bread, meat, fish and plenty more – it’s worth the visit.
Located in the 19th-century People’s Park in lovely Dún Laoghaire, this primarily food-centred market takes place every Sunday. Over 50 vendors sell a range of baked goods, hot food, seasonal produce and plenty more, set against the backdrop of the sea.
Held every weekend from 11:00-18:00, the Temple Bar Book Market is a treasure trove of second-hand, new and antique books and vinyl collections.
It’s only fitting that a market should take place in Smithfield; after all, the square here was originally a marketplace, even housing livestock until the 21st century. Today, the Smithfield Market Fair takes place each month in the Generator Hostel, featuring plenty of music, food and yoga.
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