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.
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.
Liberty Market (Thurs-Sat)
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.
The Green Door Market (Weds-Sun)
The Green Door Market is an indoor farmer’s/food market located in Bluebell Business Centre in Dublin 12. From organic fruit and veg, to breads, meats, fish, cakes, crepes, chocolate, plants and flowers, The Green Door has it all.
Open Saturdays from 10am-5pm, the Temple Bar Food Market at Meeting House Square is a seasonal food paradise in the heart of the city! Nine unique vendors provide everything from meats to cheese, organic produce and crepes.
From 10am-4pm 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.
Held every Saturday from 11am-6pm, and relocated to Barnardo Square (beside City Hall), the Temple Bar Book Market is a treasure trove of second-hand, new and antique books and vinyl collections.
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 10:30am-5pm.
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.
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 from 10am-5pm. Over 50 vendors sell a range of baked goods, hot food, seasonal produce and plenty more, set against the backdrop of the sea.
With an electic mix of art, collectibles, furniture, soft furnishings and hand crafts, Blackrock Market has over 30 stalls and takes place every weekend plus Bank Holiday Mondays from 11am-5:30pm.
Howth Market, located in the seaside town north of Dublin city, features a vast array of organic produce, freshly baked goods, jewelry, clothing and antiques. The market takes place each weekend (inc. Bank holidays) from 9am-6pm and four units serve the public seven days a week.
View more markets on VisitDublin.com